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Assistive Technologies Devices are Key to Elderly Independence
One critical strategy for helping the aging to remain independent is to help them live longer at home, thus providing a major and expanding role for new devices and assistive systems, not just drugs.
From TMCnet.com, April 19, 2008

Microsoft Announces Partnerships in Latin America to Transform Education and Expand Access to Technology
Microsoft Corporation is collaborating with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States to extend the reach and impact of Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas, a program created by the Trust for the Americas nonprofit affiliate of the Organization of American States to help people with disabilities and at-risk youth across Latin America with technology skills training.
From The Earth Times, April 03, 2008

Disabled Peoples’ Forum Launched
Disabled youth and older people from 16 Commonwealth countries came together in London to launch a unique Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum, the purposes of which will be to provide a link between disabled people’s organisations in all Commonwealth countries and all the political structures.
From Antigua Sun, April 02, 2008

Not Blind to the Internet
Do the sight-impaired use the Internet? You better believe it. In fact, they are so savvy they can tell you what’s wrong with your website.
From The New Strait Times Online, April 01, 2008

UN Vows to Ensure Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2006 along with its Optional Protocol, is only three ratifications short of the 20 needed to enter into force and become an internationally legally binding document.
From AHN, March 31, 2008

What Is the Use of a Signing Avatar?
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has just run a week-long Festival of Social Science. One of the events was an afternoon discussion on signing avatars (avatars that have been animated to produce British Sign Language to help communication with the deaf community).
From IT-Director.com, March 20, 2008

New EagleEyes Technology Assists Special Needs Students
Utah schools use technology called EagleEyes, which detects eye movement, to help enable students with special needs to use computers for educational purposes.
From BYU NewsNet, March 19, 2008

Close Relationship Is Vital to Patient Safety and Innovation
Doctors and medical technology firms need to work together.
From The Age, March 18, 2008

Virtual Reality Used for Stroke Rehabilitation
Israeli researchers are using virtual reality and computer technology to improve stroke rehabilitation. Their new software can identify different types of brain injuries, ‘calculate the probability of recovery and recommend the most effective ways to treat the patient.’ This VR system will facilitate the design of new clinical tools.
From ZDNet.com, March 17, 2008

Deaf Have Lots to Offer to Hearing Community
Marguerite Constable began volunteering at the Canadian Cancer Society two years ago. Today, the 59-year-old cancer survivor is credited with helping break down a considerable communication barrier between the organization and her own deaf community.
From The Intelligencer, March 15, 2008

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