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Pan-African Conference on Disability Rights in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights
A Pan-African conference on the rights of people with disabilities and the launch of the African Disability Rights Yearbook and the final round of the first Southern African Disability Rights Moot Court Competition will be hosted by the Centre for Human Rights on 5 and 6 November 2013. The theme of the conference is ‘Overcoming obstacles: towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Africa’. The conference will reflect on the relevance for Africa of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the UN adopted in 2006.
From http://www1.chr.up.ac.za/index.php/centre-news-2013/1231-pan-african-conference-and-other-events-on-disability-rights-in-africa-at-the-centre-for-human-rights.html, November 05, 2013

Singapore: New Technology to Improve Rehabilitation Services for Elderly and Disabled
A suite of equipment featuring enhanced technology was launched on Friday by Temasek Cares, Singapore Polytechnic and the Agency for Integrated Care to improve rehabilitation services for the elderly and the disabled.
From http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-technology-to-improve/861688.html#!, November 05, 2013

USA: Welcoming Art Lovers With Disabilities
ON a recent Friday night, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York held its first public exhibition of original art made in its “Seeing Through Drawing” classes. Participants — all blind or partly sighted — created works inspired by objects in the museum’s collection that were described to them by sighted instructors and that they were also allowed to touch.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/welcoming-art-lovers-with-disabilities.html?_r=1&, November 04, 2013

Wearable Computing: Business Effects Of Google Glass And Smartwatches
Some say Google Glass represents the next phase in computing. Others say it’s just a geeky fad. It’s the same with smartwatches, and other forms of “wearable computing.” So much attention is being paid to this new trend that it’s time to understand what it really means—especially for businesses. Here’s my take. Google Glass has a camera on the front, capable of taking pictures or video without pointing or shooting. Although the camera is the focus of discussion, it’s really the least interesting or relevant thing about Glass.
From http://www.the-tech-blog.com/wearable-computing-business-effects-of-google-glass-and-smartwatches-2/#!, November 04, 2013

OLPC and Datawind to Collaborate on $80 Solar-Powered Tablet
One Laptop per Child, the education not-for-profit that provides cheap low-cost laptops to children in developing countries, is building a new device in partnership with Datawind, makers of the $50 (£29) Aakash tablets. "We are developing an intermediate tablet that will have a solar panel and a keyboard for less than $80 (£50). We have improved many of the things we thought needed to be improved -- from screen resolution, to battery life and many other things," Rodrigo Arboleda, OLPC's CEO, tells Wired.co.uk at the Transform Africa summit in Rwanda this week.
From http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-10/31/olpc-and-datawind-tablet, November 04, 2013

USA: New DOT Rules Make Flying Easier for Passengers with Disabilities
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in its ongoing effort to ensure equal access to air transportation for all travelers, is requiring airline websites and automated airport kiosks to be accessible to passengers with disabilities. In addition, DOT will allow airlines to choose between stowing wheelchairs in a cabin compartment on new aircraft or strapping them to a row of seats, an option that will ensure that two manual, folding wheelchairs can be transported at a time.
From http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/new-dot-rules-make-flying-easier-passengers-disabilities, November 04, 2013

Lloyds Banking Group Leads in Becoming Dementia-Friendly
A landmark guide for banks and insurers to help improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia is being launched by Lloyds Banking Group and Alzheimer’s Society. The ‘Dementia-friendly financial services charter’ has been designed to help financial services organizations recognize, understand and respond to the needs of customers living with dementia and their carers.
From http://thecareruk.com/lloyds-banking-group-leads-in-becoming-dementia-friendly/, November 04, 2013

Nasscom Foundation Calls for Efforts to Promote ‘Digital Accessibility’
In an effort to further strengthen its vision to mainstream employment of Persons with Disabilities and making ICT accessible to all, NASSCOM Foundation hosted a Roundtable session - “Promoting Accessible Products-Bit-by-Bit” at the recently concluded NASSCOM Product Conclave.
From http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/nasscom-foundation-calls-for-efforts-to-promote-2018digital-accessibility2019#.UnEU_2bkaAU.twitter, October 31, 2013

UK: Commission Asks for Inputs from Persons with Disabilities to Compile Key Disability Issues for UN
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a questionnaire on its website today to get disabled people’s views on the priority disability issues that need to be reported to the United Nations in their examination of the rights of disabled people. The questionnaire, for disabled people and disabled people’s user-led organizations in England and Wales, is part of the Commission’s ongoing work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
From http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2013/september/commission-asks-for-disabled-people-s-input-to-compile-list-of-key-disability-issues-for-un/, October 31, 2013

FCC Adopts New Video Accessibility Rules
he Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules that will enable people who are blind or visually impaired to have easier access to digital video programming on a wide range of electronic devices. The rules will also enable consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing to activate closed captioning on their devices with greater ease. This action represents the final major step in the FCC’s implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), enacted in 2010 to bring people with disabilities access to the modern and innovative communications technologies of the twenty-first century. The CVAA is the most significant accessibility legislation since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-new-video-accessibility-rules, October 31, 2013

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