USA: AbleGamers Foundation to Open First Permanent Accessibility Arcade for Gamers with Disabilities
The AbleGamers Foundation will be opening its first permanent arcade for gamers with disabilities on Wednesday, October 10 in Washington D.C. public library’s main MLK branch. The Accessibility Arcade offers a hands-on showcase of accessible technology that can enable gamers with disabilities to play mainstream video game systems and titles.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/ablegamers-foundation-to-open-first-permanent-accessibility-arcade-for-gamers-with-disabilities/, October 04, 2012
Report: New Paratransit Guide for Mobility-Impaired Persons
New technology and new thinking about sustainable transport systems are coming together to enable fresh approaches to the door-to-door transportation needed by disabled persons in less-wealthy regions. Access Exchange International (AEI), a non-governmental organization, has prepared a guide that takes a fresh look at everything from smart phone applications to ways non-profit NGOs can work together in order to scale up existing services. It also provides examples from some of the paratransit systems now operating beyond the “traditional” services found in Europe, North America, Japan, and Hong Kong – with fresh information from cities such as New Delhi, Cape Town, Istanbul, São Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, and Moscow.
From http://www.globalride-sf.org/, October 03, 2012
Apple App to Monitor Children Health in the Americas Developed by WHO
The GSHS allows iPod/iPad users to access data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) electronic database to compare indicators among countries, visualize and share data in different formats such as tables, bars and trends. The purpose of the GSHS is to provide accurate data on health behaviors and protective factors among students 13 to 15 years of age concerning alcohol, drugs, diet, hygiene, mental health, physical activity, sexual behaviors, tobacco, violence, and unintentional injuries. The GSHS is part of a global surveillance system developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with UNICEF, UNESCO and UNAIDS, with technical assistance from the CDC.
From http://bit.ly/VqtCnQ, October 03, 2012
USA: iPads Enable UCLA Docs to Monitor Chronically Ill Patients
Chronic conditions continue to be a gateway for healthcare providers to offer aid to their patients using mobile health tools. Case in point, doctors, nurses and patients at University of California, Los Angeles, are taking advantage of the iPad to improve the quality of treatment for patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the school.
From http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/ipads-enable-ucla-docs-monitor-chronically-ill-patients/2012-09-18, October 03, 2012
USA: Medical Device Tax Could Hurt Medical App Developers
In an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal last week, former Senator Evan Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, argued that at least one provision in the Affordable Care Act “threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness”. Bayh was pointing to the 2.3 percent tax that the law requires medical device companies to tack on to each sale starting in January.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/18598/medical-device-tax-could-hurt-medical-app-developers/, October 03, 2012
Twitter App Tracks Illness Outbreaks
A new tool for tracking and analyzing health-related comments on Twitter may help public health departments identify emerging health issues and public health emergencies earlier than traditional surveillance methods do. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will make the Web-based application, called MappyHealth, available to state and local public health agencies within the next few weeks.
From http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/clinical-systems/twitter-app-tracks-illness-outbreaks/240007513?cid=RSSfeed_IWK_AL, October 03, 2012
mHealth: Twice as Many Use Tablets for Health Tools
According to Manhattan Research, the number of adults in the US who used their mobile phones for health information and tools grew from 61 million in 2011 to 75 million this year. Using tablets for accessing health information and tools doubled over the past year: 15 million US adults used tablets for health information last year and 29 million used them for health activities this year.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/18593/twice-as-many-use-tablets-for-health-tools-information/, October 03, 2012
Australia: Audio Description a First for NBR New Zealand Opera
Blind and vision impaired audience members will be able to touch parts of the set and key props before audio described performances of The Bartered Bride in Auckland on 27 September and Wellington on 20 October in what is a first for the NBR New Zealand Opera. The SIGNAL programme offers Sign Language interpreted performances for Deaf and hearing impaire4d patrons, and audio described performances for blind or vision impaired patrons.
From http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2012/10/audio-description-a-first-for-nbr-new-zealand-opera/, October 03, 2012
Grant to Make Polling Places More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
Polling places in Gregg County should be easier for persons with disabilities to access during the November election thanks to a state grant. The Gregg County Commissioners Court approved a request Thursday from elections administrator Kathryn Nealy to accept a $5,340 grant from the state to make polling places more accessible. “Almost all of our polling places already meet ADA standards,” Nealy said. “This will just allow us to make some minor changes that will make things even easier for people with disabilities.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/01/grant-to-make-polling-places-more-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities/, October 02, 2012
USA: Developing an Appetite for Success
On September 6-7, the FCC hosted a free workshop for developers, “Developing with Accessibility" (DevAcc), at its headquarters in Washington, DC. Jim Mueller, Wireless RERC project director, demonstrated "BrailleTouch" and "ReadMore," two of the apps being developed by the RERC's App Factory.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/developing-appetite-access, October 02, 2012