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
VisualBraille Lite Allows Sighted People to Learn Braille
VisualBraille lite is a free app on the App Sotre that lets a person type in text, and the program will translate the text to Braille instantly.
From iaccessibility.net, March 30, 2011
UK: How Have the Cuts Affected Disability Services?
The government expects to save GBP2bn over five years by encouraging people into work, or pushing them on to a lower-paid benefit. Disability living allowance will be cut by 20% – worth GBP2.43bn – which will include the removal of mobility payments to around 80,000 disabled people in care homes.
From The Guardian, March 30, 2011
UK: 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Disability Ticketing Set Out
Tickets and practical help for disabled people applying to go to London 2012 have been announced by organizers.
From bbc.co.uk, March 30, 2011
Wii Game for Visually Impaired, Blind Children
From now on visually impaired, blind and fully sighted children can play together on Nintendo Wii. For the first time, children with and without visual impairment can play together on an equal level, thanks to the game called "The Explorer and the Mystery of the Diamond Scarab".
From http://www.visio.org/Wii-game, March 30, 2011
USA: ADA Amendments Act - Changes to Definition of Disability
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just announced the final regulations to the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), in order to simplify and clarify the definition of "disability". This is important stuff. The ADAAA was passed into law in 2009. In the Act, the US Congress tasked the EEOC with revising regulation to conform with the Act. One of the most significant change is that the ADAAA new regulations overturn several decisions made by the US Supreme Court, where Congress found the Supreme Court had interpreted the definition of disability too narrowly.
From accessibility.net.nz, March 28, 2011