Africa: How to Accelerate Wireless Broadband Access to the First Mile
Just 9.6% of the total population in Africa has access to the Internet. This is less than 1/5th and 1/6th of the rate in the Americas and Europe, respectively. But this statistic does not convey the real situation in the world’s poorest countries. Of Africa’s 48 sub-Saharan countries, 29 (60%) have total Internet usage rates (at any speed) of less than 3%, and 15 (31%) show less than 1%. Broadband access rates are far lower still.
From www.ictdev.org, June 20, 2011
USA: National Association of the Deaf Files Disability Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Netflix
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the nation's premier civil rights organization of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, announced the filing of a major federal lawsuit against Netflix today in U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Western Division in Springfield, MA.
From www.sfgate.com, June 17, 2011
People With Intellectual Disabilities Struggle With Budget Cuts, Recession
A new national report from the advocacy organization "The Arc" finds that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been hit hard by the recession and budget cuts, affecting both services and employment opportunities.
From www.newsworks.org/, June 17, 2011
Ireland: Disability Services Review Pledged
Independent inspections of homes for people with an intellectual disability are to begin shortly, the Government has confirmed. Minister for State with responsibility for Disability Kathleen Lynch said today she had urged the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) to commence inspections as soon as possible. The authority is already charged with inspecting nursing homes and Ms Lynch said a similar inspection process would be used in residential settings for people with an intellectual disability.
From www.irishtimes.com, June 16, 2011
Study Helps Pinpoint Math Disability
Burgeoning research into students’ difficulties with mathematics is starting to tease out cognitive differences between students who sometimes struggle with math and those who have dyscalculia, a severe, persistent learning disability in math.
From www.edweek.org, June 16, 2011
White House to Decide if Treaty for the Blind Moves Forward
Beginning Wednesday, June 15, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the specialized UN agency for intellectual property, begins nine days of negotiations on possible copyright treaties. The first three days will be spent on a proposed treaty on exceptions to copyright for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. The proposed treaty would bind parties to creating minimum exceptions in copyright laws to facilitate access to copyrighted works by persons who are blind, visually impaired or have other disabilities, and permit the sharing of copies of such accessible works across borders.
From www.huffingtonpost.com, June 15, 2011
New Software 'Hearing Dummies' Pave the Way for Tailor-Made Hearing Aids
New software 'hearing dummies' are part of cutting-edge research that promises to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairments. The work could also be used in the long-term to develop a radical new type of hearing aid that can be customised using the hearing dummy to meet the different needs of individual patients. If the procedures gain clinical acceptance, a device could reach the market within 4 years.
From www.sciencedaily.com, June 15, 2011
States Fight Over Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act
Is it right for the federal government to mandate that Americans maintain health care insurance by 2014? Twenty-six states have banded together to argue that it is not right and have sued the federal government to strike it down. The lawsuit over the “individual responsibility provision” has traveled through several rounds of hearings, the latest at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on June 8.
From www.freedomdisability.com/, June 15, 2011
Sochi Becomes the First Point on Russian Accessibility Map
During the celebrations around the countdown of 1,000 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, it has been announced that Sochi is to become the first city in Russia to be put on the Russian Accessibility Map. The Russian Accessibility Map is an innovative project by the Sochi2014 Organizing Committee, whose main objective is to provide sport facilities to people with an impairment within walking distance, as well as informing them of such barrier-free elements as ramps, supporting rails, nonslip coating, etc., located in the vicinity of their houses.
From paralympic.org, June 14, 2011
Disability Rises High on the European Agenda
A delegation of the European Disability Forum led by its President, Yannis Vardakastanis, met with President of the European Commission Barroso in Brussels this June. This was the opportunity to discuss the next steps for disability in the EU.
From edf-feph.org, June 14, 2011