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New Technologies Empower Persons with Disabilities
An estimated 650 million persons live with disabilities worldwide. Including their families, there are nearly two billion people - or a third of the world's population - directly affected by disability.
From MediaCaster, May 16, 2008

Ireland's First Ever Assistive Technology Library Launched 20,000 Users to Benefit from Loan Library
www.try-it.ie, Ireland’s first every Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT) web based library bank was launched today by a consortium of groups who work with people with disabilities.
From Irish Dev News, May 15, 2008

Tunisia: International Forum Highlights Role of Digital Accessibility in the Integration of the Disabled
The El Ghazala technological pole is hosting on May 15, 2008 a one- day international forum on "Digital accessibility: A chance for the promotion of the disabled"
From allAfrica.com, May 15, 2008

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Convenes Meeting on Rights of Disabled Persons
After the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities became effective on 3 May 2008, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is organising an international conference to call for action on poverty, lack of access and discrimination that people with disabilities face.
From Afriquenligne, May 13, 2008

United Nations Marks Entry Into Force of Global Pact on Disability Rights
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as “a new dawn in the fight for the well-being of people with disabilities,” at a special commemorative event held in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly.
From UN News Centre, May 12, 2008

UNICEF Welcomes the Ratification of the UN Disabilities Convention
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which came into force on 3 May 2008, is the first human right treaty of the 21st century. The Convention aims to promote, protect and ensure the equal rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons with disabilities, including millions of children, worldwide.
From UNICEF Press Centre, May 12, 2008

AAPD Urges U.S. Senate to Consider 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Legislation for People with Disabilities
Washington, D.C. – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the largest cross-disability membership organization in the U.S., was pleased with the outcomes of the May 1st hearing held on Capitol Hill by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet chaired by Representative Edward Markey (MA), and the strong testimony provided by the hearing’s celebrity and hero witnesses. The hearing focused on draft legislation, “Enhancing Access to Broadband Technology and Services for Persons with Disabilities.”
From AAPD News: Telecommunications Issues, May 08, 2008

Microsoft, DAISY Make Reading Easier for People with Print Disabilities
Microsoft Corporation today joined with industry and advocacy group leaders worldwide to launch new software that will make it easier for anyone to create documents and content that will be accessible for blind and print-disabled individuals. The new "Save as DAISY XML" add-in, designed for Microsoft Office Word 2007, Word 2003 and Word XP, will allow users to save Open XML-based text files into DAISY XML, the foundation of the globally accepted DAISY Standard for reading and publishing navigable multimedia content
From PRNewswire, May 07, 2008

Landmark UN Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Enters Into Force
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force today, one month after the required twentieth country ratified the landmark treaty which guarantees the rights of some 650 million people worldwide.
From UN News Centre, May 07, 2008

Ban Ki-moon Hails New Zealand's Leadership on Disability Issues
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Government and people of New Zealand, the recipient of this year’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award, for their efforts to improve the lives of those living with disabilities.
From UN News Centre, May 06, 2008

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