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Feature: Breaking Down Job Barriers for Persons with Disabilities
I'M proud to be part of a disability movement working with a government that is breaking down barriers by introducing Australia's first National Disability Insurance Scheme. Nearly one in five Australians is classified as having a disability, yet the OECD in 2010 found that Australians with a disability are half as likely to have a job as those without a disability.
From http://tinyurl.com/7ccps37, July 02, 2012

Feature: Promoting Disability Rights Internationally
One billion people, or fifteen percent of the global population have disabilities, according to World Health Organization and World Bank statistics. That is one reason President Barack Obama has highlighted disability rights as an important component of his domestic and international human rights policies, said Special Assistant to President Obama Samantha Power: “Persons with disabilities have a right to full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and … respect for their inherent dignity.”
From http://tinyurl.com/7ddeena, July 02, 2012

New Online, Open Source Journal "African Journal on Disability"
"The African Journal of Disability is a scholarly research journal that aims to provide a forum for the exploration of issues and experiences relating to and supporting the act of better understanding the interfaces between disability, poverty, and practices of exclusion and marginalization through research learning and problem-based knowledge sharing across the African continent."
From http://www.ajod.org/, July 02, 2012

USA: What the Supreme Court\'s Ruling Means for your Health Care
The Supreme Court has issued a historic ruling: They upheld the Affordable Care Act and ensured that millions of American families will have access to health care and protection from the worst abuses of the insurance industry. Lots of people have questions about the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court\'s decision, and their health care coverage. We\'ve pulled together the most useful information -- including President Obama\'s remarks after the announcement -- at WhiteHouse.gov.
From http://bit.ly/M0wwdz, July 02, 2012

ICT Training for Ghanaians with Disabilities
The Vice-President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, has charged public and private institutions to stop discriminating against persons with disabilities in the engagement of workers, indicating that such discrimination is “illegal, immoral and unacceptable”. He said there had been instances when persons with disabilities with better qualifications had been denied jobs on the basis that they were persons with disabilities. Instead, he said, the jobs had been given to able persons with lower qualification.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/30/ict-training-for-ghanaian-with-disabilities/, July 02, 2012

Canada: Federal Websites must be Accessible to People with Vision Disabilities
The Federal Court of Appeal has ordered Ottawa to make its websites accessible to people with vision disabilities. The decision is a second victory for plaintiff Donna Jodhan. The Toronto woman with vision disabilities launched her lawsuit after discovering she could neither complete the 2006 census nor apply for a government job online.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/29/federal-websites-must-be-accessible-to-people-with-vision-disabilities-court-finds/, June 30, 2012

South Africa: Advocates Focus on African Children with Disabilities
Thousands of South African children took to the street to fight for a cause more than 30 years ago — better education, and ultimately, a better life. June 16 may be a normal day for most people, but for Africans this date commemorates the day these children risked their lives and fought for a cause that still resonates with families and children to this day.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/29/advocates-focus-on-african-children-with-disabilities/, June 29, 2012

Feature: Universal Design Strikes Balance Between Safety and Style
Living in a two-story house became a challenge for Susan and Paul Toback and their two sons, one of whom is physically and cognitively disabled. Their newer one-level house in Bannockburn makes life much easier. “It wasn’t just the stairs, which didn’t work for my son or for my back problems,” Susan Toback said. “The new house means my son is safer and more independent.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/29/universal-design-strikes-a-balance-between-safety-and-style/, June 29, 2012

USA: Library Program Teaches Technology to People with Vision Disabilities
People with low vision may find computers difficult to navigate at best, as icons and keyboards designed for those with normal vision can appear miniscule and inadequate to their special needs. A new, free program offered through the Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) aims to offer alternative coping methods for this and other low vision issues beginning June 12. The MLBPH is located at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s Main Branch in Clinton Township. Courses will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Courses are open to any Macomb County resident with low vision, blindness, seniors with vision concerns and caregivers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/29/library-program-teaches-technology-to-people-with-vision-disabilities/, June 29, 2012

Canada: Video Description could bring 30 Million Potential New Viewers to Network Programming
Diane Johnson, founder and chief executive officer of Descriptive Video Works, one of the leading providers of video description services in North America, is proclaiming July 1, 2012 as Independence Day for the nearly 30 million Americans with vision disabilities. July 1, 2012 is the deadline set by the FCC for the top broadcast and cable networks to begin providing a minimum of four hours per week of video described programming – a secondary audio track narration describing the visual elements in each scene that add to a program’s plot or storyline and is inserted between natural pauses in dialogue – creating a more robust television experience for audience with vision disability. Video description could also increase ratings for those networks offering the service.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/28/video-description-mandated-as-of-july-1-could-bring-30-million-potential-new-viewers-to-network-programming/, June 28, 2012

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