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Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Diversity in the Disability Community
As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. The DD Act, as it is commonly known, ensures that people with developmental disabilities in the United States and their families have access to services and supports that promote self-determination, independence, and inclusion in their communities. The nearly 5 million Americans with developmental disabilities represent a vast diversity of backgrounds, experiences and cultures. This is why the DD Act specifically calls for the services and supports it provides to be delivered “… in a manner that is responsive to the beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, language, and behaviors of individuals who are receiving the services …
From http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/blog/2015/2015_03_30.aspx, April 02, 2015

Facebook’s “Empathy Lab”: How Facebook Designs for Disabled Users
Facebook is releasing the principles it uses to make sure the social network accessible to all users -- regardless of physical ability. The "accessibility toolkit," which the company will make public Tuesday, includes everything from how Facebook ensures that its engineers think about those issues to its strategies for building accessibility features into the site.
From http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/31/facebooks-empathy-lab-how-facebook-designs-for-disabled-users/, April 01, 2015

Canada: Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act: The Next Ten Years
In 2005 the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ("AODA") was passed. The AODA was developed in recognition of the disadvantage and exclusion of Ontarians with disabilities from full participation in society, including barriers when accessing employment. The AODA requires the creation of regulations setting out accessibility standards for the identification, removal and prevention of barriers in areas of goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises.
From http://www.mondaq.com/canada/x/385316/employee+rights+labour+relations/Accessibility+For+Ontarians+With+Disabilities+Act+The+Next+Ten, April 01, 2015

Rwanda: Inclusive Education Support is a Timely Intervention
Last Friday, Government launched a partnership with different organizations to promote inclusive education, focusing on children with disabilities. The partnership is a timely shot in the arm in view of the ongoing efforts to have more children with disabilities access inclusive education in the country. The initiative is in line with the global trend to ensure that children with disabilities are not isolated from mainstream schooling.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201503310458.html, April 01, 2015

Sendai UN World Conference Hailed for Accessibility
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (#WCDRR), is being hailed by participants as the first international meeting of its kind to provide a wide range of accessibility features for people living with disabilities. As a result, more than 200 persons with disabilities are actively participating in the Conference proceedings as delegates, speakers, panelists, and contributors. Thirty-four events from the Official Conference Programme and Public Forum address issues of disability. The five-day conference closes today.
From http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/news/v.php?id=43264, April 01, 2015

Qatar: Prime Minister Opens 15th Gulf Disability Society Forum Prime Minister Opens 15th Gulf Disability Society Forum
His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani opened the 15th Gulf Disability Society Forum in Doha Marriot Hotel yesterday. The forum is organized by the Gulf Disability Society and Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs, with the participation of various bodies and institutions in charge of people with disabilities.
From http://www.gulf-times.com/qatar/178/details/433020/prime-minister-opens-15th-gulf-disability-society-forum, April 01, 2015

China: Household Appliance Giants Foray into Smart Homes
In December 2014, Midea and Xiaomi Technology joined force to enter the smart home market. Wang Jinliang, director of Midea Group's domestic market division, said that Midea has always focused on white electrical appliances, kitchen appliances, and small appliances, and is a traditional machinery manufacturer. "We need the help of professional internet software companies if we are to make breakthroughs in fields that we are not good at, such as the internet, cloud computing, and cloud services. The partnership with Xiaomi is an important measure for Midea's business expansion and strategic arrangement in the mobile internet era".
From http://en.ce.cn/Insight/201503/30/t20150330_4972864.shtml, March 31, 2015

Seniors Love Technology Too, and Some Companies are Starting to Notice
From specially designed smart watches to advanced sensor systems meant to detect falls, tech companies are designing products with seniors in mind. It's a trend that some in the industry think is long overdue. "There was a stereotype earlier that seniors weren't interested in technology," Marjorie Skubic, director of the University of Missouri's Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology, told NBC News. "Seniors are willing to embrace technology as long as it has a function that's helpful to them."
From http://www.today.com/money/seniors-love-technology-too-some-companies-are-starting-notice-2D80551238, March 31, 2015

India: Braille Book on Disaster Management Released
A Braille book on disaster management to educate students with vision disabilities on protecting themselves during natural calamity was released. “Since the State Government is keen on disseminating the message of effective disaster management, we wanted to take it among the visually challenged persons also. Hence, we have prepared this book and planned to take it to all schools and colleges so that students with vision disabilities will also understand disaster management,” said T. Manohar, District Disability Rehabilitation Officer.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/31/braille-book-on-disaster-management-released/, March 31, 2015

Rwanda Launches National Partnership on Children with Disabilities
Alvera Mukabaramba, the Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs in the ministry of local government, has launched the National Partnership on Children with Disabilities. This partnership is linked to the Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities which brings together more than 220 organizations, including governments, United Nations agencies, international and local NGOs, civil society organizations of persons with disabilities, academia and the private sector, to advance the rights of children with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/31/rwanda-launches-national-partnership-on-children-with-disabilities/, March 31, 2015

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