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Portugal: ICT 2015 Brings Together the Best of Europe\'s ICT Research & Innovation
ICT 2015 - Innovate, Connect, Transform, takes place in Lisbon from 20th to 22nd October 2015 with some of the most important European players in ICT, the excellence of EU universities and research centres and flourishing SMEs and start-ups. The event will take place under the patronage of Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, the President of the Republic of Portugal.
From https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/ict2015-brings-together-best-europes-ict-research-innovation, October 19, 2015

Ireland: Parents to Learn Role of ICT in Children’s Mental Health
A mental health organization said addressing the digital disconnect between older and younger generations is crucial in educating people on the benefits of digital literacy to youth mental health.
From http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/parents-to-learn-role-of-ict-in-childrens-mental-heath-359606.html, October 16, 2015

Japan: Tokyo College Student Plans Thesis in Sign Language
A graduate school student, born without the ability to hear, has become the first person in Japan to undertake the challenge of completing a master’s degree thesis through sign language instead of by means of written Japanese. Shinya Kawabata, 36, studying at the Japan College of Social Work in Kiyose, western Tokyo, has been video recording the sign-language thesis for presentation in DVD format to the graduate school. He has been receiving sign-language instruction from Prof. Kurumi Saito, a specialist in linguistics. Mitsuji Hisamatsu, chief of the secretariat of the Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JDF), points out the challenges students with hearing disabilities face.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/16/student-plans-thesis-in-sign-language/, October 16, 2015

USA: Duke University Launches Autism Research App
A team of researchers and software developers from Duke University and the Duke Medical Center has introduced a free iOS app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world. Beginning Thursday, a ResearchKit app called “Autism & Beyond” is being offered from the Apple App Store for use on iOS devices. ResearchKit is a new open-source framework developed by Apple that allows researchers to create app-based studies with a global reach.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/16/duke-launches-autism-research-app/, October 16, 2015

‘Knowledge Saves Lives,’ UN Stresses on International Day for Disaster Reduction
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the “indispensable” power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge in his message on this year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction. “Traditional and indigenous knowledge is the indispensable information base for many societies seeking to live in harmony with nature and adapt to disruptive weather events, a warming globe and rising seas,” Mr. Ban said in his message on the International Day. The Secretary-General recalled a conversation he had earlier in the year with the President of Vanuatu at the opening of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. Vanuatu was at that time being hit hard by Cyclone Pam.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/13/knowledge-saves-lives-un-stresses-on-international-day-for-disaster-reduction/, October 16, 2015

Exchange of Views with European Stakeholders Ahead of Internet Governance Forum in November
On 9 October, the European Commission invited European business and civil society representatives for an exchange of information and views on Internet Governance issues, in preparation to the upcoming IGF meeting, that will take place in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 10-13 November 2015. The European Commission provided a debrief on the most prominent Internet Governance issues, focussing in particular on the IANA transition and ICANN accountability, the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS+10 review) and the future of the IGF and highlighting the interdependencies of these different processes.
From https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/exchange-views-european-stakeholders-ahead-internet-governance-forum, October 15, 2015

UAE: National Library Releases Publications in Braille
The National Library, a Division of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), has released four books in Braille. Launched in coordination with the Community Service Department at TCA Abu Dhabi, the initiative further supports the National White Cane Safety Day celebrated annually on 15 October.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/17/national-library-releases-publications-in-braille/, October 15, 2015

Dubai’s Five-Point Strategy to Empower People with Disabilities
Dubai government has formed a task force with non-governmental organization’s (NGO) and people with disabilities to implement a five-point strategy to turn Dubai into a disabled friendly city by 2020. Healthcare, inclusive education, inclusive employment, infrastructure, and social protection for people with disabilities will be given huge focus over the next five years, Assistant Secretary-General – Strategy Management Sector and General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, Aisha Miran told on the closing day of the Dubai Inclusive Development Forum.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/14/dubais-5-point-strategy-to-empower-people-with-disabilities/, October 14, 2015

Canada: Pilot Project to Provide Special Smoke Detectors for the Hard-of-Hearing
A new pilot project will equip the homes of some hard-of-hearing or deaf people in Newfoundland and Labrador with special smoke detectors, devices that could otherwise be out of their reach financially. Leon Mills is the executive director of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association NL).
From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/pilot-project-smoke-detectors-hard-of-hearing-1.3262229, October 12, 2015

Paralympics Games: What's Life Like in Rio de Janeiro With a Disability
It's less than a year until the Paralympic Games begin in Rio. I went to investigate what life is like for the disabled people of the city. "It's the best place in the world for me. You learn to love this city very easily, it's wonderful." It was on my last day in Rio de Janeiro that Carlos Alberto Da Silva, my driver for the ten days I was there, told me just how much he adores his city. And, if you're disabled, it's not that easy. Visually impaired people trying to cross the road with crossings that have no sound, wheelchair users trying to navigate steep curbs and cracked pavements that are almost impossible.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/disability-34469395, October 12, 2015

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