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Four Tools to Ensure ‘Smart Cities’ Don’t Leave Behind Persons with Disabilities
Cities will need to change their approach to digital inclusion in order to meet the objectives of several recent global agreements.The Smart Cities Toolkit, with support from Microsoft, aims to give city leaders four strategies to bring change to city halls.
From Citiscope, May 17, 2017

Smart Cities for All: Meet the Women Leading the Next Generation of Smart Cities
The recently launched Smart Cities for All toolkit developed by G3ict and World ENABLED has been supported by Microsoft. In this interview, Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector and Industry talks about her vision for Smart Cities 2.0, her thoughts on Artificial Intelligence, and her work around next generation smart cities that are inclusive and equitable.
From Huffington Post, May 17, 2017

Technology to Aid Seniors and Veterans
The Puffin is a breath-activated portable input device that connects to mobile devices and computers – facilitating access to apps such as home automation systems. This allows users to control their environment with minimal assistance and aids in reclamation and independence. This contributes to the development of inexpensive and easily manufacturable device for persons with disability.
From Stamford Daily Voice, May 16, 2017

Two-thirds of Councils Pass Web Accessibility Test
More than two-thirds of councils have passed stage two of the accessibility test created by the Better Connected service of public sector IT association Socitm, but the number has declined slightly from last year.
From UK Authority, May 16, 2017

How a Smart Home Empowers People with Disabilities
While advances in personal technology continue at a rapid pace, at times their designers seem to forget about the population that could perhaps benefit from it the most.
From NBC News, May 15, 2017

Low-Cost Portable Device that Converts Text to Braille in Real Time
Six engineering undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a device called Tactile which is a portable device that converts text to braille in real time. Their first prototype was created in a 15-hour hackathon in early 2016. Since that time, the device has undergone extensive development. Now, it’s the size of a candy bar and completely portable. What really sets Tactile apart from other braille translators, though, is its low cost.
From Futurism, May 11, 2017

Robotic Technology for Children with Disabilities
A robot is changing the way children with disabilities attend school. The telepresence bot allows participation from the comfort of a home.The technology was originally designed to help professionals who work from home or remotely feel part of the office environment, but works just as well in schools.
From SMA News Today, May 10, 2017

Building Accessibility into IT Procurement
For many years, Michigan State University in East Lansing has had a clear policy about what is expected in terms of technology accessibility — whether for a faculty member teaching online or for an administrative department buying computers and software. But in 2015, MSU revamped how accessibility is integrated into information technology procurement, giving purchasing officers a risk-assessment rubric and a new accountability structure.
From Campus Technology, May 10, 2017

Students, Teachers Together Develop Software to Make Astronomy Accessible to the Blind
Afterglow Access is a new software that will make astronomy more accessible to blind people. This research initiative will engage students with visual impairments as well as sighted students and their teachers. The research will also in effect advance knowledge about student learning related to computational thinking, the role of computation in astronomy and software design, and how participation influences student attitudes and beliefs about who can engage in computing and STEM subjects.
From University of Chicago News, May 09, 2017

5 Essential Website Accessibility Tips For Financial Institutions in the United States
Conforming with accessibility guidelines as per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may get complex for financial institutions, especially as regulations are yet to be formalized for the public sector under ADA. However, in recent times lawsuits have been filed against companies over their websites, many of them financial industry. Here are some tips that can help prepare for accessibility conformance by ensuring usability for all account holders.
From The Financial Brand, May 08, 2017

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