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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

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 is a Proposed Recommendation
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group has published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 as a Proposed Recommendation, and published updated Working Drafts of Understanding WCAG 2.0, Techniques for WCAG 2.0, and How to Meet WCAG 2.0. WCAG defines how to make Web sites, Web applications, and other Web content accessible to people with disabilities.
From W3C WAI, November 03, 2008

Burton Blatt Institute Creates Public Learning Campaign to Challenge Perceptions toward Individuals with Disabilities
Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, has announced the creation of a public learning campaign to challenge negative perceptions about the ability of individuals with disabilities. "It is our intention to bring together expertise from various colleges at Syracuse University, working in partnership with BBI to design a public learning campaign that would lead to fundamental and positive attitude changes concerning people with disabilities," Blanck says. "This will be accomplished by developing face-to-face and Web-based programs at a high school in Onondaga County."
From Syracuse University News, October 22, 2008

Ericsson to Bring Digital-Health to Africa
Ericsson’s experience in Bangladesh and India shows that people with even an average income of $ 1.25 per day can have access to medical care with the help of mobile connectivity.
From itnewsafrica.com, October 17, 2008

State Focuses on Disability Job Market
In tough economic times, people with disabilities face even more challenges finding employment. Measures are taken annually to prepare those with disabilities for the workplace and educate the public on their contributions.
From Jacksonsun.com, October 10, 2008

United States: Congress Expands Scope of Federal Disability Discrimination Law
On September 25, 2008, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (the "ADAAA" or the "Act"). The bill (S. 3406) was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 17, 2008, after receiving unanimous approval in the Senate the previous week. The ADAAA will take effect on January 1, 2009. This client alert reviews the major changes being made to federal disabilities law under the ADAAA.
From Mondaq, October 08, 2008

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3rd
"Dignity and justice for all of us" is the theme of this year's International Day for Persons with Disabilities, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
From Press Information Bureau - Govt of India, October 08, 2008

Human Element Key in Design, Development of Assistive Devices
When Robbie R. Stanfield made a meal or fixed a snack, opening a jar of pickles or peanut butter was a daunting and frustrating task. “I'd take the jar and hit it on the floor, but sometimes it broke,” says Stanfield, who was born with no left hand and has carpal tunnel syndrome in her right. “Or, I'd use one of those rubber things and try to twist the cap by holding the jar in the pit of my left arm. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.”
From UB Reporter, October 08, 2008

Making the Workplace Accessible
Tim Vaughan, director of worldwide marketing for document imaging at Eastman Kodak, was concerned he would not get sheltered parking at the company's new suburban facility in upstate New York.
From Diversity Inc., October 07, 2008

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