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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

Cloud-based Infrastructure for Internet Users with Disabilities
EU researchers are developing a new, broad-ranging, cloud-based infrastructure that makes the Internet more accessible for users with special needs. The new 'ecosystem' enables people previously excluded from ICT to get help using technology and aims to use their feedback to develop new apps and services.
From http://phys.org/news/2015-07-cloud-based-infrastructure-internet-users-special.html, August 11, 2015

Common USA and European Approach to Procurement of Accessible ICT: Reaching the Optimum Solution
Improving the accessibility of ICT products and services for persons with disabilities is an important step towards achieving the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) aims "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity."
From https://docs.com/mike-pluke/8678/508-comp-en-301-549-v9, August 11, 2015

Teaching Accessibility: Joint Effort Between Disability Advocates, Schools, Tech Industry Towards Accessibility
That's what it's like for millions of people with disabilities that prevent them from using basic technology for work and play. And while few would argue that it's a bad idea to build products that address those issues, a lack of awareness often means that even making products functional for people with disabilities is an afterthought. Tech firms such as Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox and LinkedIn announced Thursday that they will develop standard language that lets applicants know that having accessibility knowledge is "preferred" to land a job. The move is part of a larger program called "Teaching Accessibility": a joint effort between disability advocates, schools and the tech industry to make all technology accessible from the start.
From https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/07/23/this-small-change-could-make-a-big-difference-for-accessible-technology/, August 11, 2015

UNICEF Takes Step to Improve Access to Assistive Products for Children with Disabilities
In a unified push to make assistive products for children with disabilities more available, affordable and appropriate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was joined by governments, partners, leading disability advocates and NGOs at the first-ever forum to examine the global supply gap and identify ways to reverse longstanding deficiencies.
From http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150708/UNICEF-takes-step-to-improve-access-to-assistive-products-for-children-with-disabilities.aspx, August 11, 2015

How Google Designs for the Blind
Laura Palmaro is now a program manager at Google (GOOG). She's using her own unique perspective to make the Chrome browser work for people with disabilities. For example, there are magnification features and an extension that customizes a web page for the colorblind. All the big technology companies have dedicated teams working on accessibility -- making software and hardware features that allow people with disabilities to use them. Employing people who have disabilities is one way to make sure tools are built with accessibility in mind.
From http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/04/technology/google-accessability/index.html, August 08, 2015

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