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Z-Connector Presents Devices at M-Enabling Summit 2013 to Help Users Stay Connected
Z-Connector LLC, local producers of safety chains to keep cell phones attached and accessible, will present their helpful attachments for mobile devices at the second annual M-Enabling Summit in Washington, D.C., June 6-7. The Miami-based company is donating 600 of their connective devices to be given away at the upcoming summit.
From http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10802248.htm, June 11, 2013

Captioning In-Flight Entertainment: The Final Frontier
Scientific progress doesn't always happen in logical order. In 1921, Aeromarine Airways showed the world's first in-flight movie. In 1969, we put a man on the moon. In 2005, tourists started booking with Virgin Galactic to take spaceflights. In 2009, U.S. Department of Transport ruled that all aircraft videos, DVDs and other audio-visual displays be captioned for safety and/or informational purposes.
From http://deafreview.com/deafreview-news/captioning-in-flight-entertainment-the-final-frontier/, June 10, 2013

IDPP Attends 2013 M-Enabling Summit 2013; Offers Virtual Briefing
The IDPP participated in the 2013 M-Enabling Summit (#mEnabling on Twitter) from 6-7 June 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. As conference participants, the IDPP hosted an informal virtual roundtable discussion on 7 June 2013 at 12:30pm U.S. EST that was open to the public via Blackboard Collaborate. Moderated by Dr. Derrick Cogburn, "Mobile Accessibility and the UNCRPD: The Intersection of Innovations in Accessible Mobile Technology and Disability Policy" featured G3ict President and Executive Director Mr. Axel Leblois; IDPP Advisory Board and faculty member Ambassador Luis Gallegos; and other accessibility and disability policy experts.
From http://aseanidpp.org/idpp-attends-m-enabling-summit-2013, June 08, 2013

Rensselaer Hosts Conference on “Assistive Technology” for the Arts
Sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a one-day conference at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will center on technologies that aid mobility disabled people in making art and music. Just as sports tools like the sit-ski aid disabled athletes, and work tools like Braille keyboards aid visually impaired employees, artists and designers are developing a series of “assistive technologies” that open the arts and music to the mobility impaired, said Jonas Braasch, director of the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC). The center is hosting the conference in conjunction with the Deep Listening Institute on June 8.
From http://news.rpi.edu/luwakkey/3187?destination=node/40122#sthash.8b13w5Xn.dpuf, June 08, 2013

FCC’s Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Speaks to the Future of Accessibility at the M-Enabling Summit 2013
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn addressed the M-Enabling Summit concerning trends in accessible technology. In her address, Clyburn noted that historically, the needs of people with disabilities have been overlooked, stating “it was often years, and sometimes decades before persons with disabilities were given anything remotely approaching equal access to communications like telephones, television and cellphones.”
From http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/content/newsroom/fcc%E2%80%99s-clyburn-speaks-future-accessibility#sthash.zGoJBirr.dpuf, June 06, 2013

UK: Disability Still A Major Factor In Determining UK Internet Use, Report Finds
UK adults with a disability are still three times less likely to have used the internet than those without a disability, a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown. The figures in the latest Internet Access Quarterly. Update, released every four months, show that at the first quarter of 2013, there were 3.7 million disabled adults – as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act – who had never used the internet, representing 32% of all adults in the UK with a disability.
From http://bit.ly/YIFMLA, June 04, 2013

UK: Starting the Conversation About Providing Assisted Digital Support
The Assisted Digital team at GDS is working with departments to develop assisted digital support for digital services. This will give the 18% of UK adults who are offline access to digital by default services.
From http://digital.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/2013/05/23/starting-conv-assisted-digital/, June 04, 2013

US: Broadband Connectivity in Schools a Long Way from Full Potential
The Internet is becoming as critical to student success as textbooks and blackboards—in many parts of the country, even basic homework assignments require access to the Web. This reflects not only a greater variety of educational resources available online to students, but also the rising importance of digital literacy as a fundamental skill.
From http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/04/moocs_and_other_education_technologies_require_better_broadband_infrastructure.html, June 04, 2013

Mobile Health: Scaling Up Evidence-based mHealth to Fight Non-Communicable Diseases
Mobile Phones are now considered essential tools for health workers. It was with great pleasure that I participated in a recent event at the 66th World Health Assembly on mHealth for Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), an important topic for all of us. ICTs have become key enablers in every facet of human activity – from healthcare and education to energy, transportation, government, entertainment, innovation and enterprise.
From http://itu4u.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/scaling-up-evidence-based-mhealth-to-fight-ncds/, May 30, 2013

Making Health Data Healthier
Data collection and its use and security are creating healthy discussions within the healthcare industry. I recently conducted a Q&A session with Janice McCallum, managing director of Content Advisors and a leading Health IT thought leader, on these important topics.
From http://networkingexchangeblog.att.com/enterprise-business/making-health-data-healthier/, May 30, 2013

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