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UN releases new guidance on inclusive education

Tuesday, September 13, 2016The United Nations committee tasked with enforcing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is calling on countries to meet their educational obligations to students with disabilities.
“Enabling inclusive education requires an in-depth transformation of education systems in …

Rio struggles with Olympic budget; puts Paralympics in crisis

Thursday, September 1, 2016Despite the recent exciting Olympic season, many are expressing fear for the success of the upcoming Paralympics, which are scheduled to begin September 7th. The Paralympic Games are currently facing a slew of issues, including low ticket sales, a lack…

Paralympics to award accessible medals

Friday, August 19, 2016The upcoming Rio Paralympics are set to begin in less than three weeks, and will include an exciting new feature. The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee has unveiled specially designed accessible medals. The medals were created with athletes with visual impairments…

Entire Russian team banned from 2016 Paralympic Games

Wednesday, August 10, 2016The International Paralympic Committee has banned the Russian Paralympic team from the upcoming 2016 Games following a revelation of widespread doping among Russian athletes. The doping scandal was revealed in a report by Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer. The report…

Australia rolls out new disability insurance plan

Monday, July 25, 2016A new national Australian program promises to dramatically transform the range of services available for people with disabilities in need of long-term care. The National Disability Insurance System, which began on a trial basis in 2013, is an additional income…

Indian Supreme Court ruling strengthens government’s disability employment quota

Friday, July 22, 2016The Supreme Court of India ruled June 30 that a national law mandating that a minimum of three percent of employees be people with disabilities applies at all levels of the central government. In 1995, the Indian Parliament passed the…

Bolivian police violently break up disability protests

Friday, June 17, 2016
Bolivian Police in Riot Gear Confront Protestors
For nearly six months, protesters have been demanding that the Bolivian government increase disability benefits to the equivalent of $72 a month, or less than a third of the country’s minimum wage. They…

UK leader steps down, allegedly over planned disability benefits cuts

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Controversy Follows Benefits Cuts
UK Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith resigned March 18, criticizing a new plan that would slash disability benefits for more than half a million people. On March 7, the UK House of Lords…

Employment in Northern Ireland – Katy’s story

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Chioma Iwelumo
Rooted in Rights welcomes contributions by guest authors from across the globe to enhance understanding about the rights of people with disabilities. This video is brought to you by Chioma Iwelumo, a senior student at Duke University in…

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