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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Advocates Universal Internet Access Policy at United Nations
Speaking at the United Nations (UN), Facebook founder issued a ‘connectivity declaration’ seeking support from philanthropists (Bill and Melinda Gates), TV celebrities, singers and dignitaries like German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an effort to ensure Internet access for everyone globally by 2020. According to the declaration signed by Mark Zuckerberg when people have access to the tools and internet knowledge, they have access to opportunities that make their life better as well as others.
From http://www.pc-tablet.co.in/2015/09/27/15163/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-advocates-universal-internet-access-policy-united-nations/, September 28, 2015

Health and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Leaving No One with Disability Behind
On the eve of the UN summit on Sustainable Development goals, Alarcos Cieza of the WHO reminds us that disability is part of the human experience contributing to human diversity. On September 25-27 the United Nations Member States will meet in New York to agree on an ambitious post-2015 Development Agenda as the next phase of the Millennium Development Goals. For health professionals, the natural focus will be on Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
From http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2015/09/23/health-and-the-sustainable-development-agenda-leaving-no-one-with-disability-behind/, September 24, 2015

UK: NHS Trust Launches British Sign Language Self-Help Guides
A partnership between a deaf health charity and the NHS in the North East has led to the creation of a series of innovative new sign language guides to mental health issues. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) worked in partnership with deaf health charity SignHealth to produce 14 mental health self-help guides in British Sign Language (BSL). The project was supported by NHS England’s Regional Innovation Fund.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/nhs-trust-launches-british-sign-language-self-help-guides/, September 24, 2015

Tanzania: National Electoral Commission Called on to Empower Voters with Disabilities
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has been called upon to ensure that sign language interpreters are available at various ongoing campaign rallies by politicians in the country. This was revealed by the Secretary General of the Disabled Women’s Organization in Tanzania (Swauta), Stella Jairos, during a one-day symposium held in Dar es Salaam recently. She cautioned that if the issue is not be taken seriously and the solution not found by the government, there might be a possibility of people with disabilities not being able to understand the promises made by presidential hopefuls leaving them incapable of making the right decision when the time to cast their ballad comes.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/national-electoral-commission-called-on-to-empower-voters-with-disabilities/, September 24, 2015

India: Research Institute on Sign Language to be Set Up in Delhi
The government yesterday approved setting up of a national-level institute for research and training on sign language to provide increased accessibility in education, workplace and other activities of life to five million people with hearing disabilities. The proposal to set up Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) was endorsed at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/research-institute-on-sign-language-to-be-set-up-in-delhi/, September 24, 2015

Reserve Bank of India to Issue Bank Notes with Braille Features
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes with additional features to aid people with vision disabilities in identification. RBI had recently put into circulation Rs 500 bank notes with numerals in ascending size in number panels but without bleed lines and enlarged identification mark, it said in a release. It has now added two more features to aid people who are blind or low vision in easy identification of banknotes, apart from securing them against counterfeiting.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/23/reserve-bank-of-india-to-issue-bank-notes-with-braille-features/, September 24, 2015

USA: IDPP Co-Hosts International Special Education Conference in Thailand
Associate Professor Derrick Cogburn presented at the inaugural International Conference on Special Education held from July 28-31, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Co-organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization–Regional Centre on Special Education (SEAMEO SEN) and the Ministry of Education of Thailand, the event attracted more than 1,700 high-level policymakers, educators, and experts from across the globe to discuss issues related to the conference’s overarching theme, Innovation: Enhanced Learning Initiatives and Practices in Special Education.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/24/idpp-co-hosts-international-special-education-conference-in-thailand/, September 24, 2015

India: How Mobile Phones are Enabling Quality Maternal and Child Healthcare
These experiences led her to conceive of mMitra - a free mobile voice call service that gives information on preventive care and simple interventions to reduce maternal and infant deaths. The messages are specific to the stage of pregnancy or the baby’s age. They are given in the language of choice and sent weekly or twice a week. In a country that accounts for 17 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide, information and communication technologies (ICTs) hold out immense possibilities.
From http://www.business-standard.com/article/punditry/how-mobile-phones-are-enabling-quality-maternal-and-child-healthcare-115092200238_1.html, September 22, 2015

France: OECD Calls for Better Use of ICT to Improve Education Systems
Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday recommended countries further use new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education systems in a bid to reinforce students' digital skills and well prepare them for "today's connected world". "School systems need to find more effective ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning to provide educators with learning environments that support 21st century pedagogies and provide children with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's world," said Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills.
From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-09/15/c_134626975.htm, September 22, 2015

China: ICT Key to Transformation of Education in Digital Age
A strong focus on adopting information technology is a core part of any strategy to transform teaching, learning and administration in the global education sector, according to a senior executive of Chinese telecoms specialist Huawei. Speaking at the ‘Building a Better Connected Education’ summit on the Gold Coast, Dong Wu, Huawei’s Vice President of enterprise network solution sales, said the firm was dedicated to working with partners in the sector as well as customers to develop the “intelligent, agile and innovative ICT architecture needed to create better connected education".
From http://www.educatoronline.com.au/news/ict-key-to-transformation-of-education-in-digital-age-205249.aspx, September 22, 2015

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