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Science & Medicine: Mutations in Flies Linked to Inherited Intellectual Disability in Humans
A recent study has used mutant fruit flies with poor posture to help understand inherited intellectual disability in human beings and vice-versa. Scientists studied the flies, which can't hold their wings tightly against their bodies and have trouble with flying and climbing behaviors because of mutations in a gene called dNab2. In humans, mutations in the same gene (ZC3H14) have been found to cause intellectual disability (ID) in studies of some Iranian families, according to researchers.
From www.dailyindia.com, July 12, 2011

Disabled to Keep Fighting for Better EU Air Services
Rights campaigners say they will have to keep on fighting to improve the treatment of disabled people when flying in Europe, after a meeting with the European Union's top transport official yielded little progress. "This is going to take years and years to break down the discrimination that persons with disabilities are facing every day," Stig Langvad, of the European Disability Forum said.
From www.reuters.com, July 12, 2011

Hungary: Disability Pensioners Could Have Their Benefits Repealed
Following the government's decision to cut social benefits and guide people back to work force, the authorities will commence a nation-wide review of disability pensioners within the next few weeks.
From www.bbj.hu, July 12, 2011

USA: Disability No Excuse for Poor Job Performance
Three months ago we terminated a problematic salesperson for sporadic job performance. Because we liked "Sharon" as a person, we put up with the situation for a year but finally realized she needed to go. This morning we received a letter from Sharon's attorney claiming that her firing violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to him, her recent sales results (or lack of them) were linked to depression and anxiety -- both disabilities.
From www.adn.com, July 12, 2011

TechNews: Apps, iPads Help Workers with Disabilities
Jonathan Avila uses his iPad in ways most people might not realize are possible: The device reads e-mail to him while he's traveling to work, tells him which way to walk when he is lost, and even lets him know if there's a sidewalk on the other side of the street. Avila needs these features because he's visually impaired.
From www.sfgate.com, July 08, 2011

Athens: Special Olympics and UNICEF Sign MOU To Fight Marginalization of Children with Disabilities
Against the backdrop of Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Special Olympics and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint commitment to uphold the rights, dignity and inclusion of children with disabilities.
From www.unicef.org, July 07, 2011

India: Final Draft of New Disability Law Submitted
The final draft of a new disability law has been submitted to Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik. According to the statement, the committee appointed by the ministry to draft the new legislation presented the final draft of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011 to the minister. "The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 was proposed to be replaced by a new legislation in the light of the experience gained in the implementation of the Act, developments that have taken place in the disability sector over the years, and also the commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)," the statement said.
From www.disabilityindia.com, July 07, 2011

USA: Verizon Will Pay USD 20 Million To Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit
Verizon Communications Corp will pay USD20 million to resolve a nationwide class disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the largest disability discrimination settlement in a single lawsuit in EEOC history.
From www.bizjournals.com, July 07, 2011

UK: Westminster Disability Group Targets Cabbies and Bus Drivers
The treatment of the disabled by some bus drivers and private taxi firms will be highlighted at Westminster by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Trailblazers group. They will tell MPs how disabled passengers have been left stranded at bus stops or refused entry to buses. The group will also speak of how disabled people are repeatedly ignored by taxi drivers or have been charged double the usual fare.
From www.walesonline.co.uk, July 07, 2011

USA: Budget Cuts Could Have Wide-Ranging Effect on Disability Services
A cost-cutting strategy by a local management entity for developmental-disability services could have a statewide impact on adults and children, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by three advocacy groups. Disability Rights North Carolina — the state's federally mandated protection and advocacy program for people with disabilities — is among the filers of the federal class-action lawsuit. Targets include Piedmont Behavioral Health Care (PBH), a local management entity (LME) that serves Davidson County among its five counties, and Lanier Cansler, the state's secretary of Health and Human Services.
From www2.journalnow.com, July 07, 2011

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