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USA: Interactive Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
Many teachers who work in special needs or in classrooms with autistic students find that their biggest challenge lies in handling a student group that has needs so particular. Think that the last thing these educators need is an unfamiliar gadget they must incorporate into a day packed with too many students and too little time? Teachers who have uncovered this key to a student’s potential say, Not so fast! Here is a sampling of tools that have put the “assist” in assistive tech and the teachers who use them.
From techlearning.com, May 10, 2011

AT&T Joins Forces With Special Olympics
AT&T* and Special Olympics announced today the launch of a new cause-related marketing initiative to support the organization and its mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. As part of the nationwide initiative, AT&T will make a donation to Special Olympics in the amount of $40 for each online purchase made on eligible AT&T products and services on the program's dedicated website, www.att.com/specialolympics. In addition, Special Olympics supporters may also participate in a text-to-donate program by texting the word UNITY to 80888, to make a one-time donation of $5 to Special Olympics. The donations program runs from May 9, 2011 through February 29, 2012.
From disabled-world.com/, May 10, 2011

Delaware Launches First Statewide Registry to Help Citizens With Special Needs During an Emergency
Gov. Jack A. Markell and Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro launched the nation’s first statewide online registry designed to help Delaware citizens with special needs prepare for an emergency before it happens.
From governor.delaware.gov, April 25, 2011

Are Color Blind Gamers Left Out?
Next time you are playing a video game online and a member of your own team shoots you - spare a thought: they could be colour blind. The inability to easily distinguish between certain colors is a problem that affects about one in 20 men, and one in 200 women.
From bbc.co.uk, April 18, 2011

'Priority' Waiting List To Provide Housing For Thousands With Developmental Disabilities
It’s evident in the folder overstuffed with hundreds of documents that he keeps in the basement of his Toms River home, in his voice when he dials Trenton searching for answers, in his sigh as he describes the thousands of hours spent in a decade-long fight to find a suitable home for his 35-year-old autistic son, Michael.
From nj.com, April 18, 2011

Podcast: Social Media Networking For the Disabled
From BBC, April 18, 2011

Phone App Guide System For Disabled Commuters
AbleLink Technologies has released Wayfinder, a smartphone-based software program that enables people with intellectual and other cognitive disabilities to take the bus or light rail so they can be independent.
From itodaynews.com, April 18, 2011

India: First–ever RTI Book in Braille Launched for Blind People
To observe the 12th death anniversary of Jagdish Patel, founder of the Blind People's Association (BPA), the Gujarati version of Right to Information Act in Braille was launched on Thursday. This is the first time such a book has been brought out in Braille so that visually challenged people can learn about their rights. Speaking to DNA, director of BPA, Bhushan Punani, said, "The deputy secretary of Gujarat Information Commission, K S Diwan wanted the RTI Act to be translated into Gujarati and Braille for blind people." He added that the book will give an opportunity to the blind to access information on rights. This step would empower them and make them self–reliant, he said.
From http://www.dnaindia.com, April 15, 2011

India: High Court Backs E–ticketing Facility for Disabled People
Supporting the idea of e–ticketing facility for disabled people, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Railways and the central government on a PIL demanding web reservation for them at concessional rates. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the authorities must first display the sensitivity and that the technical requirements could be taken care of subsequently.
From http://www.indianexpress.com, April 15, 2011

How Google Is Teaching Computers To See
Computers used to be blind, and now they can see. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated algorithms, computers today can recognize and identify the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa or a can of Budweiser. Still, despite huge technological strides in the last decade or so, visual search has plenty more hurdles to clear.
From edition.cnn.com, April 14, 2011

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