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AccessText Network Created in Collaboration with University of Georgia Will Improve Student Access to College Textbook Content
The Association of American Publishers has signed an agreement with the Alternative Media Access Center, an initiative of the Georgia Board of Regents and the University of Georgia, to develop and launch the AccessText Network, a comprehensive, national online system that will make it easier and quicker for students with print-related disabilities, such as blindness, to obtain the textbooks they need for their college courses.
From UGA News Service, December 09, 2008

Accessible ICTs: Beyond the Convention
On 4 December 2008, infoDev worked with other parts of the Bank, including the Disability and Development team, to organize a half-day seminar on Accessible ICT: Implications and Trends for World Bank operations.
From InfoDev, The World Bank, December 04, 2008

(Opening Remarks at UNITAR/G3ict Seminar) Secretary-General, on International Day, Says UN Remains Committed to Promoting Accessibility -- Digital, Political, Physical -- for Persons with Disabilities
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, in New York, 3 December.
From Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York, December 03, 2008

People with Disabilities Must Play Key Role in Development, Says Ban
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities today by stressing that people with disabilities – the vast majority of whom live in poor countries – have a fundamental role to play in development processes.
From UN News Centre, December 03, 2008

Georgia Tech Tests Mobile Alert System for Cell Phones
In the first field trial of its kind, Georgia Tech’s Wireless Emergency Communications project tested the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Commercial Mobil Alert System to see how well it met the needs of people with vision and hearing impairments. They found three areas where they will recommend changes to the FCC.
From Georgia Tech Newsroom, December 03, 2008

Secretary-General, in Message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Says Much to Celebrate with Entry into Force of Rights Convention
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed 3 December.
From UN News Centre, December 01, 2008

People with Disability a Priority for Australia’s Aid Program
The Australian Government has for the first time made people with disability a priority for Australia’s international development program. Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, will today launch Australia’s first strategy to guide Australia’s aid program in supporting people with a disability in the developing world.
From Australia's Aid Program - Media, November 25, 2008

COAT Applauds LG Electronics/Zenith for Open Captioned Video on How To Install a Digital-to-Analog TV Converter Box
The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) applauds LG Electronics/Zenith for providing open captioning on an Internet video clip about the company’s digital-to-analog television converter box.
From COAT Press Release, November 20, 2008

Why Obama Matters Globally
The new U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has said that the United States should “lead the world” in helping people with disabilities “take full advantage of their talents and become independent, integrated members of society.”
From wecando.worldpress.com, November 18, 2008

DAISY won a Katherine M. Swanson Tech Laureates Award
The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity.
From Tech Awards, November 12, 2008

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