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Nigeria - NCC Consults Operators on Services for Physically Challenged Persons
The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced plans to hold a consultative forum with telecom service providers with respect to persons with disability and the elderly.
From Punch on the Web, July 31, 2008

User-Centered Policy Evaluations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: Evaluating E-Government Web Sites for Accessibility for Persons With Disabilities
The author examines user-centered evaluations of e-government Web sites for compliance with a policy related to persons with disabilities: the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
From RedOrbit.com, July 31, 2008

Real-Time Text Aims to Improve Internet Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The blossoming of multimedia content on the Internet in recent years has revolutionised personal interactions, business communications, and other online services. But for millions of Internet users with sensory disabilities, many of the communication tools remain frustratingly out of their reach.
From Government Technology, July 31, 2008

Beijing Unveils Communication Service for Disabled
Beijing has unveiled a communication platform for the disabled on Wednesday in a bid to help the city's nearly 300,000 blind or deaf residents to send digital signals in case of emergency.
From Xinhuanet News Agency, July 30, 2008

South Africa - Government Makes Strides in Accommodating Disabled
People with disabilities are contributing to the economy, says the Inter Departmental Coordinating Committee on Disability (IDCCD). Speaking on behalf of the IDCCD and the Inter Provincial Forum on Disability, during a National Disability Summit held on Tuesday, Sithembile Lunguza said government had done much to ensure people with disabilities contribute towards making South Africa a prosperous country.
From BuaNews, July 30, 2008

ISO/IEC Standard: Guidelines for Making IT Office Equipment Friendlier for the Elderly and Disabled
Have you printed your bus schedule today? Sent an e-mail? Made an online payment? At a time when information and communication technology (ICT) is becoming increasingly critical for fulfilling everyday tasks at home and at the office, an ISO/IEC standard will ensure that the elderly and disabled are not left out.
From The FINANCIAL, Business News & Multimedia, July 28, 2008

Australia Ratifies, Latvia Signs, Disability Rights Treaty
Australia became the 30th country to ratify the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on July 17, 2008. On the following day, Latvia became the 130th country to sign the CRPD.
From Ratifynow.org Latest news, July 28, 2008

UNA-USA Backs Nomination of Top Human Rights Official
Ambassador William H. Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the USA, issued the following statement concerning the nomination by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of Navanethem Pillay to serve as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
From UNA-USA News, July 24, 2008

Canada - More Jobs for Disabled: StatsCan
A growing percentage of people living with disabilities are finding work, representing the largest increase in the employment rate among Canadians, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.
From Toronto Star, July 24, 2008

China - Those Who Can't See Can Surf
Have you read the news online today? Sent an e-mail? Used an online search engine? Accessibility websites ensure that disabled people are no longer excluded at a time when the Internet is indispensable to everyday life.
From China Daily, July 24, 2008

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