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Taiwan: Rising Numbers of Mental Illness
People with mental disabilities are on the rise in Taiwan, with an overall annual increase of 0.49 percent in the disabled population in 2010, according to statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior this February. Among Taiwan's 23 million population, 1,076,293, or 4.65 per cent, had been classified by the government as disabled people as of the end of 2010, the ministry said.
From http://focustaiwan.tw, February 15, 2011

Australia: Keneally Pledges USD30 Million for Disabled
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has promised $30 million to help people with disabilities and their carers cope with cost of living pressures. Speaking at a disability services conference in Sydney today, Ms Keneally said people with disabilities faced tougher cost of living pressures than the rest of society.
From News.smh.com, February 15, 2011

Australia: Disability Expert Backs Cuts to Pension Roll
The Australian Human Rights Commission's disability discrimination commissioner has backed calls to get people off the disability pension and back into work. "I know that there are people with disabilities who are keen to get back into the workforce rather than to sit on an unemployment or welfare benefit," he said.
From Abc.net.au, February 15, 2011

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

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