Friday, 19 August 2016

International news, perspectives

Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press, 10 August 2016
Ottawa has overturned a decision that saw an Ontario university professor denied permanent residency in Canada because his son has Down Syndrome.

Felipe Montoya had been working at York University as a tenured professor of environmental studies when he and his family submitted their application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada ...

... But Montoya says the decision handed down earlier this year was overturned last week through "ministerial intervention" on compassionate grounds ...


Persons with disabilities: An enabling force in India’s growth story Atul Raja, Hindustan Times, 10 August 2016
The 2011 census tells us that 6-7% of the population, or 70-90 million people, in India are disabled. The actual numbers are larger. According to a WHO estimate, there are 1 billion Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) globally — which means 15% of the world population, on average, is disabled. Logically, India too will have 15% or more PwDs. But that figure doesn’t show up in surveys and studies thanks to the fact that disability is a social taboo and largely goes unreported. This is in addition to the fact that the definition of disability framed by India fails to effectively identify all PwDs. The Persons with Disability Act, 1995, adopts a medical definition. In reality, society tends to view impairment beyond the medical definition ...

Living with Down's syndrome in Kinshasa, DRC
Kait Bolongaro, Aljazeera, 15 August 2016
In a suburb of Kinshasa, a tightknit community gathers for lunch in a backyard. It is one of the few spaces in the city where its members go unnoticed and their families enjoy a short reprieve from daily discrimination ...

New Zealand mulls data-driven disability plan
Eden Estopace, eGov Innovation,16 August 2016
The New Zealand government is planning to develop a Disability Plan that would ensure that government agencies have the data necessary to make informed, evidenced-based policy decisions on the disabled community ...

China vows greater support for disabled Xinhua, 17 August 2016
China aims to improve its support and protection of disabled people by offering them more customized public services and products in the next five years, according to a State Council plan released Wednesday ...

AM Homes, The Guardian, 17 August 2016

Staged at the United Nations headquarters in New York and performed by disabled musicians, the Beautiful Concert – in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities – aimed for an air of sedate harmony ...

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