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China passes first mental health law

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Human rights violations in Ghana involving persons with mental illnesses

Sunday, October 21, 2012According to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, patients with mental illnesses in Ghana have been subject to dire human rights violations in the facilities where they reside. The violations include forced fasting, being chained to trees, living in…

Access and copyright at odds as effort on treaty fails

Monday, September 3, 2012Talks in late July in Geneva on an international treaty that would make it easier for publishers to create accessible books for the blind failed again to come to fruition.
Copyright & Accessibility
The treaty, which was discussed as part…

Disability treaty remains stuck for August recess

Friday, August 31, 2012Congress is inching closer to ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Treaty Stalled
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted July 26 by a 13 to 6 vote to move the treaty to a full

“The Blade Runner” wows at the Olympics

Wednesday, August 8, 2012Oscar Pistorious captured the world’s attention during the first two days of track and field in London, becoming the first double amputee to race in the Olympic Games. The South African sprinted the 400 meters in 46.54 seconds, falling just…

Obama urges passage of UN disability treaty, McCain concurs

Monday, June 4, 2012
Will the Senate Ratify UN Treaty?
President Barack Obama is pressing the Senate to pass the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which he signed in 2009 but has stalled in Congress. “The rights of…

Disability voice lost in medical discrimination

Tuesday, May 22, 2012This morning, Disability Rights Washington (DRW) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) released “Devaluing People with Disabilities: Medical Procedures that Violate Civil Rights“. The report joins the voices of people with disabilities, often lost in the din…

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

Sunday, April 29, 2012Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor of the French fashion magazine Elle.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a memoir of Bauby’s experience after he experienced a sudden and severe stroke and awoke weeks later only to find himself in…

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