USA: User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 Drafts Published
The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) on October 4 published updated Working Drafts of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 and Implementing UAAG 2.0. UAAG defines how browsers, media players, and other “user agents” should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. UAAG 2.0 is updated to better address mobile devices and input by speech, touch, and gesture. See the call for review e-mail for a summary of changes. Comments are welcome through 9 November 2012. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/05/user-agent-accessibility-guidelines-uaag-2-0-drafts-published/, October 05, 2012
USA: State of Virginia Introduces Voting Accessibility Project for Persons with Disabilities
Virginia officials have launched a project to educate persons with disabilities and older residents about voting accessibility. The project includes online videos that show voters how to register, apply for an absentee ballot or annual application, vote curbside or use assistance at the polls on Election Day.
Global Accessibility News
Virginia introduces voting accessibility project
Americas Oct 3, 2012
RICHMOND, VA: Virginia officials have launched a project to educate persons with disabilities and older residents about voting accessibility.
The project includes online videos that show voters how to register, apply for an absentee ballot or annual application, vote curbside or use assistance at the polls on Election Day. The project is a joint effort by the State Board of Elections and the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/03/virginia-introduces-voting-accessibility-project/, October 04, 2012
U.S. Department of Education Grant Aids Work in Special Education
A five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs will continue funding of the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College . The IRIS Center develops coursework and teacher training materials to help students with disabilities achieve their academic potential. Naomi Tyler, associate professor of the practice of special education, says the IRIS Center bridges the research-to-practice gap through a free, interactive website that translates research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/03/u-s-department-of-education-grant-aids-work-in-special-education/, October 04, 2012
USA: Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 Improves eBooks Accessibility
Adobe has released Adobe Digital Editions 2.0, its freeware application for managing eBooks on a PC or Mac. Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 is required for transferring protected eBook files to compatible mobile eBook Readers using Adobe’s EPUB and PDF standards. Version 2.0 includes accessibility support for the first time, plus includes the latest reader mobile technology for managing ebooks between computer and mobile readers. The major new feature in Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 are its new accessibility features to allow eBooks to be more easily read. These include support for high-contrast screens, plus assistive software, including Window-Eyes (Windows), VoiceOver (Mac), JAWS and NVDA.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/adobe-digital-editions-2-0-improves-ebooks-accessibility/, October 04, 2012
USA: AbleGamers Foundation to Open First Permanent Accessibility Arcade for Gamers with Disabilities
The AbleGamers Foundation will be opening its first permanent arcade for gamers with disabilities on Wednesday, October 10 in Washington D.C. public library’s main MLK branch. The Accessibility Arcade offers a hands-on showcase of accessible technology that can enable gamers with disabilities to play mainstream video game systems and titles.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/ablegamers-foundation-to-open-first-permanent-accessibility-arcade-for-gamers-with-disabilities/, October 04, 2012
Report: New Paratransit Guide for Mobility-Impaired Persons
New technology and new thinking about sustainable transport systems are coming together to enable fresh approaches to the door-to-door transportation needed by disabled persons in less-wealthy regions. Access Exchange International (AEI), a non-governmental organization, has prepared a guide that takes a fresh look at everything from smart phone applications to ways non-profit NGOs can work together in order to scale up existing services. It also provides examples from some of the paratransit systems now operating beyond the “traditional” services found in Europe, North America, Japan, and Hong Kong – with fresh information from cities such as New Delhi, Cape Town, Istanbul, São Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, and Moscow.
From http://www.globalride-sf.org/, October 03, 2012
Apple App to Monitor Children Health in the Americas Developed by WHO
The GSHS allows iPod/iPad users to access data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) electronic database to compare indicators among countries, visualize and share data in different formats such as tables, bars and trends. The purpose of the GSHS is to provide accurate data on health behaviors and protective factors among students 13 to 15 years of age concerning alcohol, drugs, diet, hygiene, mental health, physical activity, sexual behaviors, tobacco, violence, and unintentional injuries. The GSHS is part of a global surveillance system developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with UNICEF, UNESCO and UNAIDS, with technical assistance from the CDC.
From http://bit.ly/VqtCnQ, October 03, 2012
USA: iPads Enable UCLA Docs to Monitor Chronically Ill Patients
Chronic conditions continue to be a gateway for healthcare providers to offer aid to their patients using mobile health tools. Case in point, doctors, nurses and patients at University of California, Los Angeles, are taking advantage of the iPad to improve the quality of treatment for patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the school.
From http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/ipads-enable-ucla-docs-monitor-chronically-ill-patients/2012-09-18, October 03, 2012
USA: Medical Device Tax Could Hurt Medical App Developers
In an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal last week, former Senator Evan Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, argued that at least one provision in the Affordable Care Act “threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness”. Bayh was pointing to the 2.3 percent tax that the law requires medical device companies to tack on to each sale starting in January.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/18598/medical-device-tax-could-hurt-medical-app-developers/, October 03, 2012
Twitter App Tracks Illness Outbreaks
A new tool for tracking and analyzing health-related comments on Twitter may help public health departments identify emerging health issues and public health emergencies earlier than traditional surveillance methods do. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will make the Web-based application, called MappyHealth, available to state and local public health agencies within the next few weeks.
From http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/clinical-systems/twitter-app-tracks-illness-outbreaks/240007513?cid=RSSfeed_IWK_AL, October 03, 2012