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A Different Kind of Revolution
Article by Ambassador Luis Gallegos, G3ict Chair and Honored Guest at the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games in Athens, Greece, reflecting on the significance of the Games and human dignity.
From The HuffingtonPost.com, July 01, 2011

Jamaica: In Defence of the Rights of Disabled Children
Sad aptly describes the findings of the survey of facilities to accommodate students with disabilities in the island's primary and secondary schools. In fact, the results of this important survey, conducted by the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), are frankly telling us that scant regard is being paid to disabled children in the general education system. According to the study conducted in 43 high schools and 41 primary schools, only 23.8 per cent of schools have ramps to accommodate students with physical disabilities.
From www.jamaicaobserver.com, June 29, 2011

Ghana: The Disability Act, Five Years On
June 2011 saw the publication of the first-ever world report on disability. The WHO report reveals that of the one billion people in the world who have a disability, approximately 150 million encounter significant adversities in their daily lives. In Ghana, 2.5 million people live with a disability, making them the country's largest minority. People with disabilities face severe social stigma, creating a culture of entrenched discrimination. Ostracized from society, many live under the misguided belief that their lives are not worthy of respect. This should not be the case in a country that five years ago this week passed a law designed to address this inequality among persons with disabilities.
From www.modernghana.com, June 29, 2011

UK: RADAR Publishes Review of Employment Support for Disabled People
Government support for employment services for disabled people should be focused on the individual and not the institution, so disabled people can access jobs across the economy, according to an independent report published today. The review into employment services for disabled people by RADAR Chief Executive Liz Sayce, recommends changes to Government policy to support disabled people to work in any role in any sector – rather than in segregated employment.
From www.dwp.gov.uk, June 29, 2011

Mencap Charity: Photographers Given Learning Disability Challenges
The charity Mencap’s annual film and photography competition Snap!, now in its ninth year, wants entrants to gain an insight into the lives, emotions and interests of people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
From www.watfordobserver.co.uk, June 27, 2011

UK: Card Launched To Help People with Learning Difficulties
A CARD which will help people with learning disabilities to fight hate crime was promoted in Northampton yesterday. Representatives from Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB), Mencap, Northamptonshire County Council and Northants Police, which jointly developed the Keep Safe card Scheme for anyone in Northamptonshire with a learning disability, promoted it at the Grosvenor Centre.
From www.northamptonchron.co.uk, June 27, 2011

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

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