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For the Deaf: Real Instant Messaging...and Maybe for Everybody Else as Well
A new task force has been formed to develop and promote real-time text messaging; where each character is displayed to the recipient as it is typed in. The task force is focused primarily on technology to help the hearing impaired, but real time messaging could be taken up enthusiastically by others.
From iTWire, August 05, 2008

IBM and GW Micro Join Steering Committee for Accessibility Interoperability Alliance
The Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), a coalition of leading information and assistive technology companies dedicated to enabling developers to more easily create accessible software, hardware and Web products, welcomes the addition of two new steering committee members: Doug Geoffray of GW Micro and Richard Schwerdtfeger of IBM.
From Business Wire, August 04, 2008

UN Convention Campaign Coalition
Organisations have formed themselves into a coalition to bring political pressure and work to ensure early – and full – commitment from the UK government. They call for all interested groups to join together to campaign for ‘ratification without reservations’.
From Human Rights & Disability, July 31, 2008

UK - House of Lords Discusses Convention
We have on record, that disabled people’s organisations are crucial in realising rights, and will be involved when the government takes forward not only the convention but the whole range of disability-related policies.
From UK Parliament News, July 31, 2008

Nigeria - NCC Consults Operators on Services for Physically Challenged Persons
The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced plans to hold a consultative forum with telecom service providers with respect to persons with disability and the elderly.
From Punch on the Web, July 31, 2008

User-Centered Policy Evaluations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: Evaluating E-Government Web Sites for Accessibility for Persons With Disabilities
The author examines user-centered evaluations of e-government Web sites for compliance with a policy related to persons with disabilities: the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
From RedOrbit.com, July 31, 2008

Real-Time Text Aims to Improve Internet Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The blossoming of multimedia content on the Internet in recent years has revolutionised personal interactions, business communications, and other online services. But for millions of Internet users with sensory disabilities, many of the communication tools remain frustratingly out of their reach.
From Government Technology, July 31, 2008

Beijing Unveils Communication Service for Disabled
Beijing has unveiled a communication platform for the disabled on Wednesday in a bid to help the city's nearly 300,000 blind or deaf residents to send digital signals in case of emergency.
From Xinhuanet News Agency, July 30, 2008

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

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