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USA: Rural Carriers Start Connecting Customers to Doctors Via Mobile Video Chat
Cellular One is connecting its customers directly with doctors via Skype and Facetime as part of a larger effort from the Competitive Carriers Association to bring telemedicine to rural communities.
From http://gigaom.com/2014/02/04/rural-carriers-start-connecting-customers-to-doctors-via-mobile-video-chat/, February 05, 2014

New Zealand: Start-up Appcessible Helps App Developers Reach the Blind
Blind iPhone user and technologies Jonathan Mosen is offering app developers a helping hand in servicing the blind. Mosen has founded Appcessible, a start-up staffed entirely by blind people, to help app developers gain access to users of mobile assistive technologies.
From http://www.zdnet.com/start-up-helps-app-developers-reach-the-blind-7000025972/, February 05, 2014

Designing for Easy Interaction: Accessibility is for Everyone
Success in interaction design is largely a matter of following established patterns, so people can apply what they already know to new contexts. Using known and well-established interactive controls goes a long way in designing for easy interaction. There are specific considerations that will help make controls more usable for people using assistive technologies. And there are design considerations that make interaction more usable and enjoyable for everyone, including people with disabilities.
From http://alistapart.com/article/designing-for-easy-interaction, February 05, 2014

UK: Tourism Businesses Encouraged to ‘Take the Lead’ on Access
VisitEngland and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have produced a new guide for tourism businesses on welcoming customers with assistance dogs. Take the lead highlights the important role performed by assistance dogs, it outlines the legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010, and how tourism businesses can boost business by attracting more visits from disabled travellers and their canine companions.
From http://ablemagazine.co.uk/disability-news/tourism-businesses-encouraged-to-take-the-lead-on-access/, February 05, 2014

USA: Graduation Disparities Loom Large for Students With Special Needs
The wide graduation-rate gaps in many states between students with disabilities and those in regular education raise the stakes for next year's first-ever federal evaluation of how well states are serving their special education students.
From http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/29/19grad_ep.h33.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2, February 04, 2014

The Future of Universal Design: From Accessibility to Inclusion
Universal design (UD) is an idea that developed in the mid-1990s as advocates of making buildings and products accessible to people with disabilities realized that these features often had benefits for a broader population. Examples include curb ramps, automated doors, closed captioning in television sets and accessibility features for computer operating systems.
From http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2014/02/04/the-future-of-universal-design/, February 04, 2014

Wearable Transmitter Turns Your Palm Into a Touch Interface
The world could be at your fingertips, thanks to a new wearable, gesture-based gadget. Fin enables users to control up to three devices such as smartphones, car radios and smart TVs using only swipes and taps. The ring-shaped technology is worn on the thumb, and communicates with different devices using Bluetooth. Fin has five pre-programmed gestures; in its final iteration, users will be able to create custom ones on an app that will come with the device. "People in today's world are becoming more busy, but still they are wasting a lot of time interacting with their smart devices," Rohildev Nattukallingal, founder of RHL Vision Technologies, the startup behind Fin, told Mashable. "Fin removes this interaction gap by allowing users to quickly interact with those devices."
From http://mashable.com/2014/02/02/palm-fin-touch-interface/, February 03, 2014

Microsoft's New Commercial Focuses on People with Disabilities
Microsoft new commercial focuses on people with disabilities. There are people who are deaf, blind and others. The ad shows that computers and technology can allow people to overcome their disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/02/03/microsoft-new-commercial-focuses-on-people-with-disabilities/, February 03, 2014

FCC Extends Comment Deadline: Rulemaking on Closed Captioning of IP-Delivered Video Programming
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order in the Matter of Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 [MB Docket No. 11-154]. The Order extends the comment deadline for the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released on December 13, 2013, wherein the FCC requested comments on rules regarding the closed captioning of IP-delivered video programming.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/fcc-extends-comment-deadline-rulemaking-closed-captioning-ip-delivered-video, January 31, 2014

USA: Voting Poses Ongoing Accessibility Challenges for Persons with Disabilities
Former Columbia County Supervisor Neil Ford says he votes absentee, always. Ford, of the town of Lodi, is legally blind. And, while Columbia County’s polling places have a device that allows people with visual impairments to mark their ballots utilizing audio cues, Ford said the availability of those devices doesn’t solve his fundamental polling place accessibility challenge — transportation. There are numerous people, like Ford, who find it difficult to vote in elections because of accessibility problems.
From http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/article_4ae3a6ec-3dd4-56ae-b528-f67300fd459e.html, January 31, 2014

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