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Accessible Council Websites 'Perform Better for All'
Research for Socitm, the representative body for public service ICT professionals, compared the 43% of sites rated as satisfactory for disabled accessibility with those rated less accessible. It found that performance on a number of tasks was 41% better for the accessible sites than the rest. A report by Socitm said its research suggests “a significant relationship between the accessibility of the websites for people with disabilities and the more general usability of the websites for everyone”.
From https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/accessible-council-websites-perform-better-all, February 23, 2015

Australia to Introduce Tactile Banknotes
The Governor, Glenn Stevens has announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people who are blind or have low vision.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/19/australia-to-introduce-tactile-banknotes/, February 19, 2015

US Access Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements
The Board has released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/19/us-access-board-proposes-updated-ict-accessibility-requirements/, February 19, 2015

UAE: Smart Learning Aids for Students with Hearing Disabilities
Children at Al Amal School for Deaf Students can now study in the comfort of their homes, using sign language videos, thanks to the introduction of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program in their school. Al Amal School for Deaf Students, which is part of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services introduced the program to 14 grade eight and nine students.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/17/smart-learning-aids-for-students-with-hearing-disabilities/, February 19, 2015

Allahabad University to Amend Admission Rules for People with Disabilities
Allahabad University authorities, on Wednesday agreed to consider the proposal of amending admission under disability quota for the next academic session (2015-16).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/19/allahabad-university-to-amend-admission-rules-for-people-with-disabilities/, February 19, 2015

Telekom Networks Malawi Sets Up Disability Inclusive Classrooms in Lilongwe
Premier mobile service provider Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has donated K2.8 million to the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) to help set up a disability inclusive environment at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe’s Area 25. The money will be used to transform the school’s environment into an inclusive one for children with disabilities. Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony in Blantyre, TNM’s Head of Marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said the mobile operator is committed to ensuring that children with disabilities access quality education and become self-reliant
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/02/18/telekom-networks-malawi-sets-up-disability-inclusive-classrooms-in-lilongwe/, February 19, 2015

Africa: Aitec's Regional ICT Summit to Focus On How Tech Can Improve Quality of Lives
Aitec Africa has convened an ICT Summit at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi Kenya on the February 18 - 19, 2015 aimed at a want to turn the long heralded ICT revolution to start delivering results that improve the quality of life for the region's citizens and lift to world class status.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201502171233.html, February 18, 2015

Nigeria: ICT Growth Dependent on Innovative Technologies - Eaton
Sustainable growth of the Information and Communications Technology sector in Nigeria and West Africa is dependent on developing innovative technologies to solve the sector's toughest power management challenges, Charles Iyo, West Africa Sales Manager, Electrical Sector. Eaton has said.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201502170451.html, February 18, 2015

Spring Hong Kong Fair Focus Includes the Connected Home & Wearables
The wearables and connected home categories will play prominent roles in this year’s Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition). Once again, Hong Kong will play host from April 13 to 16 to the semi-annual Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and to the International ICT Expo, with which it runs concurrently; both shows are at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and are organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
From http://www.dealerscope.com/article/spring-hong-kong-fair-focus-connected-home-wearables/1, February 18, 2015

Sony Takes Pre-orders for Smart Glasses
A developer edition of Sony's augmented reality smart glasses will go on sale in ten countries next month, the tech giant has announced. Pre-orders for the SmartEyeglass, costing $840, are now being taken in the UK and Germany, with Japan and the US to follow shortly.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31502579, February 18, 2015

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