Samsung Acquires Smart Home Developer SmartThings
Samsung has acquired the maker of smart home gadgets SmartThings. The California-based company will continue to operate independently under founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson, from within Samsung's Open Innovation Center group, while moving its headquarters from Washington, DC to Samsung's base in Palo Alto, California.
From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/samsung-acquires-smart-home-developer-smartthings--1031354?utm_source=headlines_-_english&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15-08-2014&utm_content=textlink, August 15, 2014
Japan Eyes Robotic Future for Aged Care
Robots could deliver a higher standard of care than poorly skilled care workers, according to one of Japan’s leading providers of aged care. Hitoshi Fukomoto, the executive director of Kinoshita Care, said his organization was looking to cutting-edge robotic technology to deliver greater efficiencies in care and to help plug the gap in chronic labor shortages.
From http://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/2014/08/06/japan-eyes-robotic-future-aged-care/, August 14, 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Reveals Grand Prize Winner of Oneweek Hackathon: Ability Eye Gaze
The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise awareness about ALS, as well as to give others living with it the “leading edge technology, equipment and services” they need. The project united two dozen researchers, engineers, designers, program managers and media pros from across Microsoft, and was one of the 3,000-plus teams that participated in Microsoft’s first-ever global Hackathon. The team aimed to use Surface 3, Kinect and other Microsoft technologies to give independence to people with disabilities.
From http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/08/13/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-reveals-oneweek-hackathons-grand-prize-winner-ability-eye-gaze/, August 14, 2014
Driverless Cars Could Change Lives for Disabled People
With testing already happening in the US and trials given the green light in the UK, the autonomous car seems like more of a possibility than ever. Aside from the early adopters who want to be part of the newest technology trend, the autonomous car has enormous potential to help those who, for whatever reason, can’t drive themselves.
From http://theconversation.com/driverless-cars-could-change-lives-for-disabled-people-if-we-let-them-30286, August 13, 2014
Financial Literacy: Improving the Numbers for People with Disabilities
They were my first lessons in financial literacy — lessons that many of us with disabilities do not receive, with significant repercussions. Despite the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law 24 years ago, those of us with disabilities remain significantly less financially stable than those without.
From http://social.dol.gov/blog/financial-literacy-improving-the-numbers-for-people-with-disabilities/, August 13, 2014
USA: Scientists Link Environment and Inclusion for Adults with Disabilities
Kessler Foundation researchers have identified an association between the built environment and disability-related outcomes for adults with physical disabilities. The article, Disability and the built environment: an investigation of community and neighborhood land uses and participation for physically impaired adults, was published in the July issue of Annals of Epidemiology doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2014.05.003. The authors are Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, and Nicole Cobbold, BS, of Kessler Foundation, and Tanya Rohrbach, MS, of Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/12/scientists-link-environment-and-inclusion-for-adults-with-disabilities/, August 12, 2014
Ghana: Mobility Skills Training Workshop for People with Vision Disabilities
The Department of Social Welfare of the Twifo Atti-Morkwa District has organized a three day mobility skill training workshop for people with vision disabilities in the district. Speaking at the program the District Chief Executive Mr. Bossman Osei Hyiamang Jnr. admonished the participants not to be down hearted for being people with vision disabilities but to rather take good care of themselves so as to live long.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/mobility-skills-training-workshop-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, August 12, 2014
USA: NFB to Host Web Accessibility Training Day
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program will co-host Web Accessibility Training Day on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. During the morning sessions of this all-day event, representatives from a range of different governmental, educational, and business organizations will discuss their strategies for creating web content that complies with federal and state regulations. The afternoon will be devoted to in-depth breakout sessions on specific technical and policy topics, targeted to deliver information that will be immediately useful. Presenters include representatives from the Department of Justice, Google, Oracle, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Access Board.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/08/nfb-to-host-web-accessibility-training-day/, August 11, 2014
Dubai: RTA Launches Parking Permits Service for People with Disabilities via Smartphone App
The Roads and Transport Authority RTA has recently launched a service for issuing and renewing parking permits for older people and people with disabilities, and renewing permits for people with disabilities through smart phones using RTA DUBAI App.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/rta-launches-parking-permits-service-for-people-with-disabilities-via-smartphone-app/, August 11, 2014
USA: Boardmaker Launches Complete Online Learning System
DynaVox Systems, LLC (DynaVox), creators of Boardmaker, the leading symbol-adapted special education software for assisting individuals with overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges, introduces Boardmaker Online. Designed for educators, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), assistive technology specialists and parents, Boardmaker Online is a new, comprehensive solution for creating and managing accessible education instruction.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/boardmaker-launches-complete-online-learning-system/, August 11, 2014