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Looking for some reading material? Here is a selection of articles, posts and videos around inclusion to get you started. 

Young inventor fits girl with a robotic hand
Momo’s right arm ends just below her elbow, where the bones are fused together. Congenital differences and amputations are especially hard for children, who grow so quickly they have to be fitted for new prosthetic limbs every year or two. This is how a 21-tear old inventor is giving amputees an affordable and high-tech alternative to traditional, costly prostheses.
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Source: Microsoft @MSFTnews

Design for All: Cat & Jack Adds Select Sensory-Friendly Pieces for Kids
Clothes with itchy tags, seams and other uncomfortable can be very difficult for children with sensory processing sensitivities. US retailer Target has designed new pieces for its Cat & Jack kids’ clothing range – a limited selection of sensory-friendly pieces.
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Source: Target @target

The win-win of disability inclusion
This InfoStory shows why employing people with disabilities makes good business sense for private companies, and how you can help promote inclusion.
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Source: ILO @ilo

Apple Think Different “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” Commercial
Steve Jobs narrated the first Think different commercial in 1997, “Here’s to the Crazy Ones”. It never aired though – Richard Dreyfuss did the voiceover for the original spot that did. Still powerful today.
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Source: S Jackson

Meet Shaholly Ayers, the amputee model changing the fashion world
Shaholly was born without her right arm below the elbow. Having been bullied as a child she’s made it her mission to change people’s perceptions – and became the first amputee to walk New York Fashion Week without a prosthetic.
Watch her story.
Source: In the Know by AOL 
@ShahollyA http://www.shahollyayers.com/

Apps, devices turn their attention to visually impaired
Here’s how, over the past year, the rise of automatic alternative text, and increasing sophistication of facial and image recognition technologies across platforms has demonstrated the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to help clear a path for the visually impaired to function more independently beyond Facebook.
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Source: Boston Globe @BostonGlobe

What to know about living with disability
People living with a disability make up the biggest minority. Here’s what you should know. By Robyn Lambird @Robyn_lambird
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Source: Teen Vogue

Invisibility of women with disabilities in Kenya 
International and national laws and treaties such as the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Disability Act of 2003 all provide for equality, non-discrimination and upholding the rights and dignity of women and girls with disabilities. The reality on the ground, however, tells a different story as women with disabilities are discriminated both as women and as persons with disabilities.
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Source: This Ability Consulting

Wonder The Movie coming soon…
We can’t wait to see Wonder The Movie (released in November 2017), which is based on the New York Times bestseller by RJ Palacio. It’s the heart-warming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs.
Watch the trailer. 

The Lighter Side of Life: Advertising and Disability
The phenomenal commercial success of the London Paralympics in 2012 for advertisers has signalled a new interest in this ‘niche’ market (of 1.3 billion people across the globe). Maltesers is one example with its “Look on the Light Side” series of ads in the UK. It features actors chatting with friends about everyday life situations while chomping on (and interacting with) a packet of Maltesers. The winning ads are funny, relatable and – in a departure from the norm – they feature disabled actors as just ‘normal’ people.
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Source: Binc.global @wearebinc

Innovation Leads to Accessible Food
Many people have trouble opening food packaging. For people with mobility disability, it can be even more frustrating. HealthShare New South Wales’ (NSW) Food Packing Project aims to make the single serve food portions given to hospital patients as easy as possible to open. To do this, they developed an accessibility rating that estimates the percentage of consumers who can safely open the packaging. The rating, which is included in supplier contracts, is leading towards creating a national standard for accessible packaging and is mandatory in over half of public hospitals in Australia.
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Source: Australian Network on Disability @ANDisability, @HealthShareNSW

Use a screen reader to align text and paragraphs in Word 2016
Helpful tips on how to use screen readers for aligning text in Word 2016 for PC and Mac.
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Source: Microsoft @msftenable

How does the Amazon Echo help people with a vision impairment?
Virtual Assistants such as Siri and Cortana who respond to audible commands have been in our phones for a while, but the standalone Amazon Echo gadget heralds the arrival of a new type of device that could be of enormous benefit to many people – in particular, people who have a vision impairment.
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Source: RNIB @RNIB; AbilityNet, @AbilityNet

The Autism Tsunami is Here – How Chicago Business and Park Ridge is Stepping up for Young Adults With Autism
For most 21 yr. olds, a train commute to work in downtown Chicago is a daily, if mundane, part of being employed. For Park Ridge resident, Matt DeLacy, that same train commute is a milestone.
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Source: Chicago Tribune, @chicagotribune

Bringing a big Guide dog on an airplane!
Canadian YouTuber Molly Burke shares her experience of travelling with a guide dog on a transatlantic flight.
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Source: Molly Burke YouTube, @MollyBOfficial

Parallel London – an interview with founder Andrew Douglass
On the 4th September 2016, in the run up to the Rio Paralympics, the world’s first fully inclusive and accessible push/run took place in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Attended by more than 5,000 people, Parallel London was hailed a huge success and a national celebration of inclusion and diversity. It is now an annual event and is set to take place this year on 3rd September. Everyone is welcome!
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Source: Binc,@WeAreBincParallel London @ParallelLondon

A fire ended my Leaving Cert hopes. I’ve taken a longer, scenic route to success
My repeat Leaving Cert was a struggle – and my early attempts to get a job were farcical. 20 years on, now I’m in a position to help others.
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Source: TheJournal.ie@thejournal_ie 

Grandin: Focus on strengths rather than deficits in children with autism
Autism advocate and animal specialist Temple Grandin – featured in the BBC documentary The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow – talks about children with autism.
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Source: Irish Examiner, @irishexaminer

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