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September 2021

HLS Library Book Talk: Accessible Technology and the Developing World

September 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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When digital content and technologies are designed in a way that is inaccessible for persons with disabilities, they are locked out of commerce, education, employment, and access to government information. In developing areas of the world, as new technical infrastructures are being built, it is especially important to ensure that accessibility is a key design goal. Unfortunately, nearly all research on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility and innovation for persons with disabilities-whether from the legal, technical, or development fields-has…

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October 2021

Disruptions of Dignity: COVID-19 and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Latin America

October 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Event Description The COVID-19 pandemic battered the Latin American region, and has exacted a disproportionate toll on the lives of persons with disabilities throughout Latin America, exacerbating inequalities and entrenching already pervasive patterns of marginalization. These effects were especially evident for institutionalized persons with disabilities throughout the region – who faced heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission and increased isolation in these congregate settings – as well as for children with disabilities, who experienced disruptions in access to education and other…

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Book Talk: The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Event Description When Chris Hansen, an ACLU lawyer, learned that the U.S. government was issuing patents for human genes to biotech companies, his first thought was: How can a corporation own what makes us who we are? Then he discovered that women were being charged exorbitant fees to test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer—all because Myriad Genetics had patented the famous BRCA genes. So he sued them. In his upcoming book, The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle…

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COVID-19, Science, and the Media: Lessons Learned Reporting on the Pandemic

October 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Event Description In January 2020, reports began to circulate internationally of a pneumonia-like illness spreading in China. Little was known about the novel pathogen, SARS-CoV-2, at that time. As scientists and public health experts worked to understand the virus, reporters worked to communicate to the public the state of the knowledge — an ever-shifting ground. From the transmission debate, to the origins investigation, to changes in mask guidance, to vaccine safety concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a particularly precarious…

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