UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Ratified
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first human rights treaty of the twenty-first century, is designed to protect the rights of the world's estimated 650 million people with disabilities. It has just been ratified by the requisite twenty countries and will come into force on 3 May 2008.
From Scoop Independent News, April 24, 2008
Baby Boomers' Segue to Better Future
In 2006 Jerry Kerr told a congressional committee that as the leading edge of the baby boomer generation moved toward retirement, 10,000 Americans a day were turning 60. It will happen every day through 2020, he said. And as they age, 40 percent will experience trouble walking.
From PNJ.com, April 23, 2008
Technologies for the "Differently Abled"
There is a wide range of hardware and software that assists the disabled to use computers for communication, productivity, and learning.
From MSN Technology, April 23, 2008
Assistive Technology Director Loves the Work She Has Been Honored for Doing
Molly Littleton says she has the best job in the world, and it’s hard to argue with her. One day she gets to test toys. Another day she gets to try out the coolest, latest technology devices.
From Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 22, 2008
Socitm Calls on Councils for Web-Accessibility Checks
Councils must make methodical, regular tests on websites to ensure they are accessible to all, according to a Socitm report.
From ZDNet.co.uk, April 21, 2008
Assistive Technologies Devices are Key to Elderly Independence
One critical strategy for helping the aging to remain independent is to help them live longer at home, thus providing a major and expanding role for new devices and assistive systems, not just drugs.
From TMCnet.com, April 19, 2008
Microsoft Announces Partnerships in Latin America to Transform Education and Expand Access to Technology
Microsoft Corporation is collaborating with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States to extend the reach and impact of Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas, a program created by the Trust for the Americas nonprofit affiliate of the Organization of American States to help people with disabilities and at-risk youth across Latin America with technology skills training.
From The Earth Times, April 03, 2008
Disabled Peoples’ Forum Launched
Disabled youth and older people from 16 Commonwealth countries came together in London to launch a unique Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum, the purposes of which will be to provide a link between disabled people’s organisations in all Commonwealth countries and all the political structures.
From Antigua Sun, April 02, 2008
Not Blind to the Internet
Do the sight-impaired use the Internet? You better believe it. In fact, they are so savvy they can tell you what’s wrong with your website.
From The New Strait Times Online, April 01, 2008
UN Vows to Ensure Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2006 along with its Optional Protocol, is only three ratifications short of the 20 needed to enter into force and become an internationally legally binding document.
From AHN, March 31, 2008