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Which Apple WWDC2016 Announcements Could Be Useful to People With Disabilities?

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During its annual WWDC conference for software developers held last week in San Francisco Apple announced a few improvements to it its systems, such as opening Siri up to third-party app developers and coming to Mac, and making Apple Pay available online.

While none of the announcements could be considered earth-shattering, and, some argue, are just part of playing catch-up to the major platforms like Amazon, Google and Facebook, these enhancements could definitely be useful to us all, including to the people living with disabilities.

Doing Good Is Good for Business: Measuring the Impact of B-Corps

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You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warby Parker or Toms or Patagonia, or any large company, to start doing good by donating money to causes or giving away your product to those in need. As Jason Lim points out in Forbes, “A company simply needs a conviction and attitude of doing things that are bigger than themselves.”

The growing movement

And this is exactly what a legion of B Corps — which calls itself a “movement” — is proving, with 1,767 certified companies, in 50 countries, representing 130 industries. According to B Lab, a nonprofit that offers the certification, 450 new B Corps were certified in 2015, and about 11,000 new companies have used the B Impact Assessment (more on that later).

Steadily Embracing Assistive Tech Worldwide

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We’ve recently discussed the latest improvements and inventions in the world of assistive technology. This post is an update on what’s been going on nationally globally in the past month.

Although there were no major breakthroughs recently in terms of new devices or technologies coming to the market the related studies and events held worldwide indicate that we’re steadily embracing the need and the marketing opportunities for assistive technologies.

Assistive tech market is growing nationally

The “Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies” report released by Research and Markets on May 26, 2016, gave an overview of the current markets and trends for disabled and elderly assistive technologies, including voice synthesizers, Braille readers, and wireless monitoring devices.

Social Entrepreneurship: Feeling Good for Profit

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Just like “impact investing,” “social entrepreneurship” has been a buzz term for a while, along with “social responsibility,” “corporate sustainability,” and the concept of B Corporation.

Investing in social entrepreneurship is not just for the public problem-solvers of Silicon Valley who want to do good while turning a profit. Sure, Uber gives rides to jurors in Michigan and Airbnb is working with Portland and San Francisco on streamlining disaster response in case of an earthquake or other emergency, but some argue that every business should be socially conscious.

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