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Former Ghana President Calls for Use of Sign Language at Workplaces
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says Ghanaian institutions must begin to appreciate the use of sign language at at their workplaces to close the gap between citizens with hearing disabilities of the country. He said there is the need for an all-inclusive working environment that would ensure that people with hearing disabilities are supported to showcase their talents and capabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/17/former-ghana-president-calls-for-use-of-sign-language-at-workplaces/, August 17, 2015

India: Children with Disabilities in Mangaluru to Get Accessible Education
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has sanctioned Rs 62.85 lakh to the district to provide inclusive education to children with disabilities. Around 4,157 children with disabilities from the district will benefit this year. There are around 20 programs, which will be implemented in a 50:50 association with non-governmental organizations, using the grants released by the government. In the first round, children have been selected through assessment in medical camps at block education officer-level. Hearing aids and appliances like tricycles, wheelchairs, crutches and Braille books will be distributed to the children soon after the release of funds.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/17/children-with-disabilities-to-get-accessible-education/, August 17, 2015

USA: New Guidance Helps Child Welfare Systems Under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services Issue Technical Assistance for Child Welfare Systems Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued joint technical assistance to state and local child welfare agencies and courts on the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The technical assistance released today is part of a new partnership between HHS and the Department of Justice to help child welfare agencies protect the welfare of children and ensure compliance with nondiscrimination laws.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/15/new-guidance-helps-child-welfare-systems-under-the-ada-and-section-504-of-the-rehabilitation-act/, August 17, 2015

UCP’s Life Labs Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant
United Cerebral Palsy has received a grant for $20,000 as part of the “Innovation Generation Grant” program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, UCP’s Life Labs initiative will distribute universal design curriculum modules through iTunes U and offer an immersive two-day design challenge, called an Innovation Lab, to engage students across disciplines in human centered design concepts.
From http://lifelabs.ucp.org/ucps-life-labs-receives-motorola-solutions-foundation-innovation-generation-grant/, August 17, 2015

USA: FCC Roundtable Discussion of Closed Captioning for Public Access and Governmental Programming
The FCC will hold a forum on November 10, 2015, to promote discussion about closed captioning of public access and governmental programming shown on television. The event will include discussions about the benefits of captioning such programming, the relevant captioning obligations of programmers and stations, and effective captioning solutions. The event will engage local government professionals, policy makers, captioning vendors, consumer groups, engineers, representatives from the programming industry, and others as appropriate. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding captioning of public access and governmental programming, and to ensure the accessibility of such programming for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as other individuals who may benefit from the availability of closed captions on this programming.
From https://www.fcc.gov/events/roundtable-discussion-closed-captioning-public-access-and-governmental-programming, August 14, 2015

USA: Education Department Efforts Help Break Down Barriers to Employment for Persons with Disabilities
The State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency often serves as the primary vehicle in the workforce development system for assisting individuals with disabilities, particularly individuals with the most significant disabilities, to prepare for, obtain, retain, or advance in competitive integrated employment. As partners in the one-stop service delivery system established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), State VR agencies are well-positioned to coordinate and collaborate with other entities, such as secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, workforce centers and other training providers, human and social service agencies, employers, and other community stakeholders, to develop workforce approaches that are effective in assisting individuals to attain knowledge and skills that can lead to employment in high-demand occupations. Michael Yudin is Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Johan Uvin is the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/14/education-department-efforts-help-break-down-barriers-to-employment-for-persons-with-disabilities/, August 14, 2015

Abu Dhabi Introduces Braille Tourism Guides
The Abu Dhabi Police offered 100 Braille tourism brochures to the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs to acquaint visitors who are blind or have low vision to the emirate, with the services provided by the Tourism Police Section at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The Zayed Higher Organization is the first authority to benefit from this humanitarian service.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/10/abu-dhabi-introduces-braille-tourism-guides/, August 14, 2015

India: Jawaharlal Nehru University Plans e-resources for Students with Vision Disabilities
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is considering setting up a National Resource Centre to develop an online portal to provide access to e-resources to faculty and students who are blind or have low vision of various universities across the globe.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/10/jawaharlal-nehru-university-plans-e-resources-for-students-with-vision-disabilities/, August 14, 2015

How to Improve Accessibility of Your Website Design
At last week’s Monotype webinar, Coady, designer, illustrator, and author of Pocket Guide to Colour Accessibility, discussed the impact of color blindness on our designs. Coady explained that creating accessible designs makes for a handy business case.
From http://www.lireo.com/3-ways-improve-accessibility-designs/, August 11, 2015

New Technologies Help People with Disabilities at Work in Oman
Sheikha Al Jassasi types something on her laptop and a voice reads “w w w dot google dot com.” The voice helps her navigate to the search bar, and then reads out the results as she clicks through them. For Al Jassasi, who has been blind since birth, this voice makes using a computer possible. Al Jassasi, who started as a translator and now works in the media department at the Information Technology Authority (ITA), says Assistive Technology has made a world of difference in the workplace.
From http://timesofoman.com/article/62729/Technology/Assistive-technology-makes-a-big-difference-to-disabled-people-at-work, August 11, 2015

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