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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

Should Web sites Include Sign Language?
People who are deaf or have a hearing impairment can have problems access websites and other ICT systems.
From IT-Director.com, May 28, 2008

Learning to Thrive Despite Having a Visual Disability
Christy Costa feared her working days were over when she lost most of her eyesight five years ago. She was 45 at the time. Her situation took a turn for the better, however, after a rehabilitation counselor referred her to the office skills training program at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.
From redOrbit, May 27, 2008

General Assembly of the European Disability Forum
Three European disability movement leaders, among them the EDF Vice President, were unable to fly to Ljubljana for the Annual General Assembly of the European Disability Forum (EDF) due to discrimination on the grounds of disability, announced the President of EDF Yannis Vardakastanis at the opening of the Assembly on 24 May.
From HWelt, May 26, 2008

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