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China Invests 150M Yuan in Information Accessibility for Disabled People
A three-year, 150 million yuan (about 22M U.S. dollars) program to improve information accessibility for China's disabled population was launched here on Monday.
From Xinhua News Agency, January 13, 2009

Market Barriers to ICT for Independent Living and Active Ageing - Preliminary Findings
An ICT & Ageing study, launched by the European Commission in the beginning of 2008, has issued its preliminary findings. The main goal of the study is to identify and understand the market barriers which currently hinder uptake of ICT for independent living and active ageing in Europe.
From Europe's Information Society, January 12, 2009

For the Blind, Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can’t
T. V. RAMAN was a bookish child who developed a love of math and puzzles at an early age. That passion didn’t change after glaucoma took his eyesight at the age of 14. What changed is the role that technology — and his own innovations — played in helping him pursue his interests.
From The New York Times, January 03, 2009

Ecuador to Invest in Internet at Schools for Sight-Disabled (in Spanish)
Ecuadorian telecommunications regulator Senatel announced that it would deploy internet connectivity at around 60 schools for the visually disabled in 24 provinces across the country The military's polytechnic university will provide 18,500 educational digital books and programs for the equipment that will be supplied by Senatel. It will also be in charge of training students to use IT equipment. Senatel will invest around USD 400 million in the digital library project.
From CONATEL - SENATEL, January 02, 2009

For the Disabled, More Power for Play
GPS devices and airport videophones are just some of the latest gadgets that can help people with disabilities enjoy travel and leisure
From Businessweek, December 23, 2008

IBM Voted India's Employer of the Year
How did we end up with mice? Ease of use, proving the old secretary's adage, "The boss couldn't type, thus the point-and-click mouse was born." IBM has gone several steps beyond the boss's handicap. They address disabilities of sight, hearing, cognition, and mobility. That's why the Employer of the Year 2008 award has been given to IBM by India's Government. The award recognizes companies which empower people who have disabilities. The national award was presented by Indian Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari.
From ITExaminer.com, December 19, 2008

Scientists Try to Let the Blind `See' Fish
As brightly colored fish dart in and out of the rocks scattered in a small aquarium, a bewildering melody follows each of their movements. The eerie symphony comes from an "audio aquarium," a contraption dreamed up by Georgia Tech scientists as a way to let blind people experience sea life.
From USA Today, December 18, 2008

Sun Microsystems Leads International Consortium and Wins Grant for Research and Development Project on Technology Accessibility
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced it is leading global efforts in solving accessibility challenges for all devices from cell phones to desktops and Web applications by leading a consortium of over 20 other companies and organizations.
From Sun Microsystems Press Room, December 18, 2008

Number of Americans with a Disability Reaches 54.4 Million
About one in five U.S. residents - 19 percent - reported some level of disability in 2005, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. These 54.4 million Americans are roughly equal to the combined total populations of California and Florida.
From U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office, December 18, 2008

G3ict Chair, Ambassador Gallegos, Receives Excellency Award from National Spinal Cord Injury Association (in Spanish)
El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Embajada del Ecuador en Washington D.C., informa que el Embajador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, recibió el Premio otorgado por la Asociación Nacional de Lesiones de la Médula Espinal (NSCIA, por sus siglas en Inglés), como un reconocimiento a su significativa labor en la promoción y protección de los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad, en especial, por su liderazgo en la negociación de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad.
From Embassy of Ecuador to the United States - News, December 15, 2008

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