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Japan: International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo
The Home Care Rehabilitation (HCR) is the largest International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Asia. Last year 585 exhibitors from 15 countries & 1 territory participated, and more than 20,000 cutting-edge welfare and rehabilitation products along with the latest information were introduced.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/28/international-home-care-and-rehabilitation-exhibition-in-tokyo/, September 28, 2015

GAATES Releases Toolkit on Accessibility Indicators
The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is pleased to announce the release of its Toolkit: Key Indicators of Accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/28/gaates-releases-toolkit-on-accessibility-indicators/, September 28, 2015

UK: Health App Wins ARM IoT Product Design Competition
A new device to help tackle sleep apnea has claimed first prize in the ARM® Smart Product Design Competition. The Apnea Observer was designed by developer Clemente di Caprio from Rome, Italy, who has been awarded $5,000 to help advance his prototype.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/09/24/health-app-wins-arm-iot-product-design-competition/, September 28, 2015

UK: SHELL to Present at IoT World Forum 2015 on “Exploring the Future of Connected Cars"
SHELL today confirmed its participation in the annual IoT WORLD FORUM 2015 (http://iotinternetofthingsconference.com) taking place in London on November 18 and 19, 2015. David Bunch, Vice President, SHELL (ROYAL DUTCH SHELL), will be presenting on “Exploring The Future of Connected Cars with Retail and Infotainment!”.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/09/22/shell-to-present-at-iot-world-forum-2015, September 28, 2015

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Advocates Universal Internet Access Policy at United Nations
Speaking at the United Nations (UN), Facebook founder issued a ‘connectivity declaration’ seeking support from philanthropists (Bill and Melinda Gates), TV celebrities, singers and dignitaries like German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an effort to ensure Internet access for everyone globally by 2020. According to the declaration signed by Mark Zuckerberg when people have access to the tools and internet knowledge, they have access to opportunities that make their life better as well as others.
From http://www.pc-tablet.co.in/2015/09/27/15163/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-advocates-universal-internet-access-policy-united-nations/, September 28, 2015

Health and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Leaving No One with Disability Behind
On the eve of the UN summit on Sustainable Development goals, Alarcos Cieza of the WHO reminds us that disability is part of the human experience contributing to human diversity. On September 25-27 the United Nations Member States will meet in New York to agree on an ambitious post-2015 Development Agenda as the next phase of the Millennium Development Goals. For health professionals, the natural focus will be on Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
From http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2015/09/23/health-and-the-sustainable-development-agenda-leaving-no-one-with-disability-behind/, September 24, 2015

UK: NHS Trust Launches British Sign Language Self-Help Guides
A partnership between a deaf health charity and the NHS in the North East has led to the creation of a series of innovative new sign language guides to mental health issues. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) worked in partnership with deaf health charity SignHealth to produce 14 mental health self-help guides in British Sign Language (BSL). The project was supported by NHS England’s Regional Innovation Fund.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/nhs-trust-launches-british-sign-language-self-help-guides/, September 24, 2015

Tanzania: National Electoral Commission Called on to Empower Voters with Disabilities
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has been called upon to ensure that sign language interpreters are available at various ongoing campaign rallies by politicians in the country. This was revealed by the Secretary General of the Disabled Women’s Organization in Tanzania (Swauta), Stella Jairos, during a one-day symposium held in Dar es Salaam recently. She cautioned that if the issue is not be taken seriously and the solution not found by the government, there might be a possibility of people with disabilities not being able to understand the promises made by presidential hopefuls leaving them incapable of making the right decision when the time to cast their ballad comes.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/national-electoral-commission-called-on-to-empower-voters-with-disabilities/, September 24, 2015

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

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