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
India: Ensuring Disabled People Their Right to Education
K.S. Bagga talks about the enforceability of the right to education being a fundamental right in the Indian as well as the international context and emphasis on the most suitable method of education for the disabled people.
From indialawjournal.com, July 07, 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.
From www.reuters.com, July 05, 2011
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