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
Celebrity & Hero Witnesses Support Equal Access to Communications and Video Technologies to Provide Critical Testimony Today
Washington, D.C., May 1, 2008 - The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) is pleased to announce that celebrity and hero witnesses will testify at a House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet hearing on draft legislation, "Enhancing Access to Broadband Technology and Services for Persons with Disabilities, on May 1, 2008.
From Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) News, May 01, 2008
AT&T Launches New Text Accessibility Plan for iPhone Customers With Disability
AT&T Inc., a global provider of telecommunications services, on Tuesday introduced a new Text Accessibility Plan for iPhone targeting iPhone customers with hearing or speech disabilities.
From Market Intelligence Center, April 29, 2008
Mediasurface Upgrades Content Management Software to Improve Web site Accessibility
Mediasurface, Europe’s leading content management solutions provider today launched Morello 5.7, its enterprise-level solution for web content management. Morello 5.7 features new enhancements to help create and maintain XHTML Transitional or Strict websites, allowing organizations to more easily adhere to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
From webitpr, April 29, 2008
G3ict's Partner CIFAL Atlanta to Host H.E. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Global health will be the focus of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Atlanta, Georgia, next week, part of his ongoing tour of major cities in the United States.
From UN News Centre, April 29, 2008
Aged People Are Too Often Ignored and Denied Their Full Human Rights
The rights of old people are not being respected in many forms and this must not continue urges Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe as he discusses the needs for the elderly in Europe.
From eGov Monitor, April 28, 2008