Ghana: Board for the National Council for Persons With Disability Inaugurated in Ghana
A 14-member Board of the Council of Persons with Disability was, yesterday, inaugurated in Accra. This is to broaden the mandate of the ministry to include promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities. In her remarks, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, noted that the National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) was mandated under the Persons with Disability Act 2006, (Act 715), to pursue and promote a better Ghana experience for the estimated 20% of the population with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/27/board-for-the-national-council-for-persons-with-disability-inaugurated-in-ghana/, November 29, 2013
Fewer Than One in Three Africans has a Mobile Phone
Fewer than one in three Africans has a mobile phone and recent rapid growth in subscribers will slow if governments don't improve access to spectrum and rein in taxes on the industry, a lobby group representing mobile networks said on Monday. There were 502 million mobile connections in sub-Saharan Africa as of June, industry body GSMA said. But with most people owning about two SIM cards, the number of unique subscribers falls to 253 million - around 31 percent of the population, it added.
From http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/11/africa-telecoms-idUSL5N0IW0HD20131111, November 29, 2013
China's Huawei to Roll Out 4G Service in Ethiopian Capital
Ethiopia's state-run Ethio Telecom said on Thursday it had picked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's second largest telecom equipment maker, to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the capital Addis Ababa. The introduction of the service is part of a $1.6 billion deal signed in July and August between the Ethiopian firm, Huawei and ZTE, China's second-biggest telecoms equipment maker, to expand mobile phone infrastructure throughout the Horn of Africa country.
From http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/28/us-ethiopia-telecoms-idUSBRE9AR0JO20131128, November 29, 2013
Australia: Outstanding Achievements Recognised at National Disability Awards
Twelve individuals and organizations were tonight recognized for their outstanding work to improve the lives of people with disability at this year’s National Disability Awards. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, congratulated the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House. “This year’s field was exemplary, with many committed recipients whose work has helped improve the lives of Australians with disability and their families,” Senator Fifield said.
From http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/42, November 28, 2013
Empowering Youth with Disabilities in Bangladesh: Providing ICT Skills
In Bangladesh, youth with disability often have difficulty transitioning to work, as they lack the necessary skills to perform competitively in the job market and also face discrimination from employers on the basis of their disability. When the World Bank and Microsoft announced the regional grant competition “Youth Solutions! Technology for Skills and Employment”, we decided to submit a proposal to address this from the Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) in Bangladesh.
From http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/empowering-youth-disabilities-bangladesh-providing-ict-skills-0, November 28, 2013
Discovering Accessible Learning Resources with Benetech Labs
The digital revolution and ongoing advances in technology have made it possible to get more content, in more ways, to more people. This could truly be a golden age for people with print disabilities, such as those who are blind or have dyslexia, who cannot access or efficiently use books, apps and other information in most standard formats. But what good is accessible content if no one can find it?
From http://benetech.org/2013/11/26/discovering-accessible-learning-resources-with-benetech-labs-part-1/?, November 28, 2013
ITU Telecom World: Key Players from Across Industry Share Views on Network Virtualization, Big Data and the Future Internet
Inspirational futurist Gerd Leonhard, CEO, Futures Agency, delivered a compelling, challenging, and at times chilling glimpse into a possible near future dominated by data, digital dependence and dramatic sociological changes. Over the next ten years, human-to-machine interfaces will take us far beyond connected fridges, self-parking cars and intelligent wristwatches – and at an unbelievable pace, as real life begins to outstrip fiction. Artificial intelligence will augment our bodies and extend our personalities into devices, as chips as small as 5 nanometres across become fast, cheap and embedded in everything. This is the new version of the Internet: the Internet of everything with up to 100 billion connected devices.
From http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2013/65.aspx#.Upb7lCc2Qg8, November 28, 2013
USA: Tongue Piercing Controls Wheelchair
Body piercings have been used to control wheelchairs and computers in a move scientists believe could transform the way people interact with the world after paralysis. The movement of a tiny magnet in a tongue piercing is detected by sensors and converted into commands, which can control a range of devices. The US team said it was harnessing the tongue's "amazing" deftness. The development is reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The team at the Georgia Institute of Technology made the unlikely leap from body art to wheelchairs because the tongue is so spectacularly supple.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25118896, November 28, 2013
Taiwan: Disability Rights Advocates Urge Government to Adopt UN CRPD
The League of Welfare Organizations for the Disabled and 10 other groups representing people with disabilities yesterday urged the legislature to adopt the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and entered into force in 2008.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/25/disability-rights-advocates-urge-government-to-adopt-un-crpd/, November 27, 2013
The Paciello Group Web Accessibility Challenge
The 7th “Web Accessibility Challenge” is your opportunity to showcase advanced Web and Mobile technologies to technical leaders from academia and industry. The main goal of the Challenge is to encourage and accelerate the development of innovative and usable technologies, as well as provide feedback from end-users and experts in the field. The Challenge is where experimental systems and technologies are compared and evaluated both by the delegates and an independent panel of judges to identify the most significant advances in accessibility research that year.
From http://www.w4a.info/2014/submissions/challenge/, November 26, 2013