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Change My World in One Minute Contest

September 3, 2013 — In honor of World Cerebral Palsy Day, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has announced the Change My World in One Minute Contest. The contest gathers life-changing ideas, which should take no longer than a minute to explain. The public will then vote on their favorite idea, and inventors from around the world will work to create the ideas with the most votes while competing for $50,000 in prizes. Ideas may be posted here up until October 31, 2013 and the public may begin voting on their favorite idea starting October 1, 2013.

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Seeks Survey Participants

August 2013 — In honor of 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction, “Living with Disability and Disasters,” the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) released a survey “to ascertain the needs of persons living with disabilities and disasters.”  Through the survey, UNISDR hopes to capture the critical needs of people with disabilities, and ensure these needs are met by the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), “the global disaster risk reduction plan that was adopted in 2005.”  The UNISDR and FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination are urging all people

Partnership to Expand Emergency Preparedness Outreach for Older Americans

August 2013 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) announced that the two organizations will partner to ensure that older Americans have better access to service and resources for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The new effort will include expanded “social media outreach, and training and exercise, and evaluation opportunities.” Although, AARP has historically implemented emergency preparedness and response programs, the organization hopes the partnership will expand their role in the community.

Wireless Use Survey

The purpose of this survey is to learn how young people (age 13-25) use wireless technology, and how this technology impacts their lives. The survey mainly focuses on cellphones, but also includes questions about other types of devices like tablet computers such as Apple's iPad, Amazon's Kindle Fire and other similar devices.

New GARI Website Launched!

August 15, 2013 - Access to mobile communications might have become a lot easier for the almost one in five people who live with a disability with the launch of a new service to help identify which smartphones and tablets provide the critical features they need to communicate.


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