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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

UK: Disability Benefits Reforms Angers Campaigners
From her office in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Maria Miller is overseeing a massive, radical reform of the state support available for disabled people. As the true scale of the reform emerges, disability campaigners are reporting high levels of unease and anger about the looming transformation, and protests are erupting across the country, but, Miller, minister for disabled people is remarkably sanguine.
From The Guardian, February 18, 2011

Video: Braille Music Scores for Blind People
Martin Wainwright visits the Royal College of Music to meet Lydia Machell, the inventor of Prima Vista, a service which makes mass production of braille music possible.
From The Guardian, February 18, 2011

UK: Welfare Reform: 'most radical shake-up for 60 years'
The aim is for a simpler, cheaper system that will save GBP18 billion in four years. But the unseemly rush for savings has casualties, such as the concept that national insurance is an insurance policy.
From The Guardian, February 18, 2011

Angola: Parliament May Pass Bill on Disabled People
The National Assembly may approve during the current legislature ending by 2012 a bill on disabled people intended to grant all goods, services and benefits in the favour of disabled people, said Luanda, the MP at the parliament group of ruling MPLA party, Celestina Major.
From http://www.portalangop.co.ao, February 18, 2011

UAE: Exhibition on Technology for Visual Disability in Sharjah
Institutes across the country participated on February 14 in the first Exhibition and Conference of Visual Disability Technologies, in order to facilitate the integration of visually impaired people into mainstream schools and jobs. The exhibition, which was launched at Expo Centre Sharjah, runs until February 16 and is held under the patronage of Mariam Al Roomy, Minister of Social Affairs.
From http://gulfnews.com, February 18, 2011

India: Hearing Impaired Can Now Drive
In a landmark judgment benefiting 50 million people in the country, the Delhi High Court (HC) on 14 February said people with hearing impairment can also drive. If they meet the necessary criteria and pass the test, they will be given driving licences and allowed to drive, the high court said. Hitherto, deaf were barred from appearing in driving tests as the archaic Motor Vehicles Act considered them a source of danger to the public.
From Hindustantimes.com, February 16, 2011

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