Ford puts Blind Drivers Behind the Wheel
Ford of Europe has given 30 visually impaired people the opportunity to drive at high speeds in an exercise designed to be both fun and educational.
From www.caradvice.com.au, July 25, 2011
UK: Welfare to Work Policy 'Casts the Disabled as Cheats'
The government's flagship Welfare to Work policy is inciting hatred and violence towards the disabled by portraying them as cheats and benefits scroungers, an alliance of charities has warned.
A drip-feed of statistics about claimants who have been denied benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions because they are deemed fit to work threatens the safety and quality of life of its members, says an alliance of 50 charities. The government is feeding a negative attitude towards people with disabilities, which, the charities warn, will ultimately end in violence.
From www.guardian.co.uk, July 25, 2011
Europe Turns to the Cloud
While cloud computing remains the exception, not the rule, in Europe, the trend is gaining momentum. According to Gartner, the research firm, annual sales of cloud services in Europe will rise 4.3 percent, to USD29.5 billion, in 2015 from USD24.7 billion this year. Sales will still be only roughly half the level of revenue in North America, where remote computing was developed and its biggest sellers — Amazon, Salesforce.com and Microsoft — are leading an industry that Gartner says will generate $60 billion in sales this year.
From www.nytimes.com, July 25, 2011
Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle
Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees. Now, some companies are requiring job candidates to also pass a social media background check.
From www.nytimes.com, July 25, 2011
USA: FDA Moves to Regulate Mobile Health Applications
The host of health-related applications that are turning smartphones and wireless tablets into personal nutritionists, gym buddies and physicians are now catching the eye of federal regulators. The Food and Drug Administration proposed its first-ever regulations of the burgeoning mobile health industry this morning, targeting a segment of applications that officials described as being akin to medical devices.
From www.washingtonpost.com, July 22, 2011
USA: Bill Would Boost Federal Spending on Students with Disabilities
Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and 13 other senators introduced a bill that proposes the federal government fulfill a decades-old promise to pay 40 percent of the cost of educating students with disabilities. The proposal suggests the federal government would reach the 40 percent mark by 2021.
From logs.edweek.org, July 22, 2011
TechReview: Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot
A robot recently helped a quadriplegic shave himself for the first time in 10 years—but even the best mechanical helpers still need supervision.
From www.technologyreview.in, July 22, 2011
Telemedicine: An Essential Technology for Performed Healthcare
Healthcare reform in dozens of countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Canada, Taiwan, China and the United States, is generating dramatically new approaches to care delivery. Although the details and the level of maturity of the efforts differ across countries, the overall trends are universal: they reflect the need to contain costs while improving access and care quality, to overcome a shortage of providers, and to take care of a growing sicker and aging population. They are all built on a foundation that puts the citizens at the center and focuses on keeping them healthy, partly by encouraging them to become more active participants in their own health management.
From www.ehealthnews.eu, July 21, 2011
Rising Above Disabilities, Student Thrives at Elmhurst College
A knock on the door tells me to wake up. I turn over to press the door opener Velcroed to my bed. Still tired from doing homework the previous night, I get up at 8 a.m. for my 9:30 a.m. class. My assistant turns my DynaVox on along with my laptop. I greet her. As she starts to dress me, I'm thinking about the speech I have to transfer to my DynaVox so I can actually say it in class.
From chicagoparent.com, July 21, 2011
Canada: Are You Ready for Ontario’s New Accessibility Standards?
Franchisors and franchisees in Ontario need to be aware of compliance issues regarding accessibility that will become enforceable on Jan, 1, 2012. The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (issued under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) will impose a duty on companies to provide accessibility to customers with disabilities. In general, franchisors and franchisees will need to develop a compliance strategy before January 1 to incorporate these standards into their policies and daily operations.
From http://business.financialpost.com, July 21, 2011