TechNews: Six New Gadgets Helping People with Disabilities
The HeadMouse Extreme, created for people with limited use of their hands, translates movements of the head into proportional movements on a computer screen. The user places a disposable adhesive sensor to their forehead, hat or glasses which is tracked by a wireless optical sensor.
From http://mashable.com/2012/02/29/tech-disabilities/, March 07, 2012
USA: Technology Gives Voice to People with Disabilities
Matthew is severely autistic and cannot read, write, or speak sentences. His family, friends, and educators never know exactly what he is thinking, but they know Matthew likes going to synagogue. He has been a regular at the Sunday service at Andover’s Temple Emanuel, where he hums, claps and smiles when Cantor Idan Irelander plays traditional Hebrew prayers on his guitar.
From http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-04/metro/31119794_1_bar-mitzvah-ipad-prayers, March 07, 2012
iPad Touch? How Senseg's Haptic System Gives Touchscreens Texture
With E-Sense, 'we bring touchscreens alive' says Ville Makinen - and the use of the Coulomb effect means that for the first time, flat screens can offer the sensation of having ridges, channels and roughness
From http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/07/ipad-3-touch-senseg-haptic, March 07, 2012
Video: Living with Disabilities in Europe
MEPs want to make Europe more accessible for the 120 million EU citizens with disabilities, particularly in terms of training and employment.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=WCQNfIxhDbU, March 07, 2012
TechNews: Object Recognizer App Turns the iPhone Into a Visual Assistant
Being visually impaired can sometimes mean using special means to obtain specific items that are labeled for a largely sighted world of consumers. The LookTel Recognizer for iPhone aims to change that dynamic forever. The iPhone app does exactly what the name indicates—it recognizes specific brands of products in cans, bottles, packages, DVDs as well as identifies ID and credit cards. The one drawback is that you must first create a library of images to train the app to recognize. That sticking point may lose the app some usability points, but once that visual library is created (perhaps by a sighted friend or assistant), the power of the app is undeniable.
From http://dvice.com/archives/2012/03/object-recogniz.php, March 07, 2012
USA: Wireless RERC’s 2012 Invitation to Apply for Financial Support to Develop Mobile Applications
The Wireless RERC’s “App Factory” invites experienced developers to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for either iOS or Android platforms. Developers may also request partial funding for apps that already enjoy partial support from other sources, or for adaptation of existing apps to additional platforms. The deadline for submission of app proposals for support in 2012 is March 12.
From http://wirelessrerc.org/RFP-Assistive%20and%20Accessible%20Apps_2012.doc/view, March 07, 2012
UNESCO Launches Meeting Report on Accessible ICTs for Students with Disabilities
UNESCO, jointly with Microsoft Corporation, launches the report on Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities at the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities in San Diego, USA.
From http://www.unesco.org/, March 06, 2012
European Commission Establishes eHealth Stakeholder Group
Following the recent call for expression of interest (closed in January 2012), the European Commission has selected 29 members to participate in its new eHealth Stakeholder Group. Members of the group, appointed for a period of three years, are expert representatives of European umbrella organisations active in the eHealth sector. The group is expected to contribute to the development of legislation and policy related to eHealth. Policy areas of specific interest include relevant actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe on eHealth and the forthcoming eHealth Action Plan.
From http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/health/policy/stakeholders_group/index_en.htm, March 06, 2012
USA: NYU Tops List of Most Disability Friendly Colleges
According to the new book \"College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities\" published in February, author Chris Tiedemann named NYU as one of the most disability friendly universities in the nation. He looked at accommodations beyond those required by the American with Disabilities Act and ranked NYU as one of the most accommodating.
From http://www.nyunews.com/news/2012/03/05/05ranking/, March 06, 2012
Ambient Assistive Living Launches Fifth Call for Proposals
The AAL Joint Programme launches its Fifth Call for Proposals: “ICT-based Solutions for (Self-) Management of Daily Life Activities of Older Adults at Home”, which encompasses important dimensions of the broad topic of Home Care. The Call was launched on 29 February 2012 and will close on 29 May 2012.
From http://www.aal-europe.eu/calls/call-5-2012, March 06, 2012