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UK cuts future disability benefits for half a million people

Thursday, March 17, 2016
News from the UK
The United Kingdom House of Lords voted March 7 to cut Employment and Support Allowance for more than 500,000 people, from £103 to £73 per week, much to the dismay of disability advocates. “The cuts to…

Obama sends blind, copyright treaty to the Senate

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Marrakesh Treaty sent to Senate
President Obama transmitted the Marrakesh Treaty to the Senate [PDF] on February 10, where it must be approved by a two-thirds vote for ratification. “This copyright treaty, concluded under the auspices of the World Intellectual…

Northern Irish court expands abortion rights, rejects disability discrimination argument

Monday, December 14, 2015Northern Ireland, home of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, must allow women to terminate their pregnancies when they are carrying a fetus with fatal disabilities, the Belfast High Court ruled November 30. In Northern Ireland, abortion is illegal, punishable…

UK High Court rules for caregivers in challenge to benefits cap

Monday, December 14, 2015
UK Court: Benefits Cap is Discriminatory
The UK High Court ruled November 26 that the UK government is discriminating against certain people with disabilities by failing to exempt payments made to their caregivers from its benefits cap. “My clients have…

Study: Nearly 600 suicides linked to UK work assessment programs

Monday, November 23, 2015
News from the UK
Findings from a new study, published November 16 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggests that a UK program that forces people receiving disability benefits to undergo reassessments is linked to an uptick…

(Video) 2016 Paralympics set to grow in global interest, with help from Jessica Long

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Jessica Long
It’s that time again – people are beginning to talk about the upcoming 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Amid international controversy the Games are set to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and mark an expansion for the…

NY Times spotlights mental illness in Western Africa

Tuesday, October 20, 2015In most of Western Africa, modern psychiatry is virtually nonexistent. In a two-part front page feature published October 11, the New York Times spotlighted various alternative treatments being provided to people with mental illness. The reporters’ description of Togo-based “Jesus…

English Premier League: All stadiums will be accessible by August 2017

Friday, September 25, 2015
EPL Promises Accessible Stadiums
The world’s most popular soccer league announced September 14 a two-year timetable to make its stadiums fully accessible for people with disabilities, in compliance with an agreement the league made with government officials nearly two decades…

BBC spotlights Iran’s population of people with disabilities

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Opportunities for People with Disabilities Limited in Iran
In a recent extensive feature, the BBC highlighted the plight of people with disabilities in modern-day Iran. According to the government’s own numbers, about three million of the country’s approximately 75 million…

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