One Laptop Per Child in India: Fostering Learning
The US –based One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organisation is planning to distribute thirty lakh XO laptops among the children entering schools by the end of 2009. Its ultimate mission is to ensure that all school children in the age group of five and 12 in India are able to engage effectively with their own personal laptop, networked to the world, so that they, their families and their communities can openly learn and learn about learning.
From Digital Learning, November 06, 2008
USA - Commitment to Accessibility
The Obama Administration has a comprehensive agenda to empower individuals with disabilities in order to equalize opportunities for all Americans.
From Change.gov, November 05, 2008
Mumbai Hosts Europe's Biggest Technology Event to Promote Accessible and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Royal National Institute of the Blind (UK) and BarrierBreak Technologies today hosted in Mumbai, Techshare - Europe’s biggest technology event to promote accessible technology for people with disabilities. Techshare India 2008, held on the premises of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped in Bandra, was inaugurated by Ms. Supriya Sule, Rajya Sabha MP.
From India PR Wire, November 04, 2008
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