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USA: 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD
The 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held from 14 to 16 June 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. This year’s session will include elections for nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to replace those whose terms are due to expire in December 2016.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/24/9th-session-of-the-conference-of-states-parties-to-the-crpd/, March 24, 2016

Indonesia: ILO Urges Business Sector to Offer Employment Opportunities to Persons with Disabilities
The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called on the business sector to offer employment opportunities and equal treatment to persons with disabilities following the passing of a law that guarantees the rights of people with disabilities. Employing people with disabilities should not be merely lip service, ILO country director for Indonesia Francesco d’Ovidio said in a discussion on Tuesday. “It’s not a matter of charity. It’s a matter of choice, because employing people with disabilities makes good sense from the business point of view,” he said. Of Indonesia’s 250 million population, 11 to 13 percent have disabilities, according to Central Statistics Agency data.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/23/ilo-urges-business-sector-to-offer-employment-opportunities-to-persons-with-disabilities/, March 23, 2016

USA: FCC Enhances Accessibility of Video Programming on Television
The Federal Communications Commission adopted amendments to its rules on closed captioning of televised video programming to ensure that millions of Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing have full access to programming on February 18. This action helps clarify which entities are responsible for which parts of the delivery and quality of closed captions on television.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/23/fcc-enhances-accessibility-of-video-programming-on-television/, March 23, 2016

IAAP Announces the Launch of the IAAP Resource Library
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is excited to announce the launch of the IAAP Resource Library. This new Resource Library contains a collection of accessibility resources and programs that are collected, gathered, and developed by the Organizational Development Committee (ODC). The mission of the ODC is to develop resources and programs by which organizations, corporations and government entities can learn and grow their accessibility strategies to increase overall access and opportunities for persons with disabilities.
From http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?admin=Y&contentid=347, March 23, 2016

Are There Any Cell Phones for the Visually Impaired?
Modern cell phones are important tools which are needed to maximize productivity and security, thus, enhancing our lives with effective communication. Alas! This is gift of technology that cannot be used effectively by the visually impaired or blind people. For them, it is difficult to identify the keys on the keyboards, and go through the navigation process. Having said this, it is needless to say that using touch-screen phones is a distant reality for the visually impaired, because those do not even allow them to feel the keys with their thumbs. Nonetheless, modern technology has come up with cell phones for visually impaired people. These are meant to give all kinds of cell-phone facilities to the blind by overcoming the obvious barriers. Following are some technologies that can help blind people use mobile phones.
From http://www.project-ray.com/blog/visualy-impaired/cell-phones-visually-impaired, March 23, 2016

India: G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs and Accessibility in New Delhi
The G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs, and Accessibility will take place in New Delhi, India on April 11, 2016. It is now widely accepted that technology will play a critical role in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In fact, Goal 17 specifically talks about technology, particularly information and communications technology. It is therefore imperative to ensure that as governments and other agencies walk the path towards 2030, technology must become inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. It is also important to promote greater cohesion between the work towards implementation of Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and that towards Agenda 2030. With this in mind, the DPI World Assembly is collaborating with the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, G3ict, for a workshop on accessibility and disability rights.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/22/g3ict-workshop-on-icts-sdgs-and-accessibility-in-delhi/, March 22, 2016

USA: Humanoid Robot Used as a Tool in Therapy for Children with Autism
TecO is the name of the humanoid robot that detects neural signals thanks to an operational amplifier using a headset or a hood, which has electrodes mounted on the child’s head and records this signals; then they are sent to a computer that translates them into information that is interpreted by a psychologist or a neurologist. Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating. In order to help children with this problem learn to recognize facial expressions in themselves and in others, a group of researchers at the Tec de Monterrey, in Mexico, created a robot using artificial intelligence.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/22/humanoid-robot-can-be-used-as-a-tool-in-therapy-for-children-with-autism/, March 22, 2016

Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Universal Design Conference
The 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD2016), which will take place in the historic city of York, UK, August 21 – 24 2016. The conference will address all aspects of universal design, design for all, and inclusive design, including universal design of the physical environment, of products and of the digital world.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/21/call-for-abstracts-3rd-international-universal-design-conference/, March 21, 2016

Illustration-Based Graphic Language Helps Persons with Intellectual Disabilities to Read and Understand Stories
A researcher from the University of Granada (UGR) has designed an accessible tale aimed at people with intellectual disabilities, which allows them to “read a story even if they cannot read”, since it has been ‘written’ using an illustration-based graphic language as the only narrative thread. Clara Luna, illustrator and researcher at the Department of Drawing, defends the necessity of making ‘accessible pictures’ which allow people that lacks good reading and writing skills to understand the story told through them.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/21/illustration-based-graphic-language-help-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-to-read-and-understand/, March 21, 2016

India: Braille Handbook for Voters with Vision Disabilities Released
An election handbook in Braille for voters with vision disabilities was released by District Election Officer Sajjansingh R. Chavan in the south Indian city of Nagercoil. After releasing the handbook, Mr. Chavan appealed to the voters to ensure cent per cent voting in the Assembly election to be held on May 16. For the benefit of voters with vision disabilities, guidelines for enrollment of voters, deletion of names, online registration and website/ e-mail address were printed in Braille in the handbook.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/20/braille-handbook-for-voters-with-vision-disabilities-released/, March 21, 2016

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