New Zealand: AUT and Auckland Uni Students Win Microsoft Imagine Cup with "Mobile Eye"
Team Mobile Eye, with students from both AUT University and the University of Auckland, has won the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup, impressing the judges with their innovative project that aims to provide assistance to blind New Zealanders.
From The National Business Review, May 01, 2012
USA: Defense Telework
The Defense Department, the largest employer of civilian federal workers, has issued a new policy requiring management to promote telework and to “make every effort to overcome artificial barriers” to off-site working.
From The Washington Post, April 30, 2012
USA: Disabilities Don’t Stop Fishing Fun
Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to open the great outdoors to people with disabilities through the world of fishing. The organization has 25 chapters in 12 states. Its volunteers hold dozens of events each year, "enabling thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in this spirit-lifting, morale-boosting, trouble-free recreational activity."
From Journal Sentinel Inc., April 30, 2012
India: Rights of Children with Disabilities
The Right to Education Act (amendment ) Bill passed recently in the Rajya Sabha to widen the beneficiary net for children with disabilities is a retrogressive step since it defeats the very purpose of the Act, which is to promote social inclusion in elementary schools. The amendment is in contradiction of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recent Supreme Court judgment (April 2012) on RTE, since it seems to suggest that home-based education may be the best option for children with 'severe disability.'
From The Times of India, April 30, 2012
Ireland: Cork Teen Addresses UN on Disability
A Cork teenager born without arms and legs has told delegates at a United Nations conference this evening that technology was the limb she never had.
From The Irish Times, April 26, 2012
UK: MedApps Remote Patient Biometric Monitoring Platform Chosen by ResCare
Home care company, ResCare has chosen MedApps solutions for providing remote patient biometric monitoring services. ResCare is a human services company that provides therapeutic and residential support for seniors requiring in-home care and for people with disabilities. It helps individuals to live independently.
From AZoSensors, April 26, 2012
USA: Easter Seals Houston Introduces Bridging Apps (TM)
BridgingApps(TM) is a community of Easter Seals Houston staff, parents, therapists, doctors and teachers who share information about how they are using mobile devices like iPads and Androids to help people with disabilities. Co-founders Cristen Reat and Sami Rahman launched an app review system focused on skills -- not age, diagnosis or development level.
From Market Watch, April 26, 2012
USA: State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Named 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate for 1,500-Desktop VDI Project Based on Unidesk
The State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has been named a 2012 Laureate by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program for its successful implementation of a 1,500-user Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) project featuring virtual desktops created and managed by Unidesk® desktop layering software. Honoring visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change, the Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented on June 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
From Virtual-Strategy Magazine, April 25, 2012
Apps and Technology for the Disabled
In the past, technology for the differently-abled centered around wheelchair accessible vans and Braille keyboards. As mobile technology has grown, so have the options for those who need more assistance. Today, iPhones and other mobile devices can be loaded with apps to help those with disabilities access the services and technologies they need. While mobility and the ability to read are still important for the disabled, technology can help people become more independent and interact more easily with the world.
From Hive Health Media, April 25, 2012
USA: Ability Online and WQNI to Combat Cyberbullying of Autistic Children with RatedSafe (TM) Child Protection and Parental-Notification Mobile Phone Application
WQN Inc. (otcpk:WQNI), a leading online security software provider of mobile phone applications protecting children from cyber-bullies, sexual predators, and texting-related threats, announced today a special partnership program for distributing WQNI's RatedSafe(TM) anti-cyberbullying mobile phone application through Ability Online, an acclaimed nonprofit online friendship and skill development network for thousands of children and young adults with disabilities, autism, and chronic illness, and their friends, family, caregivers, and health professionals.
From Market Watch, April 25, 2012