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Ghotit’s advance spelling and grammar checker and their intelligent word prediction, has been optimized for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia. For the past six years, Ghotit has been developing assistive technologies for writing and reading. They have listened to the input from their dyslexic user base and the professional community and added new advanced features for people with dyslexia in their latest release.

The features include:

  • Intelligent phonetic and context-sensitive spell checker.
  • Advanced grammar checker.
  • A powerful word prediction which is grammar and phonetic sensitive.
  • A built-in proofreader.
  • A reader that can read out any document or web page.
  • Integrated dictionary

For more information visit the Ghotit website

“In a survey of employers last year, 78 percent said they believed people with disabilities were discriminated against in employment,” explains David Matthews, CCS Disability Action Chief Executive.

According to the CCS Disability Action in New Zealand, there is clear evidence of discrimination against people with disabilities when it comes to access to employment. Both the United Kingdom and the United States collect quarterly data on the unemployment rate amongst people with disabilities but New Zealand does not. However, the evidence is still clear.

“People with disabilities are overrepresented on benefits and in unemployment. In 2011, 35 percent of people on a main benefit claimed a disability allowance. Only 45 percent of people with disabilities were in the labor force compared to 77 percent of people without disabilities,” said Matthews. He went on to say that they would not know if they were actually addressing the issue without accurate data. Read more about how New Zealanders with Disabilities Face Employment Discrimination.

Krystal Tomlinson, who was recently crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2013, wants to change the attitudes of students toward persons with disabilities. She would like to start inside schools where she sees students with disabilities experiencing discrimination and exclusion from social activities.

“I hope to create a space that builds tolerance among young people in schools,” said the 2013 Festival Queen, “especially primary schools, to better treat their counterparts with disabilities.”

She explained further that the project will include a conference, training workshop and competition. Read more about how the newly crowned Miss Jamaica is advocating for people with disabilities.

“Be more like us,” says Secretary of State John Kerry describing the message delivered by The Disabilities Treaty. The Treaty is intended to open the world to Americans with disabilities. Ratification will help provided Americans with the same protection globally that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides them on US soil. Moreover, it will enable Americans with disabilities to participate fully in the global economy. Read more about the The Disabilities Treaty.

Your Guide to Understanding the Canadian Human Rights Act,” is a new video that includes both American Sign Language (ASL) and Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) as well as English and French captioning. People with low literacy or vision disabilities will benefit from the audio track, which is in both English and French. The project to create this accessible video was led by Jim Roots, the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Deaf, who collaborated with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) on the production.

In 2010 the Department of Justice announced that it would issue proposed regulations governing the accessibility of websites of public accommodations and state and local governments. This was slated to be announced in December of 2013. The DOJ has now pushed back the announcement for public accommodations by 3 months to March of 2014. The proposed rule for state and local governments was supposed to be announced this month but has been pushed to November 2013. Read more about the delay for the ADA.

A new tiny wearable device called the OrCam uses audio feedback to relay visual information to people with vision disabilities. The revolutionary computer will enable blind and low vision individuals to take on new tasks that would otherwise require assistance. Watch video of the OrCam.

In research conducted by the University of Kansas, preschoolers with autism will use an iPad voice output app with their classmates. This will help determine whether the technology can improve deficits in communication, social reciprocity and play skills typical for children on the autism spectrum. Read more about the app for autism.

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