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USA: Celebrating Access Today: 25th Anniversary Year of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Twenty-five years ago, our nation committed itself to the elimination of discrimination against people with disabilities—through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is proud to play a critical role in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, each month the Department of Justice will spotlight efforts that are opening gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities. This month, we spotlight the story of Marshall Burns and website access in Nueces County, Texas.
From http://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/celebrating-access-today-25th-anniversary-year-americans-disabilities-act, February 05, 2015

Mobile Accessibility: Building the Barclays Mobile Banking App
AbilityNet recently accredited Barclays' latest version of its Mobile Banking App - the first time our accessibility accreditation has been given to an app. The app was re-launched in late 2014 to provide full banking services to millions of Barclays customers via their smartphones and tablets. This webinar will explain the process behind the development of the app, which has been completely redesigned, with accessibility built in at every stage.
From http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinar/mobile-accessibility-building-barclays-mobile-banking-app, February 05, 2015

Apple Watch App for Tesla Cars will Allow Drivers to Control Their Vehicle Directly From Their Wrists
If you’re the owner of a luxury Tesla electric car that just isn’t fulfilling your desire for cutting-edge technology, look no further than a new app for the Apple Watch. Never mind that the Apple Watch hasn’t been released yet — app developers are already preparing for its launch. Software company Eleks Labs has created an Apple Watch app that lets you control your Tesla car from your wrist.
From http://www.bustle.com/articles/62522-apple-watch-app-for-tesla-cars-will-allow-drivers-to-control-their-vehicle-directly-from-their, February 05, 2015

USA: Advancing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Today, the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative hosted the White House Summit on Disability and Employment. The Summit provided businesses, philanthropies, and disability advocates with information about new and existing Federal resources designed to help employers hire more individuals with disabilities, including the new Resource Guide for Employers. The Summit also offered opportunities for attendees to share their experiences in diversifying their workforce through effective strategies to successfully recruit, hire, promote, and retain employees with disabilities.
From http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/03/advancing-employment-opportunities-people-disabilities, February 04, 2015

Pakistan: Leading the Way for Women and Girls with Disabilities
She is often called the shining hope for people with disabilities. Abia Akram, age 30, is an educated woman, and proud of the two Master’s degrees she holds. She personifies the cause she champions: that education can be the catalyst in a world where those with disabilities are not always taken seriously. The first female with disabilities from Pakistan to win the much sought after U.K. Government’s Chevening scholarship, Akram has continued to push for change, altering antiquated notions of disability. She is the first woman from Pakistan, and the first woman with disabilities to be nominated as the Coordinator for Commonwealth Young Disabled People’s Forum and is also the chair of the Youth Council of UNICEF.
From http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2015/2/woa-pakistan-abia-akram#sthash.SDtK1XSb.dpuf, February 04, 2015

A Global Tour of Transformative Urban ICT Hubs
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are almost ubiquitously acknowledged as a transformative element to overcoming poverty. In Global South cities where limited Internet access threatens ICTs' potential, the development of technology hubs is emerging as a solution. Some hubs serve to allow the urban poor to access the Internet, train in computer skills, and reap their benefits. Other hubs cater to innovation, working with exciting social enterprises to hone their skills and professionalism to create successful businesses. In this blog post, we travel from Nairobi and Lagos to Delhi and Cairo to examine a diverse selection of ICT centers that serve a social purpose.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josephine-dallant/a-global-tour-of-transfor_b_6598432.html?ir=India, February 04, 2015

Dutch Government Plans New Office to Vet ICT Projects
The Dutch cabinet has approved plans to evaluate public ICT projects more thoroughly prior to their adoption, in order to increase the chances of success. This follows the report ‘Grip op ICT’ by a temporary commission, which recommended setting up a dedicated office for evaluating risky ICT projects.
From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/dutch-govt-plans-new-office-to-vet-ict-projects--1062747, February 04, 2015

Bangladesh: Cabinet Approves National ICT Policy 2015
The cabinet has approved the draft of National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy 2015 at its weekly meeting at the secretariat in the capital. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Talking to the media after the meeting, cabinet secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said: 'A policy in this regard was implemented in 2009, which needed to be updated after six years,' according to a news agency.
From http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/02/02/79003, February 04, 2015

The Main Benefits of Improving Accessibility and How Accessibility Benefits Society
It is safe to say that accessibility benefits all members of society including people with disabilities. Improving accessibility brings about increased quality of life; creates more independence and better social integration. It also leads to better health and can result in cost saving in a number of areas. In fact improved accessibility gives people with disabilities the opportunity for independent living within the community thus leading to lower demands for special services therefore bringing economic benefits to all members of society.
From http://www.accessconsultancy.ie/Main-benefits-improving-accessibility-how-accessibility-benefitssociety, February 03, 2015

Meet One of New York City’s First Deaf Uber Drivers
n many ways, Pin Lu is a typical UberX driver. He uses his own car, complete with a crocheted owl dangling from the rearview mirror, to ferry passengers who hail him via the popular ride-sharing app.
From http://www.wsj.com/articles/meet-one-of-new-york-citys-first-deaf-uber-drivers-1422667188, February 03, 2015

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