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Washington, D.C. Publishes its First Digital Divide Strategy
OCTO is pleased to release a public draft of the District of Columbia's first ever strategic plan to address the digital divide. This is intended to be a living document, updated quarterly or bi-annually as conditions warrant, and will reflect the current high-level vision of the District Government as it relates to tackling this important issue.
From Office of the Chief Technology Officer, December 09, 2010

Qatar: Qtel, Vodafone Join Hands to Help the Challenged
Qtel and Vodafone Qatar have joined hands to help people with disabilities get connected with the digital world through assistive technology software and accessories, specialised handsets, website accessibility and greater access to their facilities.
From The Peninsula, December 08, 2010

South Africa: Phone for the Hard of Hearing
Vodacom has launched the Bellen A100 handset in South Africa, as an innovative solution for ‘hard of hearing’ mobile users. It is not only useful for people with hearing difficulties, but also makes clear communication possible for people who work in noisy environments.
From Gadget, December 06, 2010

USICD Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The members, staff, and Board of Directors of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) today join people with disabilities around the world in celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
From USICD News, December 03, 2010

National Council on Disability Partners with U.S. Department of State to Recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is cosponsoring three panel discussions with the U.S. Department of State in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. The panels will include discussions on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), violence against women and girls with disabilities, and HIV/AIDS and disability.
From PR Newswire, December 02, 2010

Connecting the Disconnected: UK and Venezuelan ICT Experts Awarded UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize
The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova has designated the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (United Kingdom) and Infocentro Foundation (Venezuela) as the laureates of the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education.
From UNESCO News, December 01, 2010

USA: Iowa's Black Hawk Use of Mobile Technology for Emergencies Could be National Model
Federal officials appear to be taking a page out of the Black Hawk County Emergency Services handbook, and are considering a revamp of 911 emergency services to include the mobile staples of texting, video streaming and picture messaging.
From The Iowa Indipendent, November 29, 2010

USA: Send a Text Message to 911? With Photos and Video? It Could Happen, FCC Chairman Says
The Federal Communications Commission is considering updating the 911 system to allow cellphone users to send a text message, photo or video to the emergency service.
From Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2010

Qatar: Telecom Industry Plan to Help People with Disabilities
Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada), in co-operation with Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) and Vodafone Qatar, will launch a nationwide accessibility initiative today as part of its efforts to connect people with disabilities to the world of information and communication technology.
From Gulf Times, November 22, 2010

IEC/ISO/ITU Workshop on Accessibility Identifies Priorities for International Standardization
An international workshop on accessibility has identified priority areas where the development of International Standards could ease the lives of the estimated 650 million people worldwide with some form of accessibility problem.
From The Financial, November 13, 2010

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