Former WFD President Receives 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) congratulates Dr. Liisa Kauppinen, former President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), on her receipt of the 2013 United Nations (UN) Human Rights Prize. IDA extends its sincerest congratulations to Dr. Liisa Kauppinen today as she is awarded the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights (UN Human Rights Prize). The UN is recognizing Dr. Kauppinen on Human Rights Day for her tireless efforts to strengthen the human rights of millions of persons with disabilities worldwide.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/, December 11, 2013
Actuate and American Foundation for the Blind Collaborate to Offer Increased Accessibility to the Visually Impaired Community
Actuate Corporation, The BIRT Company, and the leader in personalized analytics and insights, today announced their collaboration with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), to develop content that can be easily accessed and interpreted by the visually impaired community. The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential and be better served by the institutions they depend on.
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131209005309/en/Actuate-American-Foundation-Blind-Collaborate-Offer-Increased, December 11, 2013
USA: Newseum to Improve Access for Persons with Disabilities
The Department of Justice announced on December 6 that it has reached a settlement with Newseum Inc., which owns and operates the Newseum, to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The settlement agreement resolves allegations that the Newseum, a museum of news and history in Washington, D.C., was operating exhibits and providing facilities that were not accessible to people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/10/newseum-to-improve-access-for-persons-with-disabilities/, December 11, 2013
Belgium: European Commission Announces Access City Award Winner 2014
On the occasion of the European Day for people with disabilities (3 December) the European Commission announced that Gothenburg is the winner of the Access City Award 2014. The Award recognizes Gothenburg’s outstanding work towards increasing accessibility for people with disabilities and older people. The 2014 Award is organized by the European Commission together with the European Disability Forum, and is presented in Brussels during the event ”Accessible Tourism in Europe” on the occasion of the annual European Day of People with Disabilities and the European Tourism Day. The Award aims to encourage cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants to share their experience and to improve accessibility for the benefit of all.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/european-commission-announces-access-city-award-winner-2014/, December 11, 2013
India: Wipro Receives Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Wipro today announced that it has been recognized with the National award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2013 under the category – Best Accessible Website (Private Sector) for its corporate website wipro.com. Wipro employee Nupur Jain, has also received the ‘Role Model’ award in the individual category. These prestigious awards, given by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, recognize outstanding persons with disabilities and individuals and organizations that are working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/10/wipro-receives-award-for-empowerment-of-persons-with-disabilities/, December 11, 2013
USA Legislator: Mobile tools can boost federal healthcare programs Read more: Legislator: Mobile Tools Can Boost Federal Healthcare Programs
Legislation recently introduced to Congress by Rep. Scott Peters (R-Calif.) seeks to increase the use of wireless technologies in healthcare to ultimately bring care costs down. The bill--the "Health Savings Through Technology Act"--calls for the creation of a commission that would inventory existing data and examine any cost-savings attainable through the use of wireless health technologies. The commission then would devise a strategy for integrating the most successful tools into federal healthcare programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
From http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/legislator-mobile-tools-can-boost-federal-healthcare-programs/2013-12-03, December 10, 2013
Mobile Health App Regulation More Than Just FDA, ONC
This year has been a big year for health app regulation: FDA released its final guidance on regulation of mobile medical apps earlier this year, and the ONC released its final HIPAA omnibus rule in January. But there is a third agency regulating health apps, in cases where neither the FDA’s harm standard nor HIPAA apply: the Federal Trade Commission.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/27915/mobile-health-app-regulation-is-more-than-just-fda-onc/, December 10, 2013
Accessible Designs Could Help Us All — But Only if Firms Bite
Computer technology offers us abilities we could once only dream about. But many companies have yet to recognize the commercial opportunity in making products for the disabled. Some argue that ignoring accessibility issues completely is a multi-billion dollar mistake.
From http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=225791332, December 10, 2013
EU: The 'Global Campaign for Education' Alliance Releases Report on Inclusive Education
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) issued a report calling for inclusive education for children with disabilities. A report entitled “Equal Right, Equal Opportunity” urges national governments to adopt appropriate legislative frameworks and set out national plans for inclusive education.
From http://www.e-include.eu/news/1428-the-global-campaign-for-education-alliance-released-a-report-on-inclusive-education, December 10, 2013
GSMA mHealth in Nigeria: Innovating Mobile Solutions That Push Towards the MDGs
It is worrisome that, with less than 2 years to the set date for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the numbers are not looking good regarding the situation of women and children in Nigeria. It is reported that about 53,000 women die annually from complications during pregnancy and delivery, including hemorrhage, infections, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure leading to convulsion, anemia and malaria, just to mention a few.
From http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/gsma-mhealth-in-nigeria-innovating-mobile-solutions-that-push-towards-the-mdgs, December 10, 2013