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The Global Symposium on Economic Development and Vitality
Leading cities, regions and countries around the world today are planning for comprehensive, sustainable long-term growth to build their economic competitive advantage. And they are doing so by collaborating across levels of government, convening stakeholders inside and outside of government, and working across political, social and technological divides to achieve bigger, better and more sustainable outcomes in jobs, business environments and citizen quality of life.
From http://nsp.performedia.com/1105media/ibm13/welcome, October 19, 2013

IBM Global Symposium: A Smarter Approach to Economic Development
Smarter cities, communities and regions that are committed to ensuring healthier individuals and populations have much in common. Their leaders understand the financial and social burdens that aging populations and increasing chronic disease rates are placing on them, and they are taking action to contain costs and improve quality of life. They realize that healthier populations require collaboration across all stakeholders – from business leaders, healthcare providers and payers, to schools and educators, and, of course, government and community organizations. These leaders are forming coalitions that are working together to create more prosperous and sustainable communities that are truly great places to live.
From http://insights-on-business.com/healthcare/a-smarter-approach-to-economic-development/, October 19, 2013

Eight Ways the Microsoft Kinect will Change Healthcare
We never really know where the next game-changing innovation will come from. The smartphone started out as just that — a smarter phone. But when Apple opened up its API to developers, that open source project started to unlock the true potential of a handheld, connected touchscreen computer. Nowadays, the ability to make a phone call might just be the least important thing your smartphone does for you.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/25281/eight-ways-the-microsoft-kinect-will-change-healthcare/, October 18, 2013

How Mobile Health Technology is Changing Individual Approach to Healthcare
The mobile phone is closer and closer to becoming a universal device. Banking, media, and communication are now on our mobile devices. One can envision a near future where our lives could fit into our back pocket. Mobile health (mHealth) refers to health applications (apps) on mobile devices. In an age where healthcare costs are increasing and accessibility is decreasing, mHealth provides an avenue through which the growing needs of the population might be met. Though this emerging technology holds much potential, there are still issues that must be addressed.
From http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2013/10/making-health-mobile/, October 18, 2013

Apps Showcase the Bright Future of Mobile Health
No technology has ever been adopted as fast as the smartphone – ever. Consumers have embraced these devices faster than the automobile, electricity, personal computers and even the Internet. In less than a decade, more than half of U.S. mobile phone customers have made the transition to smartphones. And as we know, these devices are far more than phones; they are constantly connected computers stuffed with sensors that fit in a pocket or purse.
From http://www.mhealthnews.com/blog/apps-showcase-bright-future-mobile-health, October 18, 2013

Video Captions Improve Comprehension
A simple change -- switching on captions -- can make a big difference when students watch educational videos, an SF State professor has discovered. Robert Keith Collins, an assistant professor of American Indian studies, found that students' test scores and comprehension improved dramatically when captions were used while watching videos. The tool is often utilized for students with learning disabilities, but Collins says his results show captions can be beneficial to all students.
From http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131011135355.htm#.UlxJz7uVT5M.twitter, October 18, 2013

Assistive Technology: A Necessity for Student Success
At its core, the American educational system is about democratization of knowledge for all students, regardless of their circumstances. In 2011, 22 percent of non-institutionalized adults with disabilities had less than a high school education. If this statistic was applied to the general population, my suspicion is that there would be an outcry to reform K-12 education to have better graduation results. But for students with disabilities, there is no shock or outrage and that is something that has to change. The key to improving the educational experience for students with disabilities is better accommodations in schools and continued improvements in assistive technology.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-lynch-edd/assistive-technology-a-ne_b_4099477.html, October 18, 2013

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse Named 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Sprint's impact on accessibility solutions has not gone unnoticed. As the first Fortune 500 CEO to address this year's annual M-Enabling conference, Hesse discussed the importance of providing accessibility solutions for customers with disabilities. Today, Sprint provides relay services in 33 states, exclusively for the federal government, as well as in New Zealand. Last month, Sprint launched the Kyocera Kona, the first feature phone in the industry to offer verbal translation enabling Internet browsing for customers with low vision. Driving the company's focus around accessibility has been a personal passion for Hesse.
From http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sprint-ceo-dan-hesse-named-2013-corporate-responsibility-lifetime-achievement-award-winner-2013-10-09?reflink=MW_news_stmp#!, October 18, 2013

UN Survey Shows Needs of Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored During Disasters
The results show that people living with disabilities across the world are rarely consulted about their needs in times of disasters. In cases where they need to evacuate such as during floods or earthquakes, only 20 per cent of respondents said they could evacuate immediately without difficulty, 6 per cent said they would not be able to evacuate at all and the remainder said they would be able to evacuate with a degree of difficulty.
From http://www.unisdr.org/archive/35032, October 17, 2013

Designing For Disabilities: Section 508 and International Accessibility Compliance For Beginners
Many graphic designers, web developers, or others in the technology and media industries will eventually come across a project that requires compliance with “Section 508″ or other accessibility standards. This term can be quite intimidating for a beginner because of the legal implications often involved. While Section 508 is legally binding only for United States federal agencies or those funded federally, often an organization that provides public services will request a website or software that meets the requirements for Section 508.
From http://www.sitepoint.com/designing-disabilities-section-508-international-accessibility-compliance-beginners/#!, October 17, 2013

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