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Advancing Equal Technology Access Rights to People with Disabilities
I am honored to testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday, Nov. 21 to discuss IBM’s point of view on the proposed U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The UNCRPD mandates that people with disabilities should have the full rights and freedoms enjoyed by other citizens worldwide, including equal access to employment, healthcare, education, transportation and technology.
From http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.in/2013/11/advancing-equal-technology-access.html#fbid=ZX5fHFcrrS1, November 22, 2013

Accessible Responsive Web Design for an Accessible Browsing Experience
Responsive web design (RWD) can be very good for accessibility but is also poses some new challenges and design considerations to provide an optimal experience for people with disabilities. When done properly, RWD can address many accessibility issues related to low vision and certain mobility impairments. While responsive web design was not created specifically to address accessibility, its aim is to craft sites to provide an optimal viewing experience and easy navigation for all users and thereby address some accessibility issues.
From http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/blog/accessible-responsive-web-design-rwd#!, November 22, 2013

U.S. Defense Secretary Urges Senate Approval of Treaty on Disability Rights
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is urging the Senate to ratify a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of people with disabilities and extends to them full equality under the law in participating nations.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/22/us-defense-secretary-urges-senate-approval-of-treaty-on-disability-rights/, November 22, 2013

University of Alabama Students Build App for Children with Autism
Three University of Alabama undergraduate students have developed an app that aids in teaching children with autism to recognize facial emotions and are receiving national recognition for their work by publishing a book chapter about their research. Lauren Lambert, a junior majoring in psychology, Cassidy Lamm, a junior majoring in computer science, and Joshua Wolfe, a sophomore majoring in computer science, developed the app Learning Emotions with Autism. Working with them are Jeff Gray, associate professor of computer science, and Angela Barber, assistant professor in the department of communicative disorders.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/21/university-of-alabama-students-build-app-for-children-with-autism/, November 22, 2013

Sudan: UNICEF Welcomes Sudan’s National Strategy for Education of Children with Disabilities
The Federal Ministry of Education launched a National Strategy for the Education of Children with Disabilities, covering 2013-2016. UNICEF is very pleased to see that the Ministry of Education has taken this critical step to give children with disabilities the chance to receive a quality education,” said Mr. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. “This is a concrete example of an equity-focussed approach in the education sector and I wish to reaffirm our commitment at UNICEF to continue our support to the Ministry in taking this important piece of work forward.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/21/unicef-welcomes-sudans-national-strategy-for-education-of-children-with-disabilities/, November 22, 2013

Robert Menendez: Senate has a Second Chance on Disabilities Treaty
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international treaty rooted in fundamental American values, traditions and history. It exports to countries across the globe the basic human rights, dignities and freedoms the disabilities community enjoys here in the United States. From the U.S. Constitution, the treaty borrows principles of equality and the protection of minorities. From the Declaration of Independence, it emphasizes the belief that the right to pursue happiness is inherent in personhood and therefore “unalienable.” And from the Americans with Disabilities Act and other landmark accessibility laws, the treaty promotes the concept of reasonable accommodation, so those with disabilities are not barred from opportunities others take for granted.
From http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/nov/20/robert-menendez-senate-gets-a-chance-to-right-a/?CID=happeningnow, November 22, 2013

UK: Development Goals for Disabled People
Living in poverty is tough. Living in poverty as a person with disabilities is often even tougher. In some countries, children with disabilities are twice as likely as children without disabilities not to be in school, and women and children with disabilities are significantly more likely to face violence and sexual abuse. Exclusion from work opportunities means that people with disabilities are disproportionately likely to be among the very poor. Four out of five persons with disabilities live in developing countries; many are among the poorest, most neglected people in the world.
From http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/24/disability#Post2015, November 22, 2013

Integrating Accessibility for a Student can Open Doors in the Classroom
Every year when school rolls around, I make a list. I don’t make the typical list of school supplies and socks. I make a list the adaptations that need to be in place so my son can complete his school work. Adapting a mainstream school experience for a child who does not talk or write is a big task, but at its core it is simply helping my son live his life. Last year Jake began working with an augmentative communication (AAC) device and it is filling the speaking gap well. He adopted it, named it Green and he found his voice in the device. All we needed this year for speaking was to find opportunities and to continue to push Jake to use Green.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2013/10/30/ellis-title-tbd.aspx, November 21, 2013

USA: Bill Would Require Instructional Technology to be Accessible to All
Legislation introduced on Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives would require colleges either to make instructional technology accessible to disabled students or to provide them with equivalent, alternative resources.
From http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/bill-would-require-instructional-technology-to-be-accessible-to-all/48383, November 21, 2013

Resource: Web Writer’s Accessibility Checklist
This checklist is based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. It focuses on day-to-day web content issues within the control of most web writers. Use it with our tips on accessibility evaluation for web writers. The checklist is grouped into 4 topics: written content, structure and formatting, navigation, and images. Some of the guidelines have a wider scope than implied here, but the focus is on the work web writers do.
From http://www.4syllables.com.au/resources/templates-checklists/accessibility-checklist/, November 21, 2013

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