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WFD-WASLI International Sign Interpreter Accreditation System
The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of the Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) have recently established an International Sign (IS) Interpreter Accreditation system. The Accreditation aims to set, maintain and promote standards in International Sign Interpretation, and acts as a quality-assurance system for credentialing practitioners who meet those standards. Since its inaugural appearance at the WFD Congress in 1987, demand for International Sign Interpreting has grown over time. It now consists of both hearing International Sign interpreters as well as Deaf International Sign Interpreters.
From http://wfdeaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/WFD-WASLI-International-Sign-Interpreter-Recognition-Interim-Policy-and-Guidelines.pdf, February 03, 2016

New Zealand: Children with Disabilities and Disaster Preparedness: Case Study of Christchurch
An estimated seven million children with disabilities worldwide are affected by disasters annually. This significant figure emphasizes the particular vulnerability of these children in facing natural hazards. However, their needs as well as their capacity and role in disaster risk reduction have largely been overlooked by researchers and policymakers. This paper draws on a case study in Christchurch to identify insights, realities, possibilities and obstacles in relation to the involvement in disaster preparedness of children with diverse disabilities.
From http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1177083X.2015.1068185, February 03, 2016

Disability Indicators for Monitoring the SDGs
The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) released their report that has nine indicators that explicitly refer to persons with disabilities, and also calls for data disaggregation by disability. The IAEG-SDGs is the focal point on developing a global indicator framework for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the corresponding targets. The IAEG-SDGs Member States and observers increasingly recognize the need to integrate disability in the SDGs indicator framework, which is now reflected in their report to the 47thsession of the UN Statistical Commission. The Commission will meet in March 2016 where it will decide on the adoption of the proposed list of SDG indicators. The nine indicators are under six SDGs focusing on poverty eradication (Goal1), education (Goal 4), employment (Goal 8), reducing inequalities (Goal 10), inclusive cities (Goal 11), and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies (Goal 16).
From http://bit.ly/newsiaegsdgs, February 03, 2016

10 Tips for Reducing Sign Language Interpreter Costs
Paying for interpreters or speech-to-text providers for an international exchange participant won’t necessarily cost more than it does at home. The University of Missouri’s disability services office requested bids from multiple agencies that provided interpreter services.
From http://www.miusa.org/resource/tipsheet/reduceinterpretercosts?utm_content=25856769, February 03, 2016

Microsoft Shuffles Staffers in Renewed Accessibility Push
The software giant names a new chief accessibility officer as part of an initiative to make Microsoft's products more accessible to users of varying abilities. Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chair of the Disability Employee Resource Group at Microsoft, has been named the company's new chief accessibility officer as the Redmond, Wash., corporation turns its attention to making technology more accessible to people with disabilities.
From http://www.eweek.com/it-management/microsoft-shuffles-staffers-in-renewed-accessibility-push.html, February 01, 2016

How To Create A Disability-Friendly Workplace
In 2011, World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that there are one billion people with disabilities (PWDs), which is equivalent to 15 per cent of the world’s population. If you go by WHO’s data, India should have more than 150 million disabled people. Javed Abidi, director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), said: "Out of the 150 million, at least 60 to 70 million must be of employable age but the cold and bitter truth is that not even two per cent of them are employed.”
From http://www.businessworld.in/article/How-To-Create-A-Disability-Friendly-Workplace/23-01-2016-90561/, February 01, 2016

Dedication to Access on a Global Scale – Interview with James Thurston, G3ict
Welcome to 2016! There's nothing like a new year to start thinking about the changing needs of accessibility on a global basis. To kick things off, it's my great pleasure to introduce James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development in the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict). James very kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to explain his remarkable work in supporting the access needs of people with disabilities around the world and the goals of G3ict.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/w3c-column/2016/02/dedication-to-access-on-a-global-scale-an-interview-with-james-thurston, February 01, 2016

Media Access Australia: Web Accessibility Training and Certification for Developers
Australia’s only university-accredited web accessibility certificate for web professionals. Students first gain an understanding of the challenges faced by users with a disability through hands-on experience with assistive technologies. This module provides the ethical, practical and financial arguments for implementing accessibility across your organization.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/digitalaccessibilityservices/services/education-and-training/pcwa/, February 01, 2016

Georgia Tech Partners with edX to Offer Course on Disabilities in the Workplace
The Georgia Institute of Technology has signed an agreement with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination, to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) for learners around the world. The first Georgia Tech class, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility, is open for enrollment and will address the importance of developing an inclusive workplace for employees and customers with disabilities. The Institute AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center is launching the course in partnership with the United Nations Global Initiative on Inclusion.
From http://www.news.gatech.edu/2016/01/26/georgia-tech-partners-edx-offer-online-courses, February 01, 2016

Apple Stores to Begin Selling Accessibility Accessories in Early 2016
Monday December 21, 2015 5:56 AM PST by Mitchel Broussard Apple is rumored to begin selling accessibility-related accessories and peripherals in its retail stores sometime in early 2016. The report, from Mac Otakara [Google Translate], states that the new iOS- and OS X-supported devices will go on sale between January and March of next year.
From http://www.macrumors.com/2015/12/21/apple-stores-selling-accessibility/, January 17, 2016

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