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World Health Organization (WHO) Countdown

Posted 28/12-10 at 16.48

On 3 December 2010, the count down began toward the launch of the World Report on Disability set for 9 June 2011, in Geneva. This major report, published jointly with the World Bank, provides evidence on the current situation of disabled people an ...

International: Initiative launched on access to published material

Posted 26/10-10 at 23.50

It has been announced at the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting in New Delhi that an international programme had been agreed on making more reading material available for people with visual impairments. It is called, TIGAR ...

Malaysia: Disabled people forced to do banking in the street

Posted 22/10-10 at 22.59

For the past two years, rain or shine, wheelchairs users and other disabled people from Seri Kepong Baru have had to do their banking transactions outside the Persiaran Mergastua BSN branch. ...

International: Stevie Wonder demands access for people with visual impairments

Posted 26/09-10 at 22.56

In a speech, interspersed with snatches of song, to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, Stevie Wonder, singer and UN Messenger for Peace, called for unified copyright rules that would improve audiobook access for visuall ...

USA: Airline fined for illegal treatment of disabled passengers

Posted 10/09-10 at 02.08

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined AirTran Airways $500,000 for violations of the legal requirement to offer boarding assistance to disabled people. In addition, the airline frequently did not provide an adequate written response t ...

UK: Cuts threaten travel for disabled and elderly people

Posted 31/08-10 at 14.39

Transport for All campaigns for a fully accessible, reliable and affordable transport network. It is extremely concerned about reports that cuts are planned of over 7,400 hours of ticket office staffing every week. This they say will have a disastrou ...

International: Talks collapse on copyright treaty for access to books for visually impaired people

Posted 09/07-10 at 11.50

Over the last few months there were strong hopes that a treaty would finally be agreed that would allow easier access to printed matter for visually impaired people. (See reports in January and May issues of Our Rights). These hopes have now been ...

Jordan: Voting to be made more accessible

Posted 07/07-10 at 22.40

Some disabled people will have an easier time voting in November's parliamentary elections as several polling stations will be provided with wheelchairs, entrance ramps, appropriate technology (we assume for blind and partially-sighted people), a ...

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