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Virtual Master's Program on Disability and Public Policy in the ASEAN Region
The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) offers the world’s first virtual Master’s program on disability and public policy. It's the world’s first virtual Master’s Program on Disability and Public Policy and bids to increase inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN region.
From aseanidpp.org/, July 29, 2011

World Population to Top 7 billion Before 2012
The latest demographic estimates from the United Nations indicate that the global human population will top 7 billion before 2012. The population division of the department of economic and social affairs has released a report suggesting that the milestone will be achieved a mere 12 years after the 6 billion figure was hit in 1999. Another 2.3 billion are expected to be added by 2050, with human population hitting 10.1 billion in 2100.
From www.wired.co.uk, July 29, 2011

Babyloid: Therapeutic Baby Robot for the Elderly
apan has the world’s oldest society (20% of the population is 65 or older), and it’s the world’s No. 1 robot nation. As such, the country has seen quite a few “welfare robots” over the years – and the so-called Babyloid [JP] is the newest model. As the name suggests, the little guy is designed to resemble an infant. Babyloid weighs 2.2kg, measures 44cm in length and has a movable mouth, arms and eyelids.
From techcrunch.com, July 29, 2011

Text Messaging 'Improves Children's Spelling Skills'
Mobile phone text messaging can boost children’s spelling skills, according to new research. The use of “textisms” can improve literacy among pupils by giving them extra exposure to word composition outside the school day, it was claimed. The conclusions come despite fears that the use of abbreviations such as “CU L8R”, “Gr8” and “innit” can undermine children’s reading and writing.
From www.telegraph.co.uk, July 29, 2011

USA: Student-Built Technology Helping Low-Vision Students
One of my favorite teams participating in the recent Imagine Cup 2011 Finals was Note-Taker, a team out of Arizona State University. Like all the teams in Microsoft’s student technology competition, Team Note-Taker has developed a tool designed to help visually-impaired students with, as the name suggests, taking notes in class.
From mindshift.kqed.org, July 28, 2011

Mobile Learning Proves to Benefit At-Risk Students
As we explore the potential of mobile learning, especially as it relates to reaching out to disenfranchised students, the most recent results from Project K-Nect seem that much more relevant. The pilot program based in North Carolina, which we covered here on MindShift, was designed to make math more engaging for low-income kids with the use of mobile phones in Onslow County School System.
From mindshift.kqed.org, July 28, 2011

Colleen Starkloff: Decades after ADA Became Law, Disabled People are Still Fighting for Full Inclusion
"The ADA has had a tremendous impact on our society, but people's attitudes toward the disabled are not where they need to be," she says. "Attitudes still need to change. When they do, we'll experience the full promise of ADA of equality and independence for all people with disabilities."
From www.stlbeacon.org, July 28, 2011

On Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Obama Administration Recommits to Enforcing and Protecting the Civil Rights of All
On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. That landmark civil rights legislation reaffirmed the idea that all our citizens, regardless of disability, are entitled to the same privileges, pursuits, and opportunities as everyone else. As the Obama Administration marks that anniversary, there still remain many steps we must take together to ensure that the spirit and letter of that law are upheld. “The promise of the ADA was that all Americans should have equal access and equal opportunity, including Americans with disabilities,” said President Obama. “The ADA was about independence and the freedom to make of our lives what we will. We celebrate that today, and we recommit ourselves to ending discrimination in all its forms.”
From geneva.usmission.gov, July 28, 2011

FCC Releases EAAC National Survey Report on Emergency 9-1-1 Calling and Persons with Disabilities
The FCC has released the report submitted by the Emergency Access Advisory Committee (the "EAAC"), as required by the Twenty-First Century Communications Accessibility Act (the "CVAA"). The national survey was conducted in April and May 2011. The survey was available in alternate formats, such as American English, American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish, and an "easy-to-read" version.
From transition.fcc.gov, July 28, 2011

TechNews: Playing on a Tablet as Therapy
Multitouch technology, like that used in iPhones and iPads, is gaining ground with researchers for its therapeutic powers. Games and software played on multitouch screens has been found to help children with autism and other disorders develop social skills.
From online.wsj.com, July 27, 2011

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