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Dubai: ITU Conference Sets Agenda for Future ICT Development
The Dubai Action Plan, adopted today by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference, sets the agenda for telecommunication and information and communication technology development over the next four years. Under the theme ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development’, the Conference focused on development priorities and agreed on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. The theme underlines ITU’s commitment to leverage broadband as a catalyst to meet the goals of sustainable development.
From http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/18.aspx#.U0wIuVWSyJs, April 11, 2014

Fiji Releases Braille Constitution
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama released the Braille version of the 2013 Constitution for citizens with vision disabilities of the country. While unveiling the Constitution at the School for the Blind in Vatuwaqa, Bainimarama encouraged students with vision disabilities to read the supreme law of the country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/03/fiji-releases-braille-constitution/, April 10, 2014

Azerbaijan’s First Report on Implementation of the UN CRPD
Azerbaijan has made the first report on fulfillment of its commitments within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities and optional protocol to it. Azerbaijan joined the mentioned Convention and protocol in 2008.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/03/azerbaijans-first-report-on-implementation-of-the-un-crpd/, April 10, 2014

Malta Announces New Accessibility Regulations
New regulations were announced yesterday with the aim of addressing a number of grey areas regarding accessibility for people with mobility disabilities when processing planning applications. Addressing his final news conference as Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Michael Farrugia announced a protocol regulating development planning applications in terms of “access for all requirements”, in agreement with the National Commission for Persons with Disability (KNPD)
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/02/malta-announces-new-accessibility-regulations/, April 10, 2014

Advancing ICT Accessibility with ITU
In February 2007 Craig Barrett, then Chairman of Intel, invited ITU, several other international organizations and a small group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – including our nascent organization, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) – to present their plans to promote the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among disenfranchised populations. Our mission to promote the ICT accessibility dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) seemed far-fetched at the time, in that the CRPD had not yet been signed by any state and nobody anticipated the formidable momentum that the CRPD has today come to enjoy.
From http://itu4u.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/advancing-ict-accessibility-with-itu/, April 10, 2014

Leaders in Corporate Responsibility Join Forces to Support the M-Enabling Summit
The M-Enabling Summit is proud to announce that Sprint, recently awarded Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) Change Maker Award for its commitment to accessible mobile technology, has become a Gold Sponsor at the 2014 event taking place June 9-10 in Washington. D.C.
From http://m-enabling.com/press%20releases/Leaders%20in%20Corporate%20Responsibility%20Join%20Forces.pdf, April 09, 2014

First UK Google Glass Trial Gives Parkinson's Sufferers More Independence
Before Glass becomes a publicly available product, Google's quietly embarked on a campaign to get its iconic eyewear into the hands of those who can use it to tackle complex issues. After it gifted five pairs to researchers at Newcastle University, Google's allowed its wearable to undergo its first UK medical trial, where it's being used to support people suffering from Parkinson's disease. Researchers want to help patients live more independently, and they're already seeing results.
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/09/google-glass-parkinsons-uk-trial/, April 09, 2014

New Communications Technology Reconnecting People Who Are Deaf-Blind
Gayle Aamold, a 72-year-old grandmother from Hartford, South Dakota, is computer savvy. She’s a whiz on email, surfing the internet, posting on Facebook and calling with Skype. But her low vision and hearing – combined with a failing computer – eventually made communicating with her family more and more difficult. Last year, Aamold received a new laptop computer with a 17-inch screen through The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, which is promoted as iCanConnect in South Dakota.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/09/new-communications-technology-reconnecting-people-who-are-deaf-blind/, April 09, 2014

Canada: FDM Announces New Text-to-911 Standard
For Canadians with hearing or speech disabilities, calling 911 in an emergency hasn’t been possible. Until now. An enhancement to FDM Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) now allows Canadians with hearing or speech disabilities to call 911 in an emergency and communicate by text message. The FDM enhancement enables a visual alert for emergency dispatchers indicating a call is coming from a Canadians with hearing or speech disabilities. The alert signifies to the call-taker that the communication needs to continue via text.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/09/fdm-announces-new-text-to-911-standard/, April 09, 2014

USA: Microsoft’s Ann Marie Rohaly Wins National Broadcasting Award for Her Closed Captioning Work
One of Microsoft’s leaders in accessibility, Ann Marie Rohaly, was honored as a 2014 Woman to Watch today for her work to make movies, television shows and other video accessible to everyone, including viewers with disabilities. The national broadcasting award from TVNewsCheck recognizes Rohaly for more than 15 years of work on digital media, including work on closed captioning standards that improved accessibility as video content increasingly moved online.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2014/04/08/national-broadcasting-award.aspx, April 09, 2014

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