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Access Denied - The Blind or Deaf Can Feel Left Behind As the Tools of Technology Advance
Olivia Norman's fingers fly across her laptop keyboard, dexterously tapping out instant messages to friends and entering Google searches without committing a single typo. A minute later, she's listening intently to the voice cues that help her read e-mail and send text messages on her Motorola Q smartphone.
From Washington Post, June 19, 2008

USA - Power to the Paralyzed: The Shepherd Center
The Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit, catastrophic care hospital in Atlanta, Ga. It's one of the nation's leading rehabilitation hospitals, specializing in the treatment of people with spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other neurological conditions.
From wptv.com, June 16, 2008

India - Meira Kumar Appeals for Implementation of Provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Smt. Meira Kumar, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, has requested all Union Ministers to ensure all due rights to persons with disabilities.
From Press Information Bureau, Government of India, June 13, 2008

Saudi Arabia to Adopt the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Saudi Arabia is to adopt the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities following a cabinet decision on instructions from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and recommendations of the Shoura Council last week.
From Khaleej Times, June 13, 2008

G3ict Chair H.E. Luis Gallegos, Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States, Receives "Access Living" Leadership Award (in Spanish)
El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio e Integración, Consulado General del Ecuador en Chicago, informa que el 12 de junio, el Embajador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga recibió el Premio "Lead on" de la Organización "Access Living" por su liderazgo en la promoción y protección de la dignidad y los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad. Conjuntamente con Anne Roosevelt, nieta del Presidente Franklin Delano Roosevelt, el Embajador del Ecuador ante Estados Unidos recibió el premio en un evento que contó con la presencia de más de seiscientas personas, entre ellos autoridades de la ciudad de Chicago y del Estado de Illinois, distinguidas personalidades de los Estados Unidos. English translation and event photos at http://g3ict.org/events/schedule/event_overview/p/eventId_82/id_243
From Embassy of Ecuador to the United States - News, June 12, 2008

New Web site Helps People With Disabilities
Disabilityinfo.gov is a comprehensive website designed to offer people with disabilities access to important information they can use.
From Westside Gazette, June 05, 2008

Demanding a Hearing
Zara Husain wants Pakistan to embrace a new word for deaf people: normal
From Johns Hopkins Magazine, June 05, 2008

A Miracle Convention?
Fine words without actions are meaningless but actions usually only come about after fine words have been written - Victoria Brignell celebrates a new UN convention
From New Statesman, June 05, 2008

Ensuring Access for All
Denise Alkins knows first-hand removing barriers for people with disabilities doesn't happen overnight.
From The North Bay Nugget, June 04, 2008

BBI Helps Support New Global Universal Design Commission; SU's Peter Blanck Named Chairman of Board
Peter Blanck, University Professor and chair of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI), has been named chairman of the board of directors for the new Global Universal Design Commission Inc. (GUDC). The commission, a nonprofit organization and collaboration supported in part by BBI, brings together some of the most knowledgeable and influential people in the areas of accessible design and legislation.
From Syracuse University News, May 30, 2008

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