SAP Pledges to Hire Adults with Autism for 1% of Workforce
This week SAP announced that one percent of its workforce will eventually be adults diagnosed with a form of autism. That number could eventually be as high as 650 employees spread across 60 of its locations where SAP runs laboratories as well as research and development operations. What started as a pilot project in India will morph into one of the more compassionate, creative and necessary job programs within the private sector.
From http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/05/sap-adults-autism/, May 17, 2013
USA: Baby Boomers Driving the Technology Wave
That younger investors embrace online brokerages isn’t a surprise to anyone. But what is a surprise — at least to some — is that Baby Boomers are going digital in unexpected ways, forcing the financial community to keep up. Virtual advisory firm Wealthfront built its system to connect with younger investors, the ones assumed to be the most comfortable with digital tools, with financial advisors. But something interesting happened along the way — Boomers started signing up too. “Predominately our audience has been early adopters and younger professionals,” says Wealthfront chief operating officer Adam Nash. “But Baby Boomers are now making up over 10%, and that certainly wasn’t true at the beginning of the year.”
From http://m.wealthmanagement.com/technology/baby-boomers-driving-technology-wave?goback=%2Egde_4083270_member_241439440, May 16, 2013
IBM: Mobile is Platform of Future Opportunities
The proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and machine-to-machine systems is transforming the way businesses operate and interact with partners, employees and customers. The mobile future goes well beyond device management; IBM says it’s about integrated systems that make mobile connectivity and productivity more efficient and effective.
From http://channelnomics.com/2013/02/28/ibm-mobile-platform-future-opportunities/, May 16, 2013
Diplomas Elusive for Many Students With Learning Disabilities
A state-by-state analysis of the most recent data on graduation rates for students with learning disabilities shows that while more of those students have been leaving high school with a standard diploma, many states are struggling to reach the national graduation rate average of 68 percent for students in that disability category.
From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2013/05/diplomas_elusive_for_many_stud.html, May 15, 2013
Inclusive Mobile Technology will Increase Job Opportunities for Those with Disabilities
Komodo OpenLab's workspace is straight out of the pages of a technology magazine. It has the token line of silver iMacs running through the centre of the room, the incessant buzz of overhead fluorescent lighting and the archetypal tech developers -- eyes glued to the screen.
From http://yongestreetmedia.ca/features/komodo051513.aspx, May 15, 2013
Funka to Participate in M-enabling Summit 2013
The M-Enabling Summit 2013 is a joint initiative of the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and E.J. Krause & Associates (EJK) to promote mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities leveraging the latest operating systems, handsets and tablets based technologies.
From http://www.funkanu.com/en/About-Funka/News/News-archive-en/Funka-is-going-to-participate-in-M-enabling-Summit/, May 15, 2013
USA: Is an Office of mHealth the Best Thing About the Bill Creating an Office of mHealth?
Version 2.0 of a plan to create an Office of mHealth in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be out soon. The office of U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, Silicon Valley’s Democratic Congressman who authored the legislation, said the next draft will at the least fine-tune the way the office would work with other federal agencies.
From http://medcitynews.com/2013/05/is-an-office-of-mhealth-the-best-thing-about-the-bill-creating-an-office-of-mhealth/, May 14, 2013
How mHealth Technologies Are Benefitting Patients
The mobile health (mHealth) industry is responsible for this shift, and it is contributing to a new delivery model focused on care that is patient-centered and value-based. When a patient downloads a medical application, for example, and uses that app to better manage a disease, it can lead to better health. This means fewer office visits, reduced care costs and a lower burden on the healthcare system.
From http://medcitynews.com/2013/04/theres-an-app-for-that-how-mhealth-technologies-are-benefitting-patients/, May 14, 2013
Survey: Telecommuting Is More Than a Perk for Workers With Disabilities
Since Yahoo! ended telecommuting for its employers months ago and ignited a debate around the value of telework, I've been thinking about workplace benefits and how people with disabilities utilize them. Telecommuting can be an especially valuable benefit for many professionals with disabilities because there are times when being able to work from home is necessary -- whether to accommodate a disability or because of the lack of accessible transportation.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-otto/telecommuting-is-more-than-a-perk_b_3239553.html, May 14, 2013
Regal Cinemas Bringing Sony's Accessibility Technology to Nearly 6,000 Theaters
In a world where 3D (and now 4DX) is constantly trying to overwhelm your senses at theaters, it's important to remember that the basic needs of some moviegoers remain largely unmet. Over a year ago, Regal Cinemas announced plans to bring Sony Entertainment's Access System to its chain of digital theaters, and now that effort is picking up some real momentum. The Access System helps customers who may be hard of hearing, deaf, or blind. For the hearing impaired, specially designed glasses privately display closed captioned text directly in a wearer's sight for 2D as well as 3D movies. When headphones are plugged in, the system provides descriptive audio for those unable to make out what's happening on screen.
From http://zite.to/13C8Yoj, May 14, 2013