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South Africa - Government Makes Strides in Accommodating Disabled
People with disabilities are contributing to the economy, says the Inter Departmental Coordinating Committee on Disability (IDCCD). Speaking on behalf of the IDCCD and the Inter Provincial Forum on Disability, during a National Disability Summit held on Tuesday, Sithembile Lunguza said government had done much to ensure people with disabilities contribute towards making South Africa a prosperous country.
From BuaNews, July 30, 2008

ISO/IEC Standard: Guidelines for Making IT Office Equipment Friendlier for the Elderly and Disabled
Have you printed your bus schedule today? Sent an e-mail? Made an online payment? At a time when information and communication technology (ICT) is becoming increasingly critical for fulfilling everyday tasks at home and at the office, an ISO/IEC standard will ensure that the elderly and disabled are not left out.
From The FINANCIAL, Business News & Multimedia, July 28, 2008

Australia Ratifies, Latvia Signs, Disability Rights Treaty
Australia became the 30th country to ratify the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on July 17, 2008. On the following day, Latvia became the 130th country to sign the CRPD.
From Ratifynow.org Latest news, July 28, 2008

UNA-USA Backs Nomination of Top Human Rights Official
Ambassador William H. Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the USA, issued the following statement concerning the nomination by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of Navanethem Pillay to serve as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
From UNA-USA News, July 24, 2008

Canada - More Jobs for Disabled: StatsCan
A growing percentage of people living with disabilities are finding work, representing the largest increase in the employment rate among Canadians, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.
From Toronto Star, July 24, 2008

China - Those Who Can't See Can Surf
Have you read the news online today? Sent an e-mail? Used an online search engine? Accessibility websites ensure that disabled people are no longer excluded at a time when the Internet is indispensable to everyday life.
From China Daily, July 24, 2008

China Updates Olympic Web site to Serve Blind, Deaf
China has improved its official Olympic website to serve the blind and deaf, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) announced here on Wednesday.
From Xinhua News Agency, July 23, 2008

Helping More Disabled Australians into Work
The Rudd Government today announced that one of the most significant barriers for people receiving a Disability Support Pension who wish to find employment will be removed.
From eGov monitor, July 22, 2008

USA - Does Telemedicine Have a Role in Technology-Enabled Health Care Reform?
Health care reform is near the top of most voters' agendas this year. Both presidential candidates have pledged health care reform and plan to use technology as part of that reform.
From iHealthBeat, July 22, 2008

Philippines - PWDs "Access" Advocates Eye Full Rights Enjoyment
BEING blind is no hindrance for Mateo Quilas, who has been pretty tied up with an advocacy of elevating Boholanos with disabilities into getting the same treatment as ordinary persons.
From Philippine Information Agency, July 19, 2008

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