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Abilityinfo.com presents the International Disability News Ticker. A digest of hand-picked Disability-themed news stories from around the world. See more recent and archived news stories organized by continent at Abilityinfo.com. The site also features links, employment resources and discussion.

International Disability News Ticker
  • Funds to allow disability services boost
    ABC News (AUSTRALIA) - June 1, 2005: Disability services across the Eyre Peninsula and west coast will be upgraded with new funding from the South Australian Government. Health Services at Ceduna and the Cummins library are among those to get money.

  • A Disability Movement is to be Born - Some Reflections from an Outsider
    Di-ve.com (MALTA) - May 27, 2005: Dr Andrew Azzopardi asks why is there is so much struggle within disability groups

  • Disability groups protest over Bill
    Ireland Online (IRELAND) - May 26, 2005: Disability groups today vowed to continue their fight against the new Disability Bill as it entered the Seanad. A noisy protest was held outside Leinster House as the legislation finally passed through all stages in the D?il after eight months of debate.

  • Don't Disable Your Site for Handicapped Users
    SearchEngineWatch.com (TECHNET) - May 19, 2005: Disabled users are growing in number, especially as assistive technology continues to improve and become more affordable. The problem is, many borderline search optimization techniques cause pages to appear as gibberish or can even set off alarm bells when viewed using assistive technology.

  • McGuinty Government Reshaping Services For Adults With A Developmental Disability
    Canada NewsWire (CANADA) - May 18, 2005: "Ontario is on the leading-edge of developmental services, but we need to make sure we stay there," Pupatello said. "We are modernizing the way we provide services to reach more people and take advantage of the newest and best research in the field." The government is investing $41.1 million in its plan to strengthen specialized care for adults with a developmental disability.

  • $59 million for disability support services
    Scoop (NEW ZEALAND) - May 19, 2005: Associate Health Minister Pete Hodgson today announced an additional $59 million in 2005-06 for residential disability support services and the provision of assessments. An additional $29.6 million will be added to baseline funding for disability support services to cover demographic and inflation related adjustments.

  • Court rejects student-disability claim
    Asahi.com (JAPAN) - May 19, 2005: The district court here Wednesday denied a compensation claim by two people who became disabled while choosing not to join the national public pension system as students.

  • Keyboard opens brave new world
    New Zealand Herald (TECHNET - NEW ZEALAND) - May 18, 2005: Kiwi computer wizardry has opened up a world of independence for two disabled schoolboys and earned them an invitation to visit one of the world's most famous disabled scientists. Blake and Ryan Leitch have been invited to visit cosmologist and mathematician Professor Stephen Hawking in Britain this year after a staff member at Westlake Boys High School emailed the professor about an invention that was transforming the boys' lives.

  • Keyboard for disabled to unleash creative potential
    AUT News (TECHNET - NEW ZEALAND) - May 17, 2005: A computer keyboard for the physically disabled will help unleash the creative potential in millions worldwide, say developers. LOMAK (light operated mouse and keyboard) is being launched this week by Auckland company Lomak International Limited, and was invented by an Auckland University of Technology student. Lomak International CEO Chris Mulcare says LOMAK will help empower physically disabled people who with existing technology can only input at speeds of between two and eight words per minute.

  • National Council on Disability Publishes ADA Implementation Project Request for Proposals
    USNewsWire (USA) - May 16, 2005: NCD is responsible for gathering information about the implementation, effectiveness, and impact of ADA. NCD's work in this area over the past three years has focused on identifying problems or gaps in ADA implementation and understanding what factors enhance or impede ADA implementation.

  • IBM Urges U.S. Senate to Support Worldwide Accessibility Standards
    Market Wire (TECHNET - USA) - May 11, 2005: In testimony before the U.S. Senate today, IBM called for support of consistent worldwide accessibility standards so that everyone, especially people with disabilities and the aging population, can have easy access to information technology and the Web.

  • Are People with Vision Loss Being Shut Out of the Blogosphere? The American Foundation for the Blind Evaluates Blogging
    USNewsWire (TECHNET - USA) - May 12, 2005: From Business Week to The New York Times, everyone's talking about blogging -- the online pastime is impacting both politics and journalism, and providing people with a new way to speak out and connect. But how accessible is this world to blind and low vision computer users? According to a recent review by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), becoming a blogger can be a frustrating task for people with vision loss.

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