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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

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill Passed Unanimously
The British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by all Parties in the Chamber in Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh on September 17. The British Deaf Association (BDA) Scotland is delighted that the BSL (Scotland) Bill is set to become an Act and will promote the use of British Sign Language.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/18/british-sign-language-scotland-bill-passed-unanimously/, September 21, 2015

IBM Launches New Internet of Things Division
IBM launches two new business units that will apply the company’s considerable strengths in Big Data, advanced analytics and cognitive computing to the Internet of Things (IOT) and Educations markets, respectively. Harriet Green, formerly CEO and executive director of the Thomas Cook Group and of Premier Farnell plc, has joined the company as vice president and general manager for the new units, and will be responsible for developing these and other new growth businesses.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/09/15/ibm-launches-new-internet-of-things-division/, September 21, 2015

IDPP Special Report at UN SDGs Summit Side Event
IDPP is delighted to co-sponsor and present at the Side Event “Towards Full Inclusion of Disabled Persons in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Global Governance Processes” on 24 September 2015 in Conference Room 11 at United Nations headquarters leading up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York. IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn will offer the Special Report: “Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the UN System and Broader Global Governance Processes” at the Side Event based on IDPP’s Accessible Global Governance study.
From http://aseanidpp.org/idpp-special-report-at-un-sdg-summit-side-event, September 18, 2015

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 Working Drafts Updated
UAAG defines how browsers, browser extensions, media players, readers, and other user agents should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. It is introduced in the UAAG Overview. The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) has published updated Working Drafts of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 and UAAG 2.0 Reference: Explanations, Examples, and Resources for User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Please note the change in Recommendation track status to Working Group Note.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/15/user-agent-accessibility-guidelines-uaag-2-0-working-drafts-updated/, September 18, 2015

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