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Secretary-General, in Message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Says Much to Celebrate with Entry into Force of Rights Convention
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed 3 December.
From UN News Centre, December 01, 2008

People with Disability a Priority for Australia’s Aid Program
The Australian Government has for the first time made people with disability a priority for Australia’s international development program. Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, will today launch Australia’s first strategy to guide Australia’s aid program in supporting people with a disability in the developing world.
From Australia's Aid Program - Media, November 25, 2008

COAT Applauds LG Electronics/Zenith for Open Captioned Video on How To Install a Digital-to-Analog TV Converter Box
The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) applauds LG Electronics/Zenith for providing open captioning on an Internet video clip about the company’s digital-to-analog television converter box.
From COAT Press Release, November 20, 2008

Why Obama Matters Globally
The new U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has said that the United States should “lead the world” in helping people with disabilities “take full advantage of their talents and become independent, integrated members of society.”
From wecando.worldpress.com, November 18, 2008

DAISY won a Katherine M. Swanson Tech Laureates Award
The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity.
From Tech Awards, November 12, 2008

One Laptop Per Child in India: Fostering Learning
The US –based One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organisation is planning to distribute thirty lakh XO laptops among the children entering schools by the end of 2009. Its ultimate mission is to ensure that all school children in the age group of five and 12 in India are able to engage effectively with their own personal laptop, networked to the world, so that they, their families and their communities can openly learn and learn about learning.
From Digital Learning, November 06, 2008

USA - Commitment to Accessibility
The Obama Administration has a comprehensive agenda to empower individuals with disabilities in order to equalize opportunities for all Americans.
From Change.gov, November 05, 2008

Mumbai Hosts Europe's Biggest Technology Event to Promote Accessible and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Royal National Institute of the Blind (UK) and BarrierBreak Technologies today hosted in Mumbai, Techshare - Europe’s biggest technology event to promote accessible technology for people with disabilities. Techshare India 2008, held on the premises of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped in Bandra, was inaugurated by Ms. Supriya Sule, Rajya Sabha MP.
From India PR Wire, November 04, 2008

USA - Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Plan to Empower Americans with Disabilities
Fifty-four million Americans – roughly 1 in 6 – personally experience some form of disability. And the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to increase those numbers. Yet seventeen years after Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with disabilities still do not have an equal opportunity to fulfill the American Dream.
From www.barackobama.com, November 04, 2008

First Committee of Experts on Disability Rights Convention Elected
Today, the first Conference of States Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) elected the new Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which will be in charge of monitoring the implementation of the CRPD. The Committee comprises seven men and five women, of which nine are persons with disabilities. The twelve Committee members elected are:
From IDA CRPD Forum, November 03, 2008

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