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CBR Forum E-News Bulletin
- A Compilation of News, Information and Updates
July 2010 - CBR Forum - E- News Bulletin
First issue: Oct 2007, Current Issue No. #34
Networking, Advocacy and Lobbying - in promoting the rights of persons
with disabilities and enhance the potential to exercise these rights.
Compiled by: 
C. Mahesh, Advocacy Coordinator
advocacy.cbrforum at gmail.com 
Visually impaired wins right: IAS job  
New Delhi, July 7: A visually impaired man who cleared the IAS exam in
2006 but was denied a post on the ground that no such position had been
identified for reservation, will be appointed within eight weeks.
Visually impaired Ravi will join the public services
New Delhi:  The Supreme Court has ordered the Union government to find
Ravi Prakash Gupta, who is visually impaired, a job within eight weeks
in the Civil Services.
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Have sympathetic approach towards disabled: HC to UPSC 
NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court has asked the UPSC to adopt a
sympathetic approach towards disabled persons and told it not to reject
the application of a civil service aspirant who could not fill up the
form properly because of blindness. 
HC seeks details of disabled candidates joining IIMs
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday sought details of the seats
reserved for disabled candidates in Indian Institutes of Management
across India and the number of such candidates admitted during the
current academic year. 
71 seats reserved at IIMs for disabled candidates: HC told
A total of 71 seats were reserved for the disabled candidates in seven
Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the Bombay High Court was told
on Tuesday.
'New disability law should include social security scheme' 
After months of flip-flop, the ministry of social justice and
empowerment (MSJE) has finally acceded to the demands of the disability
movement in India to replace the current Persons with Disability Act
(Equal Opportunity, Full Participation, Protection of Rights) with a
"21st century legislation to reflect the 21st century challenges". It
has set up a panel consisting of NGO representatives and some important
government departments to draft the new law.  
HC stays eviction of five blind students from govt hostel
NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court has come to the rescue of five
visually-impaired students who were asked to vacate a government-run
hostel in the capital. 
How families and coteries are ruining disabled sports in India
The disability sports sector in India seems to be in gross disarray with
the administration of the sector in the stranglehold of a coterie of
people who seem to have no interest in either the disabled or in sports.
National disabled sporting federations seem to be run like mom-and-pop
outfits with hardly any national character. 
NGOs want courts to respond to firms that wink at responsibility
CHENNAI: The Madras high court recently ruled that the government must
reserve 3% of all jobs in government institutions for the disabled, but
day-to-day issues like accessibility to public places, getting around in
a public building, lack of ramps, restrooms and elevators continue to
trouble the physically handicapped. 
'Universal Design' AccessAbility
Universal Design a concept that is so new and still emerging in India is
the key to inclusion of people with disabilities. In the pursuit to
increase awareness about 'Universal Design' AccessAbility was a part of
a awareness programme for teachers of Architecture held at the National
Institute for Advance Studies in Architecture, Pune in collaboration
with Ekansh and others.Please find below news links of the same for
further information.
Disabled not at par with SC/ST in DU's MBBS course: Delhi HC
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by a
physically handicapped candidate seeking relaxation in the eligibility
criteria for admission to Delhi University's medical course. 
Supreme Court denies disability pension to army Major
New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the constitutional validity
of a regulation in military service rules that ensures disability
pension only to those personnel of fighting forces who are invalided due
to physical ailments caused by inhospitable service conditions.
Disabled continue protest for jobs 
CHENNAI: Technically qualified disabled people on Monday staged a
protest demanding  jobs in front of the office of Commissioner of the
Is there barrier-free access for persons with disabilities to access
this temple or to get ISO Certification???
Kapaleeswarar temple gets ISO certificate
Chennai: The Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore was on Monday awarded ISO
9001:2008 certification. 
Bhopal tragedy: Disabled stage demonstration in Kolkata
About 10,000 physically challenged people on Monday staged a
demonstration near the American Consulate here to express solidarity
with those who were rendered disabled after the Bhopal gas leak.
Govt proposes urban employment scheme similar to NREGA 
Government has proposed to launch an urban employment guarantee scheme
on the lines of NREGA and give statutory sanctions to minimum wages.  
Bengal spoiler in polio fight
Calcutta, July 18: Just as India was making progress in checking polio,
Bengal threatens to spoil the effort because of what state officials
themselves admit to be "complacency".
Embossed books for visually challenged children
Despite the strong emphasis on inclusive education, there are virtually
no 'pre-literacy' story books available for visually challenged/impaired
children in the Indian market. Practically, this would include all
Novel devices empower disabled
For Avniash Sonnad (23) joining Christ College to study Bachelors in
Computer Application (BCA) is a big achievement because he gets to study
in a mainstream classroom despite the fact that he suffers from cerebral
RTE to be tweaked to help pvt schools
NEW DELHI: Elite schools and those who have their wards studying there
can rest assured. The Right to Education Act will not dilute their elite
character. The government is considering a crucial amendment in the Act
whereby the provision guaranteeing admission to all the applicants will
be done away with. 
Disabled youth mistaken for thief, brutally killed in Mumbai
Mumbai: In a shocking case of barbaric conduct, a group of seven youths,
including two minors, tortured a 25-year-old physically challenged youth
for over an hour-and-a-half in Kamraj Nagar in Ghatkopar (east),
suspecting him to be a thief. After finding him dead, the group threw
the body in a nullah to destroy evidence.
Now, the disabled can join BPO sector
BANGALORE: This BPO training centre in Peenya Industrial Area is not the
normal glitzy establishment in any tech park, which generally brims with
young graduates getting accent training. It's different. This call
centre training unit is for disabled people. 
Tech support for the disabled
BANGALORE: The Spastic Society of Karnataka's Centre for Assistive
Technology on Wednesday discussed how to make technology-based devices
more easily accessible and affordable in India. 
MphasisF1 lends an ear to the impaired
Karan's life has undergone a sea change in the last couple of years.
Coming from a poor family in Uttar Pradesh, he had shifted to Delhi in
search of better opportunities in 2000. 
Letting actions speak 
Yum! Restaurants as part of its CSR initiative has six KFC stores across
the country that hire people with hearing -and-speech impairment.
Of sound mind, but forced to live in mental hospital 
Over 100 people have been leading lives as condemned prisoners since
relatives are not willing to accept them.  

His journey from pauper to burger king
LUDHIANA: Overcoming obstacles has been a part of Ram's life ever since
he realized that polio had marred his ability to walk freely. But, the
young boy knew that dreams never need any crutches as long as one's will
power remains strong. 
Radicals lose Round One on food bill 
The food rights campaigners in the council wanted a targeted public
distribution system (PDS) to cover all except the affluent, providing
not just cheap cereals but also other requirements of nursing mothers,
children, the aged and the physically challenged
NAPAD organizes parents awareness workshop  
Nagaland Parents Association for the disabled (NAPAD), Kohima unit
organized a parents awareness workshop at the deputy commissioner's
conference hall at Wokha on Friday.
Rocket man Kalam cherishes his role in making disabled children walk
CHENNAI: He and his team used rocket science for designing an artificial
limb weighing just 400 grams. And he cherishes it more than launching
rockets. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam said it was "bliss" to see
children smile after wearing the light-weight prosthesis on their legs
designed by him and his team. 
India launches new programme to fight cancer, diabetes, stroke 
India Thursday launched a new programme to detect, prevent and control
the spread of cancer, diabetes, heart ailments and strokes with an
outlay of Rs.1,230.90 crore ($275 million) for the next two years. 
The challenge of caring for a disabled child
It's one of the hardest jobs in the world. For those looking after a
disabled child, care is a gruelling 24/7 reality. Yet they don't want
sainthood, just a secure future for their child. 
Visually impaired women craft traditional wristbands for 'Rakshabandhan'

The visually impaired women here are crafting 'Rakhi', or traditional
wristbands, for the upcoming Hindu sibling festival of 'Rakshabandhan'
under the banner of the National Association for the Blind (NAB). 
Workshop on RTI act for visually impaired   
Mysore, Mar. 2 (DM)- A one-day workshop on 'Right To Information Act for
the visually handicapped' was recently organised at JSS Polytechnic for
the Handicapped Persons in city.
FIAPF supports copyright access to visually impaired
NEW DELHI: Film Federation of India Secretary General Supran Sen
recently said that there was need to support the important role of
securing access by the visually impaired and other differently enabled
persons to copyright work through practically achievable methods. 
'Visually impaired teachersas capable as sighted ones'
PUNE: An audio-visual presentation on Chhatrapati Shivaji by a visually
impaired teacher and his team had students from two schools hooked onto
the unique session at the Modern English Medium School on Monday
Institutions for disabled should be closed down, says report
ALL INSTITUTIONS for people with intellectual disabilities should be
closed down within the next seven years because they are in breach of
residents' basic rights.
Paralympian Has Impaired Sight but Strong Focus on Success
CARY, N.C. (AP) - Tucker Dupree swims straight into darkness every time
he leaps into the pool. And yet, despite the disease that has robbed him
of much of his sight, he could not feel any more at home than he does
when he is in the water training to be a Paralympic champion. 
Amputee loses benefit after walking
A soldier who lost a leg in Afghanistan had his disability benefit taken
away despite only being able to walk a few hundred metres with the help
of a prosthetic limb, it has been reported.
Author explores pregnancy, disability 
Heather Kuttai had always loved music, although as a wheelchair user,
she never expected to be able to dance with her son. But when Kuttai's
son Patrick was just a toddler, she got her wish.
Britain's first MP with Cerebral Palsy encourages persons with
disability to enter politics
June 28: The first elected representative to the British Parliament with
Cerebral Palsy, possibly the first in the world with that disability,
has urged more persons with disability to enter politics.

Man groped mentally disabled women
Caregiver gets six months house arrest, name goes into national registry
AP Exclusive: Priests who abuse impaired targeted
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is cracking down on priests who sexually
abuse mentally impaired adults, sanctioning them with the same set of
punishments meted out for clerics who rape and molest children, The
Associated Press has learned.
Vatican mulls how to protect impaired adults
VATICAN CITY - As the Vatican grapples with how to sanction priests who
rape children, it has also mulled how to punish priests who sexually
abuse mentally impaired adults, The Associated Press has learned.
Families with disabled children 'struggle to pay bills' 
Families with disabled children are struggling to pay household bills as
the downturn hits their already stretched finances, a survey suggests.
Blind person to drive at Daytona
A blind person will soon be driving at Daytona. No, I didn't begin my
Independence Day celebrations a week ago. Please, bear with me a little.
We'll get to Daytona shortly.
World's first talking TV now a reality
TVs that can talk to their owners are now a reality thanks to British
high-tech company, Ocean Blue Software. Expected in UK stores by the end
of the summer, the company's low cost text-to-speech technology, dubbed
"Talk at TV", is being built into set top boxes from Korean company, Arion
Technology, which will be branded and distributed by major retailers in
the UK from August.
Driving Home the Point on Accessibility 
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Tuesday released an
open letter to colleges expressing concern that some institutions might
be "using electronic book readers that are not accessible to students
who are blind or have low vision" and warning them that the government
will crack down on any institutions that are "requiring" disabled
students to use emerging technology that does not comply with federal
accessibility laws.
Gaza young man uses his voice to defy physical disabilities 
Leaning on crutches, the physically disabled Osama Abu Safar, resident
of Gaza City, went everyday to work at Fursan al-Iradah (Knights of
Will) radio station.
TV comic Norman Pace reveals fears for future of disabled daughter 
FUNNYMAN Norman Pace yesterday told of his fears for his disabled
Disabled in UAE get 50 percent discount in taxis 
DHABI: Disabled and elderly people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
will now get an up to 50 percent discount on taxi fares
C: RESOURCES - Newsletter, Publication,Journal, Guideline,Website
Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Please find below links to download Monitoring the Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities Guidance for human rights monitors,
UN OHCHR "Professional training series". 

Make development inclusive 
An IDDC project financed by the European Commission
Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities
The Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities is a newly formed
organization which recognizes that it is within our capabilities to
initiate a call to action-to challenge and change international policy,
practice, and participation of disabled people in developing and
building their own successful businesses.
APCD Newsletter (latest)
The PDF version of APCD newsletter
The third session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP3)
The third session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP3) to the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be
held from 1-3 September 2010. Prior to the Conference, a Civil Society
Forum will be held on 31 August 2010 from 3 to 6 p.m. The COSP3
information note currently available on the United Nations Enable
website (http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1532) provides
the official documentation of the meeting, including information on the
provisional agenda and the elections of the members Committee on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
1st Regional Senior Disability Equality Training (DET) Trainers'
Training - 1 - 12 November 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Deadline for application: 25 August 2010
Course Fee: Free of Charge
For application forms contact: 
Ms. Terumi Shikata (shikata.terumi at gmail.com)
Tel: +60-3-2616 6025
Fax: +60-3-2691 7473  
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