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Friday, 14 August 2009

News this week

Events and issues relevant to people with disabilities and their families generally, and those with Down syndrome and their families in particular, have featured in the international and local press this last week. Here is a summary of the week's major news:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1921 - 2009 - tributes to the founder of Special Olympics

Prenatal testing has featured in the British press this week, as clinical trials of new, non-invasive tests for Down syndrome are announced:

Prenatal tests - health care or eugenics? - a letter from Frank Buckley, CEO of Down Syndrome Education International, to The Guardian

Blood test for mothers could save lives of hundreds of unborn babies - the Guardian article that stimulated Frank Buckley's response

Why the mother that struggled to love her Down's syndrome baby would never use the new test that detects the condition - one UK family's experience shapes their views

A major report on the needs of people with disabilities and their families was released and commented upon:

No longer shut away, people with a disability are still shut out - Rhonda Galbally's commentary on the report, Shut Out

Disabilities report exposes exclusion, neglect - one family's response to the report Shut Out

Good and not so good news on employment:

Burnt fingers, dashed hopes for disabled - Michael Duffy's report on the difficulties being experienced by Cumberland Industries

New push to find work for disabled - a jobs compact for people with disabilities is being prepared by the Federal Government

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