Sudan Unveils National Education Strategy for Children with Disabilities
Sudan’s ministry of education this week launched a three-year national strategy aimed at providing better quality education for children with disabilities. In a statement, UNICEF welcomed the initiative, saying it was the first of its kind in Sudan, offering a comprehensive take on the issues and challenges affecting children with disabilities in the Sudanese school system and setting out a broad range of responses to gradually address the needs of these children.
From http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article48905, November 25, 2013
USA: Department of Defense Backs UN Disability Treaty
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said a UN treaty requiring signatory nations to improve services and accessibility to the disabled is good for American troops and its disabled veterans. In separate statements submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, the two combat-wounded Vietnam veterans urged the Senate to ratify the treaty. The agreement has broad support from veterans' organizations, but is viewed with suspicion by some conservative groups who believe it could be used to alter American law regarding decisions about children's health -- especially with respect to birth control and abortion -- and home-schooling.
From http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/11/21/dod-va-back-un-disability-treaty.html, November 25, 2013
Disability Treaty CRPD, an Opportunity for American Leadership
Human rights activists filled the room to support Senate ratification of the disability rights treaty at the second hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on November 21. The CRPD is an international human rights treaty that seeks to provide a framework for nations around the world to fight discrimination against people with disabilities. The CRPD was inspired by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. There are more than 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide, and about 58 million living in the United States. Currently, 126 nations have ratified the disability treaty, but the United States has yet to do so.
From http://www.civilrights.org/archives/2013/november/1170-CRPD-second-hearing.html, November 25, 2013
Apple Co-Developed Next Generation Hearing Aid Device Coming to Market
This was the year that Apple put a lot of energy into developing technology to advance hearing aids in connection to the iPhone. Apple's first patent application surfaced at the US Patent Office in February and their most recent application came to light last month. Their work was obviously more aggressive than first thought. Today we've learned that Apple approached all hearing aid companies to introduce their ideas and technology and a next generation product from Denmark's GN Store Nord is now only months away from being the first to tap into technology that will work with Apple's iPhone.
From http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2013/11/apple-co-developed-next-generation-hearing-aid-device-coming-to-market-in-q1-2014.html, November 25, 2013
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