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European Survey on Training and Usage of Assistive Technologies
ATLEC (Assistive Technology Learning Through a Unified Curriculum) is currently conducting a European survey on the training and usage of assistive technologies (AT). ATLEC focuses on training people with disabilities in being aware of and being able to use assistive technologies, whilst also creating the job profile of an ICT AT trainer, therefore giving people with disabilities another route into employment or self-employment.
From http://bit.ly/NodygT, July 05, 2012

UAE: Sharjah Islamic Bank Launches Accessible ATM for Blind Users
Sharjah Islamic Bank announced on July 3 the launch of the first accessible Automated Teller Machine (ATM) for people with vision disabilities in the country and the region. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Emirates Association for the Blind in Sharjah, under the patronage of Sheikha Jamila bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) and in the presence of Mohammed Abdullah, CEO of Sharjah Islamic Bank, Adel Al Zamar, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Association for the Blind in Sharjah, a number of senior directors of departments and branches and representatives of the IT solution provider.
From http://bit.ly/LXayfm, July 04, 2012

Switzerland: Credit Suisse to make Banking Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
Credit Suisse is running a campaign at its Swiss branches from the start of July to mid-August 2012 to highlight the range of banking services it offers for people with vision, hearing or mobility disabilities, as well as for older people. The campaign marks the fifth anniversary of the Accessibility Initiative launched by Credit Suisse with the aim of making its products and services available to everyone and training its employees to recognize and respond to the needs of people with disabilities.
From http://bit.ly/LlMi6w, July 04, 2012

USA: HIMS Launches High-Definition Handheld Video Magnifier for Customers with Low Vision
HIMS, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of assistive products for people with vision disabilities announces the introduction of the industry’s first high-definition 5.0” wide-screen LCD handheld video magnifier for people with low vision.
From http://bit.ly/R8DjEg, July 04, 2012

Canada: Dalhousie University to Offer New Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
In an effort to make law school more inclusive, a new scholarship for students with disabilities has been established at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. The scholarship was made possible by ReachAbility, a local not-for-profit organization that aims to create more inclusive communities. The scholarship will be awarded to a different incoming first-year student each year, starting this fall. Students must demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and self-identify as having a disability, which can be physical, mental, cognitive, or sensory.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/07/04/dalhousie-university-to-offer-new-scholarship-for-students-with-disabilities/, July 04, 2012

Guatemala Launches Braille Version of National Freesheet Newspaper
Guatemala has launched what publishers claim is central America's first braille newspaper. Together with Prociegos, the committee for blind and deaf people in Guatemala, Publinews – a Guatemalan version of the Metro – produced 2,500 copies of the freesheet, which were distributed to blind and visually impaired people throughout the country.
From http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/jun/29/guatemala-braille-version-national-newspaper, July 03, 2012

Tanzania: New Laws in Braille Soon
The Foundation for Civil Society has promised to translate the current Constitution into the braille system which is readable by people with vision disabilities. This comes as a means of giving equal opportunities to people with disabilities as the country prepares to write a new Constitution. The promise was made in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the foundation’s executive director, Mr John Ulanga, when opening a three-day-workshop for people with disabilities in Tanzania which, among other things, discussed the status of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the rights of people with disabilities (2006).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/07/03/tanzania-new-laws-in-braille-soon-society/, July 03, 2012

UK Buses to be more Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities have been promised “real changes” by a transport boss after listening to the difficulties and aggression they face on the borough’s buses. The meeting at Ealing Town Hall was organised by Transport For All, a charity campaigning for accessible transport, and Ealing Centre for Independent Living, which works to improve persons with disabilities lives.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/07/03/uk-buses-will-be-made-more-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities-transport-boss/, July 03, 2012

UK: First Digital Accessibility Course Announced
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has partnered with AbilityNet and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, to develop the first ever digital accessibility training course. Businesses have a legal obligation to make sure that consumers with disabilities can use their websites. But research by AbilityNet found that four out of the five most popular price comparison websites were inaccessible to persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/07/03/first-digital-accessibility-course-announced/, July 03, 2012

Feature: Medical Procedures that Violate Civil Rights
Devaluing People with Disabilities: Medical Procedures that Violate Civil Rights is intended to provide a crucial but missing link in the discussion about how society can and should make medical decisions that uphold the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of people with disabilities.
From http://tinyurl.com/6qygd8o, July 02, 2012

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