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UK: New Benefit Will Replace Disability Living Allowance
Disabled people will continue to be able to rely on a non-means tested cash benefit as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is replaced with a new Personal Independence Payment.
From www.disabled-world.com, April 04, 2011

Canada: Ontario College of Art and Design Launches Course in Inclusive Design
Recognizing the high level of demonstrated need and demand for designers and developers with specialized knowledge in inclusive design principles and practices, both in Canada and abroad, OCAD University is launching an innovative new graduate program in Inclusive Design. Inclusive Design is design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.
From www.ocad.ca, April 04, 2011

Blind Bargains Announces 2010 Access Award Winners
A mix of mainstream companies and individual efforts have been recognized as winners of the 4th annual Blind Bargains Access Awards. Building on their mainstream success of 2009, Apple was the only company to receive three awards while three other companies and individuals received two each. The 4th Annual Blind Bargains Access Awards recognizes the best products, websites, stores, and people in the blind community. Open nominations are held at the beginning of January. Visitors then vote from the top nominees in each category. This year, nearly 500 people participated in the nomination and voting rounds.
From blindbargains.com, April 01, 2011

USA: House Wants Updated Language on Persons with Disability
Republican Vicki Truitt's bill was unanimously passed without objection or debate. The words that are "out" are disabled, developmentally disabled, mentally disabled, mentally ill, mentally retarded, handicapped, cripple and crippled. The preferred references are persons with a disability, persons with developmental disabilities and persons with mental illness.
From trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/, April 01, 2011

Australia: Framework Launched to Guide Future Research on Maori Disability
The Associate Minister of Health, Hon Tariana Turia, today launched a framework to guide future research on Maori disability. "Research should enable the voices of Maori living with a disability and their whanau to be heard. We hope that with the Maori Disability Research Agenda, research about Maori living with a disability will increase," Mrs Tariana Turia said.
From www.voxy.co.nz, April 01, 2011

Opinion: Mainstreaming Disability - Time to Walk the Talk
For years together now, the movers and shakers of the disability sector have been talking about mainstreaming disability. One big reason why disability issues have lagged behind in the development agenda was/is because disability is being looked at in isolation. When we talk about education, we do not somehow include children with disability; when we talk about health, we forget about people with disabilities; when we talk about women’s rights; women with disabilities are never in the scheme of things. Talk is cheap, or so it is said. What matters is how to do it. After all, over the years millions of dollars have been pumped in by donors into development programmes without ensuring that disability is an integral component of these programmes.
From www.dnis.org, April 01, 2011

Vision Australia Offers Pathways to Open Employment
Vision Australia's Enterprises division are offering internships to people who are blind or have low vision, providing practical on-the-job experience and a nationally-accredited certificate. The Enterprises division employs over 60 people who have low vision or are blind, in Vision Australia's factories, warehouses and offices in Brisbane and Melbourne. The 12-18 month program provides a higher level of support than traditional vocational training and provides interns with access to adaptive technologies. Interns work as part of a team, which develops confidence and communication skills vital for success in the workplace.
From www.fahcsia.gov.au, April 01, 2011

India: Red Fort Wins the National Tourism Award for the 'Best Maintained & Disabled Friendly Monument'
The World Heritage Site of Red Fort has won the National Tourism Award for the 'Best Maintained & Disabled Friendly Monument'. Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai and actor Priyanka Chopra presented the award in a ceremony held in the Capital on Monday. KK Muhammed, superintending archaeologist (Delhi circle) and Harbir Singh, ASI's director (horticulture) received the award on behalf of the organization.
From http://www.hindustantimes.com, March 31, 2011

Language Processing and Decoding Issues Now Seen As Key to Learning Disabilities
A technical report entitled, “Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision,” published in the March 2011 issue of Pediatrics by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American Association for Certified Orthoptists, emphasizes that language processing and decoding issues are the cause of primary learning disabilities, not physical eye problems.
From sixtysecondparent, March 30, 2011

U.S. Court Rules that Football Games Must be Fully Captioned
American football team the Washington Redskins are now required to caption all game content broadcast over public address systems, including song lyrics. Last week the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling, stating that song lyrics contributed to the general atmosphere of the games, therefore all people, including those who are deaf or hearing impaired, must be able to access them.
From mediaaccess, March 30, 2011

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