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True Story: Teen Battles Learning Disability And ADD
Cheyenne Kirkham couldn’t read a book on her own, add up the cost of her groceries or write in cursive. The 19-year-old had been diagnosed with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder and a host of other problems that made focusing difficult.
From www.dailyjournal.net, June 27, 2011

UK: Police Officers Across the Country Sign Pledge To Support People with Learning Disabilities
Police officers across the county have signed a pledge to support the needs of those with learning disabilities in our community. The pledge, drawn up in association with Mencap, is called the Stand by Me Police Promise. It states 10 objectives for Lincolnshire Police to meet and includes improving detection rates for disability hate crime, making sure officers understand how to identify that someone has a learning disability and ensuring that the force communicates effectively with such vulnerable people.
From www.horncastlenews.co.uk, June 27, 2011

Research: Disability and Poverty in Developing Countries
the paper investigates socio-economic conditions and poverty among persons with disabilities in developing countries and presents a snapshot of economic and poverty situation of working-age persons with disabilities and their households in 15 developing countries. The study uses data from the World Health Survey conducted by the World Health Organization. The countries for this study are: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in Africa; Bangladesh, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Pakistan, and the Philippines in Asia; and Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Paraguay in Latin America and the Caribbean.
From www-wds.worldbank.org, June 27, 2011

Policy Spotlight: 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
The means and modes of communication have changed drastically in today’s age and the earlier bright lines, if they ever did exist have become increasingly blurred. The mainstreaming of social media has brought forth some new questions to the forefront, the issue of accessibility being one of them. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (21st CVAA) passed in October 2010 by the United States is a response to the regulatory challenges that the new generation of telecommunication, Internet and digital communication devices present for persons with disabilities.
From cis-india.org, June 27, 2011

ICT Accessibility in Sri Lanka
During a recent visit to Lirne Asia in Colombo, thanks to the efforts of the Lirne Asia team, I had an opportunity to meet the Sri Lankan regulator-TRC, the ICT Agency-ICTA and the Jinnasena Trust to discuss their initiatives for providing ICT and Telecommunications access for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka.
From cis-india.org, June 27, 2011

Australia's Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Disability Care and Support Released
Canberra: One of the draft report's recommendations is ''To provide individually tailored taxpayer-funded support, which should be targeted at the subset of people with disabilities who are assessed as needing such support.'' This is called the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and it is about being equitable and giving people with disabilities the resources and the opportunity to have similar lives to other Australians and to realise their full potential.
From canberratimes.com.au, June 24, 2011

More People in Bimringham on Disability Living Allowance Than Anywhere in UK
A TOTAL of 350 drug addicts and alcoholics are receiving more than £2 million in Disability Living Allowance payments in Birmingham every year. That is the equivalent of up to £125 each a week, depending on the severity of their addiction. In some cases they will receive more than someone with a physical disability, such as blindness, according to Maria Miller, minister for disabled people.
From www.birminghammail.net, June 24, 2011

Malta: Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre Unveiled
The aim of the first Independent Living Centre (ILC) in Malta is to provide people with disability and their families with advice, information and training in aspects of independent living such as mobility and assistive technology. The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD) organised the official opening of the Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre at Ħal Far, co-financed by the European Union.
From www.independent.com.mt, June 24, 2011

USA: Microsoft Sees A Role For Kinect In Health Care
Microsoft thinks its Kinect motion-sensing game controller will find a spot in operating rooms and doctors offices as it already has in consumers' living rooms. The software giant, which has been working for years to get health care companies to use its technology, is trying to open doors with Kinect. Today at the Pacific Healthcare Summit here, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, showed how medical providers can use the technology to improve care.
From news.cnet.com, June 23, 2011

Netherlands Makes Net Neutrality A Law
The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge.The bill must now pass through the Dutch senate, but its passage is expected to be a formality. The move may prove crucial in Europe's on-going debate over net neutrality.
From www.bbc.co.uk, June 23, 2011

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