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Changing the Game for Persons with Disabilities in Global Development Planning
A lack of disability data and statistics means that the situation and number of persons with disabilities are not clear to policy-makers and others responsible for development planning. The need for accurate data has been emphasized and pursued by the United Nations for over three decades. Increasingly, during the last decade, more data and information on disability have been collected by Governments, UN agencies and others, worldwide. It is encouraging to note that more data collection initiatives are adopting international recommendations and thus producing globally comparable data.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/desa_news_september_2015.docx, August 31, 2015

Call for Films for UN Enable Film Festival
Each year, disability-related films are selected from films submitted from around the world are screened at UN Headquarters in New York for the United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF). The films selected for UNEFF work to highlight an emerging or overlooked disability issue or present a disability perspective in a larger societal context or in diverse geographic and regional settings or highlight the human diversity of disability. Send us your short film if you think it can help achieve the objectives of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is suitable to be presented to a diverse international audience. Further details and submission guidelines are available at: Deadline: November 20, 2015.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1562, August 29, 2015

IoT Mapped: The Emerging Landscape of Smart Things
No one really knows how many “things” there are deployed today that have IoT characteristics. IDC’s 2013 estimate was about 9.1 billion, growing to about 28 billion by 2020 and over 50 billion by 2025. You can get pretty much any other number you want, but all the estimates are very large. So what are all these IoT things doing and why are they there? Here’s our attempt to map out the IoT landscape (click to enlarge).
From http://venturebeat.com/2015/08/23/iot-mapped-the-emerging-landscape-of-smart-things/, August 27, 2015

USA: Machines Provide Accessibility but Low Turnout for Voters With Disabilities Persists
Seven years ago, New York state implemented new accessible voting systems in the election process. But the Rochester-based Center for Disability Rights remains concerned at the low number of people with disabilities making their way to the polls. The Ballot Marking Devices were introduced at each polling place. These machines provide increased opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently through the use of interfaces triggered by sound and touch. “If a person is unable to use their hands, or for some reason it’s badly damaged, you can put these on the floor and you can navigate through the session using the paddles,” says Linda Cummings, a trainer at the Board of Elections.
From http://wxxinews.org/post/watch-voting-machines-provide-accessibility-low-turnout-voters-disabilities-persists, August 26, 2015

The Future of Mobile Health: Wearables, Implantables and Electronic Health Records
Wearables, implantables and electronic health records are all top of mind for Grey Healthcare Group managing partner and chief engagement officer Erin Byrne, who sees mobile spurring profound changes in the way health and wellness are managed. Byrne spoke recently with eMarketer’s Tobi Elkin and explained why mobile is critical for managing consumer health and communications between healthcare providers and patients.
From http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Future-of-Mobile-Health-Wearables-Implantables-Electronic-Health-Records/1012881#sthash.0Ksfwf9x.dpuf, August 26, 2015

Health System, Apps Must Evolve for Mobile Health Adoption to Take Off
Technology tools continue to play an important role for patients, particularly those with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Seven in 10 people with a chronic condition went online to find information about it, according to research by the Pew Research Center. And, as the number of medical issues a person has increases, so too does their use of the Internet to gain information about their conditions.
From http://www.ihealthbeat.org/insight/2015/health-system-apps-must-evolve-for-mobile-health-adoption-to-take-off, August 26, 2015

FDA’s Focus on Patient Safety with Mobile Health Applications
The healthcare industry is focused on improving patient care and health outcomes by garnering greater patient engagement and implementing new technologies to better track medical conditions, reduce medical errors, and potentially prevent more serious or life-threatening situations. Mobile health applications and mobile devices both play a role in bringing greater patient engagement across the healthcare spectrum. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mostly regulates medical devices, mobile health applications and similar devices could affect patient safety and do play a role in patient engagement. The FDA may need to exercise more control over certain mHealth apps.
From http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/fdas-focus-on-patient-safety-with-mobile-health-applications, August 26, 2015

New Data on the Accessibility of Online Job Applications
PEAT surveyed people with disabilities nationwide who had recently applied for a job online. The results identified critical accessibility problems with typical eRecruiting practices—issues that may exclude 1 out of every 5 candidates from consideration. Based on this research, PEAT is building TalentWorks, a series of tools, resources, and leading practices to help employers leverage accessible technology to recruit and hire the best talent.
From http://www.peatworks.org/talentworks/infographic#.VdJFkh-69XM.linkedin, August 25, 2015

Hong Kong: Low-Floor Buses Set to Help People with Disabilities by 2017
Commuters in wheelchairs can expect easier bus access by 2017 when all franchised vehicles – except for some serving hilly routes on Lantau Island – will come with low floor boards and ramps, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung says. In an article posted on his official blog yesterday, Cheung said the government was committed to helping those with disabilities to integrate into the community by building a barrier-free environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/24/low-floor-buses-set-to-help-people-with-disabilities-by-2017/, August 25, 2015

India: Design School Alumnus Innovates Car for Drivers with Vision Disabilities
NID-Gandhinagar alumnus Mikhil Sonavaria has innovated a car that will help people with vision disabilities take the wheel. Called Aloka, Sonavaria’s is a semi-autonomous vehicle that gives such drivers the opportunity to become independent again. The driver is likened to a navigator, he or she knows the final destination and can decide the route while the vehicle works like a pilot and takes the rider to the destination safely. The exterior of the vehicle consists of two major components: a pod and a frame. The driver sits inside the pod and the frame suspends the pod. The suspended pod pendulates, giving the driver a physical feedback by exaggerating the motion. The car’s interior has a jog dial instead of a steering wheel.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/20/nidian-designs-car-for-drivers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 25, 2015

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