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USA: Social Media Helping Children with Autism ‘Navigate the World’
Jordan Hilkowitz is layering household products into a beaker for his latest science experiment. Right beside his mom’s coffeemaker on the kitchen counter, he is preparing a video entitled Layers and Density, describing each step for his 3,800 YouTube channel subscribers and more than 1.5-million viewers. It’s an extraordinary feat considering that five years ago, the 10-year-old autistic boy was non-verbal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/social-media-helping-children-with-autism-navigate-the-world/, June 25, 2012

USA: Drexel Computer Science Students Develop Apps to Aid People with Vision Disabilities
For people with vision disabilities daily activities such as reading a newspaper, texting or checking Facebook often require the extra step of sitting down at a computer or pulling out a text magnifier – a step that instantly signals their difference from those around them. A group of undergraduate computer science students at Drexel are now hoping to make these tasks as easy and common as using a smartphone.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/drexel-computer-science-students-develop-apps-to-aid-people-with-vision-disabilities/, June 22, 2012

Guatemala Launches Central America’s First Braille Newspaper
“You don’t need to see to be able to read” was the message Guatemala sent to the world last month when it launched Central America’s first ever Braille newspaper. Together with the Committee for Blind and Deaf People in Guatemala (Prociegos), Publinews produced 2,500 copies of the newspaper, which were distributed to people with vision disabilities throughout the country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/guatemala-launches-central-americas-first-braille-newspaper/, June 22, 2012

Malaysian Couple Compiles Encyclopedia for People who are Deaf
The first encyclopedic dictionary for the country’s 20 million people who are deaf and hard of hearing was published early June, Xinhua news agency reported. The 200,000-word reference book embodies more than 1,000 entries on medicine, education, psychology, sociology, rehabilitation, linguistics, law, history and culture concerning the life of people who are deaf. The book was compiled by a disabled couple living in east Anhui province’s capital Hefei.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/malaysian-couple-compiles-encyclopedia-for-people-who-are-deaf/, June 22, 2012

Brazil: Rio+20 Outcome Document Includes Disability
Disability has been included in the Rio+20 Outcome Document – a result of our joint efforts in advocacy and partnership toward disability-inclusive development in the work of the United Nations and beyond.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/21/rio20-outcome-document-includes-disability/, June 21, 2012

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

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