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USA: Education Department Announces New Guidance to Help Students with Disabilities as Part of 40th Anniversary of IDEA Law
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Education Department is releasing guidance aimed at ensuring that America's 6 million children and youth with disabilities have the same opportunity for a quality education as their nondisabled peers. "In the 40 years since this law was enacted, we have moved beyond simply providing children and youth with disabilities access to the school house," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Today, we want to assure that these students have no less than the same equal shot at the American dream as their nondisabled peers."
From http://1.usa.gov/1SV4Loc, November 23, 2015

USA: Silicon Valley Goes Gray: Inside The Booming Age Tech Industry
Until recently, Silicon Valley didn't pay much attention to old people. Entrepreneurs in their twenties and thirties mostly dreamt up solutions for people their own age. But Stephen Johnston, of the Aging2.0 innovation network, says that's starting to change. As would-be startup founders seek novel markets, hundreds of "age-tech" startups have emerged in the last year or two. The group's recent 30-city pitch event (30in30in30) attracted applications from 300 companies. The problems on the mind of these innovators aren't improving dating or takeout delivery; it's how to manage daily drug regimens, cope with dementia, and create communities for the over-60 set.
From http://www.fastcoexist.com/3053184/silicon-valley-goes-gray-inside-the-booming-age-tech-industry, November 20, 2015

Microsoft Windows Celebrates 30th Anniversary This November
November 20, 2015 will be the 30th anniversary of the launch of the very first version of Windows. Upon its debut, this operating system aimed at the general public had a new graphic interface which was relatively easy to use. It was the first foundation stone in the immense Windows edifice to come. When they set up Microsoft in 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a plan that seemed outlandish at that moment in history — that there should be a computer in every home, at a time when computers for the general public did not exist.
From http://pctechmag.com/2015/11/microsoft-windows-turns-30-on-november-20/, November 20, 2015

USA: How an iPhone Changed a Paralyzed Veteran's Life
While serving in Iraq as a medic in the U.S. Army, Ian Ralston was hit with a tiny ball bearing from an IED in 2010. He was left paralyzed from the neck down. Despite the hardship, Ralston quickly adopted a "make the best of it" attitude. "To me, there's absolutely no point in being upset about it," he told the told the WCF Courier nearly a year after he was injured. Ralston does this using an iPhone 6 Plus — a phone he got eight months ago. The iPhone is Ralston's first smartphone.
From http://mashable.com/2015/11/11/iphone-changed-an-injured-vets-life/#s.ygiGFGJqq3, November 19, 2015

India: Experts to Create Assistive Devices for People with Disabilities
Technology and design experts will create assistive products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes in a 60 day program organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is supporting the programme called the “Enable Makeathon” in which participants will design and create, over 60 days from November 2015 to January 2016, new assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural areas across the world.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/19/experts-to-create-assistive-devices-for-people-with-disabilities/, November 19, 2015

How to Integrate Data Collection Into Employment for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
In recent years, there’s been a real push to beef up data in special education classrooms to objectively track progress, make data-based decisions, and help to make the IEP process run more smoothly regarding goal mastery and provision of services. This move toward data collection and data-based decision making has been invaluable in helping teachers better understand and support the needs of their students. As important as data is in the classroom, it shouldn’t end when students with disabilities leave school. I challenge you to think one step further- adults with developmental disabilities.
From http://rethinkrethink.com/2015/11/adults-with-learning-disabilities/, November 18, 2015

India: People with Vision Disabilities Provide Inputs for Smart City Project
People with vision disabilities, have mooted some ideas before the Smart City team of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to make the city accessible for people with disabilities. People with vision disabilities, led by NGO Swabhiman, proposed installation of auditory signals at the traffic points. “As they could not see the traffic lights, the signals will help them,” said Swabhiman chief Sruti Mohapatra. The auditory system is the sensory system for the sense of hearing.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/18/people-with-vision-disabilities-provide-inputs-for-smart-city-project/, November 18, 2015

Canada: Entrepreneur Developing Accessibility Mapping App
As someone who uses a wheelchair, Maayan Ziv was often unsure if city spaces would be accessible until she showed up at the entrance. Unable to find this valuable information anywhere, Maayan took matters into her own hands and developed an application called AccessNow. This groundbreaking web-based app uses crowdsourced information to pinpoint the accessibility status of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and tourist destinations around the world on an interactive map.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/18/entrepreneur-developing-accessibility-mapping-app/, November 18, 2015

Vietnam to Raise Education Standards Through ICT
The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training has been carrying out a number of projects to increase the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education in order to raise the quality of education. After cooperating with Viettel in providing internet connection to all schools in the country, the ministry is currently carrying out programmes with the support of South Korea, such as the virtual university project at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, the e-learning project at Hanoi Open University, and a program to equip Vietnamese schools with computers and train teachers in using information technology in teaching.
From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/education/146356/vietnam-to-raise-education-standards-through-ict.html, November 17, 2015

ICT Moves Forward with Digital Thailand Policy
Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Chantong has said that the Ministry of Information Communication Technology (MICT) has an important role in developing the country’s infrastructure in a variety of ways concerning the use of digital technology. The Digital Thailand policy will contribute to the national development and develop technology and people’s quality of life to enhance the country’s capacity and competitiveness in preparation for the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The MICT focuses on developing a network of community digital centers and creating opportunities and equality in the society.
From http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/ict-moves-forward-with-digital-thailand-policy/121251/, November 17, 2015

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