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India: Proposed Law Gives Disabled People Right to Fertility
Breaking free of the traditional practice of sterilizing people with mental illnesses, particularly women, a proposed law for disabled persons gives them the right to retain their fertility. Recognizing the legal capacity of all persons with disabilities and making provision for support where required to exercise such legal capacity as under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the proposed new law — Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011 — also prohibits forcible abortions or any medical intervention that could result in a woman losing her fertility.
From www.thehindu.com, July 05, 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, a statement said Friday. 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 mangalorean.com, July 01, 2011

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

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