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G3ict Chair, Ambassador Gallegos, Receives Excellency Award from National Spinal Cord Injury Association (in Spanish)
El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Embajada del Ecuador en Washington D.C., informa que el Embajador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, recibió el Premio otorgado por la Asociación Nacional de Lesiones de la Médula Espinal (NSCIA, por sus siglas en Inglés), como un reconocimiento a su significativa labor en la promoción y protección de los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad, en especial, por su liderazgo en la negociación de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad.
From Embassy of Ecuador to the United States - News, December 15, 2008

Accessibility Interoperability Alliance Welcomes 26 New Members
The Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), www.AccessInteropAlliance.org, a coalition of leading information and assistive technology companies dedicated to enabling developers to more easily create accessible software, hardware and Web products, welcomes the addition of 26 new members to the association in 2008.
From MarketWatch: The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, December 15, 2008

Museum Web Projects Receive Jodi Accessibility Awards
Digital projects from the National Trust, the British Museum and an innovative scheme to open up the collections of the V&A to people with learning difficulties were rewarded with Jodi Awards at a ceremony at the British Museum on Friday December 5.
From 24 Hour Museum, December 12, 2008

W3C Web Standard Defines Accessibility for Next Generation Web
Today W3C announces a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improve upon W3C's groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content.
From Innovation Report, December 12, 2008

Closing a Historic Gap in Human Rights
The UN General Assembly has achieved an important goal to strengthen international protection of human rights as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration
From UNHCHR Press, December 10, 2008

AccessText Network Created in Collaboration with University of Georgia Will Improve Student Access to College Textbook Content
The Association of American Publishers has signed an agreement with the Alternative Media Access Center, an initiative of the Georgia Board of Regents and the University of Georgia, to develop and launch the AccessText Network, a comprehensive, national online system that will make it easier and quicker for students with print-related disabilities, such as blindness, to obtain the textbooks they need for their college courses.
From UGA News Service, December 09, 2008

Accessible ICTs: Beyond the Convention
On 4 December 2008, infoDev worked with other parts of the Bank, including the Disability and Development team, to organize a half-day seminar on Accessible ICT: Implications and Trends for World Bank operations.
From InfoDev, The World Bank, December 04, 2008

(Opening Remarks at UNITAR/G3ict Seminar) Secretary-General, on International Day, Says UN Remains Committed to Promoting Accessibility -- Digital, Political, Physical -- for Persons with Disabilities
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, in New York, 3 December.
From Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York, December 03, 2008

People with Disabilities Must Play Key Role in Development, Says Ban
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities today by stressing that people with disabilities – the vast majority of whom live in poor countries – have a fundamental role to play in development processes.
From UN News Centre, December 03, 2008

Georgia Tech Tests Mobile Alert System for Cell Phones
In the first field trial of its kind, Georgia Tech’s Wireless Emergency Communications project tested the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Commercial Mobil Alert System to see how well it met the needs of people with vision and hearing impairments. They found three areas where they will recommend changes to the FCC.
From Georgia Tech Newsroom, December 03, 2008

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