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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

Pakistan: Disabled Deprived of Government Jobs
The City District Government has failed to issue disability certificates to thousands of applicants, thus depriving persons with disability from applying for reserved seats in government departments and from getting special allowances and free transport facilities, officials told The Nation.
From thenation.com.pk, February 16, 2011

USA: Federal Court Holds City of Los Angeles Accountable for Discriminating Against Persons with Disabilities
In a landmark decision, which has national implications, a federal court ruled on 11 February that the City of Los Angeles violated federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, by failing to meet the needs of its residents with disabilities in planning for natural and other disasters. The ruling is the first such decision in the country.
From http://www.dralegal.org/, February 16, 2011

Video: UK Government Proposes Disability Allowance Cut
The government proposes to end the automatic right to disability living allowance, worth up to GBP70 a week for care and up to GBP50 a week for travel needs. Claimant Ella Findlay, 31, who suffers from progressively degenerative multiple sclerosis, explains how the cut will affect her.
From The Guardian, February 16, 2011

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