[AI] FW: April 2008 - CBR Forum - E- News Bulletin

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Tue Apr 15 01:40:34 EDT 2008

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From: Mahesh Chandrasekar [mailto:advocacy.cbrforum at gmail.com] 
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CBR Forum E-News Bulletin
- A Compilation of News, Information and Updates
April 2008
Networking, Advocacy and Lobbying - in promoting the rights of persons
with disabilities and in making disability a crosscutting issue in
Compiled by: 
C. Mahesh, Advocacy Coordinator
advocacy.cbrforum at gmail.com
Ensuring Persons with Disabilities exercise their franchise freely and
independently in the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of
10th Apr 2008
"As a result of collective action of Karnataka Angavikalara Okkuta-KARO
[Karnataka Viklang Manch or Karnataka Federation of Persons with
Disabilities] and Narendra Foundation, Chief Election Commissioner has
issued strict directions to the State Chief Electoral Officer to make
all the poling booths accessible to people with disabilities including
Braille numbers on 50000 Electronic voting machines
In addition an ultimatum to address the issues faced by persons with
disabilities has been presented to all the political parties." -
Victor.JC at actionaid.org 
Additional Information from Election Commission of India
April 2, 2008
"For the facility of disabled persons, instructions have been issued to
ensure that all polling stations are located at ground floor and ramps
are provided"
UN CONVENTION - Welcome ratification, disability rights see a new dawn
Source: Deccan Herald
By L Subramani 
April 3 happened to be one of the most important days for persons with
disability, because the UN convention that enforces their rights was
being ratified by Ecuador.
Autism Unraveling The Mystery
Source: CNN
The United Nations adopted a resolution that designated April 2 as World
Autism Awareness Day.
Now more relief for them in bus 
Source: Deccan Herald
Bangalore, DHNS:  
>From now, people with disability have to pay only 15 per cent of the
total fare for annual bus pass.
Reserve post for disabled: Govt 
Source: Deccan Herald
Bangalore, DHNS:  
The Karnataka Government has asked all departments to reserve three per
cent of posts in groups A and B, and 5 per cent of groups C and D for
persons with disability (PWD). There are about 17,000 vacancies reserved
for PWDs in various departments. The government has asked all
departments to take measures to fill up the vacancies.  
Medical insurance for disabled 
Source: Deccan Herald
New Delhi, dhns:  
The Centre launched its first medical insurance scheme exclusively for
the disabled on Wednesday offering cashless medical facilities including
hospitalisation for those below poverty line families.
Design for All Newsletter of March 2008 from "Design for All Institute
of India".
Design For All Institute of India has invited ten eminent persons to
contribute for March 2008 Vol-3, No-3 issue of newsletter that is
available at 
For the past issues kindly visit www.designforall.in
Fake Disability Certificates for Employment being procured with impunity
Special Provisions for Accessibility at Delhi's New Airport
DPI Celebrates the 20th Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities
UN Headquarters, New York USA - At 11:30 AM today the Republic of
Ecuador deposited its instrument of ratification for the Convention of
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This in turn triggered the
entry into force of the Convention which will occur in 30 days on May 3,
For additional information contact: Mary Ennis, Executive Director, DPI
Headquarters, email mary at dpi.org
To see the html version and past DPI e-news archives, please go to
Airline wants to stop disabled flying alone
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
THE regional airline Rex is seeking to ban intellectually disabled
passengers from flying unaccompanied unless they can demonstrate an
ability to understand safety procedures.
Wheelchair users who need help to get to the toilet would also need to
buy a second ticket for a carer, Rex's application shows.
Singapore Hindu temple made friendly for elderly and disabled
Singapore - A 14-year-old Hindu temple will hold a consecration ceremony
on January 27 after undergoing major renovations making it more elderly
and disabled-friendly, the management committee said on Friday.
Karate champ proves blindness no disability
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Belinda Cranston
April 6, 2008
HE'S the first blind person in Australia to obtain his black belt in
karate, has his own fashion website and is part-way through a bachelor
of business degree.
Newsletter from the Sierra Madre, April 2008, Number 61, is now online!
Please visit http://healthwrights.org/newsletters.htm for a listing of
all of our online newsletters, or get Newsletter 61 directly at
Air France Grounds Wheelchair User
Jo Couzens
Sky News Online Updated:14:00, Friday March 28, 2008 
A wheelchair user has accused Air France of "blatant discrimination"
after they refused to allow her to board her flight, reportedly telling
her she posed a health and safety risk.
International Coalition Launches Groundbreaking Disability Rights Fund
BOSTON, MA - Launched on the first anniversary of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), the
Disability Rights Fund[1] will provide financial support for human
rights advocacy in the developing world and Eastern Europe/former Soviet
Contact: Diana Samarasan, Director 
Telephone: 617-261-4593
Email: dsamarasan at disabilityrightsfund.org
Training of Trainers in Community Based Rehabilitation in The
25th Aug 2008 - 5th Sep 2008
For details contact: 
Huib Cornielje
Enablement, Langenhorst 36
2402PX Alphen aan den Rijn
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-172-436953
Fax: +31-172-244976
h.cornielje at enablement.nl
Requires - Disability Information & Helpline Counselors (2)
Disability Information & Helpline Counselors (2). Please Contact: Mrs.
Radhika M Alkazi, aarthindia at gmail.com 
DISABILITY CONVENTION: Tips and strategies for implementation
Source: CRIN - Child Rights Information Network
Gerison Lansdown, international child rights advocate, gives tips and
strategies for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD). Below you can find a list of these strategies
and a question and answer session which was held on the final day of the
Middle East and North Africa regional consultation on children and the
new Convention, held in Sana'a, Yemen in October 2007.
Pedder Johnson - Quality and Independence Range of Products
Products that will help to improve the quality of life of Senior
Citizens and those who are physically challenged. 
The products are all about helping our clients to achieve a degree of
independence in their daily activities, within the home and other daily
environments that will assist in the adaptation of the basic tasks of
daily living and mobility in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc..
AIDSPortal is an internet platform which provides tools to support
global collaboration and knowledge sharing among new and existing
networks of people responding to the AIDS epidemic.
'Keeping children safe': an NGO child protection toolkit
Source: Plan International and www.asksource.info
Giving voice to the Voiceless: A Communicating for Advocacy Publication,
September 2007
Source: Healthlink and www.asksource.info <http://www.asksource.info/> 
Country focus: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines,UK.
Using a rights-based approach, this project sought to develop the
capacity of poor and marginalized groups in South and South-East Asia.
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