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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

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

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