USA: Commentary: User-Friendly Products Help People with Disabilities
Kel Smith, a blogger, consultant and founder of Philadelphia-based technology accessibility company Anikto, LLC, has been studying technology shifts like this one for a book he’s working on, “Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward Without Leaving People Behind.”
It revolves around “accessibility,” the idea that websites, apps, hardware and other technology should be designed in ways that do not shut them out to those with disabilities, from blindness to hearing loss to other physical limitations.
From Dayton Daily News, May 13, 2012
France: In France, App Opens Doors for Disabled City Dwellers
PARIS – A team of innovative French students has created new technology to make life easier for urbanites with disabilities. Their project, called CapStreet won two gold medals at France’s Imagine Cup, a contest sponsored by Microsoft that pits students against each other to design new innovative services. Their product consists of a website and application designed to map out entirely accessible routes for people with disabilities.
From CBS Interactive, May 11, 2012
USA: Benetech Releases Image Description Tool to Improve Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities
The Benetech DIAGRAM Center has released an open source web application for creating and editing crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities.
From SFGate, May 11, 2012
Hong-Kong: Exhibition Showcases Technology-Based Assistive Tools for Persons with Disabilities
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today (May 11) launched a four-day exhibition to showcase assistive tools and application systems developed for persons with disabilities with support from the Development of Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities Fund.
From 7th Space Interactive, May 11, 2012
USA: SAT Prep Expert Megan Dorsey Says Kids with Learning Disabilities Can Get Good SAT Scores
HOUSTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Children who have learning disabilities can get good SAT scores thanks to a new online SAT preparation course, "SAT Success Coach," designed by SAT Prep Consultant Megan Dorsey, who served as a college counselor at Westside High School, where she developed the SAT and college planning curriculum for the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
From Market Watch, May 09, 2012
RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader to Support Customers with Disabilities
Waterloo's Research In Motion today launched BlackBerry Screen Reader. The free software application helps customers who are blind or visually impaired operate their smartphone. RIM says that Screen Reader provides an audible output based on visual information displayed on a BlackBerry.
From Techvibes, May 08, 2012
USA: White House Honors Pioneers of Technology for People with Disabilities
NEW YORK — Technology is supposed to make life easier for everyone, but that’s not always the case for Americans with disabilities. Fortunately, there are a handful of researchers who have spent considerable time creating wholly new technologies and adapting existing ones such as the Internet, smartphones and cloud computing — to work better for and help improve the lives of those who have disabilities.
From TPM Media LLC., May 08, 2012
USA: White House Highlights STEM Innovators in the Disability Community as "Champions of Change"
Today at 1:30 p.m.(ET) the White House will honor 14 individuals as Champions of Change for leading the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for people with disabilities in education and employment.
From The National Science Foundation, May 08, 2012
USA: NeuroLogica Corporation Announces Partnership with MEYTEC GmbH
DANVERS, Mass., May 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NeuroLogica Corporation and German based MEYTEC GmbH announced today the development of the world's first comprehensive mobile stroke ambulance. Stroke-Emergency-Mobile, VIMED(R) STEMO, combines MEYTEC's cutting-edge telemedicine solutions with NeuroLogica's state of the art portable CT scanner, CereTom(TM).
From Market Watch, May 08, 2012
Zambia: Universal Access to All a Possibility – ZICTA
For rural dwellers, owning a mobile phone and effectively utilising it for its intended purposes might have seemed like a far-fetched dream years ago. However, the situation has changed for the better because what could have been considered a luxury then, is now a necessity.
From The Zambia Daily Mail, May 08, 2012