Opinion: Autistic Spectrum, Captions and Audio Description
You may be thinking what have captions and audio description (AD) got to do with autistic spectrum. Aren’t captions for D/deaf and hard of hearing people and audio description for visually impaired people? In this last couple of years research I’ve conducted has revealed that audio description and captions can be of benefit and are used by people on the autistic spectrum.
From mindfulresearch.co.uk, September 06, 2011
Australia: Call for Ban on Sterilising Disabled Persons
The federal Disability and Sex Discrimination Commissioners Graeme Innes and Elizabeth Broderick have called on the Attorney-General to ban the sterilization of children - unless there is a compelling medical reason - regardless of whether they have a disability, and of adults with disability without their informed consent.
From www.smh.com.au, September 06, 2011
Australia: Disabled People Set Up to Fail, Say Charities
Disabled people will be \"set up to fail\" if the federal government goes ahead with money-saving plans to tighten eligibility for disability pensions, four major charities say. In late July, the federal government announced sweeping changes aimed at getting people off disability support pensions (DSP) and into the workforce that would save the budget an estimated USD35 million each year.
From www.news.com.au, September 06, 2011
Audio Description for Mobile Phones Delayed in the US
The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to a request by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) that the introduction of an audio description service for mobile digital TV be delayed until October 2013.
From www.mediaaccess.org.au, September 05, 2011
Australia: Touch Technology to Assist Disabled Students in Public Schools
WA education minister Liz Constable said the government was spending USD4 million over four years to install new interactive whiteboards in classrooms. The funding would assist public schools to help students with disabilities learn through the use of technology. The Minister said touch technology was benefiting students, particularly those with special needs such as autism and intellectual disability.
From www.governmentnews.com.au, September 05, 2011
Despite Risks, Electronic Medical Records Will Likely Soon Replace Paper-based Records
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are computerized databases that store all relevant personal and medical information necessary for a patient’s care and revenue collection by health care providers. The systems currently on the market are designed to be implemented by individual medical practices or groups of providers. However, currently there are no regional or national central storage systems, and the existing systems do not allow automatic data sharing between unrelated networks on a regional or national level.
From nrip.visibli.com, September 05, 2011
Department Awards USD1.2 Million to 11 Small Businesses to Develop Technology for People with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has awarded 16 grants of USD75,000 each to 11 small businesses to conduct research and develop technology that makes life and learning easier for individuals with disabilities. For instance, one grantee will develop a low-cost computer graphics screen-reader for the vision-impaired; another will develop and evaluate an accident prevention system for manual wheelchairs; and another will design and develop a foot-operated mouse for computers.
From www.ed.gov, September 02, 2011
USA: Michigan Engineering Students Develop Mobile Communications Technology for Cerebral Palsy Patients
A young woman with cerebral palsy walks into a Starbucks and, despite her compromised motor skills and speech difficulties, uses an iPad to do what she’s never done before – she orders a cup of coffee by herself. That’s a scene that a multidisciplinary team at the University of Michigan hopes to see in the very near future when it completes work on a special app for mobile devices.
From www.healthtechnica.com, September 02, 2011
Remote Health Monitoring with MedApps & Kent Dicks
Kent is a successful entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience providing dynamic and strategic leadership in the demanding environments of Information Technology, Engineering and Aerospace / Defense.
Mr. Dicks founded MedApps in 2006 from concept to market leader, setting precedent in the field of mHealth (mobile health) today. Under his leadership the company has become widely acknowledged in the remote health monitoring field by industry and government organizations alike - receiving nominations and awards from prestigious organizations such as the Edison Awards, XPrize Foundation, NASA LAUNCH, World Economic Forum, Dell, BusinessWeek and more.
Through the implementation of Mr. Dicks’ vision, MedApps has become a prominent market developer of a comprehensive suite of remote monitoring device tools. MedApps unique product line is built on a strong regulatory foundation in order to deliver a cloud-based care solution that links patients with their care providers and EHRs/PHRs.
From nrip.visibli.com, September 02, 2011
Tech Tools for Crisis Response, A Google Initiative
We have seen that people turn to the internet in times of crisis. See how simple technology tools can help you to prepare for a crisis, and to communicate, collaborate, and find relevant information during a disaster.
From www.google.org, September 02, 2011