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Accessibility Still Not Out-of-the-box, but Cloud Can Help
Cloud services can make life easier and more productive people with disabilities. But inaccessibility in end-user software and devices makes that potential difficult to realize. Now, a massive effort is underway to make accessibility solutions available whenever and wherever needed.
From VOA News, February 12, 2017

New Consumer App Helps Australians with Disabilities Identify Assistive Technology Options Available
A newly released app called Equip Myself, supports Australians with disability to identify the range of assistive equipment and technology options that could improve their independence and wellbeing. The app links to the national equipment database, which contains impartial information on more than 11,000 assistive technology products available nationwide.
From Australian Ageing Agenda, February 11, 2017

Smart Cities Built for Everyone
Our cities are getting smarter than ever . But what are the innovations that are making Smart Cities more accessible? From clever apps and crowdsourced resources to revamped public transit and cultural programming, our urban spaces are best when they can be shared by all.
From Austin Startups, February 10, 2017

Queensland Government Launches Inclusive Tourism Guide
Queensland Government has developed a resource on inclusive tourism to assist tourism operators understand their legal obligations in relation to accessibility, increase their knowledge about the market for inclusive tourism, and develop strategies to improve the accessibility of their business to appeal to a wider range of visitors of all abilities and ages. The guide also includes information to assist people with disability in planning a holiday.
From Queensland Government Publication, February 09, 2017

IBM Pushes Accessibility With Release of 2 Open Source Projects
IBM has made two accessibility projects available under open-source licenses. The projects are designed to help developers determine if their applications support the needs of users with limited mobility or vision.The project provides access to the Microsoft Active Accessibility and IAccessible2 APIs.
From SD Times, February 07, 2017

7 Apps That Customize Teaching for Children with Disabilities
Teaching children with different needs, different behavioural patterns, and different talents create different challenges. Employing apps and other digital tools for personalizing teaching approaches is beneficial. There are apps available that can customize curriculum without making the process consuming and overwhelming.
From Getting Smart, February 06, 2017

Launch of Caribbean Video Assistance Service Promotes Using ICT to Empower Persons with Disabilities
The Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS) project provides a video relay service (VRS) for persons with hearing disabilities, enabling them to communicate directly but also interact with sign language interpreters. The project aims to provide an accessible and affordable technological platform to facilitate communications from virtually anywhere.
From Caribbean 360, February 03, 2017

Sharjah Police Launches Hotline Number For Persons with Disabilities to report Emergencies, Crimes
Sharjah Police has launched a 24 hours special hotline number that allows residents with disabilities to report crimes and emergencies, making it convenient for blind and deaf people. This initiative comes after the Government’s launch of the National Ambulance App 998 for persons with disabilities.
From Gulf News, February 02, 2017

Access Map by Taskar Center offers Accessible Routing for Wheelchair Users
Transportation routing services primarily designed for people in cars don’t give pedestrians, parents pushing strollers or people in wheelchairs much information about how to easily navigate a neighborhood using sidewalks. Now a new route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers.
From UW Today, February 01, 2017

Robotics - The Future of Assistive Living for Older Persons & Persons with Disabilities
Assistive Living in the future could be about using robots. Researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are building personal social robots, known as Pepper Robots, which can be pre-programmed to suit the person they are helping, and could relieve pressures in hospitals and care homes.
From BBC, January 31, 2017

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