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The Developmental Disability Network: Working Together Toward Full Integration
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, ACL is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this guest blog, Andrew Imparato, director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, describes how the university centers work to ensure that the voices of people with disabilities are heard within and beyond the halls of academia.
From http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/blog/2015/2015_07_21.aspx, July 22, 2015

USA: Blind Institute of Technology Aims to Solve Jobless 'Epidemic'
With laptops and tablets on a desk, contract employees Antonio Rozier and Amelia Dickerson scan through the backbone of a health symptom and information website and mobile app, using screen readers that convert text to Braille or speech to determine how well they work with assistive technology for the vision-impaired.
From http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_28502401/blind-institute-technology-aims-solve-jobless-epidemic, July 22, 2015

USA: Accessible Documents, the Positive Approach to Compliance
The U.S. Department of Justice is swift in taking action on companies and businesses that are found to be out of ADA Compliance in all areas of practice. The list of companies being sued and fined over non-compliance of printed materials into an alternative format is growing and making negative headlines.
From https://brailleworks.com/accessible-documents-positive-approach-to-compliance/, July 22, 2015

Philippines: Engage Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction Planning
In line with this year’s celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (July 17-23), Senator Loren Legarda today urged the government to ensure that persons with disabilities are engaged in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) programs. A 2013 survey by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) among persons with disabilities revealed that, if a disaster occurs, 80% said they would be unable to evacuate immediately without difficulty, while six percent (6%) said they would not be able to evacuate at all.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/engage-persons-with-disabilities-in-disaster-risk-reduction-planning-legarda/, July 21, 2015

USA: Researchers One Step Closer to Reversing Hearing Loss
Studying mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine​ in St. Louis have identified two signaling molecules that are required for the proper development of a part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Without both signals, the embryo does not produce enough of the cells that eventually make up the adult cochlea, resulting in a shortened cochlear duct and impaired hearing.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/researchers-one-step-closer-to-reversing-hearing-loss/, July 21, 2015

NFB and Verifone Collaborate to Make Taxicab Terminals Accessible
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Verifone will work together to enhance the accessibility of Verifone’s in-taxi technology for passengers who are blind by the end of this year, under an agreement that was recently reached by the two organizations. Verifone’s in-taxi systems enable passengers to pay their cab fare with a credit or debit card and enjoy curated media content during taxi rides.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/nfb-and-verifone-collaborate-to-make-taxicab-terminals-accessible/, July 21, 2015

Canada: Funding Supports Accessible Transportation in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation thanks to the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program. Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey announced $366,000 in funding on July 15.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/17/funding-supports-accessible-transportation/, July 21, 2015

The Future of Remote Healthcare Could be Woven into Your Clothes
Sensors placed on the right part of the body can provide detailed, real-time information. Patients can be continuously monitored away from the hospital and if there is a warning sign, for example high blood pressure or swelling, medical professionals can be alerted. The data collected can also offer valuable insights into the effectiveness of treatments.
From http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/jul/14/the-future-of-remote-healthcare-could-be-woven-into-your-clothes?CMP=share_btn_tw, July 14, 2015

Argentina Launches New Disability-Inclusive DRR Plan
Argentina has rolled out a new plan to ensure that the interests of people with disabilities are part of its efforts to tackle disaster risk, an inclusive approach that reflects the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/10/argentina-launches-new-disability-inclusive-drr-plan/, July 14, 2015

Tablet Technology to Help Children with Autism
Monash University researchers have developed the world’s first tablet technology designed to assist children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. The technology aims to help children stay focused, in a bid to facilitate learning and inclusion within the school environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/13/tablet-technology-to-help-children-with-autism/, July 14, 2015

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