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India: International Conference on Disability Equality and Accessibility
Choice International in partnership with many local and international organizations is hosting the second Annual International Conference on Disability, Equality and Accessibility on December 20, 2013 in Chennai, India.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/17/international-conference-on-disability-equality-and-accessibility/, December 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia Observes World Disabled Day
The World Disabled Day was observed on Friday under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Nasir bin Abdul Aziz as part of a campaign to bridge the gap between persons with disabilities and society at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah. The campaign was launched by Prince Sultan’s office in Jeddah with the cooperation of the Jeddah Amal Center for the Disabled, Hope Center for the Disabled, the Jeddah Traffic and Civil Defense departments to promote social activities and to spread awareness of the importance of social responsibility toward persons with disabilities. “I am very glad and proud of the Saudi youth who came forward to organize and participate in this program which is especially for persons with disabilities and children to help them integrate into normal society and save them from being alienated,” he said.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/saudi-observes-world-disabled-day/, December 17, 2013

TechNews: AUUG Motion Synth Turns Movements Into Music
We express ourselves in many different ways. Some need an outlet such as art or a physical activity to vent their emotions. Perhaps one of the most widely used methods though, is music. Listening to music is how we show others what we think of the world, how we’re feeling on a particular day, or in a specific moment. Most of the time though, it’s the music that other people have created, but has an element that we can relate to. What if you could create your own music, and didn’t even need an instrument to do so?
From http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20131212/auug-motion-synth-turn-movements-music/, December 17, 2013

Australia: New Bill for a More Inclusive Society
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today invited the public to have their say on the draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 before it is introduced into Parliament next year. Minister Ajaka said the NSW Government needs to ensure the legislative framework embraces changes to support the individual rights of people, while providing necessary safeguards as we move towards full access under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
From http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/about_us/media_releases/ministerial/a_new_bill_for_a_more_inclusive_society, December 17, 2013

Feature: How Teachers Can Help Propel Inclusive Education Forward
Laws were created to protect the rights of all children, and we find that inclusion is accepted and expected for the most part. Yet I can’t help but wonder if inclusion is as effective as it should be. I believe that meaningful change occurs when the drivers of change move with strategic baby steps forward. But when you look around and see you are in the same place you were 10 years earlier, then you have to wonder whether we’re really committed to ever reaching the place where we have the most effective inclusion classrooms possible.
From http://www.middleweb.com/11243/power-move-inclusion-forward/, December 17, 2013

India: Proposed Disability Law Set to be Tabled in Winter Session
The Government of India is set to table the new disability bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, to guarantee civil and political rights to such people and expand the definition of disability. "We feel the country should be ready for new developments that have taken place in the world and so we are considering a new law. It will be more encompassing with more disabilities being brought in," said Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Selja Kumari.
From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/proposed-law-on-disabled-set-to-be-tabled-in-winter-session-113120900903_1.html, December 17, 2013

USA: Help Improve the Accessibility of Online Tools for Workers with Intellectual Disabilities
What can be done to make web-based job tools easier to use by people with intellectual disabilities, cognitive issues, traumatic brain injuries or other disabilities? An online dialogue that runs from December 9 - 20 will address these issues. The event is being held by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP); the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT); and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Members of the public are invited to participate.
From http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/998fff#!, December 17, 2013

India Approves Persons with Disabilities Bill 2011
India's Union Cabinet on December 12, 2013 approved the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011. The Bill is a comprehensive measure that covers a whole spectrum issues of people with disabilities. It will replace the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995. The Bill has been prepared on the basis of recommendations made by Sudha Kaul Committee. The Committee was appointed in 2010 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Main highlights of the Bill: Provides for 5% reservation in public sector jobs and makes the private sector more accountable for creating a accessible environment. It provides incentives for the private sector to take such measures.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/16/india-approves-persons-with-disabilities-bill-2011/, December 16, 2013

India: NID Student Designs Wristwatch for People with Vision Disabilities
In a bid to make watches universal to all, a student of National Institute of Design (NID) has developed a tactile wristwatch that will be especially meant for people with vision disabilities. Suraj Patel, an undergraduate student of NID has created ‘Taq’, a watch that can tell time even in the dark. Instead of the minute and hour hands, Taq offers a tactile surface, and uses electromagnets that help in avoiding errors caused by touching its surface. “The brief for the product was that it could be used by anyone and in situations where a regular wristwatch fails; for instance, if a person with vision disability wanted to use it or if the user was in a dark room,” said Patel, who is in his final semester in product design.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/16/nid-student-designs-wristwatch-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 16, 2013

Bahamas Unveils Inclusive Education Manual
Officers of the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology presented the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald with the manual for National Standards for Inclusive Education. The manual is designed to educate school administrators and teachers about their obligations to make school campuses conducive for the delivery of education to all students according to the Education Act.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/16/bahamas-unveils-inclusive-education-manual/, December 16, 2013

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