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Home-based schooling for disabled is non-inclusive

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:24 -- admin

Even as there is much anticipation of the listing of amendments to of the RTE Act in the Lok Sabha on Friday, disability rights activists have expressed their discontent over the amended RTE Act that allows home-based schooling for severely disabled children. The Rajya Sabha passed an amendment in the RTE Act recently widening the beneficiary net for children with disability and providing those with severe disability such autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities the benefit of choosing to study from home.

Hotels with pools want to tweak new disabled-access rule

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:22 -- admin

With the summer pool season approaching, a battle is brewing between advocates for disabled Americans and hotel owners over how to make public swimming pools more accessible to people with disabilities.

At the center of the dispute is a new regulation that requires hotels and recreation centers that operate public pools and spas to install or order permanent lifts — costing between $2,500 and $6,500 each, plus installation — by May 21. The requirement also can be satisfied by pool ramps, which are much more expensive.

Talking newspaper receives £2,000 grant from Rotarians

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:21 -- admin

A grant will help future generations of those with sight problems to "read" this newspaper.

Wells Talking Newspapers is an initiative to help the blind and partially-sighted to enjoy their Wells Journal every week.

Spokesman David Read explained how it has been running successfully since 1978 but it has now had a very modern update.

"The service is sent out every Friday to some 40 local residents on electronic tape via the Post Office who undertake this at no cost," he said.

Draft Constitution Provides for Disabled Relief

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:19 -- admin

THE first draft Constitution has recommended that under special measures, the State should not tax any assistive device used by persons with disabilities.

Article 59 of the draft Constitution says the State should promote and ensure the use of sign language, Braille or any other appropriate means of communication for persons with disabilities.

The document says the State should promote measures to educate communities on the need to respect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

Tamil Nadu plans to amend Urban Local Bodies Ac

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

In a move aimed at benefiting the differently-abled people, the Tamil Nadu government plans to amend the Urban Local Bodies Acts to exempt them from paying professional tax.

Tamil Nadu Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K P Munusamy today introduced in the Assembly a bill to amend the laws relating to municipal corporations and municipalities in the state.

Walkers will have their way

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:14 -- admin

Mention footpath and our cup of collective cynicism runneth over. Yet Corporation of Chennai (CoC) seems determined to prove us wrong. CoC has identified 60 bus route roads in the city and around 170 km in the newly-added areas to upgrade street facilities to world class standards.

Sceptical? Anecdotally, 80 per cent of our footpaths have no real encroachments. They are just badly designed and maintained and can be set right. 10 per cent have obstacles that can be removed and the rest have serious encroachments. Is 90 per cent a good start?

Partially-sighted man in jobs appeal

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:11 -- admin

A PARTIALLY-sighted York man has finally got a job after being out-of-work for 12 months – now he is pleading for other people with sight problems to be given the same chance.


Steve Butler, 34, of Tang Hall, had been finding that sight loss was a major barrier to employment, despite having a number of administration qualifications and working in voluntary positions.


He said he was losing his confidence, fearing every time an employer realised he was visually impaired, they would find a reason not to interview him.



Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:10 -- admin

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) 

(An autonomous organization under the Deptt. of School Education & Literacy, MHRD Govt. of India) 

RNIB unlocks power of Freeview+ for blind people

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 18:09 -- admin

The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) has announced new technology that will enable blind and partially sighted people to independently record programmes and pause live TV on Freeview+.

The charity has designed a new text-to-speech service, utilising technology from IVONA, that will be made available on the TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview+ HD receiver.


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