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AT&T Convenes Advisory Panel on Access & Aging to Better Serve Customers
AT&T* will hold its first-quarter Advisory Panel on Access & Aging (AAPAA) discussion to announce its continued dedication in product and service offerings to keep its customers and employees, including seniors and those in the disability community, connected. The panel discussion will take place Thursday, February 4, and Friday, February 5, in Atlanta, Georgia.
From PR Newswire, February 04, 2010

USA: Court Rules in Favor of Visually-Impaired Grad
A U.S. district court in San Francisco ruled Friday in favor of Stephanie Enyart, a visually-impaired law school graduate, allowing her to use special reading assistance software on the next California bar examination in late February.
From The Daily Californian, February 01, 2010

Texthelp Systems Announces Fluency Tutor, Online Solution for Developing and Measuring Oral Reading Fluency
Award-winning software publisher, Texthelp Systems today announced the release of its newest product offering, Fluency Tutor, at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference being held January 27-30 in Orlando, FL.
From Sys-Con Media, January 28, 2010

Ghana: Rights of Persons with Disability Launched
The Ghana Federation of the Disabled in collaboration with Mind Freedom and a network of Journalists on Disability have launched a project on the Ratification of the Convention of the Rights of persons with Disability and Passage of Mental Health Bill in Accra yesterday.
From Ghana Government News, January 28, 2010

Web Accessibility as a Government Mandate?
Most web developers know that they should make their websites accessible to persons with disabilities, such as including captions for videos to assist the hearing impaired, designing navigation so it can be done through a keypad as opposed to a mouse and including descriptive captions for the blind. But too often developers choose fancy design over accessibility. In some countries though, accessibility is no longer an option!
From Digital Qatar, January 28, 2010

An Internet for Everyone Innovation and Competition -- not Mandates -- Will Widen Web Access for the Disabled.
Disability advocates are demanding that government do more to increase the accessibility of the Internet and broadband devices, especially mobile phones. And their pleas haven't fallen on deaf ears.
From Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2010

The DOJ and ADA Mandate Ebook Readers Be Accessible to All
Ebook reader makers received a major reality check earlier this month when, after investigating charges of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced settlements with four major universities that had been part of the Kindle DX project to test the devices in real-life classroom settings.
From InfoToday.com, January 25, 2010

Sri Lanka: ICT Equipment for Those with Special Needs
Technology is a must to see the world and there should be no discrimination in the accessibility to technology. Disability is not a drawback and people with special needs too should be given the opportunity to use technology, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Director General Priyantha Kariyapperuma said.
From Sri Lanka Business News, January 20, 2010

Korea Tops UN Recession-Time e-Govt Rankings
South Korea has led the world in how governments have used ICT to give citizens and businesses better access to public services during the economic downturn, according to a United Nations survey. Korea edged out the United States in the 2010 UN E-Government rankings, marking the first time an Asian country has topped the bi-annual table.
From FutureGov, January 20, 2010

AbleNet Launches ‘Remarkable Idea’ Program to Honor Innovative Uses of Assistive Technology and Special Education Tools
AbleNet announces the launch of the 2010 ‘Remarkable Idea’ program in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Throughout the year the company is requesting worldwide submissions of innovative applications of assistive technology (AT) and special education tools from educators, parents, users, therapists and other professionals.
From SOA World Magazine, January 19, 2010

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