International Day of Persons with Disabilities
On December Third the international Community turns its attention to the needs and experiences of individuals with disabilities around the world. While the experience of the disabiltiy community in the U.S. helps set the tone for disabiltiy policy around the world, internationals large growing populations in India, China and the Middle East are also redefining the disability experience for the world. The first IDPD was observed in 1992. The 26th celebration of the honorary holiday will be commemorated with an event at UN Headquarters in New York City. This year’s theme, Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledge to “leave no one behind.” For more info on today’s recognition, visit http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
Remembering George H.W. Bush
“My friend and a friend to every person with a disability … George HW Bush will rest in peace and many of us will remember him every time we roll up a ramp, watch a captioned program, find respect in a job interview or contemplate the significance of the ADA and the meaning of inclusion. We will never forget.” – Lex Frieden, Chair, NAB
When it comes to our expectations for the age structure of the future U.S. population, the other shoe has just dropped. Several months ago, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that the long-term trend for declining birth rates had continued for yet another year; this set off intense speculation about the social and economic effects of declining fertility in the U.S.
Steve Bacque is turning Cranford, NJ, into a one-horse town. “People around town call me the crazy Cranford cowboy, ’cause I ride around town on this motorized horse,” the 56-year-old tells The Post. It’s not Bacque’s first time in the spotlight. The US Marine vet and native Texan first made headlines back in the ’90s, while grieving the loss of his infant son, Paul Joseph, who was born premature with under-developed organs. As a tribute to “PJ Buckaroo,” he launched a Western-themed toy company, A.S. Bacque Enterprises Inc., staffed by workers with physical and mental disabilities.
Eddie Ndopu wants to become the first physically disabled person to travel to space.
MTV will follow a South African activist on his quest to become the first physically disabled person to travel to space. Eddie Ndopu, 27, was born with spinal muscular atrophy and given a life span of five years. He has obviously exceeded that, going on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from Oxford and has spent more than a decade advocating for the rights of disabled young people.
One of Scotland’s leading snowsports centres is to make its facilities more accessible to people with disabilities. Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William, has agreed to work with Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) over the coming winter. The partnership’s benefits include Nevis Range making available more specialist equipment for hire. There will also be increased access to time with DSUK qualified instructors at the centre.
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