While traveling to England to attend a family wedding and visit with my cousins in northwest London, I had the opportunity to experience the city along with its residents. I experienced Londoners’ exceptionally good cheer, unseasonably sunny weather, and was struck by the overwhelming support residents showed for the Paralympic sporting events. The city couldn’t get enough of the Paralympic activities. The Olympic Park was packed every day with athletes and spectators, and the events sold more tickets than any other Paralympics in history.
Speech recognition is one of my favorite things to demo. There is something about watching words appear on a screen after speaking them that feels like science fiction to me. The technology has a wow factor that no other demo seems to produce.
Thanks to a recent public-private partnership that included Microsoft, the City of Los Angeles, the Partners in Care Foundation, and St. Barnabas Senior Services, a group of Los Angeles seniors are achieving a more active lifestyle and have begun managing their health data more securely. The program, called the “Exergamers Wellness Club,” was launched in April of 2012 and combines evidence-based health education with exercise and health monitoring.
Throughout my career I have often been asked the question, “Is product X accessible?” by people new to the field as well as experts in accessibility. At first consideration, the concept of a product being either “Accessible” or “inaccessible” seems reasonable; however, the complexities of technology, paired with the unique combination of abilities we all possess, make the concept of a product being “Accessible” less black and white.
There is no substitute for personalized care, whether it is for a short time following surgery, or longer term, for an individual with a permanent disability or an elderly person. Thankfully, technology solutions can be customized to help empower caregivers and promote maximum possible independence for the person being cared for.
July 26th, 2012 marked the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a US civil rights law that provides for equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.