UK: Why Bus Drivers are Being Taught About Dementia
It's part of an initiative by the Prime Minister which is trying to encourage everyone to be more aware of the needs of older people who have dementia, to help them in their daily lives.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20596987, December 17, 2012
Feature: Cambridge Lab Tests how Elderly People use Technology
Must-have modern gadgets are designed by young people with young people in mind - that is the view of Ian Hosking, who works at Cambridge University's Design Centre. This can mean that elderly people, who have much to gain from modern technology, feel excluded. Mr Hosking's mission is to improve the accessibility of modern, mass-produced devices like smartphones and tablets. To this end, he conducts experiments with volunteers.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20664470, December 14, 2012
USA: FCC’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility
On December 19, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Chairman Julius Genachowski will present the FCC’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility to eight projects exemplifying significant innovation in communications technology that benefits individuals with disabilities. The awards are part of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative that focuses on promoting communication and collaboration between the various stakeholders involved in developing “best practices and solutions for accessible communications technologies.”
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/and-winners-are-fcc%E2%80%99s-chairman%E2%80%99s-awards-advancement-accessibility, December 14, 2012
USA: AT and Emergency Preparedness Guide by IPAT
Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and acts of terrorism like 9/11 have shown that people with disabilities, who are self-sufficient under normal
circumstances, may need to rely on the help of others in a disaster. Being ready for a disaster is part of maintaining independence and is an individual
responsibility. Meeting individual needs such as replacing medications, providing assistive technology, restoring electricity for power dependent equipment, evacuation, and/or supplying daily living supports may not happen right away. To increase the chance of surviving a disaster, everyone should be prepared to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours following the event.
From http://ndipat.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/IPAT_EMERGENCY-blog.pdf, December 14, 2012
Robotic Arm: First-ever Thought Controlled and Bone Mounted
A postdoctoral student has developed a technique for implanting thought-controlled robotic arms and their electrodes directly to the bones and nerves of amputees, a move which he is calling “the future of artificial limbs”. The first volunteers will receive their new limbs early in 2013. “The benefits have no precedent,” Max Ortiz Catalan, who carries out research in biomedicine and artificial intelligence at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, told Wired.co.uk. “They will be able to simultaneously control several joints and motions, as well as to receive direct neural feedback on their actions. These features are today not available for patients outside research labs, our aim is to change that.”
From http://www.roboticsbusinessreview.com/article/robotic_arm_first_ever_thought_controlled_and_bone_mounted, December 13, 2012
USA: FCC Says Apple's iMessage and Other Services Should Allow Text-to-911
The FCC has proposed that "over-the-top" internet messaging services such as Apple's iMessage should let users send emergency texts to 911. The move comes after last week's announcement that all four major carriers in the US had signed up to the "text-to-911" program; with traditional SMS an outdated technology for many, however, the FCC now says that it wants to keep pace with how text messaging evolves. No mention was made of specific messaging apps, but the FCC is initially targeting those that send text messages to phone numbers — the organization's primary concern is that users are "able to reach 911 by the same texting methods they use every day."
From http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/12/3760804/fcc-imessage-text-to-911-sms, December 13, 2012
Feature: How Learning Techniques Help us Remember Better
Remembering new information is an under appreciated skill. The fact that most of us have never evolved our technique beyond the rudimentary and ad hoc approaches we used as middle schoolers suggests this. It is required for any sort of professional growth, since the need to learn is high, and can separate the exceptional performances from the mediocre ones. After all, would you prefer to hire the consultant who presented using cue cards or the one who pitched from memory?
From http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/12/heres_a_better_way_to_remember.html, December 13, 2012
Mobile App Could Help Streamline Enrollment in Health Care Programs
A recent pilot study found that the use of a mobile health application -- called One-e-App -- helped streamline the enrollment of individuals into health care and public assistance programs, the North Bay Business Journal reports.
From http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2012/12/12/mobile-app-could-help-streamline-enrollment-in-health-care-programs.aspx, December 13, 2012
Australia: Government to Launch New mHealth App for Smartphones
Australian government health minister, Tanya Plibersek, has unveiled a $4.9 million, internet National Health Services Directory – with information downloads now available from smart phones or Android devices. This National Health Services Directory (NHSD) offers free information to patients about local health services – while supporting anywhere, anytime nationwide coverage.
From http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2012/dec/06/aust-gov-launches-mobile-app-health/, December 13, 2012
USA: New Report Shows Improvement in Universal Design in Education
A major factor contributing to the growth of a country is the need to properly educate the next generation. In order for this to be done successfully, the needs of all students must be met, regardless of their race, sex or disability. A report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), "Helping to Ensure Equal Access to Education," discusses their improvements in addressing this issue.
From http://www.whatdisability.com/education3/516-new-report-shows-improvenent-in-universal-design-in-education, December 13, 2012