India: Research Institute on Sign Language to be Set Up in Delhi
The government yesterday approved setting up of a national-level institute for research and training on sign language to provide increased accessibility in education, workplace and other activities of life to five million people with hearing disabilities. The proposal to set up Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) was endorsed at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/research-institute-on-sign-language-to-be-set-up-in-delhi/, September 24, 2015
Reserve Bank of India to Issue Bank Notes with Braille Features
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes with additional features to aid people with vision disabilities in identification. RBI had recently put into circulation Rs 500 bank notes with numerals in ascending size in number panels but without bleed lines and enlarged identification mark, it said in a release. It has now added two more features to aid people who are blind or low vision in easy identification of banknotes, apart from securing them against counterfeiting.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/23/reserve-bank-of-india-to-issue-bank-notes-with-braille-features/, September 24, 2015
USA: IDPP Co-Hosts International Special Education Conference in Thailand
Associate Professor Derrick Cogburn presented at the inaugural International Conference on Special Education held from July 28-31, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Co-organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization–Regional Centre on Special Education (SEAMEO SEN) and the Ministry of Education of Thailand, the event attracted more than 1,700 high-level policymakers, educators, and experts from across the globe to discuss issues related to the conference’s overarching theme, Innovation: Enhanced Learning Initiatives and Practices in Special Education.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/idpp-co-hosts-international-special-education-conference-in-thailand/, September 24, 2015
India: How Mobile Phones are Enabling Quality Maternal and Child Healthcare
These experiences led her to conceive of mMitra - a free mobile voice call service that gives information on preventive care and simple interventions to reduce maternal and infant deaths. The messages are specific to the stage of pregnancy or the baby’s age. They are given in the language of choice and sent weekly or twice a week. In a country that accounts for 17 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide, information and communication technologies (ICTs) hold out immense possibilities.
From http://www.business-standard.com/article/punditry/how-mobile-phones-are-enabling-quality-maternal-and-child-healthcare-115092200238_1.html, September 22, 2015
France: OECD Calls for Better Use of ICT to Improve Education Systems
Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday recommended countries further use new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education systems in a bid to reinforce students' digital skills and well prepare them for "today's connected world". "School systems need to find more effective ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning to provide educators with learning environments that support 21st century pedagogies and provide children with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's world," said Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills.
From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-09/15/c_134626975.htm, September 22, 2015
China: ICT Key to Transformation of Education in Digital Age
A strong focus on adopting information technology is a core part of any strategy to transform teaching, learning and administration in the global education sector, according to a senior executive of Chinese telecoms specialist Huawei. Speaking at the ‘Building a Better Connected Education’ summit on the Gold Coast, Dong Wu, Huawei’s Vice President of enterprise network solution sales, said the firm was dedicated to working with partners in the sector as well as customers to develop the “intelligent, agile and innovative ICT architecture needed to create better connected education".
From http://www.educatoronline.com.au/news/ict-key-to-transformation-of-education-in-digital-age-205249.aspx, September 22, 2015
Making the Smart Home a Secure Home
After years of waiting, the “smart home” is finally becoming a reality for many consumers. The idea behind the smart home is to help automate routine tasks and make homes more efficient. New products promising to make the lives of consumers better are hitting the shelves daily. Appliances, toothbrushes, lighting, security systems, and heating/cooling equipment controllable by smartphones or computers are now available. One recent study projects the smart home market worldwide will grow from between 100 million and 200 million connected homes today to between 500 million and 700 million homes by 2020.
From http://blog.aarp.org/2015/09/21/making-the-smart-home-a-secure-home/, September 22, 2015
GAATES Board Member Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda Named to US Access Board
GAATES is pleased to offer our congratulations and share the news that our board member Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda has been named to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board (US Access Board). In sharing the news with the GAATES family, Victor added “…what an honor it is to be chosen to serve on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board. Furthermore, on the Board I have been nominated chair of committee developing regulations on passenger vessels. The next few years we will be addressing access regulations in a variety of areas including medical diagnostic equipment, trains, and smart homes/smart appliances. I am eager to share the developments of this important work with you in the months to come.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/17/gaates-board-member-dr-victor-santiago-pineda-named-to-us-access-board/, September 21, 2015
Somalia Introduces Persons with Disabilities Bill
Somalia’s Federal government has introduced a bill protecting the rights of Persons with Disabilities, which will improve the lives of people with disabilities, their families and carers. The bill covers a variety of issues relating to people with disabilities, such as physical, mental and multiple disability, was part of the weekly-cabinet meeting agenda. According to the Ministry of Labour and Social affairs officials, the main purpose of the Bill is to enhance protections and enshrine the rights of people with disabilities into law. However, the debate on the bill was postponed to the next weekly-cabinet-meeting.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/18/somalia-introduces-persons-with-disabilities-bill/, September 21, 2015
UK: VisitEngland Launches Access for All Campaign
VisitEngland, the national tourist board, is launching a new Access for All campaign, aimed to raise awareness of accessible destinations and businesses in England, informing people with disabilities of accommodation and visitor attractions when planning a day trip or holiday. Following a successful pilot project in 2013/14 with four destinations; VisitEngland accessed funding from the European Commission to expand the Access for All initiative, with a grant of EUR 125,000.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/18/visitengland-launches-access-for-all-campaign/, September 21, 2015