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UAE: Smart Learning Aids for Students with Hearing Disabilities
Children at Al Amal School for Deaf Students can now study in the comfort of their homes, using sign language videos, thanks to the introduction of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program in their school. Al Amal School for Deaf Students, which is part of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services introduced the program to 14 grade eight and nine students.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/17/smart-learning-aids-for-students-with-hearing-disabilities/, February 19, 2015

Allahabad University to Amend Admission Rules for People with Disabilities
Allahabad University authorities, on Wednesday agreed to consider the proposal of amending admission under disability quota for the next academic session (2015-16).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/19/allahabad-university-to-amend-admission-rules-for-people-with-disabilities/, February 19, 2015

Telekom Networks Malawi Sets Up Disability Inclusive Classrooms in Lilongwe
Premier mobile service provider Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has donated K2.8 million to the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) to help set up a disability inclusive environment at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe’s Area 25. The money will be used to transform the school’s environment into an inclusive one for children with disabilities. Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony in Blantyre, TNM’s Head of Marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said the mobile operator is committed to ensuring that children with disabilities access quality education and become self-reliant
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/18/telekom-networks-malawi-sets-up-disability-inclusive-classrooms-in-lilongwe/, February 19, 2015

Africa: Aitec's Regional ICT Summit to Focus On How Tech Can Improve Quality of Lives
Aitec Africa has convened an ICT Summit at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi Kenya on the February 18 - 19, 2015 aimed at a want to turn the long heralded ICT revolution to start delivering results that improve the quality of life for the region's citizens and lift to world class status.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201502171233.html, February 18, 2015

Nigeria: ICT Growth Dependent on Innovative Technologies - Eaton
Sustainable growth of the Information and Communications Technology sector in Nigeria and West Africa is dependent on developing innovative technologies to solve the sector's toughest power management challenges, Charles Iyo, West Africa Sales Manager, Electrical Sector. Eaton has said.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201502170451.html, February 18, 2015

Spring Hong Kong Fair Focus Includes the Connected Home & Wearables
The wearables and connected home categories will play prominent roles in this year’s Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition). Once again, Hong Kong will play host from April 13 to 16 to the semi-annual Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and to the International ICT Expo, with which it runs concurrently; both shows are at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and are organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
From http://www.dealerscope.com/article/spring-hong-kong-fair-focus-connected-home-wearables/1, February 18, 2015

Sony Takes Pre-orders for Smart Glasses
A developer edition of Sony's augmented reality smart glasses will go on sale in ten countries next month, the tech giant has announced. Pre-orders for the SmartEyeglass, costing $840, are now being taken in the UK and Germany, with Japan and the US to follow shortly.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31502579, February 18, 2015

Nonprofit to Use 3D Printing to Make Prosthetics Cheaper and More Accessible for Ugandan Amputees
An organization is using technology to make resources more accessible to amputees in developing countries. Christian Blind Mission, an NGO in Canada that helps people with disabilities in developing countries, is working with researchers from the University of Toronto to use 3-D printing to produce prosthetic sockets in Uganda. The project, 3D PrintAbility, aims to make high-quality prosthetics more affordable in a country with a shortage of technicians who can make the artificial sockets.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/17/3-d-printing-prosthetic_n_6663930.html?1424188333&utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=India, February 17, 2015

Mobile Apps Giving Disabled Students More Academic Independence
While the U.S. Department of Education reported that, in 2009, 88% of postsecondary institutions enrolled students with disabilities, the National Center for Special Education Research reported in 2011 that just 19% of young adults with disabilities enroll in a four-year college or university.
From http://college.usatoday.com/2015/02/13/mobile-apps-giving-disabled-students-more-academic-independence/, February 17, 2015

USA: 508 Refresh May Have Passed Final Hurdle
I have good news to share with you about the update of the Access Board’s Section 508 standards and Section 255 guidelines. Yesterday (2/13/15), the Office of Management and Budget cleared our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); it will now be sent to the Federal Register for publication. We will make the NPRM and supporting documents available on our website (www.access-board.gov) on Wednesday, February 18. It should be published in the Federal Register shortly after that.
From http://jebswebs.net/blog/2015/02/508-refresh-may-passsed-final-hurdle/, February 16, 2015

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