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Lack of Information Affects Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Politics
Lack of confidence and information on Ghana’s electoral process have been identified as major barriers to the participation of women and persons with disabilities in politics. This came to light in a survey conducted by SAVE-Ghana in partnership with STAR-Ghana, both non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Wa East Constituency of the Upper West Region. The project dubbed “credibility watch” is aimed at promoting participation of the youth, women and persons with disabilities in partisan politics and local governance.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/21/lack-of-information-affects-participation-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-politics/, June 21, 2012

Dubai: HCT-Dubai Students and Cisco Build Networking Lab for Blind Students in Kenya
The Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai, Women’s Campus (HCT-Dubai), in collaboration with CISCO UAE and CISCO Kenya narrowed the digital divide among UAE and Kenya by identifying the “Thika High School” and built a fully equipped Networking lab for students with vision disabilities. Three HCT-Dubai IT students, majoring in Network Engineering, participated in the International Work Experience Project in Kenya organized by HCT-Dubai Computer and Information Science Department (CIS), IT Services Department and Cisco Kenya.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/20/hct-dubai-students-and-cisco-build-networking-lab-for-blind-students-in-kenya/, June 21, 2012

USA and Russia to Assist Russians with Disabilities Find Employment
Lori Golden and the U.S. Business Leadership Network have shown impressive leadership on this issue through programs that help people with disabilities find meaningful employment. USAID has also done a fantastic job in partnership with the Russian NGO Perspektiva to bring Russian society and business together to identify creative solutions to this pressing problem.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/29/u-s-and-russia-work-together-to-assist-russians-with-disabilities-find-employment/, June 20, 2012

USA: Denver’s Metropolitan State College Builds on NetApp Technology to Empower Students with Disabilit
Metropolitan State College of Denver was facing two critical IT challenges with its aging storage hardware — how to replace that outdated hardware in the face of a 5% budget cut, and how to better serve the needs of its students with disabilities at the same time. The institution was struggling with the prospect of purchasing a less-capable system with lower performance, as it strove to support its 24,000 registered students and 4,000 faculty. That was when Metro State officials heard about NetApp’s Education Donation program and applied online.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/20/denvers-metropolitan-state-college-builds-on-netapp-technology-to-empower-students-with-disabilities/, June 20, 2012

Bookshare and Mada Launch Accessible Arabic eBook Collection
Bookshare, the largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities, in partnership with Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center), has released 100 new titles in Arabic, giving Arabic readers with print disabilities the opportunity to read a diverse range of material. The collection includes children’s books from Scholastic, contemporary books from Arab Scientific Publishers in Lebanon, and literary books from the public domain, in collaboration with Kotobarabia in Egypt.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/20/bookshare-and-mada-launch-accessible-arabic-ebook-collection/, June 20, 2012

USA: IDPP Joins M-Enabling Inaugural Global Briefing Tour
Mr. Clyde White, Jr., IDPP Director of Technology, attended the M-Enabling: New Milestones for Mobile Accessibility inaugural session of the M-Enabling Global Briefing Tour at Federal Communications Commission (FCC) headquarters on 4 June 2012.
From http://aseanidpp.org/IDPP-attends-inaugural-m-enabling-session, June 19, 2012

Sharjah Museums Department Opens its Museums to Persons with Disabilities
As part of a series of an educational programme recently launched by the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) under the theme ‘Sharjah Museums Are Accessible for All‘, the Community and Accessibility Service at SMD’s Department of Interpretation and Education organized a specially designed workshop for elderly people at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/31/sharjah-museums-department-opens-its-museums-to-persons-with-disabilities/, June 19, 2012

Canada: Durham Region Recognizes National Accessibility Week
The Regional Municipality of Durham will be recognizing National Accessibility Awareness Week from May 27 to June 2, with an official proclamation by Regional Chair and Chief Executive Office Roger Anderson on behalf of Regional Council. “During National Accessibility Awareness Week, the Region of Durham is proud to be a participant in celebrating accessibility and inclusive communities across Canada,” said Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer Roger Anderson. “Accessibility initiatives continue to be a priority for Regional Council as well as staff, and will remain at the forefront of our current and future strategic planning.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/28/durham-region-recognizes-national-accessibility-week/, June 19, 2012

Germany Provides Disaster Preparedness Training to Persons with Disabilities in Vietnam
A new disaster risk reduction project that started in April in Quang Nam province is increasing the focus on the living conditions and needs of people with disabilities. In cooperation with the Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) Quang-Nam, Malteser International will train people with disabilities and their families in 46 villages in order to empower them to actively contribute to the local disaster risk reduction processes.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/03/germany-provides-disaster-preparedness-training-to-persons-with-disabilities-in-vietnam/, June 18, 2012

USA: University of Houston Students Develop Prototype Device that Translates Sign Language
Too often, communication barriers exist between those who can hear and those who cannot. Sign language has helped bridge such gaps, but many people are still not fluent in its motions and hand shapes. Thanks to a group of University of Houston students, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may soon have an easier time communicating with those who do not understand sign language. During the past semester, students in UH’s engineering technology and industrial design programs teamed up to develop the concept and prototype for MyVoice, a device that reads sign language and translates its motions into audible words. Recently, MyVoice earned first place among student projects at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) – Gulf Southwest Annual Conference.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/04/university-of-houston-students-develop-prototype-device-that-translates-sign-language/, June 18, 2012

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