News and Notes 179 August 26

Tools, articles, and reports from NARIC collection that support financial health; Wireless RERC releases presentations from its Wireless Independence Now! workshop series; Southwest and Great Lakes ADA Centers publish results from their 2015 QIAT-PS survey distributed to post-secondary students with disabilities; Capti Narrator developed by Charmtech Labs LLC featured in MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35; Southwest and Great Lakes ADA Centers host webinar, Inclusive Sports, Recreation, and Exercise for Individuals with Disabilities; TIKTOC RERC seeks individuals with SCI to test SCI-HARD video game designed to help development of self-management skills; UN Department of Public Information releases a new accessibility logo as part of the Accessibility Guidelines for UN Websites.

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Recent financial news has many people talking and worrying about their financial future. Managing money is a key component of independence, whether you're just starting out on your own or planning for what you hope will be a comfortable retirement. We looked to our collection to find tools, curricula, articles, and reports from the NIDILRR community and other sources that address financial literacy and support the financial health of people with disabilities and their families.

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Wireless Independence Now Presentations
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) has released presentations from its Wireless Independence Now! workshop series. These workshops, conducted with the AT&T Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, were offered to people with disabilities, caregivers, and professionals to demonstrate the accessibility features found on smartphones and tablets. Individual sessions focus on features helpful to people with hearing loss, visual disabilities, dexterity or mobility disabilities, and cognitive disabilities, as well as a broader session on disability and accessibility in mobile technology.

News items: 

QIAT-PS Survey Results Now Available
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest (H133A110027) and Great Lakes ADA Centers (H133A110022) have published the results of the 2015 survey of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS) (PDF). The survey was distributed to students with disabilities in post-secondary institutions nationally. Among the findings, 91 percent of post-secondary students surveyed found assistive technology to be important or very important to their success and independence. Tools and resources on quality implementation of assistive technology in post-secondary educational environments are available from the QIAT-PS website.

Capti Narrator in MIT Technology Review
Capti Narrator, technology developed by Charmtech Labs LLC (H133S120055, H133S120067, H133S130028) under several NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research grants, was highlighted in a recent issue of MIT Technology Review. The magazine recognized Charmtech CEO Yevgen Borodin, PhD, as one of 35 innovators under 35 for developing Capti Narrator as a universally-accessible application empowering users to read and/or listen to textual content from different sources, formats, or platforms. Charmtech recently released version 2.0 for iOS which makes listening to digital content even more convenient with new content sources, enhanced navigation, read-along view, and a premium subscription.

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Webinar: Inclusive Sports, Recreation, and Exercise for Individuals with Disabilities TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest (H133A110027) and Great Lakes ADA Centers (H133A110022) will host a webinar, Inclusive Sports, Recreation, and Exercise for Individuals with Disabilities, TODAY, 3-4:30pm ET. Presented with the RESNA Catalyst Project, the webinar will provide information on creating inclusive sports, recreation, and exercise opportunities for people with disabilities, and the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design for Recreational Facilities. Registration is free but required. Continuing education credits are available for a fee.


SCI-HARD Video Game Testing
The NIDILRR-funded Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (H133E130014) is seeking individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to test SCI-HARD, a video game created to help individuals with SCI develop or improve their self-management skills. The game is designed to be accessible to individuals with all levels of SCI. Some individuals may play with their hands while others may use a mouthstick. Participants will test the game on Android and iOS devices. Interested players must be English-speaking, between the ages of 13 and 29, and have an SCI. For more information email or call 734/615-6720.

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UN Accessibility Logo
The United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information debuted a new accessibility logo, designed for use in print and electronic publications to raise awareness about accessibility and disability-related issues. The logo may be used to indicate the accessibility of places, information, services, and communication technologies. The new logo was reviewed and selected by the Focus Groups on Accessibility and the Inter-Departmental Task Force on Accessibility at the UN and is now part of the Accessibility Guidelines for UN Websites.