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Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Launches Consultation on Draft Accessibility Code
The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) launched a consultation process on a draft standard it has developed entitled “Accessibility for all in the Built Environment”. The draft standard is based on the existing “Access for All Design Guidelines” (AADG) which Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Diżabilità (KNPD) published for the first time in 2000. Once this draft standard becomes a Maltese Standard, the aim of KNPD is to make it enforceable by law.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/malta-competition-and-consumer-affairs-authority-launches-consultation-on-draft-accessibility-code/, December 23, 2014

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Disability
The 69th session of the General Assembly negotiated and adopted a resolution on disability on December 18. The resolution entitled: “Realizing the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond”, had 112 co-sponsoring Governments, and would work to promote the mainstreaming of disability in development, as well as in international cooperation, national development strategies and official statistics.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/un-general-assembly-adopts-resolution-on-disability/, December 22, 2014

Device Helps People with Vision Disabilities to See Objects
A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life. These tools could be based on a device called the Enactive Torch, which looks like a combination between a TV remote and Captain Kirk’s weapon of choice. But it can do much greater things than change channels or stun aliens.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/20/device-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-see-objects/, December 22, 2014

Jordan: Prince Hussein Launches Initiative to Help Children with Hearing Disabilities
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, on Saturday, launched an initiative to help children with hearing disabilities to regain their hearing sense. The initiative, dubbed “hearing without limitations” aims to offer children with hearing disabilities free of charge cochlear implants in collaboration with the Royal Medical Services, the ministry of health and the King Abdullah the founder hospital.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/prince-hussein-launches-initiative-to-help-children-with-hearing-disabilities/, December 22, 2014

Israel: Touch-free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired
A touch-free phone developed in Israel enables the mobility-impaired to operate smart phones with just a movement of the head.
From http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/touch-free-smart-phone-empowers-mobility-impaired/vi-BBh3RLl, December 22, 2014

Poland: Wearable Sensor 'Illuminates' Surroundings for the Blind
High school students in Poland develop wearable technology to help blind people navigate their surroundings. The device, nicknamed 'Torch', uses infrared sensors attached to the head and chest which emit a sound or vibrate at increasing intensity as the wearer approaches an object - much like the way torchlight illuminates whatever the beam is focused on.
From http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/wearable-sensor-illuminates-surroundings-for-the-blind/vp-BBgBcAW, December 22, 2014

The Invasion Of Wearables In The Workforce
Wearables have hit the market like a hailstorm. From watches to glasses, headgear to belts, to all assortments of chips and sensors built into clothes and accessories, this market doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, wearables are estimated to be more than a $70 billion market by 2024, according to IDTechEx.
From http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/14/the-invasion-of-wearables-in-the-workforce/, December 19, 2014

Accessibility Technology Opening New Channels of Online Commerce
IBM Tealeaf has integrated accessibility functionality from IBM Research into its latest release, IBM Tealeaf Customer Experience (cxOversat), to improve interactions, increase loyalty and expand market reach. Consider the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganzas. According to the recent IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, online sales grew 12.6% compared to 2013. Specifically, on Cyber Monday, desktop PCs accounted for 58.6% of all online traffic and 78% of all online sales.
From http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.in/2014/12/accessibility-technology-opening-new.html?spref=tw, December 19, 2014

Ghana to Implement Inclusive Education Policy in 2015
Ghana will implement an Inclusive Education Policy next year, and pre-service and in-service training enrolled for teachers in inclusive education to manage children with disabilities educational needs. The Policy is a national document that has a clear cut comprehensive policy document to give guidance to Inclusive Education implementation in Ghana.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/17/ghana-to-implement-inclusive-education-policy-in-2015/, December 19, 2014

Partnership to Promote Website Usability for People with Disabilities
My Blind Spot (MBS) is partnering with sitecues by Ai Squared, the makers of the ZoomText family of products and Window-Eyes, to ensure the organization’s website is easier to see, hear, and use for people who are blind or have low vision. By partnering with sitecues, MBS ensures that all people can access the organization’s website without the need of costly assistive or adaptive tools.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/17/partnership-to-promote-website-usability-for-people-with-disabilities/, December 19, 2014

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