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New homes for people with disability

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:59 -- admin

A partnership between the State and Federal Governments has delivered 17 new homes across Tasmania for people with disability, the Minister for Human Services, Cassy O’Connor, said today.

At Newnham this morning, Ms O’Connor toured the two final units completed under the $3.42 million program.

“Each of these units has been built near an existing disability group home or other supported accommodation,” Ms O’Connor said.

Disability, old age scheme for artists

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:57 -- admin

The Information Communications and Culture Ministry is preparing a paper on the setting up of an old age scheme for artists to meet their special needs arising from disability or old age, the Dewan Negara was told today.


Its deputy minister, Datuk Joseph Salang said under the scheme, artists could pay subscriptions according to their ability until the age of 60 while the benefits and savings could be withdrawn upon maturity.


Disabled people can soon book rail tickets online

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:55 -- admin

Soon, differently abled people can book rail tickets online at concessional fares that they are entitled to. At present, differently abled people have to go to railway reservation counters to book tickets if they want to avail the fare concession given by railways.


"The railway board is ready with the plan to facilitate online ticket booking for its special passengers," a senior official said.


Focus on disability as part of diversity strategy is highest in Indian cos: Study

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:50 -- admin

Focus on disability as part of diversity strategy is highest in Indian companies (39%), according to Mercer's Asia Pacific Diversity & Inclusion study.


Over 90% of the participants surveyed listed gender as the main focus of their diversity efforts in India. Gender continues to be the top priority on the diversity and inclusion agenda for companies in Asia Pacific. Consistent with this focus, the most common diversity programs offered by companies in India are gender-related, such as mentoring (61%) and family-friendly policies (55%).


RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for Customers with Visual Impairments

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:49 -- admin

BlackBerry Smartphones have always had some great accessibility options, but today RIM has taken things one step further with the release of BlackBerry Screen Reader. The new app, available for the Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370, allows those with visual impairments to better make use of their BlackBerry with extended functions for native applications. 

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'Ensure disabled-friendly public buildings'

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:46 -- admin

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday directed officials concerned to ensure facilities for differently-abled in all public building across the state.

For this purpose, the government would take a loan of Rs 115 crore from Housing and Urban Development Corporation, an official said here.

The facilities included lift, ramp and disabled-friendly toilets among others in all government buildings at sub-division, district and division level, he said.

People with Disabilities Still Left Behind In Transportation Debates

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:44 -- admin

560,000 People with Disabilities Never Leave Their Homes Due to Transportation Difficulties. As conferees begin debating how to move forward with the federal transportation reauthorization, two civil rights organizations are highlighting massive disparities in transportation access for people with disabilities.


Liverpool to wear blindness charity kit for Chelsea clash

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:42 -- admin

Liverpool will don one-off new-look shirts when they face Chelsea at Anfield this evening to raise awareness for a blindness charity.


The usual Standard Chartered logo on the front of the red shirts has been replaced by the words Seeing is Believing, the name of a charity seeking to tackle avoidable blindness.

Raising awareness: Steven Gerrard (left) and Martin Skrtel (right) will be part of the Liverpool side tonight wearing the alternative shirts


Parliament passes RTE Bill

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:40 -- admin

Parliament passed the Right of Children to Free and compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2012, with the Lok Sabha passing the measure on Wednesday, thereby providing for an integrated education process which would allow differently-abled children in the age group 6-14 the right of admission to any school.

Cassettes for Blind People service scrapped by Hertfordshire County Council

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:37 -- admin

A free service providing visually-impaired Hertfordshire residents with talking books by post has been scrapped and will be replaced with subscriptions to a charity library.
The Cassettes for Blind People (CfBP) service has 378 regular users and is described in council documents as "running at capacity".
Hertfordshire County Council local and libraries cabinet panel met on Wednesday afternoon to approve the discontinuation of the service which costs the council £51,000 per year to operate.


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