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Microsoft, DAISY Make Reading Easier for People with Print Disabilities
Microsoft Corporation today joined with industry and advocacy group leaders worldwide to launch new software that will make it easier for anyone to create documents and content that will be accessible for blind and print-disabled individuals. The new "Save as DAISY XML" add-in, designed for Microsoft Office Word 2007, Word 2003 and Word XP, will allow users to save Open XML-based text files into DAISY XML, the foundation of the globally accepted DAISY Standard for reading and publishing navigable multimedia content
From PRNewswire, May 07, 2008

Landmark UN Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Enters Into Force
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force today, one month after the required twentieth country ratified the landmark treaty which guarantees the rights of some 650 million people worldwide.
From UN News Centre, May 07, 2008

Ban Ki-moon Hails New Zealand's Leadership on Disability Issues
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Government and people of New Zealand, the recipient of this year’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award, for their efforts to improve the lives of those living with disabilities.
From UN News Centre, May 06, 2008

Celebrity & Hero Witnesses Support Equal Access to Communications and Video Technologies to Provide Critical Testimony Today
Washington, D.C., May 1, 2008 - The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) is pleased to announce that celebrity and hero witnesses will testify at a House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet hearing on draft legislation, "Enhancing Access to Broadband Technology and Services for Persons with Disabilities, on May 1, 2008.
From Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) News, May 01, 2008

AT&T Launches New Text Accessibility Plan for iPhone Customers With Disability
AT&T Inc., a global provider of telecommunications services, on Tuesday introduced a new Text Accessibility Plan for iPhone targeting iPhone customers with hearing or speech disabilities.
From Market Intelligence Center, April 29, 2008

Mediasurface Upgrades Content Management Software to Improve Web site Accessibility
Mediasurface, Europe’s leading content management solutions provider today launched Morello 5.7, its enterprise-level solution for web content management. Morello 5.7 features new enhancements to help create and maintain XHTML Transitional or Strict websites, allowing organizations to more easily adhere to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
From webitpr, April 29, 2008

G3ict's Partner CIFAL Atlanta to Host H.E. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Global health will be the focus of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Atlanta, Georgia, next week, part of his ongoing tour of major cities in the United States.
From UN News Centre, April 29, 2008

Aged People Are Too Often Ignored and Denied Their Full Human Rights
The rights of old people are not being respected in many forms and this must not continue urges Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe as he discusses the needs for the elderly in Europe.
From eGov Monitor, April 28, 2008

When Disability Is Not Disabling
The UN's World Health Organisation estimates that at least 10 per cent of the world's population has some form of disability. To the advantage of the disabled, Victor Pineda is one of them.
From Al-Jazeera.net, April 25, 2008

Effective Usability and Accessibility Testing
Creating a usable and accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution should start at the design stage and continue through every phase of the life cycle, including the monitoring of the production systems.
From IT-Director.com, April 24, 2008

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