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17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries
For the upcoming 17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries, we are currently soliciting presentations and reports relevant to accessible fixed-route, paratransit, and pedestrian modes for seniors and persons with disabilities in developing regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/10/17th-annual-international-roundtable-on-inclusive-transport-in-less-wealthy-countries/, December 11, 2015

Creating Incentives for Digital Inclusion: Microsoft Announces Support for G3ict Charter for Accessible Technology
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced our support for the newly announced Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) charter, "Promoting Global Digital Inclusion through ICT Procurement Policies & Accessibility Standards." The Charter calls on governments worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities by demanding only accessible technology from their suppliers. We are proud to join the other signatories, which include some of the most forward-thinking governments and advocacy groups around the world such as the European Disability Forum (EDF), the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and Disabled People’s International (DPI), and we encourage other companies to consider joining the charter.
From http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2015/12/09/creating-incentives-for-digital-inclusion-microsoft-announces-support-for-g3ict-charter-for-accessible-technology/, December 09, 2015

China: Screen Reading Applications Bring Light to People with Vision Disabilities
Starting with a group of ten, Cao launched the Protection and Ease Company to create mobile applications and computer software tailored to people with vision disabilities. Their applications transform contents on the screen into audio instructions and enable people with vision disabilities to use GPS, online meal ordering, and wechat, China’s mobile messaging platform, almost everything that able-bodied people enjoy in the Internet Age. “People with vision disabilities can live more independently,” said Zhao Liping, director of civil rights department at Beijing Disabled Persons’ Federation, “This is going to be the future for them.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/08/screen-reading-applications-bring-light-to-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 08, 2015

USA: American Sign Language Typeface Added to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies Collections
Peter A. Blacksberg's passion for a project involving American Sign Language (ASL) culminated this year using digital font creation and management tools, 42 years after he began it using traditional pen and ink design techniques. The 1975 alumnus from the School of Photography has created a modern typeface for American Sign Language, officially named “ASL Manutype Black.” R. Roger Remington, the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, recently met with Blacksberg to view the typeface and give some final pointers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/07/american-sign-language-typeface-added-to-the-vignelli-center-for-design-studies-collections/, December 08, 2015

Public Transport Operators Required to Provide Accessible Services in Taiwan
The Legislative Yuan passed a law amendment Tuesday that requires public transport operators to provide services accessible to persons with disabilities. The requirement applies to all operators of rail, road, rapid transit, air and water transport, according to the amendment to the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act. An operator can gain an exemption if it obtains approval from transportation authorities and disability rights groups, the amendment stipulates.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/05/public-transport-operators-required-to-provide-accessible-services-in-taiwan/, December 08, 2015

USA: Arizona State University Center Releases New Style Guide on Disabilities
The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) at Arizona State University has released a one-of-a-kind style guide for journalists and professionals who report or write about people with disabilities. The guide offers information and advice on nearly 70 commonly used words or terms — from “able-bodied” to “confined to a wheelchair.” It is being released to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, Dec. 3. The day of observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/04/asu-center-releases-new-style-guide-on-disabilities/, December 08, 2015

Belgium: European Commission Publishes the European Accessibility Act
The European Commission published the European Accessibility Act. EDF welcomes this long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the center of its Freedom of Movement campaign for over three years. Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act has great potential to bring a positive change. The Act, which takes the form of a Directive, will have a major influence on the accessibility of goods and services for persons with disabilities in the EU.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/03/european-commission-publishes-the-european-accessibility-act/, December 07, 2015

Australia: Online Video Captions Must Be Accurate and Readable
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has formed an alliance of organizations representing the interests of Australians who are Deaf, hearing impaired and those who rely on captions for information, to bring attention to the growing issue of inaccessibility of online audio/visual content being posted to websites. Specifically, there are concerns around the amount of video content that is being auto-captioned on YouTube as the vast majority of these videos are not being reviewed for accuracy or readability.
From http://www.accan.org.au/news-items/media-releases/1125-online-video-captions-must-be-accurate-and-readable, December 04, 2015

Creating New Momentum for Universal Ratification of CRPD
Last week, the Third Committee of the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the CRPD (A/C.3/70/L.25) that draws attention to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the CRPD noting the opportunities it offers in creating new momentum towards its universal ratification. The resolution also urges States to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It further calls for the disaggregation of data by disability and specific indicators to measure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for persons with disabilities. The resolution also invites the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities to address and engage in annual interactive dialogues with the General
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/gadocs/a_c.3_70_l.25.pdf, December 04, 2015

ESCAP - 2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific
The 2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC) was held in Jakarta, from October 26 to 29, 2015. The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea and several other entities. Over 100 youth with disabilities and 62 governmental representatives from 15 countries, including most of those in South-East Asia, participated in IT competitions in the area of information searching, making story books and creating games through Scratch programmes. At the award ceremony, the congratulatory statement of the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was delivered and the Executive Secretary’s Awards were presented to participants from Bangladesh and India, respectively. It was announced that 2016 GITC will be held in China.
From http://www.unescap.org/announcement/2015-global-it-challenge-youth-disabilities-asia-and-pacific, December 04, 2015

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