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USA: Experience of Voters with Disabilities in the 2012 Election Cycle
In the Fiscal Year 2012 Senate Labor–Health and Human Services Appropriations bill (S. 1599), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) was encouraged to consult with NCD “to monitor the implementation of the Help America Vote Act for voters with disabilities during the 2012 general election cycle.” Although the bill passed the Senate, it was not included in the final appropriation bill. However, HHS wanted to meet the spirit of the Senate-passed bill. Accordingly, ACF responded to the Senate language by writing in its budget justification: "The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) will work with the National Council on Disability (NCD) and other federal partners to assess the accessibility of the election process for people with disabilities during the 2012 general election." To achieve this goal, AIDD partnered with NCD to assess the aaccessibility of the election process for people with disabilities during the 2012 general election.
From http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2013/10242013/, November 07, 2013

Microsoft's Mobile App Lets Users 3D-Scan Objects on the Go
Microsoft Research is working on a mobile app that lets users move their phone around an object and then create a digital 3D model ready to be sent to a 3D printer any time. The project aims to make it easier for anyone to create or design their own 3D objects and send them to a 3D printer. As 3D printing continues to grow in popularity and 3D printers become cheaper and more accessible, the next step is for 3D content to also be easier for people to create. With the 3D scanning app, people will be able to create their own 3D content instead of downloading existing 3D models from the internet.
From www.psfk.com/2013/11/microsoft-mobile-scanning-app.html, November 07, 2013

Microsoft Kinect Sign Language Translation System
A video from Microsoft Research showcases a system that uses the Kinect motion sensing input device to translate between American Sign Language and other sign and spoken languages.
From http://kottke.org/13/11/sign-language-translation-system, November 07, 2013

Israeli Startup Develops Computer-Assisted Vision Device for People with Visual Impairments
Liat Negrin has had trouble with his vision her childhood. But on a recent day, a film crew recorded the Israeli walking into a grocery store and doing something that’s always been difficult for her — read the ingredients on a cereal box. Thanks to a very special of glasses. Negrin is one of the first people to test a new computer-assisted vision device, developed by an Israeli startup called OrCam Technologies.
From http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/06/this-amazing-device-gives-visually-impaired-people-a-way-to-read/, November 07, 2013

Research: Market to See 200 Million Mobile Augmented Reality Users by 2018
Mobile augmented reality user base is set to increase dramatically from 60 million unique users this year to nearly 200 million in 2018. According to Juniper Research, the market will expand from the early adopting gaming segment and navigation based utility to become an integral part of the consumer’s ecosystem. The research firm argues that despite initial trepidation and single use applications of the technology, AR will emerge a key future platform for communication and commerce due to its potential to engage a new generation of consumers in a unique manner.
From http://www.intomobile.com/2013/11/07/there-almost-200-million-mobile-augmented-reality-users-2018/, November 07, 2013

Australia: Access to the Internet, Citizenship & Identity
Tomorrow is the final RightsTalk for 2013, with Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes chairing a discussion about access to the internet as a human right. “The internet is intertwined with everything we do. It influences how we access goods and services, how we communicate with each other, and how we access news and information,” says Commissioner Innes. “But what happens if you don’t have access to the internet? What happens if you can’t tap into the network because of a disability? What if you can’t afford to pay for internet connections or you can’t find content that is accessible and readable?”
From http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/rightstalk-access-internet-citizenship-identity, November 06, 2013

Mobile Accessibility and Employment of People with Disabilities
In recent years and on a global scale, the spread of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices has been dramatic. A driving force behind this has been the revolution in mobile apps. Hundreds of thousands of apps have been developed for various mobile platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia, and Windows Phone. From a disability perspective, apps may be subdivided into the categories of accessible apps and assistive apps.
From http://www.fcc.gov/blog/mobile-accessibility-and-employment-people-disabilities, November 06, 2013

USA: Voting Problems Widespread for Persons with Disabilities
More than a decade after Congress took steps to ensure equal access for people with disabilities at the polls, a new report finds that legal, physical and attitudinal barriers remain. During the 2012 election cycle, 1 in 5 voters with disabilities said they were kept from casting their ballot on their own and more than half said they encountered hurdles — including rude or condescending attitudes from election workers — while inside their polling place.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/11/04/voting-problems-widespread/18860/, November 05, 2013

Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty: An Opportunity To Reinforce U.S. Leadership on Disability Rights
This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself. In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to enjoy the same opportunities as our fellow citizens to study, travel, serve, and work overseas. On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will begin considering the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty), which embodies, at the international level, the principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion grounded in our own Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
From http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2013/11/04/ratification-disabilities-treaty-opportunity-reinforce-us-leadership-disability, November 05, 2013

How to Use Your iPhone's Accessibility Features
iPhone's Accessibility tools (available on the 3GS and 4 only) are targeted at people with certain disabilities. If you are hearing or visually impaired, the iPhone offers solutions so that you can easily check your messages, browse Web content, and more.
From http://ht.ly/quoYf, November 05, 2013

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