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Podcast: UK Court 'has to look at mother's best interests'
The Court of Protection is to decide whether a mentally unstable pregnant woman should be sterilised to prevent her becoming pregnant again. Prof Wayne Martin, the head of philosophy at Essex University, and Mencap's David Congdon, discuss the ethical implications of such a decision.
From bbc.co.uk, February 15, 2011

UK: Concern Over Disability Benefit Tests
A Cambridgeshire disability charity has said new tests to find out who is entitled to benefits are not working. Rules to tighten up who is entitled to disability benefits and who should instead receive Jobseeker's Allowance were brought in by the Labour government and are being backed by the new coalition.
From bbc.co.uk, February 15, 2011

Video: How Subtitles are Made
The 10 minute BBC video below explains how subtitles are made. Erudite and simple.
From BBC Videos Archives, February 15, 2011

USA: Global Disability Rights Library, USICD Call for Applications
The Global Disability Rights Library project announces a call for organizations to apply to receive a free digital Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL). Applications are open to disabled people’s organizations, universities, and agencies in developing countries. Sixty organizations will receive the digital library to empower them to disseminate valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits to their communities.
From USICD.org, February 14, 2011

Australia: Cut Disabled Pensions to Pay for Floods
The Business Council says cuts to disability services and foreign aid should be considered as alternatives to the flood levy. The Federal Government says the USD1.8 billion tax is needed to help pay for flood and cyclone reconstruction in Queensland and Victoria.
From Abc.net.au, February 14, 2011

2011 Winter Deaflympics Cancelled
Following intensive meetings in the Slovakian town where the 2011 Winter Deaflympics were to have been hosted, the ICSD leadership team has been able to confirm the local organising committee's comprehensive failure to deliver on its promises. "After arriving here in Vysoké Tatry to begin our monitoring of final preparations for the Winter Deaflympics, we became increasingly concerned about the lack of readiness and the absence of key organisers," commented ICSD Chief Executive Tiffany Granfors. The Summer and Winter Deaflympics are among the world's fastest growing sports events. More than 4,000 deaf athletes and officials from 77 nations participated in the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Chinese Taipei, in September 2009.
From Ciss.org, February 14, 2011

UAE: Roads and Transport Authority Approves Discount for Disabled
New fare cards for students, the elderly and people with disabilities will be available from next month, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) officials announced February 11. Disabled UAE residents, regardless of nationality, will be able to travel free with blue nol cards, which must be renewed every six months. Renewal will be free, but the cards come with a one-time fee of Dh70. A 50 per cent fare discount will be available for UAE citizens 60 years and older, and the same concession will be offered to students of schools and colleges based in the Emirates.
From http://www.thenational.ae, February 14, 2011

India: Census Goes More Inclusive on Disability
People with disabilities will have a greater representation in the 15th national census. “The number of categories of disability has been increased from five to eight so that the exact number of persons with disabilities can be enumerated,” said Dipak Ghosh, the director of Census Operations, West Bengal.
From The Telegraph India, February 11, 2011

Japan: University Professor Designs Electronic Cane to Help the Blind
Associate professor Mitsuhiro Okayasu at the Akita Prefectural University has designed an electronic cane that will help blind people sense obstacles in their path at the level of their eyes, where normal canes help blind people identify objects at ground level.
From Disabilitynewsasia.com, February 11, 2011

Archaelogical Survey of India to Make Monuments Disabled Friendly
Signage in Braille, tactile exhibits and audio guides are among the few measures the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) plans to implement in order to make museums and monuments in the country's capital of New Delhi more friendly towards visually impaired people. The ASI is in talks with the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun, that works under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, to introduce several Braille devices and signages at the sites. Officials said following a request from the Ministry, the ASI has been coordinating with the NIVH to develop the system.
From disabilitynewsasia.com, February 11, 2011

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