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United States: Congress Expands Scope of Federal Disability Discrimination Law
On September 25, 2008, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (the "ADAAA" or the "Act"). The bill (S. 3406) was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 17, 2008, after receiving unanimous approval in the Senate the previous week. The ADAAA will take effect on January 1, 2009. This client alert reviews the major changes being made to federal disabilities law under the ADAAA.
From Mondaq, October 08, 2008

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3rd
"Dignity and justice for all of us" is the theme of this year's International Day for Persons with Disabilities, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
From Press Information Bureau - Govt of India, October 08, 2008

Human Element Key in Design, Development of Assistive Devices
When Robbie R. Stanfield made a meal or fixed a snack, opening a jar of pickles or peanut butter was a daunting and frustrating task. “I'd take the jar and hit it on the floor, but sometimes it broke,” says Stanfield, who was born with no left hand and has carpal tunnel syndrome in her right. “Or, I'd use one of those rubber things and try to twist the cap by holding the jar in the pit of my left arm. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.”
From UB Reporter, October 08, 2008

Making the Workplace Accessible
Tim Vaughan, director of worldwide marketing for document imaging at Eastman Kodak, was concerned he would not get sheltered parking at the company's new suburban facility in upstate New York.
From Diversity Inc., October 07, 2008

UW Creates A Computer Mouse Driven by Sound
Say "ahh" and the cursor zips toward the northeast corner of the computer screen. "Ooo" sends it shooting straight south. Want it to head southeast? Say "ohh." To make the cursor do a circle or figure 8, let vowel sounds bleed into one another, like eee into ahh into aww and so on. You can make it hurry or slow by regulating the volume of your voice. To open a link, make a soft clicking sound.
From The Seattle Times, October 06, 2008

Ireland - Government Urged to Ratify UN Convention on Disability Rights
THE GOVERNMENT was urged yesterday to ratify a UN convention on rights for people with disabilities if it is to deliver real support to people with disabilities at home and around the world.
From IrishTimes.com, October 06, 2008

Helping People with Disabilities Make Use of Public Transport
In an ideal world, all buses would be wheelchair friendly and train timetables would be available as audio recordings for the visually impaired. Reality has yet to catch up with that vision, so instead European researchers have developed a personal navigation aid to help disabled people make use of public transport.
From Science Daily, October 05, 2008

Statement on the Millennium Development Goals and Disability, from the Africa Regional Conference
THE STATEMENT OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND DISABILITY AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, HELD AT THE PANAFRIC HOTEL, NAIROBI, KENYA 15TH TO 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2008 We, the 200 delegates of the Millennium Development Goals and Disability Conference from the, Central, Eastern, Northern, Western and Southern sub regions of Africa met in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Panafric Hotel on 15th to 17th September 2008, to examine the status of MDGs in respect to the inclusion and mainstreaming of disability;
From wecando.worldpress.com, September 26, 2008

Apple Reaches Deal Over iTunes Accessibility for Blind (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is expected to announce an agreement with Apple Inc. for the computer and software company to improve access for the blind to its popular iTunes music store.
From Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, September 26, 2008

Accessibility Experts: Cultural Institutions Are Not Inclusive of Everyone with Disabilities
Vizcaya was completed in 1916 at a time when America's wealthy created lavish homes inspired by Europe's palaces. Making the home friendly to people with disabilities was not part of its initial architectural design.
From chicagotribune.com, September 26, 2008

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