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Philippines: Council On Disability Conducts Accessibility Audit In Prov'l Capitol
The member-agencies of the Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga as the lead agency conducted recently the accessibility audit in the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol, this city.
From pia.gov, June 08, 2011

Pakistan Becomes 101st Country to Ratify UN CRPD
On the occasion of ratification addressing the gathering, the President of Pakistan termed the day as historic and said that it was a great pleasure and privilege that the signing and the ratification was happening during the present democratic government.
From apcdfoundation.org, June 07, 2011

Sci-Tech: Brain-Computer Interfaces for Communication and Control
Brain activity produces electrical signals detectable on the scalp, on the cortical surface, or within the brain. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) translate these signals into outputs that allow users to communicate without participation of peripheral nerves and muscles.
From cacm.acm.org, June 07, 2011

UK: Housing Benefit Changes 'Could Force 11,000 Disabled People Out of Homes'
Homeless charity Crisis says young disabled people who can no longer afford flats could end up being forced to live on the streets.
From guardian.co.uk, June 07, 2011

Mobile App Instantly Translates Text into Any Language Via Camera
Point your iPhone or iPad 2 camera lens at text using Word Lens and the application takes an image from the video and detects where the text is. The application then reads the letters in the text and puts the letters into words and sentences in order to perform translations.
From mashable.com, June 06, 2011

Newest Kinect Hack: A Grocery Cart That Loyally Follows Disabled Shoppers
Microsoft's Kinect is the gift that keeps on giving for hackers, spawning everything from glasses-free teleconferencing to Tesla coil manipulation to uh, well, Android dance parties. But Luis de Matos's wi-Go project is one of the most socially conscious we've seen: it adds a laptop and (despite its name) a Kinect to a shopping cart, enabling the cart to follow a wheelchair user. Improving on the B.O.S.S. bot we saw a half-decade ago, the wi-Go could allow anyone -- including the disabled or elderly -- to shop independently, regardless of physical capability. De Matos doesn't offer many technical details, but see the video above for a before-and-after demonstration.
From endgadget.com, June 06, 2011

Obama Aide To Take Reins At Disability Group
One of the nation’s largest disability organizations is getting a new CEO and he’s coming straight from the White House. Mark Perriello will take over as head of the American Association of People with Disabilities next week, officials from the organization said Wednesday. He will become only the second president and CEO to serve the 16-year-old organization, a position which has been vacant since last fall when the group’s longtime leader, Andrew Imparato, left to join the staff of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
From disabilityscoop.com, June 06, 2011

Disability Advocates Call Out Facebook Over Offensive Pages
A group of disability advocates is charging that Facebook is turning a blind eye to profiles and pages on the social network that they say are offensive to people with disabilities. In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, advocates point to profiles and pages on the social network with names like “I am retarded and proud of it” and “Re Tard” that persist even after repeated reports to site administrators. They also claim that profiles critical of individuals with disabilities feature stolen photos of kids with special needs that have been ripped from personal Facebook pages.
From disabilityscoop.com, June 06, 2011

Science: Retina Holds the Key to Better Vision in Deaf People
People who are deaf benefit from better vision due to the fact their retinas develop differently, experts at the University of Sheffield have shown.
From sciencedaily.com, June 06, 2011

Scans Show It's Not Only Sight That Helps Us Get Our Bearings
Our brain's understanding of spatial awareness is not triggered by sight alone, scientists have found, in a development that could help design technology for the visually impaired.
From sciencedaily.com, June 06, 2011

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