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Inclusive Education Under Introduction in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Education Minister Mikayil Jabbarov has signed an order on the introduction of inclusive basic education. The Ministry of Education informs that inclusive education implies attraction of children with disabilities to primary education. “The minister tasked making of an action plan on the execution of the project. Schools #220 of Nizami district and #138 of Khatai district of Baku were defined as pilot schools for introduction of inclusive primary education. Logopedist services will also be rendered there,” the MoE said in a statement.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/31/inclusive-education-under-introduction-in-azerbaijan/, March 31, 2015

USA: Technology Offers Independence During National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Back in 1987, President Ronald Reagan officially declared March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation calls for people to take extra steps to raise awareness about the rights of the people with disabilities, provide support and celebrate their contributions to our communities. Every day, Assisted Living Technologies (ALT) in Meriden helps those with disabilities remain safe and independent with amazing technological products and skilled home care.
From http://news.hamlethub.com/naugatuck/neighbors/796-technology-offers-independence-during-national-developmental-disabilities-awareness-month, March 31, 2015

Rwanda Commended for Using ICT for Sustainable Development
Rwanda has been commended as a model in using ICT and e-Governance for sustainable development by the experts in ICT and policy makers who gathered in Kigali last week for the Commonwealth e-Governance Forum Africa. Professor Tim Unwin, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) lauded Rwanda’s efforts in harnessing ICTs potentials to increase accountability and transparency.
From http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=3029&pLv=3&srI=69&spI=221&cI=11, March 30, 2015

Improving Public Sector Disability Employment Through Digital Accessibility
A review into employment has found a marked decline in the number of people with a disability working in the Australian Public Service (APS). However, Media Access Australia says there are many steps agencies can take to help them hire and retain workers with a disability. The review, the Australian Public Service Commission’s State of the Service Report 2013-2014 found large differences in the experiences of employees with a disability when compared to APS employees as a whole.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/news/2015/03/improving-public-sector-disability-employment-through-digital-accessibility, March 30, 2015

USA: Tech Start-Ups See Gold in Baby Boomers’ Golden Years
With more than 100 million Americans now over the age of 50, technology companies are eager to find new ways to cater to Baby Boomer consumers. From a mobile app that offers medical tips to wearable devices, special correspondent Megan Hughes reports on how startups are designing products to appeal to older Americans’ desires for longevity and wellness.
From http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/tech-startups-see-gold-baby-boomers-golden-years/, March 30, 2015

The Aging-Disability Information Disconnect
You may know about the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities initiative, announced in 2007. And perhaps you know all about Age-Friendly New York, launched in 2009 as a result of the WHO. Lots of folks like to say how age-friendly NYC is – which I have always thought was odd, if not downright laughable – having battled across streets in NYC with a wide range of pedestrian walk times, deep puddles masking ramp cut-outs, and a subway system map that favors insider knowledge. Senior Planet in NYC has some more info on what makes a city age-friendly: “New York has an amazing public transportation system going for it. Even though it’s not perfect and could be improved upon, we know that aging people use subways and buses regularly.”
From http://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/aging-disability-information-disconnect, March 30, 2015

The Aging-Disability Information Disconnect
You may know about the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities initiative, announced in 2007. And perhaps you know all about Age-Friendly New York, launched in 2009 as a result of the WHO. Lots of folks like to say how age-friendly NYC is – which I have always thought was odd, if not downright laughable – having battled across streets in NYC with a wide range of pedestrian walk times, deep puddles masking ramp cut-outs, and a subway system map that favors insider knowledge. Senior Planet in NYC has some more info on what makes a city age-friendly: “New York has an amazing public transportation system going for it. Even though it’s not perfect and could be improved upon, we know that aging people use subways and buses regularly.”
From http://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/aging-disability-information-disconnect, March 30, 2015

13th Session of the CRPD Committee Opens
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its 13th session (25 March – 17 April 2015) during which it will review Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkmenistan, Dominican Republic, Mongolia and the Cook Islands, as well as adopt the list of issues on the European Union.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/26/13th-session-of-the-crpd-committee/, March 28, 2015

USA: Developing University Wide Technology Accessibility
Temple University has broadened the reach of technology accessibility university wide to be more inclusive of all members of the university community. In just four years, this increased focus on technology accessibility has resulted in a new Accessible Technology Initiative, which has had a positive impact on students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a disability, as noted in a recent Campus Technology story.
From http://news.temple.edu/news/2015-03-19/building-universitywide-it-accessibility, March 27, 2015

Ghana: Accessibility Standards for Public Buildings in the Offing
The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) is in the process of defining accessibility standards of public buildings and walkways. Mr Max Vardon, a Disability Rights Activist, said this at a seminar for selected Planning Officers of District Assemblies in the Volta Region on mainstreaming disability interest into development plans.
From http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=352169, March 27, 2015

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