Ireland: University of Limerick Researchers Developing Assistive Exoskeletons for Older People
Researchers at the Design Factors Research Group at the University of Limerick have been awarded EUR 250,000 funding to develop an exoskeleton to assist older people. The research will be carried out as part of the AXO-SUIT project, which will run for 3 years with a total budget of almost EUR 3 million. UL will partner with Cork based company MTD Ltd in the design and manufacture of the concept. The combined project value to the Irish partners is EUR 650,000.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/11/university-of-limerick-researchers-developing-assistive-exoskeletons-for-older-people/, April 15, 2015
UK Subtitle Regulations for Higher Education and Online Learning
Transcription and captioning for online video has become a hot-button issue in American higher education, given the pattern of anti-discrimination lawsuits brought against universities for insufficient accommodation of deaf and hard of hearing students. While there are looser subtitling requirements in the United Kingdom, some British universities are taking a proactive approach to web accessibility and adding subtitles to their videos.
From http://www.3playmedia.com/2015/04/13/uk-subtitle-regulations-for-higher-education-and-online-learning/?, April 15, 2015
Accessibility Functionality is a Lifeline for Those with Differing Abilities
Both OS X and iOS include an accessibility technology called VoiceOver, which is a screen-reader for people with impaired vision. Accessibility functionality is a lifeline for those with differing abilities. You can find out more about the rich set of assistive features offered by OS X, iOS, and Watch OS.
From http://mattgemmell.com/small-changes/, April 15, 2015
Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf?
When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago this July, his hope was that the law would ensure that people with disabilities were given “independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives,” and “the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream.”
From http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/does-the-ada-apply-to-online-spaces-too/390654/, April 15, 2015
Assistive Technology Helping Students with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties Succeed
A student with cerebral palsy operates a computer using his cheek, while another with writing problems uses a digital keyboard with the main keys highlighted so predictive text can do the rest, and a vision-impaired student uses the "speak the screen" feature on her mobile device to listen to what is on the screen.
From http://bit.ly/1XsNVjp, April 15, 2015
Fujitsu Introduces “LiveTalk,” a Participatory Communications Tool for People with Hearing Disabilities
Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory Limited today announced that, starting in mid-May, they will begin sales of FUJITSU Software LiveTalk, a participatory communications tool for people with hearing disabilities, to companies and schools in Japan.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/14/fujitsu-introduces-livetalk-a-participatory-communications-tool-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, April 14, 2015
USA: Perkins Voices Add Momentum to UN’s Push to Ratify Accessible Book Treaty
In keeping with its education and advocacy work for people who are blind all around the world, Perkins has joined with other global leaders to pave the way for expanded access to books for readers who are blind or have low vision. In March, Perkins President and CEO Dave Power took part in a panel discussion at the U.N. titled, “Innovative Technologies: Making the world of books accessible to people who are print disabled.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/14/perkins-voices-add-momentum-to-uns-push-to-ratify-accessible-book-treaty/, April 14, 2015
Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters
When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disaster-prone country.
From http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/09/low-and-high-tech-solutions-to-natural-disasters/, April 13, 2015
How a Smartphone for the Blind May Save Drivers’ Lives
An Israeli-developed smartphone for the blind is providing technology that will now help the fully sighted to drive more safely. RayGo is the first eyes-free patented smartphone system that lets drivers interact with their smartphones without taking their eyes off the road.
From http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-a-smartphone-for-the-blind-may-save-drivers-lives/, April 13, 2015
New Zealand Sign Language Week May 4-10, 2015
From 4 – 10 May 2015, Deaf Aotearoa is hosting the ninth New Zealand Sign Language Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages: New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/13/new-zealand-sign-language-week-4-10-may-2015/, April 13, 2015