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UK: Holiday camps bars disabled people

Posted 15/07-11 at 22.24

Twenty-six adults with learning difficulties have been banned from Butlins holiday resort because management claims that large groups are "intimidating". The Firth Park Friday Club, in Sheffield, has visited Butlins in Skegness for the past 19 y ...

UK: British Airway’s apology for baring disabled child

Posted 22/06-11 at 02.51

British Airways (BA) has apologised for refusing to issue a ticket to twelve-year old Alice Saunders, who has Down syndrome. When her mother tried to book a ticket for Alice to travel from London to Edinburgh as an unaccompanied minor she was tol ...

India: Woman kidnapped by family to end marriage to disabled man

Posted 17/06-11 at 17.30

In Vadodara in the state of Gujarat, Nishant Vyas has reported to the police that his wife was kidnapped from their home by her parents because they opposed her marrying a disabled person. Vyas claims that the girl's family had been issuing threa ...

USA: Budget cuts unfairly target disabled people

Posted 05/06-11 at 19.50

The state of Illinois is planning deep cuts to independent living support for disabled people. This is being done to help balance the state's $13 billion deficit. The governor's proposal, one of three possible budgets being considered (from the g ...

Hungary: New constitution enshrines discrimination

Posted 05/05-11 at 22.18

The new Hungarian Constitution states that "Those deprived of their right to vote by a court by reason of limited mental capacity shall not have the right to vote." Article XXIII (6). According to Mental Health Europe (MHE) and European Network o ...

USA: Child denied Communion because of his impairment

Posted 30/04-11 at 23.01

  Kevin Castro, an 8-year-old disabled youngster from Floresville, Texas, has been denied his First Communion because he has cerebral palsy. Instead, Kevin was offered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, also known as The Last Rig ...

USA: Sanctions against doctor who certified prisoners with learning difficulties fit to be executed

Posted 25/04-11 at 14.57

Dr. George Denkowski, a psychologist who examined 14 inmates who are now on Texas' Death Row, and two others who were subsequently executed, and found them intellectually competent enough to face the death penalty, agreed on Thursday never to perform ...

Canada: Update on deportation of family with disabled child

Posted 24/04-11 at 16.05

As reported previously, a French family with a disabled daughter had been ordered to be deported from Canada because of the ‘burden' she would impose on health and social care services. In 2010, a Federal Court judge ruled against a judicial re ...

UK: Ryanair guilty of disability discrimination

Posted 21/04-11 at 13.28

A judge at Northampton County Court found that Ryanair was in breach of disability laws when it left Jo Heath, a wheelchair user, on the runway at Luton Airport (in June 2008) because "all it was interested in was getting the plane airborne on tim ...

USA: Disabled people losing jobs at an alarming rate

Posted 18/04-11 at 01.29

In a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Corporate Disability Employment Summit, Senator Tom Harkin, a longtime disability advocate, urged business leaders to step up efforts to employ disabled people. Harkin told his audience that, ‘"The ...

Canada: Call for end to disability discrimination in immigration

Posted 17/04-11 at 01.10

As reported by Our Rights in February and May 2010, the Barlagne family, French immigrants to Canada, have been ordered to leave the country because one of their children is disabled. In May of last year, the Federal Court upheld the decision and ...

New Zealand: Airline refuses to fly paralympic athletes

Posted 15/04-11 at 16.26

In May of last year Paralympics New Zealand was told only two out of a team of eight of its athletes were allowed on board a Jetstar-operated Qantas flight from Darwin, regardless of whether they needed assistance or not. This came two days after ...

USA: Disabled mother wins conditional right to see her children

Posted 07/04-11 at 13.40

In an interim court ruling, Abbie Dorn, a disabled woman who can only communicate by blinking, has been granted visiting rights with her 4-year old triplets. Two years after they were born, their parents divorced. Except for a four-day visit in D ...

Cambodia: Disabled people continue to face poverty and discrimination

Posted 30/03-11 at 23.48

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world and still suffering from the legacy of thirty years of war, with landmines estimated to have killed or injured up to 2% of the population. Victims of landmines are part of more than an estimat ...

Malaysia: Disabled street vendors protest

Posted 09/03-11 at 23.58

A protest has been launched after authorities in Petaling Jaya tried to move five disabled and elderly street vendors from the Taman Megah market. Disabled people met with Selangor state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar on Monday, Februar ...

USA: City’s disaster plans to discriminate against disabled people

Posted 14/02-11 at 17.43

A federal judge has ruled that Los Angeles is discriminating against disabled people by failing to include them in its emergency preparedness plans. The judge wrote that, "Because of the city's failure to address their unique needs, individuals w ...

UK: Disabled volunteers have no protection from discrimination

Posted 03/02-11 at 15.34

In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal ruled against a woman who claimed she had been discriminated against on grounds of disability, after she was told to stop volunteering for Mid-Sussex Citizens Advice. The decision means that unless ther ...

USA: Sharp rise in employment disability discrimination claims

Posted 20/01-11 at 19.37

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that charges of disability discrimination rose by about 17 percent last year to 25,165 claims. The spike in disability claims began in the months after Congress approved changes to the Am ...

India: Disabled women face major barriers to employment

Posted 09/12-10 at 11.57

A report, ‘Employment Rights of Disabled Women in India' carried out by the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation of the National Commission for Women (NCW) has found that disabled women are largely excluded from paid work not because of th ...

UK: Disabled girl excluded from school as a "health and safety risk"

Posted 23/11-10 at 14.38

Eleven-year old Idayah Miller was told she couldn't enter the elite Harris Academy in Crystal Palace because her wheelchair would restrict the movement of other children in the crowded corridors. The head teacher added that she would also suf ...

UK: Deaf diplomat loses discrimination case

Posted 04/11-10 at 18.11

In our September issue we reported that Jane Cordell, a Deaf woman working for the Foreign Office, was going to an industrial tribunal claiming disability discrimination because they had withdrawn a foreign posting claiming supporting her was too ...

USA: “Too disabled to fly alone” Disabled man thrown off airplane

Posted 21/10-10 at 15.54

Johnnie Tuitel, 47, who has flown over 500,000 miles to give motivational speeches, said he was humiliated when he was kicked off a US Airways flight after being told he was too disabled to fly alone. After helping him into his seat aboard ...

UK: Phone companies disenfranchising disabled people

Posted 07/10-10 at 11.58

A survey by Ofcom (the regulator for the UK communications industry) shows mobile phone companies are failing disabled consumers. The report found that, once prompted, only 75% of consumers are given information on services for disabled pe ...

UK: Woman loses Foreign Office posting because of being deaf

Posted 19/09-10 at 18.30

While in Warsaw, Jane Cordell, as head of the embassy's political section, led a number of initiatives on disability rights in Poland, earning a nomination for a Presidential Order of Merit medal. Now her appointment as deputy ambassador to Kazakhsta ...

India: Disabled child beaten at special school

Posted 16/09-10 at 17.55

Parents of a 15-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome have claimed that at his South Mumbai school he had been tied and gagged with a handkerchief and even forced to eat chilies. Subsequently, it is alleged he was beaten by a teacher. The police and ...

Uganda: ‘As If We Weren't Human': Discrimination and Violence against Women with Disabilities in Northern Uganda

Posted 31/08-10 at 12.26

"At a community meeting, they didn't allow me to talk. It happens to all persons with disabilities. It is as if we weren't human ... On occasions when food is being given, sometimes persons with disabilities are given what others leave behind on t ...

UN: Human Rights Council wants end to discrimination against people with leprosy

Posted 19/08-10 at 20.55

The UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee has recommended the repeal of all laws which discriminate against people affected by leprosy.They also want States to enact legislation to ensure people affected by leprosy and their family members do ...

New Zealand: National Government are ‘declaring war on disabled people’ - Alliance Party

Posted 15/08-10 at 15.16

Alliance Party disability spokesperson, Chris Ford says the National Government is intending to make life more difficult for disabled people. This will involve forcing people to disclose their impairments, to defend their benefits entitlement and ...

USA: 20 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and discrimination remains a major problem

Posted 27/07-10 at 09.21

July 26th marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the ADA. A major report, the sixth in a series carried out since 1986, has found that, "While there has been modest improvement among a few indicators... there has yet to be significant progress ...

South Africa: Government accused of denying education to disabled children

Posted 06/07-10 at 02.37

The Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability (WCFID) has gone to court against the national and provincial governments after 10 years of failed negotiations to end the underfunding of education for disabled children. Although the government ...

Japan: 70% of disabled people feel discriminated against

Posted 22/06-10 at 19.32

A white paper from the Cabinet Office, says 68% of those surveyed said they have experienced discrimination or biased treatment because they were disabled. Japan is still considering whether to ratify the UN Convention. ...

Canada: Judge rules family with disabled child can’t stay in the country

Posted 26/05-10 at 17.35

As reported in our February newsletter, because they have a disabled daughter, a French immigrant family had been told to leave the country. Immigration law prohibits permanent settlement of ‘... individuals who have a serious health or medical ...

USA: Disabled nominee for National Council on Disability not confirmed by Senate

Posted 08/05-10 at 17.14

Ari Ne'eman is a neurodiverse university student in his early 20s, nominated by President Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability. He is the only one of the eight new nominees who is disabled and also the only one not to be confirmed ...

Rwanda: HIV campaign ignores needs of disabled people

Posted 15/04-10 at 01.48

A recent national condom awareness campaign did not provide information accessible to people who are blind or Deaf. Rwanda's Umbrella of Persons with Disabilities in the Fight against HIV/AIDS (UPHLS) says that the exclusion from the campa ...

Hong Kong: Workplace disability discrimination to be addressed

Posted 13/04-10 at 01.29

Lam Woon-kwong, chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, said employment discrimination was particularly bad in Hong Kong, especially for disabled people. More than half the complaints received in the past two years had concerned disability ...

India: Supreme Court deals blow to employment rights of disabled people

Posted 07/04-10 at 20.09

The Supreme Court has upheld the firing of an employee who became deaf during his employment and said private employers were not under any legal obligation to re-deploy such persons in another post. The court said that on issues of employment, the ...

Europe: Disabled woman ejected from aircraft

Posted 31/03-10 at 21.22

Marie-Patricia Hoarau, a wheelchair user, was ordered to leave an Easyjet flight from Paris because she was not accompanied. This happened despite a fellow passenger, a British Airways flight crew member, saying he would act as her companion. ...

UK: Report finds capacity for work test unfair, insensitive and inaccurate

Posted 24/03-10 at 21.05

An excellent report published on March 23rd by the Citizens Advice Bureau has found, "People with serious illnesses and disabilities who could not reasonably be expected to work are being found fit for work." In 2008, Incapacity Benefit wa ...

India: Disabled teacher wins back job

Posted 24/03-10 at 18.22

The country's Supreme Court has ordered that Syed Bashir-ud-Quadri, a teacher with cerebral palsy, be given back his post. Two year ago, after a complaint from another candidate that he was unsuitable to teach, a state court decision stripped him ...

USA: “Disabled children are God’s punishment for having an abortion.”

Posted 08/03-10 at 21.08

Bob Marshall, a Republican state delegate in Virginia, has said, "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its ve ...

Japan: Disabled people excluded from apartments

Posted 08/03-10 at 19.56

In Yonago, in the prefecture of Tottori, a manager of a prefectural apartment complex refused tenancies to three people because they were disabled. This was done even though disabled and elderly people, as well as other ‘vulnerable' groups, are ...

Canada: Disabled people zoned out of cities and towns

Posted 27/02-10 at 15.01

In towns and cities all across Ontario, disabled people are targeted by zoning restrictions that limit their ability to find housing with support services. The by-laws are supposed to regulate land use, yet disabled people are shut out by zoning l ...

USA: Disability discrimination rises in the US

Posted 30/01-10 at 11.08

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that 93,277 workplace discrimination charges were filed during Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, the second highest level ever. Of these, 21,451 were cases involving disability discriminat ...

India: Schools warned not to exclude disabled pupils

Posted 22/01-10 at 19.07

The Indian Constitution guarantees inclusive education. Nonetheless, most of the country's schools continue to deny places to disabled students.This is the important reason why 77% of the country's disabled children are not in education and only 1 ...

USA: Women may lose son because she is disabled

Posted 22/12-09 at 14.27

Kaney O'Neill, a wheelchair user from Des Plaines, Illinois, is facing legal action from her ex-partner over the custody of their son. He claims that because she is disabled, she is not "a fit and proper person" to care for the child. Ella ...

Israel: Disabled Israeli Arabs face massive inequality

Posted 24/11-09 at 02.34

26% of Israeli Arabs are disabled compared with 17% of the country's Jewish population. In addition, while 49% of the latter are employed, only 21% of disabled Arabs have found work. Finally more than 19% of disabled Israeli Arabs fail to complete ...

USA: Emphasis on prevention and cure leads to health inequality for disabled people

Posted 06/10-09 at 19.37

Amassive (434 page) authoritative report from the National Council on Disability has found that disabled people "...bear a disproportionate burden of poor health compared with the general population ..." The report, which contains over 40 ...

United States: Teacher who abused disabled children can't be sacked

Posted 07/09-09 at 11.43

A special education teacher who was found to have abused her students will not lose her job in Sarasota County, Florida. Diana O'Neill, arrested on charges of child abuse, had subsequently been acquitted in court.Nonetheless, the school di ...

Job Seekers With Disabilities Face Discrimination At Application Stage, UK

Posted 07/07-09 at 19.15

In a snapshot survey published by Terrence Higgins Trust, two thirds of top organisations were found to ask irrelevant health related questions on job application forms. A coalition of charities wants these questions banned to reduce the d ...

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