U.S. is Told to Revamp Dollar Notes
The U.S. government has been told to change the size or texture of its banknotes because it is difficult for blind people to tell the notes apart.
From BBC News, May 21, 2008
United Nations Celebrates and So Should We
On Monday, to the accompaniment of harpist Myra Kovary at its New York headquarters, the UN celebrated swinging into action with its Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
From TheStar.com, May 18, 2008
Provide Technological Aids for Persons with Disabilities
Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, has said special effort must be made to assist persons, who are physically challenged, to make use of all the technological aids that make it possible for them to communicate effectively.
From Jamaica Information Service, May 18, 2008
New Technologies Empower Persons with Disabilities
An estimated 650 million persons live with disabilities worldwide. Including their families, there are nearly two billion people - or a third of the world's population - directly affected by disability.
From MediaCaster, May 16, 2008
Ireland's First Ever Assistive Technology Library Launched 20,000 Users to Benefit from Loan Library
www.try-it.ie, Ireland’s first every Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT) web based library bank was launched today by a consortium of groups who work with people with disabilities.
From Irish Dev News, May 15, 2008
Tunisia: International Forum Highlights Role of Digital Accessibility in the Integration of the Disabled
The El Ghazala technological pole is hosting on May 15, 2008 a one- day international forum on "Digital accessibility: A chance for the promotion of the disabled"
From allAfrica.com, May 15, 2008
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Convenes Meeting on Rights of Disabled Persons
After the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities became effective on 3 May 2008, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is organising an international conference to call for action on poverty, lack of access and discrimination that people with disabilities face.
From Afriquenligne, May 13, 2008
United Nations Marks Entry Into Force of Global Pact on Disability Rights
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as “a new dawn in the fight for the well-being of people with disabilities,” at a special commemorative event held in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly.
From UN News Centre, May 12, 2008
UNICEF Welcomes the Ratification of the UN Disabilities Convention
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which came into force on 3 May 2008, is the first human right treaty of the 21st century. The Convention aims to promote, protect and ensure the equal rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons with disabilities, including millions of children, worldwide.
From UNICEF Press Centre, May 12, 2008
AAPD Urges U.S. Senate to Consider 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Legislation for People with Disabilities
Washington, D.C. – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the largest cross-disability membership organization in the U.S., was pleased with the outcomes of the May 1st hearing held on Capitol Hill by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet chaired by Representative Edward Markey (MA), and the strong testimony provided by the hearing’s celebrity and hero witnesses. The hearing focused on draft legislation, “Enhancing Access to Broadband Technology and Services for Persons with Disabilities.”
From AAPD News: Telecommunications Issues, May 08, 2008