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
G3ict Chair Ambassador Luis Gallegos on Launch of Global Consultation for Best Practices in ICT Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities
In my role of chairperson of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ICT), it is my pleasure to announce the launch of a global consultation to capture the best practices, experiences and recommendations on how the use of information and communication technologies can support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. The consultation is a joint initiative from the Broadband Commission, G3ICT, the International Disability Alliance, ITU, Microsoft, the Telecentre.org Foundation and UNESCO.
From http://itu4u.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/disability-and-development/, May 28, 2013
UK: Co-operative Bank Introduces Talking ATMs for Customers who are Blind and have Low Vision
Talking ATMs deliver private, spoken instructions through a headset which is plugged in to the ATM. High contrast screens are also being introduced (a UK first) which will aid many customers with vision disabilities. The customer will be able to complete transactions on their own in a convenient environment at any time.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/05/28/co-operative-bank-introduces-talking-atms/, May 28, 2013
Sprint Marks Major Accessibility Milestone: Opens its First CapTel Call Center Outside of the United States for Hearing Loss Community
Sprint, a leader in wireless accessibility, announced another milestone in the company’s effort to enable telecommunications for all. Sprint opened the first CapTel call center outside of the United States in Auckland, New Zealand. CapTel service provides captioned conversations for people with hearing loss.
From http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sprint-marks-major-accessibility-milestone-140000185.html, May 28, 2013
Vodafone Wants European Devs To Build Apps That Do Good, Puts GBP200K Up For Grabs
Here’s an opportunity for European app developers to work on a project aimed first and foremost at helping others. Carrier Vodafone’s philanthropic arm, the Vodafone Foundation, has kicked off its first Mobile for Good Europe Awards app competition, seeking iOS and Android apps that are “designed to improve people’s lives and deliver substantial public benefit”.
From http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/28/apps-for-good/, May 28, 2013
Web Accessibility Starts With Your Branding
Typically, the look and feel of your website will draw inspiration from some of the major design elements featured in your logo and branding assets. It makes sense then that these important assets should be designed with web accessibility in mind.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/features/2013/05/web-accessibility-starts-with-your-branding, May 23, 2013
USA: Adaptive Technology Devices a Necessity for People with Disabilities
Computers are essential tools in all academic studies. They can enhance the independence, productivity, and capabilities of people with disabilities. Furthermore, computers can benefit people with low vision, blindness, speech and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, mobility, and health impairments. Each of these impairments poses challenges to accessing and using a standard computer and electronic resources.
From http://www.southerntimesafrica.com/, May 23, 2013