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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

Achieving Green, Intelligent and Safe Mobility in Europe
A few days ago we saw the first of the Digital Agenda for Europe actions in Transport (action 95) accomplishing objectives, as the Commission adopted a Regulation on standards in the field of telematics applications for rail passenger services. This success was attained by the harmonious collaboration and commitment of public and private stakeholders and undoubtedly constitutes a firm step towards a European integrated multimodal transport system.
From ec.europa.eu, May 27, 2011

Workshop: Access and Digital Ability - Building A Barrier-free Digital Society
The focus of the workshop will be on shaping and co-creating a barrier-free digital Europe by people with disabilities themselves, addressing the relevant policy, technology, innovation and cooperation perspectives. Particular attention will be paid to web accessibility for public and private online services. Other aspects will be also addressed such as accessibility for audio-visual content, ICT-based mobility assistance, cloud-based and dynamically personalized interfaces.
From ec.europa.eu, May 27, 2011

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