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Tracking implementation of the CRPD in South Africa and elsewhere
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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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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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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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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it

Differentiated instruction (DI) is a vast system in which it is difficult for many teachers to find a foothold for supporting students in a meaningful way. Teachers want and expect everyone to succeed, yet the means to that end can be foggy at best. How can we ensure that planned learning experiences have a significant and positive impact on student learning? We can answer this question with three important guidelines that will transform student learning experiences through meaningful differentiation.

 
Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Every guideline helps to make teachers more skilled in curriculum Differentiation

 

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CDC: 1 In 2 With Disabilities Physically Inactive - Disability Scoop

CDC: 1 In 2 With Disabilities Physically Inactive - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
In what federal health officials say is a call to action, a new study finds that nearly half of adults with disabilities are physically inactive putting their
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Joanne Milne: Woman hears for first time after her new cochlear implants switched on at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Joanne Milne: Woman hears for first time after her new cochlear implants switched on at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Joanne Milne faced an agonising four week wait after her operation before the device could be switched on and tested
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Joanne Milne - who has a rare condition Usher Syndrome - was filmed by her mother as her life-changing cochlear implants were switched on by doctors.

The 39-year-old, from Gateshead in the North East, became overwhelmed with emotion and burst into tears after the audiology specialist at QEHB (Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) recited the days of the week.

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Factory Worker Teaches Us That 'Learning Disability' Means Never Giving Up

Factory Worker Teaches Us That 'Learning Disability' Means Never Giving Up | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Walmart may not have a stellar track record with how it treats its employees with special needs. But the company’s new ad may very well inspire you to think differently about what it means to live with a physical or intellectual disability.
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A feather in the cap of Walmart!

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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
Pakistan Today
Nelson Mandela: Google Doodle celebrates 96th birthday of former South ...
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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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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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Under-reporting of abortions for fetal abnormalities - Publications - GOV.UK

Under-reporting of abortions for fetal abnormalities - Publications - GOV.UK | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Study on the under-reporting of abortions for fetal abnormalities
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The system tries to hide the fact that all mothers are routinely advised by health workers to have an abortion if any congenital abnormality is detected through screening

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UN: People With Disabilities Free To Make Own Decisions - Disability Scoop

UN: People With Disabilities Free To Make Own Decisions - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
People with even the most severe disabilities have the right to make their own decisions, no matter if their choices are risky or ultimately turn out to be
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In practice, however, many people with disabilities around the world are denied fundamental rights including the opportunity to vote, marry and start a family based solely on their level of mental capacity, the U.N. committee said.

 
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Parents: top tips for helping a student with a disability settle into university - The Guardian

Parents: top tips for helping a student with a disability settle into university - The Guardian | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Parents: top tips for helping a student with a disability settle into university
The Guardian
Sit down together and have an honest conversation about how you both feel that disability affects your child's life.
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