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United States: Starbucks to Open First U.S. Signing Store
Starbucks will open its first Signing Store in Washington, D.C., USA in an effort to promote an accessible retail experience for all customers and offer employment for persons with disabilities.
From Starbucks, July 19, 2018

Zambia: Disability Rights Activists Demand Election Braille Template
Disability Rights Watch has appealed to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to provide a braille template, for the coming Mayoral Elections, enabling the blind to participate in the election.
From ZNBC News, July 18, 2018

4 Areas Where AI Makes the World More Accessible
AI technology such as voice interaction, image recognition and real-time captioning is starting to break down barriers for people with sensory, physical and cognitive disabilities.
From Charity Digital News, July 17, 2018

Tech4Good 2018 Awardees Seek to Improve Accessibility
Apps that allow deaf people to call 999 and blind people to find volunteers to ‘be their eyes’, are two winners of the 2018 Tech4Good awards
From The Guardian, July 17, 2018

United Kingdom: The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 to Come Into Force on 23 Sept 2018
With an aim to make digital services more accessible to all, the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 have been presented before the UK Parliament, according to the new EU Directive that requires all public-sector organisations, including all councils will need to make sure that their digital services and online information are accessible for persons with disabilities.
From UK Legislation, July 16, 2018

Philippines: Department of Tourism (DOT) to Work Towards Barrier-free Tourism
The Philippines Department of Tourism is set to make a communication action plan countering challenges such as lack of assistive technology-friendly facilities and promote barrier-free tourism.
From Manila Bulletin, July 07, 2018

How Virtual Reality is Helping the Disability Community
An Endeavour Foundation program is using virtual reality to help people with disabilities practise real-life situations like handling money or catching public transport and avoid getting overwhelmed
From ABC News, July 07, 2018

Australia: Research Finds Government Investment in Assistive Technology Yields Benefits
The National Aged Care Alliance representing 50 aged care sector bodies in a review found that significant savings could be made in aged care by boosting government investment in assistive technology.
From Community Care Review, July 05, 2018

Microsoft and Special Olympics Partnership Focuses on Inclusion in E-Sports at Special Olympics 2018
At the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games members of esports teams will be playing in a first-of-its-type Xbox Gaming Tournament hosted by Special Olympics and Microsoft.
From Forbes, July 03, 2018

Trends in Mobile Accessibility : Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities - Report from the M-Enabling Summit 2018
The 7th M-Enabling Summit had 600 participants from 30 countries focusing on trends in mobile accessibility such as artificial intelligence and smart cities. Read the summit report here.
From GARI, June 21, 2018

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