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U.S. Dept of Ed Requires Accessible New Technologies in Schools
the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent out new guidance on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy new classroom technologies. The guidance letter and materials were provided to elementary and secondary school principals, school boards, school superintendents and institutions of higher education. This "Dear Colleague" letter and the associated FAQs emphasized new and emerging technologies, such as E-books and online courses and other online content, such as online applications for admission, class assignments, and housing.
From coataccess.org, June 02, 2011

USA: Implants Help Deaf Learn Language from Listening
These children, and others at the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, are all deaf or hard of hearing. Yet instead of using American Sign Language, all have learned to speak, in most cases aided by devices called cochlear implants. All are headed to mainstream kindergarten.
From centredaily.com, June 01, 2011

Iceland: Sign Language Legalized as First Language in Iceland
Members of the Icelandic Association of the Deaf celebrated the legislation of Sign Language as their first language. Icelanders are frontrunners in the development of Sign Language and such a conclusive recognition as the government has now given Sign Language has not been made anywhere else in the world, according to Dadi Hreinsson, managing director of the Icelandic Association of the Deaf.
From icelandreview.com, June 01, 2011

SpeechTrans Offers Mobile Translation App for Hearing Impaired
Custom Designed Speech Recognition App Gives Hearing Impaired Unparalleled Freedom to Engage in Personal Multi-Language Conversations.
From prnewswire.com, June 01, 2011

World Deaf Congress Headed for South Africa
The Deaf Federation of South Africa (Deafsa) will host two international events in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in July 2011. The 16th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, as well as the fifth International World Federation of the Deaf Youth Camp, will take place on African soil for the first time.
From southafrica.info, June 01, 2011

U.S. to Grant $20 Million for Improving Employment Outcomes for PWD
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately USD 20 million to fund programs that will improve education, training and employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. A solicitation for grant applications is published in today's edition of the Federal Register.
From dol.gov, June 01, 2011

UK: Care Is Failing 1.5 Million People with Learning Disabilities
The system of care and support for the 1.5 million people who have a learning disability is breaking down because of spending cuts and an "alarming" shortage of accommodation, according to consultants commissioned by the Department of Health.
From www.guardian.co.uk, May 31, 2011

iPad App for Cerebral Palsy Patients Developed by Michigan Engineering Students
A University of Michigan team of engineering students and rehabilitation engineers is building an app to help people whose impaired motor movements (Cerebral Palsy patients) make it hard to manipulate touch-sensitive screens or press the small buttons on iPads and other mobile devices.
From cerebralpalsychildren.edusped.com, May 30, 2011

Report on Captioning in the European Union Released
The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has released a report which looks at levels of captioning on audiovisual media across the European Union. The EFHOH, which has been campaigning for increased levels of captioning for the last ten years, notes that some countries have made great progress in that time. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France now have 100% captioning on their main television channels, but other countries are lagging behind.
From mediaaccess.org, May 30, 2011

JAN Releases Updated Accommodation and Compliance Series
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act regulations took effect May 24th! Learn the basic changes the ADAAA made to the definition of disability by reviewing JAN's newly updated Accommodation and Compliance Series: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
From askjan.org/, May 27, 2011

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