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Zambia: Helping Turn Disability Into Ability
IN olden days, disability was perceived by society as either God's punishment to individuals who did not obey His commandments or a consequence of someone's evil deeds that have manifested themselves.
From All Africa.com, May 05, 2009

Microsoft Designs Mouse for Special Needs Children
Microsoft has a consistent tradition when it comes down to developing assistive technology for people with special needs. But although the Redmond company's efforts are vastly focused on making software products easier to use, there are exceptions involving hardware. Or in this case peripherals. Mike LaManna, a designer for the Platform Components, Creation and Collaboration team within Microsoft, has come up with a simple concept that made it into a working prototype of a mouse tailored to special needs children. LaManna revealed that he had expected such a solution to already be widely available, but instead found himself in the position to invent it himself.
From Softpedia, April 30, 2009

Qatar - Firms Bringing Tech for the Challenged
A representative of Futurelab and Smartlab said the firms and all companies involved in assistive technology have created a project called Interface and are trying to introduce it in some organisations in the country.
From Qatar - The Peninsula On-Line, April 18, 2009

India - Banks to Set up ‘Speaking’ ATMs
Bangalore: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has finally responded to the problems faced by those with disabilities.
From The Hindu, April 16, 2009

Robots Will Aid in Health Care as Population Ages
The medical needs of the aging adult population will increase the market for robotics to assist in health care, according to a speaker at the RoboBusiness Conference in Boston.
From PC World, April 16, 2009

Adaptive Technology: Changing Lives through Engineering
Some folks inside higher education think engineering students just don’t get it when it comes to the human side of the equation. Yet, the fact of the matter is that the human dimension thrives at a new breed of universities, which are now serving up state-of-the-art, adaptive technology courses for civically engaged engineering students who want to make the world a better place for the disabled. A somewhat well-kept secret, these New Age technical programs are becoming increasingly popular at highly regarded engineering schools such as UMass Lowell, MIT, the University of Michigan, and the University of Minnesota.
From The Journal of New England Technology, April 16, 2009

Qatar - ICT Meeting Aims to Bridge Digital Divide
The 3rd International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Development (ICTD2009), which begins today, will help to bridge the digital divide in the Middle East, ictQATAR Secretary General Dr Hessa al-Jaber has said.
From Gulf Times, April 16, 2009

ISO/IEC e-Learning Standard Will Help Match User Needs with the Right Resources
An ISO/IEC International Standard on e-learning will make it easier to match individual user needs and preferences with the right educational resources.
From Finchannel.com, April 10, 2009

Physically Disabled Can Be Abled Indeed
Americans with disabilities are, in one sense, just like everybody else: They come from varied backgrounds and cope with the challenges life presents them in many different ways. But living a full, satisfying life with a physical or mental handicap is no ordinary struggle.
From VOA News, April 06, 2009

Open for Questions Follow-up: Kareem Dale
During the online town hall last week, the President answered quite a few of the top questions submitted through our Open for Questions tool. In addition to the fact that every question he answered during the internet-based section of the town hall was the top vote-getter in its category, he was also asked questions by the audience that closely resembled the top questions in other categories he hadn’t gotten to, including the auto category and small business category.
From The White House Blog, April 03, 2009

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