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UN urges increased hiring of people on the autism spectrum

Thursday, April 16, 2015
UN Call for Employment of People on Autism Spectrum
In commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on employers to hire more people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. “This year’s World Autism Awareness…

AP investigates reports from South Korea of slavery of people with disabilities

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
News from South Korea
The Associated Press reported January 1 its findings of an extensive investigation into reports of slavery in rural islands off the southwest coast of South Korea. The area contains more than 850 salt farms, spread over…

European Court: Obesity may sometimes qualify as a disability

Friday, January 2, 2015
News from Europe
The European Court of Justice ruled December 18 that in some circumstances a persons’ obesity may be so significant as to qualify as a disability under European Union law. Karsten Kaltoft worked for 15 years as a…

(Video) New video offers a view into the birth of disAbility advocacy in Tanzania

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 The newly released video, Inspiring Self-Advocacy, is the story of Michael Mwanzalima. Michael was born and raised in a Tanzanian village. At age three he was diagnosed with polio, but it went untreated for many years; as a consequence he…

Disability rights group responds to Nancy Fitzmaurice case

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
News from the UK
A recent UK Court case, allowing a mother to end the life of her 12-year-old daughter has prompted a backlash from disability rights advocates. “The decision constitutes an extremely troubling legal precedent, representing the first time…

Activists protest “right to die” conference

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Not Dead Yet in Illinois
Disability rights activists held a three-day protest outside of an Embassy Suites Hotel in Chicago from September 18 to 20, which was hosting the annual meeting of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies

150th country signs UN disability treaty

Monday, September 22, 2014
150th Nation Ratifies Treaty
Guyana ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on September 15, becoming the 150th country to ratify the landmark treaty. “The 150th ratification is evidence of the commitment by the international…

New monument honors victims with disabilities of Nazi atrocities

Monday, September 15, 2014
New T4 Memorial, Berlin, Germany
The city of Berlin unveiled a new monument this week dedicated to the estimated 200,000 people murdered by the Nazis solely on the basis of their physical and mental disabilities. The 24-meter (79-foot) blue glass…

India fails to pass major disability rights bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Disability Rights Bill Stalled
Despite nearly three weeks of protests, the Indian Parliament adjourned from its winter session February 19 without passing a closely watched Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill. On February 3, thousands of demonstrators converged in New

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