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Tracking implementation of the CRPD in South Africa and elsewhere
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UN Enable - 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 9-11 June 2015

8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 9-11 June 2015
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Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, seven sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters.

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Disability No Barrier For New White House Receptionist

Disability No Barrier For New White House Receptionist | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Charged with welcoming world leaders and handling the official guest book, the newly-appointed White House receptionist just happens to be deaf.
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I would like to show this to the manager of my local Pick 'n Pay store who insists that his Deaf employee can never go beyond the job of a packer!

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Study Links Autism Genes To Higher Intelligence - Disability Scoop

Study Links Autism Genes To Higher Intelligence - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Children who inherit genes that raise the risk of autism but don't actually develop the disorder may inherit higher-than-average intelligence, researchers say.
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Oscar Contender Depicts Parents Coping With Son's Diagnosis - Disability Scoop

Oscar Contender Depicts Parents Coping With Son's Diagnosis - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
A short film documenting the intimate thoughts and fears of a couple after learning that their baby was born with a rare disability is up for an Oscar.
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We really felt our life ended at that time,” Śliwiński told TODAY. “We thought we had to be locked at home with Leo, have no friends, so filming was therapy for us.”

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How Much Did the Stigma of Mental Illness Harm Robin Williams? - Pacific Standard

How Much Did the Stigma of Mental Illness Harm Robin Williams? - Pacific Standard | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
How Much Did the Stigma of Mental Illness Harm Robin Williams?
Pacific Standard
... into “clinical” problems, it's worth acknowledging this.

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Sir Quentin Blake’s new children's book a celebration of disability

Sir Quentin Blake’s new children's book a celebration of disability | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Sir Quentin Blake hopes more writers and illustrators will follow his lead as he prepares to release a children’s book that celebrates youngsters with disabilities.
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Would love to see this book?

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SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 - Publications - GOV.UK

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 - Publications - GOV.UK | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
The statutory special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 in England.
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Hoping that this new policy will promote inclusive education in the UK.

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IVF technique that tests embryos for genetic disorders has first success

IVF technique that tests embryos for genetic disorders has first success | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
UK doctors report first pregnancy from new procedure in couple who had high risk of passing on lethal disease to their child
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Which diseases are legal diseases? Down Syndrome?

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Disability Pride parade on Saturday - Mountain View Voice

Disability Pride parade on Saturday - Mountain View Voice | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Disability Pride parade on Saturday
Mountain View Voice
The event will celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and is one of many Disability Pride events taking place around the world.
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Hoping that we will have a South African Disability Act in 2014

 

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In praise of misfits

In praise of misfits | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
IN 1956 William Whyte argued in his bestseller, “The Organisation Man”, that companies were so in love with “well-rounded” executives that they fought a...
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the replacement of organisation man with disorganisation man is changing the balance of power. Those square pegs may not have an easy time in school. They may be mocked by jocks and ignored at parties. But these days no company can prosper without them.

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Join the Hear my voice campaign

Join the Hear my voice campaign | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Each of them has a right to the same quality of life as anybody else.

But they don’t always get it.
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Parents Lose Bid To Bar Son With Special Needs From Marrying - Disability Scoop

Parents Lose Bid To Bar Son With Special Needs From Marrying - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
It's going to take a lot more to keep a 27-year-old group home resident from marrying the woman he loves than a court ruling and his parents' objections.
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Complex new challenges for families to solve in the best interest of all concerned. Supported decision making needs advocacy and information sharing to parents.

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Celebrating excellence in education for people with disabilities | UNESCO

Celebrating excellence in education for people with disabilities | UNESCO | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it

Two organisations have been recognised on 26 May for their achievements in inclusive education. The Armenian NGO Bridge of Hope and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development of the Government of New Brunswick (Canada) were awarded the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

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Much can be learnt from both laureates about sustained and  systemic change towards inclusive education

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Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making

Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Many people with disabilities are not allowed to make the most basic decisions about how to lead their own lives. “Supported decision making” can change this.
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Having legal capacity means having the right to make decisions that affect your own life. It’s a fundamental right that people with disabilities are routinely denied. 

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Disability Advocate Wins Acclaimed International Prize - Disability Scoop

Disability Advocate Wins Acclaimed International Prize - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
An award that's previously gone to the likes of the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa will this year honor a man who's focused on making life better for people with
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Jean Vanier, 86, founded L’Arche, a network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together. Today, there are 147 such communities in 35 countries, including 18 in the United States.

"People with intellectual disability have taught me about what it means to be human and about how our societies can be transformed to become more peaceful and unified."

 

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Academy Awards Ad Makes Pitch To Disability Market - Disability Scoop

Academy Awards Ad Makes Pitch To Disability Market - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
A national television ad debuting during the Oscars is designed to spark conversation about how people with disabilities consume entertainment.
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“We want to create opportunities for people who love film and television, but who might not have the opportunity to experience it to its fullest,” said Tom Wlodkowski, Comcast’s vice president of accessibility who is blind himself. “By bringing the talking guide to as many people as possible, we can help to bridge that gap and make entertainment just as compelling, captivating and fun for people with a visual disability as it is for anyone else.”

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Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked

Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed.
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Harkin said it was “another sad, irresponsible day in the U.S. Senate” after Lee’s objection derailed his hope for a new vote.

Earlier this week, the United Nations announced that 150 countries have ratified the disability treaty. Unbelievable that the US has not yet ratified the Convention.

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10 Things the World Can Learn From People With Disabilities

10 Things the World Can Learn From People With Disabilities | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
People with disabilities are especially influential, as our hardships in life aren't easily forgotten. We go through every day with determination and strength, which many people are bowled over by, with many secretly wondering if they could do the sa...
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Inspirational!

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Increase in number of special school pupils reverses trend towards inclusion - Education - TES News

Increase in number of special school pupils reverses trend towards inclusion - Education - TES News | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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The figures have sparked fears that the pressure to raise standards means that mainstream schools are becoming more reluctant to offer places for children with special needs.

 
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Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds - Disability Scoop

Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.
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For most parents of children with disabilities this is self evident. But most people only believe what researchers have confirmed.

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Nelson Mandela: Google Doodle celebrates 96th birthday of former South ... - The Independent

Nelson Mandela: Google Doodle celebrates 96th birthday of former South ... - The Independent | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Oldest case of Down's syndrome from medieval France - life - 04 July 2014 - New Scientist

Oldest case of Down's syndrome from medieval France - life - 04 July 2014 - New Scientist | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
A 1500-year-old skeleton shows signs of Down's syndrome, and the way the body was buried hints that the condition may not have been stigmatised at the time
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The question would be when did society begin to discriminate against persons with disabilities?

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UN Enable - Seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10-12 June 2014

UN Enable - Seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10-12 June 2014 | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10-12 June 2014
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The thematic discussions for this session are: Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and National implementation and monitoring.
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The Early Years v. 1: Assessing and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children: Amazon.co.uk: Sally Wassell: Books

The Early Years v. 1: Assessing and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children: Amazon.co.uk: Sally Wassell: Books (http://t.co/r3s84QXOgE #3: The Early Years v.
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'Make use of services for children with disabilities' - South Africa.info

'Make use of services for children with disabilities' - South Africa.info | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
'Make use of services for children with disabilities'
South Africa.info
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has urged the parents of children with disabilities to make use of government services available to assist them.

Via Velvet Martin
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Parents often miss out on services and benefits because they do not know what is available in their area.

 

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