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Mobile Health Technology Transformed through Wearables
At the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition that took place in Chicago last week, the HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey showed that the health IT sector was integrating mobile health technology in more comprehensive and all-encompassing approaches.
From http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/mobile-health-technology-transformed-through-wearables, April 27, 2015

Microsoft Partners with Kenya’s ICTA to Strengthen ICT and Innovation
The Kenya ICT Authority last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, promising to distribute 1.2 million affordable devices to local primary and secondary schools by 2016. To support the dissemination of these devices, Microsoft has pledged to train 30,000 teachers in ICT skills through the company’s Partners in Learning network over the next five years, according to various reports.
From http://pctechmag.com/2015/04/microsoft-partners-with-kenyas-icta-to-strengthen-ict-and-innovation/, April 27, 2015

How Wearables and Mobile Health Tech are Reshaping Clinical Trials
For example, 23andMe, the Silicon Valley maker of personalized genetic tests, has hired Genentech R&D executive Richard Scheller to lead a new therapeutics group that will use the company’s archived genetic data to find correlations and patterns across different disease states in an effort to develop its own therapies.
From http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/17/how-wearables-and-mobile-health-tech-are-reshaping-clinical-trials/, April 27, 2015

Thailand Introduces Videophone Booths for People with Hearing Disabilities
New telephone booths for people with hearing disabilities have been installed nationwide to allow them to communicate with friends, file complaints to the government or make emergency calls. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening of the centre for Thai Telecommunication Relay Service (TTRS) yesterday morning at the state-run Damrongtham complaint centre near Government House. The new telephone booths, fitted with a two-way communication screen, allow those with hearing disabilities to call friends, phone the government to register complaints about state agencies or make emergency inquiries.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/21/thailand-introduces-videophone-booths-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, April 22, 2015

Museums to Introduce Sign Language and Braille in Turkey
Services for people with vision and hearing disabilities will be increased at key Istanbul museums next year, the head of the country’s largest travel agency body claimed on Tuesday. “In 2016, we will make our guides use sign language for people with hearing disabilities and the [Braille] alphabet for people with vision disabilities ,” Basaran Ulusoy, president of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/20/museums-to-introduce-sign-language-and-braille-in-turkey/, April 22, 2015

Reading Systems Supporting Accessible EPUB 3 Bring New Opportunities to Customers with Print Disabilities
The Consortium is also a member of the Readium Foundation which promotes and develops technologies accelerating the adoption of EPUB 3 and the Open Web Platform by the global digital publishing industry.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/17/reading-systems-supporting-accessible-epub-3-bring-new-opportunities-to-customers-with-print-disabilities/, April 22, 2015

Device to Help Passengers with Vision Disabilities Board Buses
People with vision disabilities in Mumbai will no longer need to depend on co-passengers to board a bus. A click of a button will help people with vision disabilities identify the route number and also locate the bus door, helping them travel independently. On Friday, the Xavier’s Resource Centre for Visually Challenged (XRCVC), in collaboration with Assistech of IIT-Delhi will launch OnBoard, a bus identification system, at the BEST Undertaking premises at Colaba.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/17/device-to-help-passengers-with-vision-disabilities-board-buses/, April 22, 2015

UK: RLSB’s Wayfindr App Helps the Blind Nagivate the London Underground
The London subway system can difficult be difficult to navigate for tourists and locals alike. London's blind and visually impaired commuters have an additional layer of difficulty added to their daily subway travels. Without being able to clearly see any signage, their daily commute could range from a hassle to downright dangerous as they navigate stairs and train platforms. The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) paired with developers UsTwo to create Wayfindr, an app that helps the blind and visually impaired find their way around the London underground.
From http://www.slashgear.com/rlsbs-wayfindr-app-helps-the-blind-nagivate-the-london-underground-09372589/, April 22, 2015

Swedish App Massively Expands Audio Described Cinema
A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000 each year. According to the project manager, Lisa Wacklin, audio description was previously delivered live in the cinema and the app has allowed the huge increase by automating the process.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/web/swedish-app-massively-expands-audio-described-cinema, April 21, 2015

USA: Student Inventors Tackle Elder Mobility Hurdles
When Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen heard about the 2015 Stanford Longevity Design Challenge on mobility, they welcomed the opportunity to create a human-centered design project. One of their advisers encouraged them to reach out to the people they were designing for: older adults. For their efforts, Steigmann and Jensen, juniors at The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, won the top prize at the recent global competition for designing products and services to improve the lives of older adults.
From http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2015-04/student-inventors-tackle-elder-mobility-hurdles, April 21, 2015

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