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USA: Report to Congress under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act by the FCC
The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), pursuant to its delegated authority,1 prepared this Biennial Report (Report) for submission to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives (to the Committees or to Congress) in accordance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/cvaa-report-congress, December 06, 2012

USA: Section 508 Report to the President and Congress: Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology
Over 20 years ago, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-12213. The ADA made it a violation of federal law to discriminate against a person with a disability in private sector and state and local government employment, in the provision of state and local government services, and in the provision of goods and services by places of public accommodation. The ADA is a mandate for equality for persons with disabilities, many of whom throughout our country’s history have been constrained by societal, cultural, and structural barriers that limited opportunities for them to achieve their potential, live independently, obtain gainful employment, and participate meaningfully in our shared American life.
From http://www.ada.gov/508/508_Report.htm, December 06, 2012

South Africa: Call to Give Sign Language Official Status
South Africa's policy makers should debate the question of whether sign language should be added to the country's list of official languages, says President Jacob Zuma
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201212060266.html, December 06, 2012

Wales Urged to Guarantee Disabled Children’s Services
FAMILIES with disabled children in Wales are at breaking point, disability charity Scope says. More than 2,600 people have signed a petition asking the Welsh Government to guarantee better support for disabled children by making sure local services are accessible and inclusive. The petition is a response to the experiences of families of disabled children who are struggling to get the support they need.
From http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/education-news/2012/12/06/wales-urged-to-guarantee-disabled-children-s-services-91466-32371097/, December 06, 2012

Accessibility in Microsoft Office 365 for Education
The Microsoft Accessibility team run a wide range of initiatives, including a global network of Accessibility centres, an online Accessbility tutorial programme for Windows, Office and Office 365, which includes Office 365 for education. They also publish a comprehensive range of general guides for specific types of impairments.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukhe/archive/2012/12/04/accessibility-in-office-365-for-education.aspx, December 06, 2012

TechNews: How to Simplify a TV Remote Control to Make it Accessible
If you have bought or looked at television remote controls in the past five years, you know that the complexity level is rising. The ability of TVs to do more and more and the popularity of universal remotes have made it more difficult to understand. For an individual who is aging, has a cognitive deficiency, or someone with limited hand and finger use, simplifying the remote may be the key for them to be successful. Here’s how to do just that.
From http://ndipat.org/blog/the-easiest-way-to-simplify-a-tv-remote-control/, December 06, 2012

Springnote, Ubernote, & ReadSpeaker: App-Like Web Alternatives for those without Smartphones
There are many apps for dyslexics for Apple and Android products, but there are also plenty of websites for those without smartphones or tablets. Springnote and Ubernote are two online tools for note-taking and group collaborations, making it easy to share documents and organize notes in a single place. Springnote was designed specifically for group collaborations, so you can share different files for projects or study groups. Springnote is also accessible on the iPhone, but its main functions are online.
From http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/latest/springnote-ubernote-readspeaker-app-web-alternatives-those-without-smartphones, December 06, 2012

3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities
On the 5th of December, more than 450 delegates from organisations representing persons with disabilities (DPOs) from all over Europe met with European Parliament leaders, MEPs and EU decision-makers in order to discuss how Europe can ensure the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in this time of crisis.
From http://bit.ly/V8qVd2, December 06, 2012

Accessible Media Inc. Receives Prestigious FCC Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has been declared the winner of the Annual Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility in the Video Programming Device Solutions category, as presented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States.
From http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1084965/media-advisory-accessible-media-inc-receives-prestigious-fcc-chairman-s-award-for-advancement-in-accessibility, December 06, 2012

Following Completion of Digital TV Switchover in the UK, BBC Switchover Help Scheme Publishes Summary Report
The Switchover Help Scheme was run by the BBC under an agreement with the Government. From 2007 – 2012 it offered eligible older and disabled people across the UK practical help to switch one TV set to digital. The help included easy-to-use equipment, installation, with an aerial upgrade if needed, and 12 months free aftercare. People were eligible if they were aged 75 or more, eligible for certain disability benefits, living in a care home long-term, or registered blind or partially sighted. More than seven million households were offered this help. Most were asked to contribute £40, with eligible people also on income-related benefits offered the help free.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/howwework/accountability/helpscheme.html?source_url=/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/howwework/accountability/helpscheme/, December 05, 2012

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