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    implications for persons experiencing mild to severe visual hearing physical and intellectual disabilities As the world s leading influencers in the technology space both CEA and its affiliated CEA Foundation are committed to advancing accessible technologies products and services CEA sees these as essential success factors for a greater technology adoption by the fast growing population of seniors and persons with disabilities The global adoption of smart always connected mobile devices creates unprecedented opportunities for the consumer electronics industry to dramatically improve the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities said Gary Shapiro I m honored and excited to discuss the life changing possibilities of technology at the 2015 M Enabling Summit Of particular interest to M Enabling Summit s participants will be Shapiro s perspectives on the implications of mobile devices remote sensor and control capabilities as well as the Internet of Things for the design and production of mainstream consumer electronics Universally designed technologies enable users of all abilities including senior citizens to use technology to live independently work competitively and fully participate in society The 2015 M Enabling Summit will unveil truly revolutionary applications and services for persons with disabilities anticipated Axel Leblois G3ict s president and executive director and the Summit s co organizer with E J Krause Associates The speed of innovation in the electronics industry and the creativity of mobile app developers service providers and manufacturers are creating an entirely new competitive landscape for accessible mobile solutions interacting with users environments he affirmed Julie Kearney CEA s vice president of regulatory affairs added CEA and the consumer technology industry have long been committed to supporting access to technology for seniors and people with disabilities We are thrilled to support the M Enabling Summit and proud to have Gary Shapiro kick off its fourth edition This is an important forum to promote the latest innovations in accessible products and services The M Enabling Summit brings together professionals corporations service organizations and technology thought leaders June 1 2 in Washington D C for an all inclusive conference and showcase focused on innovative solutions mobile applications connected devices and services for the growing market of seniors and users of all abilities The M Enabling Summit is co organized by G3ict and E J Krause Associates It is a must attend event for any organization whose customers include senior citizens and persons with disabilities For additional information on registering to attend the 2015 M Enabling Summit please visit www m enabling com Contact USA Pat Tessler 1 301 493 5500 x3386 tessler ejkrause com Europe Regine Gessner 49 0 211 610 730 gessner ejkgermany de About CEA The Consumer Electronics Association CEA is the technology trade association representing the 223 billion U S consumer electronics industry More than 2 000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership including legislative and regulatory advocacy market research technical training and education industry promotion standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships CEA also owns and produces the

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    language dictionary was released on Friday The book written by Arun C Rao Editor of TheDeafWay org and released by Kannada actor Yash promises to help both parents and teachers to communicate with children who have hearing disabilities P C Jayanna Director Department for Empowerment of Disabled and Senior Citizens said It is not only the responsibility of the teachers but also of the parents to learn sign language that will enable them to interact with children and help them grow peacefully and efficiently The department will provide full support to circulate the book and to ensure its accessibility in libraries From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2016 02 08 sign language dictionary released February 10 2016 Kenya Students with Vision Disabilities Learn Through Technology Until recently students who are blind or have low vision in Kenya were still using Braille books for their studies But Kenyan schools for the blind are now beginning to adopt technology that provides material in a audible form and in the process expands their opportunities Until recently students who are blind or have low vision in Kenya were still using Braille books for their studies But Kenyan schools for the blind are now beginning to adopt technology that provides material in a audible form and in the process expands their opportunities From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2016 02 09 students with vision disabilities learn through technology February 09 2016 India New Smartphone App to Audit Accessibility To find out if the polling stations for the upcoming State elections are accessible to persons with disabilities the Disability Rights Alliance Tamil Nadu DRA has developed an app that volunteers can use to audit the stations The app to be called Election Audit has been developed by software company Ardhika and will be available on the Android platform but can only be used by registered volunteers said Sathya Madurantakam of DRA From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2016 02 08 new smartphone app to audit accessibility February 08 2016 New EU Working Group Aims to Draft Guidelines to Improve mHealth Apps Data Quality The Commission has set up a working group to develop guidelines for assessing the validity and reliability of the data that health apps collect and process Based on their expertise 20 members representing civil society research and industry organizations were selected to participate in the working group The guidelines are expected to be published by the end of this year From https ec europa eu digital agenda en news new eu working group aims draft guidelines improve mhealth apps data quality February 03 2016 WFD WASLI International Sign Interpreter Accreditation System The World Federation of the Deaf WFD and the World Association of the Sign Language Interpreters WASLI have recently established an International Sign IS Interpreter Accreditation system The Accreditation aims to set maintain and promote standards in International Sign Interpretation and acts as a quality assurance system for credentialing practitioners who meet those standards Since its inaugural appearance at the WFD Congress in 1987 demand for International Sign

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    The Center on Disability and Development at Texas A M University has announced the release of the scholarly work Disability and Disaster which includes disaster research to the expanding area of disability studies This edited collection includes writings by international scholars as well as 19 chapters about individuals with disabilities affected by disaster across five different continents In Disability and Disaster Exchanges and Explorations editors Ilan Kelman and Laura M Stough have achieved something truly ground breaking First in terms of the academic importance of this work it adds to the social vulnerability literature and represents the first serious book length treatment of disability and disaster studies From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 11 11 new book launched disability and disaster exploration and exchanges November 11 2015 African Disability Forum ADF holds First General Assembly Delegates from 30 organizations of persons with disabilities DPOs in Africa members of the African Disability Forum ADF held their first General Assembly meeting October 31 November 1 2015 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Center in Nairobi Kenya ADF is the pan African membership organization of DPOs at continental sub regional and national levels created to unify and amplify the voice of persons with disabilities in Africa and strengthen the technical capacity of their organizations From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 11 10 african disability forum adf holds first general assembly November 10 2015 Sri Lanka Declares National ICT Week from November 16 22 President Maithripala Sirisena has declared November 16 22 as National Information and Communication Technology Week This is the first time that such a week dedicated to the Information and Communication Technology ICT has ever been declared at national level It is in recognition of the significant role the ICT industry plays in all spheres of life and also in honor of the ICT related national and international conferences due to be convened in Sri Lanka that the President declared a week devoted to this sector The APICTA 2015 International Awards ceremony will be held in Sri Lanka during ICT Week Sri Lanka was selected as the first country to host this international parley This global platform is considered the Oscars of the ICT sector in Asia From http www news lk news business item 10708 sri lanka declares national ict week from nov 16 22 November 09 2015 USA Barrie to Launch Text with 911 Service for People with Hearing Disabilities People who are deaf or hard of hearing will soon be able to communicate with Barrie s 911 call center by Text with 911 or T911 service in Barrie on November 10 T911 will add to existing services for people who currently use Teletypewriter TTY and Bell Relay From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 11 06 barrie to launch text with 9 E2 80 911 E2 80 911 service for people with hearing disabilities November 09 2015 USA Carnegie Mellon and IBM Intro Open Platform To Help Blind Navigate A research project at Carnegie Mellon University is helping blind people navigate with the

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    in 1968 From http www forbes com sites adrianbridgwater 2015 11 03 twitter developers get speech recognition boost from nuance November 04 2015 United Nations Social Protection Systems Should Be More Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities States should make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities rather than pursuing models that often lock them into a cycle of dependence and poverty a UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities has said Most countries base their social protection systems on a medical approach to disability Catalina Devandas Aguilar the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities told the UN General Assembly From http www un org apps news story asp NewsID 52406 Vjn0qfkrLIU November 04 2015 UNDESA DSPD Forum on Disability and Development Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development Co organized by DESA and UN Habitat supported by the African Disability Forum 28 to 30 October 2015 UN Convention Center Nairobi Kenya It is estimated that by 2050 66 of the world s population will be living in cities Urban development brings both great opportunity and challenges Lack of accessibility leads to the disadvantaged and vulnerable situations faced by persons with disabilities leading to disproportionate rates of poverty deprivation and exclusion From http www un org disabilities default asp navid 15 pid 1641 November 04 2015 World Statistics Day 2015 Sustainable Data Key for Measuring Global Development As part of the celebration for World Statistics Day 2015 Lenni Montiel UN DESA s Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development hosted a Twitter chat to put the spotlight on the pivotal role of statistics in measuring development progress across the globe Using the hashtag SDGsData people from all corners of the world tuned in on October 22 to ask their questions on how the UN is working with data and how these efforts can contribute to realize sustainable development From https www un org development desa newsletter capacity 2015 11 17937 November 03 2015 India International Film Festival for Persons with Disability in December he first three day International Film Festival for Persons with Disability IFFFD will be organized by Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry on December 1 in which 40 films will be screened based on different categories of disabilities The festival has been conceptualized by the department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities DEPwD in collaboration with National Film Development Corporation to honor the contributions of persons with disabilities on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3 From http economictimes indiatimes com magazines panache international film festival for persons with disability in december articleshow 49629470 cms November 03 2015 How People Are Actually Using the Internet of Things We did an open source analysis of IoT user behavior looking at 1 000 IoT technology platforms and services and more than 279 000 early adopter interactions with IoT devices We found that consumers want an IoT that provides personalized services that can be adapted to different contexts As with the

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    with disabilities For 70 years the Department of Labor used this time of year to showcase the talents of workers with disabilities and encourage diversity inclusion and accessibility in the workplace This year the Department of Labor is focusing on the theme My Disability is One Part of Who I Am I am incredibly proud of AT T s commitment to the disabled community and to its employees with disabilities and that commitment is especially meaningful to me because of my own disability From http www about att com content csr home blog 2015 10 my disability isone html October 29 2015 Finland Mobile Phone Navigation Service for Older People VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a mobile phone based navigation service which guides older users to the right address even when lost in a strange town The result of a European project the service helps older people to use public transport assisting them along the entire route Developed through the European ASSISTANT Aiding SuStainable Independent Senior TrAvellers to Navigate in Towns project the application can be used on computers as well as mobile phones From http www eurekalert org pub releases 2015 10 vtrc mpn101615 php October 29 2015 Google s Smarthome Campaign Lets the Houses do the Talking Nest a home automation company bought by Google for 3 2 billion in 2014 has created several tongue in cheek videos to educate the public about its smart home technology The Nest Learning Thermostat knows a home owner s schedule and changes the house temperature accordingly Then there s a smoke detector that talks to you tells you where the smoke is coming from and allows you to silence the alarm from your phone There is the Nest Cam with night vision and activity alerts which allows you to watch what s going on in your house from your phone The competitive home automation market was worth an estimated 4 41 billion in 2014 Apple introduced its own system HomeKit while Samsung launched its SmartThings hub last month From http www domain com au news googles smart home campaign lets the houses do the talking 8211 literally 20151028 gkkj8h October 28 2015 USA 3D Printing Creates Major Breakthrough for People with Vision Disabilities 3DPhotoWorks LLC with support from the National Federation of the Blind announces a 3D printing process that allows people who are blind to see fine art diagrams and other images This recently patented process converts any conventional painting drawing collage or photograph into a 3D Tactile Fine Art Print Prints have length width depth and texture and are available in sizes up to 60 x 120 From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 10 27 3d printing creates major breakthrough for people with vision disabilities October 28 2015 USA IBM Carnegie Mellon University Create Open Platform to Help People With Vision Disabilities Navigate Better Scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University announced the first open platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that can

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    asp id 1640 October 23 2015 USA 12 6 Million in Grants Awarded to Help Improve Outcomes of Individuals with Disabilities in Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Development The U S Department of Education s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services OSERS today announced more than 12 6 million in grants in multiple project areas to help improve the outcomes of individuals with disabilities from cradle through career The investments are aimed at promoting inclusion equity and opportunity for individuals with disabilities to help ensure their economic self sufficiency independent living and full community participation From http 1 usa gov 1VNLACk October 21 2015 UAE Issues Stamps in Braille For the first time in its history Emirates Post Group has issued a set of postage on the occasion of the International White Cane Day which falls on October 15 to raise awareness of people who are blind or have low vision and services offered to ensure the safety of people who are blind in public places Chief Commercial Officer Ibrahim Bin Karam said The stamps in Braille are aimed at highlighting the capabilities of people who are blind or have low vision as well as the need for their integration into mainstream society through closer interaction with normal students in schools and colleges From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 10 19 uae issues stamps in braille October 21 2015 USA G3ict Presents at IAAP Access 2015 Conference in Nevada James Thurston Vice President for Global Strategy Development at Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT G3ict will lead a discussion on Global Trends in Accessibility Public Policy at the IAAP Access 2015 Conference scheduled to take place from October 21 23 at Henderson Nevada at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort Spa Mr Thurston s discussion will focus on the laws regulations and public policies related to digital inclusion and rights of persons with disabilities globally The United Nations UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD and an increasingly politically engaged civil society are pushing governments around the world to become more active in policy making related to technology disability and inclusion This session will present an overview and analysis of global trends related to digital inclusion policies and the CRPD From http www accessibilityassociation org content asp admin Y contentid 321 Global October 21 2015 Affordable Virtual Reality Creates Worlds for People With Disabilities Virtual reality s appeal as a medical tool is nothing new It s been used to treat phobias reduce pain and even help doctors perform surgery And now it s increasingly used to help people with disabilities explore the world in ways they may never be able to in real life at a price within reach For 10 you can buy a cardboard virtual reality headset download a free iPhone app slot in your phone and explore virtual worlds from a wheelchair bed or couch A couple months ago virtual reality company Specular Theory was hosting a table at Singularity University s Future of Virtual

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    language October 16 2015 USA Duke University Launches Autism Research App A team of researchers and software developers from Duke University and the Duke Medical Center has introduced a free iOS app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world Beginning Thursday a ResearchKit app called Autism Beyond is being offered from the Apple App Store for use on iOS devices ResearchKit is a new open source framework developed by Apple that allows researchers to create app based studies with a global reach From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 10 16 duke launches autism research app October 16 2015 Knowledge Saves Lives UN Stresses on International Day for Disaster Reduction United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon today stressed the indispensable power of traditional indigenous and local knowledge in his message on this year s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction Traditional and indigenous knowledge is the indispensable information base for many societies seeking to live in harmony with nature and adapt to disruptive weather events a warming globe and rising seas Mr Ban said in his message on the International Day The Secretary General recalled a conversation he had earlier in the year with the President of Vanuatu at the opening of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai Japan Vanuatu was at that time being hit hard by Cyclone Pam From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 10 13 knowledge saves lives un stresses on international day for disaster reduction October 16 2015 Exchange of Views with European Stakeholders Ahead of Internet Governance Forum in November On 9 October the European Commission invited European business and civil society representatives for an exchange of information and views on Internet Governance issues in preparation to the upcoming IGF meeting that will take place in João Pessoa Brazil on 10 13 November 2015 The European Commission provided a debrief on the most prominent Internet Governance issues focussing in particular on the IANA transition and ICANN accountability the World Summit on Information Society WSIS 10 review and the future of the IGF and highlighting the interdependencies of these different processes From https ec europa eu digital agenda en news exchange views european stakeholders ahead internet governance forum October 15 2015 UAE National Library Releases Publications in Braille The National Library a Division of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority TCA Abu Dhabi has released four books in Braille Launched in coordination with the Community Service Department at TCA Abu Dhabi the initiative further supports the National White Cane Safety Day celebrated annually on 15 October From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 10 17 national library releases publications in braille October 15 2015 Dubai s Five Point Strategy to Empower People with Disabilities Dubai government has formed a task force with non governmental organization s NGO and people with disabilities to implement a five point strategy to turn Dubai into a disabled friendly city by 2020 Healthcare inclusive education inclusive employment infrastructure and social protection for people

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