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Human Rights: Historic Ratification by the European Community
The European Community has just ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unprecedented step forward for the first human rights treaty ratified in the history of Europe and a great signal sent to all EU Members States.
From EDF News, November 29, 2009

YouTube Launches Automatic Captions; Great for Accessibility and Search
YouTube is introducing machine-generated automatic captioning to YouTube. The captions can also be translated. This obviously has incredible implications for the hearing-impaired and language translation. But it also has great implications for search.
From SearchEngineWatch.com, November 19, 2009

IGF Discusses Diversity and Disability, GAID Offers Program for MDGs Achievement
On the third day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting, November 17, 2009, in Sharm el-Sheikh, participants from government, the private sector, civil society and the Internet community tackled the key issues of access and diversity as well as Internet governance in the light of WSIS principles. Parallel meetings held on Tuesday included 20 workshops, as well as \"best practices forums\", \"dynamic coalitions\", and other meetings.
From ag-IP News, November 18, 2009

Texthelp Systems Launch BrowseAloud 6
Northern Ireland-based assistive technology firm, Texthelp Systems Ltd, is pleased to announce the launch of BrowseAloud 6; the latest version of its text-to-speech software.
From BrowseAloud News, November 16, 2009

UN Official Pledges Support to Tackle Copyright Challenges for the Visually Impaired
The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with protecting intellectual property rights has pledged support for efforts to improve access to copyright-protected works for the world’s blind or visually impaired persons.
From UN News Centre, November 11, 2009

Intel Introduces a Digital Book Reader that Reads Aloud to the Blind
Ben Foss grew up with dyslexia, a learning disability so severe that his mother had to read books to him throughout his school years, all the way through college. Now 36, he is spearheading the launch of a remarkable device from Intel that can read electronic books aloud to the blind or visually impaired.
From Venture Beat, November 09, 2009

Field Hearing: People With Disabilities Need Minor Modifications for Broadband to Work
Panelists at a Federal Communications Commission field hearing on Friday agreed that there should be a national broadband plan that made high-speed internet connections accessible to everyone, including those with hearing, visual and other disabilities.
From BroadbandBreakfast.com, November 09, 2009

Nigeria - Regulations to Provide Special ICT Tools for Physically Challenged, Underway
WITH the number of physically challenged groups of persons constituting 25% of the total Nigerian populace, the Senate Committee Chairman on Communications, Senator Sylvester Anyanwu has said that the Senate and other arms of government would ensure that relevant policies and regulations are put in place to provide specially designed ICT needs of these groups.
From Vanguard, November 08, 2009

Actress Marlee Matlin Testifies Before the FCC Today to Ask for Online Captioning
Two distinguished panels of experts will participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s Nov. 6 hearing at Gallaudet University on broadband access for people with disabilities.
From Media dis&dat, November 06, 2009

Nigeria - Senate, NCC Assure Physically Challenged on Telecoms
The Senate Committee Chairman on Communications, Senator Sylvester Anyanwu, yesterday in Abuja, declared that the physically challenged people in Nigeria are entitled to relevant telecom tools and that the Senate and other arms of government will ensure that the relevant policies and regulations will be put in place to address them.
From Vanguard, November 05, 2009

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