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USA: California to Issue Debit Cards for Disability
Californians drawing disability insurance and paid family leave will soon use EDD-issued debit cards to get their money as the state's massive benefits programs phase out traditional paper checks. The move from paper to plastic is scheduled to be completed by March and is expected to save the state's Employment Development Department about USD4 million initially while giving disability and family leave recipients quicker and easier access to their money.
From sacbee.com, February 24, 2011

USA: Virginia House Endorses USD30 million to move Disabled from Institutions
Hoping to fend off a potential lawsuit from the federal government, the House on 23 February agreed to spend USD30 million to begin moving people with severe intellectual disabilities out of state-operated institutions and into community-based care.
From Washingtonpost.com, February 24, 2011

USA: Missouri Gets Approval to Expand Disability Program
Missouri has received federal approval to double the number of disabled people getting home and community services under a program jointly funded by federal, state and county governments. Governor Jay Nixon says an additional 500 people will be able to enroll in the Partnership for Hope program. The program began last October with slots for 470 individuals.
From bnd.com, February 23, 2011

USA: What’s Next for Special Education
In an exclusive interview with Disability Scoop, Alexa Posny — the Department of Education’s top special education official — offers an insider’s take on what students with disabilities can expect and weighs in on academic standards, restraint and seclusion, teacher training, the future of inclusion and more.
From disabilityscoop.com, February 23, 2011

USA: Study To Tackle Autism And Driving
Researchers are set to look at whether or not a driving simulator can help those with autism overcome the challenges of handling a car or if the training device can help determine who with the disorder is well qualified to be behind the wheel.
From disabilityscoop.com, February 23, 2011

UK: Wheelchair User Urges Government to Scrap Disability Cuts
MARK Newton, 43, fears Government cuts to disability benefits will leave him trapped in his home as he will struggle to afford an electric wheelchair. The Gerrards Cross resident travelled to the Houses of Parliament with a group of campaigners recently to protest against the proposed cuts.
From Bucksfreepress.co.uk, February 22, 2011

Technology: Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids Appear Beneficial for Hearing-Impaired Children
Bone-anchored hearing aids appear helpful in improving hearing and quality of life in children with hearing loss in one or both ears, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
From sciencedaily.com, February 22, 2011

UK: Reforms to Disability Living Allowance Risk Widespread Poverty: TUC
Cuts to the disability living allowance (DLA) will leave disabled people, their carers and their children in poverty, says the TUC in its submission to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) consultation. Disabled people - and those living with and caring for them - are more likely than non-disabled people to face poverty and restricted chances in life, says the TUC.
From Freshbusinessthinking.com, February 21, 2011

Video: Thought-Controlled Wheelchairs
Thought-controlled wheelchairs and nerve-controlled prosthetic arms are some of the latest innovations in bionics being discussed at a science conference in Washington.
From bbc.co.uk, February 21, 2011

UK: Disability Charities Raise Welfare Concerns
Disability charities have added their voices to concerns about the Welfare Reform Bill, published today by Prime Minister David Cameron. The National Autistic Society (NAS) and Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) have raised concerns about the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which is one of the measures included in the Bill.
From The Independent, February 21, 2011

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