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App Helps People with Disabilities Determine, Document Building Accessibility
A group advocating for people with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador is hoping that a new app will make it easier to see what buildings in the province are accessible. "Accessibility is a problem across the country and in our province," says Kim White, executive director for the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities (CODNL). The group is working to spread the word about Access Now, an interactive map that shares the accessibility status of various businesses and buildings around the world.
From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/app-helps-people-with-disabilities-determine-document-building-accessibility-1.3462742, March 10, 2016

Toyota Develops Wearable Device for Blind People
Toyota is developing a wearable device to help give blind and visually impaired people greater mobility, the manufacturer has said. The gadget is worn on the shoulders and uses cameras to recognize surroundings, such as signs, then directs the wearer with speakers and vibration motors. Details were released this week, though no release date has been set. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) called it an exciting development.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35753978, March 09, 2016

Call for Input from all Stakeholders for Secretary-General's Report on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations
The United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 70/170 dated 10 February 2016: “Towards the full realization of an inclusive and accessible United Nations for persons with disabilities” requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its 71st session, a comprehensive report on the status of accessibility at the United Nations, with a view to realizing an inclusive and accessible environment for persons with disabilities. Email: mailto:doultonf@un.org
From http://www.un.org/disabilities, March 09, 2016

U.S. Access Board Elects Michael K. Yudin Chair
The U.S Access Board unanimously elected Michael K. Yudin of the U.S. Department of Education as Chair. As Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Yudin serves as the Secretary of Education's principal adviser on special education, vocational rehabilitation, and disability and rehabilitation research. He previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and as Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. Yudin, who served a term as Board Chair in 2014, succeeds Sachin Dev Pavithran of Logan, Utah as Board Chair.
From https://www.access-board.gov/the-board/members, March 09, 2016

Disability-inclusion at the 54th Commission for Social Development
During its 54th session held at UN Headquarters from 3 to 12 February 2016, the Commission for Social Development (CSOCD54) held a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on implementation of the post-2015 development agenda in light of the CRPD, where the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities delivered the keynote address.
From https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/issues/csocd54.html, March 08, 2016

47th UN Statistical Commission: Side-event on Disability Statistics
In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme, a side-event will be held on 10 March during the upcoming session of the UN Statistical Commission (8-11 March). The side-event entitled: "Disability statistics and measurement: National experiences and opportunities for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" will provide an opportunity to learn more about national experiences on measurement of disability through censuses of the 2010 round.
From http://bit.ly/undisabilitystats, March 08, 2016

World Down Syndrome Day Conference on March 21
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day. The World Down Syndrome Day Conference will be organized by Down Syndrome International and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mongolia, Poland and Singapore, UNICEF and UN DESA, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA).
From http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/, March 08, 2016

This Irish Startup Wants to be a Google Maps for Persons with Disabilities
The troubling experience led the Irish graduate from the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) to take on the overall issue himself. He created Access Earth, a web platform and app that crowdsources data on accessible buildings and locations to help people with disabilities.
From http://mashable.com/2016/03/06/access-earth-disabilities/#CYIXfndnjGqP, March 07, 2016

CSUN Conference to Feature Latest Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place later this month in San Diego. California State University, Northridge’s 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference is dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. It is scheduled to take place March 21-26 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.
From http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/conference-to-feature-latest-assistive-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/conference-to-feature-latest-assistive-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/, March 07, 2016

Georgia Tech and EdX Offer New ICT Accessibility Online Course
Although international organizations – such as the W3C – have published several different standards and recommendations to promote the design of accessible platforms, achieving the goal of accessibility will also require other interventions, including training developers and information professionals. To address this problem, Georgia Tech has partnered with the EdX online learning platform to launch a new course called “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility” targeted for mid-career professionals in different areas such as business, policy making and software development. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will start on February 29 and will be available for free to any user with an internet connection.
From http://digitalinclusionnewslog.itu.int/2016/02/17/georgia-tech-and-edx-offer-new-ict-accessibility-online-course/, March 07, 2016

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