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NIDRR Awards Funding for Cloud Computing Research
The U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has awarded $3.7 million to Carnegie Mellon University to conduct a Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing. The project is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse University and The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Project team director, Aaron Steinfeld, noted, “There has been great progress over the years on Web accessibility standards and systems, but there is still a lot of work left to do.” The five-year project will focus on enhancing web accessibility including the accessibility of web interfaces, the “presentation of information on the web,” and “ways to dynamically change pointing and clicking actions on web pages.” More information on the project can be found at http://inclusiveweb.org/.
From http://www.cmu.edu/qolt/News/2013/cmu-awarded-disability-rehabilitation-research-project-on-inclusive-cloud-and-web-computing.html, December 09, 2013

Nothing to Celebrate: North Koreans with Disabilities
December 3 marks the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For countless North Koreans with disabilities, there is nothing to celebrate. North Korea is not party to the widely ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), nor did it participate in the negotiations that led to its adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2006.
From http://fpif.org/nothing-celebrate-north-koreans-disabilities/, December 06, 2013

Smartwatches, Google Glass and Wearable Technology
At $8 billion in 2013 revenues (projected), the wearable technology market is nascent but promising. By 2017, revenue from these new devices is projected to grow to $20 billion. Numbers like that are just one of the reasons I get excited about new technologies, and I’ve been particularly excited about wearable technologies. But so far, wearable technologies have a lot in common with Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/rajsabhlok/2013/12/05/smartwatches-google-glass-and-the-wearable-technology-chocolate-box/, December 06, 2013

Wearable Tech: Will It Wear Out the Network?
With the introduction of wearable technology like Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, Sony’s Smartwatch and Google Glass, it would appear that we are on the cusp of another era of gadgetry. With these powerhouses thundering into the wearable technology market, industry analysts are predicting a spike in popularity and rapid growth over a relatively short amount of time. Gartner, for example, predicts that the global wearable computing market could be worth $10 billion in just three years.
From http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/12/wearable-tech-will-it-wear-out-the-network/, December 06, 2013

Wearable Tech, 3D Printers and Ultra TV: Trends to Watch in 2014
High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. Sports gear makers, watch manufacturers and electronics companies are rushing to label their latest products “wearable tech”. The reason? Research confirms that wearable tech is one of the hottest tech trends around and likely to be a significant category in its own right in 2014. According to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research for software group Citrix, 91 per cent of Americans are excited about wearable tech – including watches (30 per cent), clothing (22 per cent) and glasses (19 per cent). In addition, most Americans (60 per cent) think wearable tech will be as common as smartphones, on average, in six years.
From http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4ad4bb9e-5533-11e3-86bc-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2mfOUfYk6, December 06, 2013

USA: UMass Boston and IBM Advance Technology Accessibility Research
The University of Massachusetts Boston and IBM today announced a new research initiative to advance accessible technology solutions for people with disabilities, the growing elderly population, those with low literacy and novice technology users. As part of IBM's Academic Initiative, IBM will provide access to technology and industry expertise to students, professors and researchers at UMass Boston's newly formed School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.
From http://www.umb.edu/news/detail/umass_boston_and_ibm_advance_technology_accessibility_research, December 05, 2013

University of Hawaii Adds Online Disability Course
The University of Hawaii at Manoa will offer an online course on disability history and culture this spring. The course will provide an overview of the history of disability from a disability studies perspective, the university says. The course, offered through the school’s Center on Disability Studies and taught by Steven Brown, will address politics and legislation, diversity, advocacy and education. Some of the other schools that offer disability studies courses include Nassau Community College, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Iowa.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/04/university-of-hawaii-adds-online-disability-course/, December 05, 2013

New Bill for People With Disabilities in Kenya
The Garissa county government will sponsor a bill to address the plight of people with disabilities.
 Governor Nathif Jama directed the county executive Social Services Halima Mohamed and chief officer Abdullahi Omar to draft the bill. “The county government is concerned over the plight of people with disabilities. More than 1,000 are in Garissa town alone,” he said. Nadhif was speaking during the celebrations to mark the International Day of Persons with Disability in Garissa town yesterday. He said money has been allocated to support education of people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/04/new-bill-for-people-with-disabilities-in-kenya/, December 05, 2013

Persons with Disabilities Must be Able to Reap Benefits of Development, UN Officials Stress
Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations is calling for global efforts to ensure that the more than one billion people worldwide who live with some form of disability can reap the benefits of development and fully participate in society. “We must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalize discrimination,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 3 December. “We need to work harder to ensure that infrastructure and services support inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for all.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/03/persons-with-disabilities-must-be-able-to-reap-benefits-of-development-un-officials-stress/, December 05, 2013

New ‘Easy Read’ Mobile Phone Guide for People with Learning Disabilities
Ofcom has published a guide to using a mobile phone, designed to be easily understood by people with learning disabilities. Ofcom is the first UK regulatory body to publish consumer advice in the ‘Easy Read’ format, which makes information more accessible to people with learning disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/02/new-easy-read-mobile-phone-guide-for-people-with-learning-disabilities/, December 05, 2013

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