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The Kessler Foundation and the National Organization on Disabilities commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct the 2010 Survey of Americans with Disabilities. Among the findings they identified that employment represents the largest gap between the two groups. Of all working-age people with disabilities, only 21% say that they are employed, compared to 59% of people without disabilities – a gap of 38 percentage points. People with disabilities are still much more likely to be living in poverty. People with disabilities are less likely than those without disabilities to socialize with friends, relatives or neighbors, once again suggesting that there are significant barriers to participation in leisure activities for this population. The second-largest gap between people with and without disabilities is regarding Internet access. 85% of adults without disabilities access the Internet, whereas only 54% of adults with disabilities report the same – a gap of 31 percentage points.
Source: Kessler Foundation

Almost one in five of the world’s population lives with some kind of recognized disability. Sooner or later, everyone will develop at least some limitations in vision, hearing, dexterity or learning. To improve usability for those of us with sensory or physical limitations, phones have features for accessibility, which are continually improving and becoming more prevalent as technologies advance. The Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) project was developed to provide a central information source to learn about accessibility in mobile devices. On their website you can learn about the various features that a phone may have and link through to manufacturers websites for specific information on particular models.

This report explores Europe’s vision for a society where every individual can make a valuable contribution. Investments in pioneering and commercially focused research will produce information and communication technologies (ICTs) that should help everyone – including the elderly, disabled and marginalised – to fulfil their potential.
Source: e-Inclusion web site on Europa

“Electronic Markets” has published a call for papers on Ambient Assisted Living for a forthcoming issue of its “focus theme section”. The main objective is to answer various questions from a networked business point of view. It aims at concepts, methods, tools, services, and cases addressing the socio-technical as well as the socio-economic impact of ambient assisted living solutions.
More information at the Electronic Markets website.

The International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2010) is taking place on 26-28 July 2010 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is a leading international conference which provides an international forum for researchers, developers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to address research challenges and to present and discuss research ideas, developments and experiences related to the ambient systems infrastructure, models, and technologies. The general aim of ambient systems is to provide an environment wherein computing devices exist anywhere and everywhere. In such systems mobile and embedded computing devices form ad hoc collaboration using different communication networks (e.g., wireless networks, RFID, etc) in order to share and exchange information and provide services. Ambient systems pose new research challenges due to the open and unreliable nature of the environment and the complexity and heterogeneity of the computing devices and the underlying communication networks. These characteristics challenge traditional techniques and demand new ways of approaching the problems related to the ambient systems.
More information on the Conference Website.

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is a recent paradigm emerging from Artificial Intelligence (AI), where computers are used as proactive tools assisting people in their day-to-day, making everyone’s life more comfortable.
The interaction with computers is changing quickly, as we no longer need to do it in ways not natural for us, since a main concern of AmI consists in to make possible the interaction with computational systems using friendly interfaces, allowing input through natural language or simple gestures.
This inclusion of technology in our day-to-day objects and environments should be as invisible as possible, because of the computational power and communication technologies embedding in most of the devices we use nowadays.
Human interaction with computing power embedded systems should happen without noticing it. The only awareness people should have arises from AmI: more safety, comfort and wellbeing, emerging in a natural and inherent way.
As defined by the IST Advisory Group (ISTAG), AmI has born thanks to three new key technologies: Ubiquitous Computing, Ubiquitous Communication and Intelligent User Interfaces, which are starting to change the way we see computers.
ISAmI is the International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, aiming to bring together researchers from various disciplines that constitute the scientific field of Ambient Intelligence to present and discuss the latest results, new ideas, projects and lessons.
Brand new ideas will be greatly appreciated as long as relevant revisions and actualizations of previously presented work, project summaries and PhD thesis.
ISAmI 2010 will be held in the beautiful and historic city of Guimarães, Portugal, nominated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. With exceptional opportunities for sightseeing and gastronomy, Guimarães is a wonderful venue for a great symposium.
More information at http://isami2010.di.uminho.pt.