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Category: Mental Illness | Views: 35 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 10/08/2016

 

Caroline White at the office of the Hearing Voices Network in Holyoke, Mass. The program, which relies on members supporting one another, does not use the words “patient” or “treatment.” Ms. White, who hears voices in her head, said psychiatric therapy had made her feel “hopeless, because the drugs just made me feel worse.” Credit Sasha Maslov for The New York Times

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Category: Blog | Views: 26 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 10/08/2016

Dalhousie professor Rollie Thompson said the cases for appeal at the Supreme Court are selected based on national significance and public importance.

A recent Nova Scotia court decision that denied two intellectually disabled parents custody of their children could make an appropriate case for appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, a Dalhousie University law professor says.

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Category: UNCRPD | Views: 21 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 10/08/2016

It's been 26 years since the U.S. passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, but according to local disability rights groups and the U.S. Department of Justice, Harris County, has not gotten the memo. Said groups have filed a lawsuit over inaccessible polling places.

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Category: Blog | Views: 9 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 10/08/2016

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Featured Image Credit: A demonstration outside the Health Ministry on World Mental Health Day in October 2012. Photo: V. Sudershan | The Hindu

The Mental Health Care Bill 2013 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 8th August 2016. Since I have not seen the complete Bill with the 134 official amendments as yet I am not going to analyse the Bill per se in this article. This piece is more of an overview with some critique thrown in for people who are not directly involved with mental health sector. Also let me clarify at first place that comments made in this article are personal and do not reflect the views of organisation/network I am attached wit... Read more »

Category: Blog | Views: 8 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 10/08/2016

A “one stop shop” for disability knowledge has been launched to help people navigate the new disability market under the NDIS.

Disabled woman on laptop

The Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) has launched a new Disability Knowledge Clearing House in a bid to assist NDIS participants access the right supports and help service providers innovate and focus on better incomes.

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Category: UNCRPD | Views: 30 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 10/08/2016

The Mental Health Care Bill, which was first introduced in the Rajya Sabha in August 2013, was finally debated and passed by the Upper House of Parliament yesterday.   The Bill repeals the Mental Health Act, 1987 and consists of 134 amendments, which many MPs in the Rajya Sabha hailed as historic, while also warning the Speaker that he must not rush through it given the importance of this amendment.

The first legislation addressing issues of Mental Health/ Illness in India was during the colonial era known as the Indian Lunacy Act, 1912; later it was amended and enforced in the form of the Mental Health Act, 1987. The focus of the Indian Lunacy Act and the Mental Health Act were primarily on treatment, regarding admission and discharge of diagnosed individuals and regulations for psychiatric institution among several others; however, both these legislations hugely lacked in making any provisions against the di... Read more »

Category: Blog | Views: 10 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 10/08/2016

A new lawsuit against Uber filed by a Brooklyn woman who uses a motorized wheelchair calls the ride-sharing app’s service linking people in wheelchairs to accessible yellow and green taxis “a paltry smokescreen.”

Uber touts the service as a lifeline for people with disabilities who have trouble traveling around the city.

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Category: Blog | Views: 7 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 08/08/2016

Michael Carey, the founder of the Jonathan Carey Foundation http://jonathancareyfoundation.org/ has taken every imaginable step possible to assist former NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and now Governor Cuomo to stop the gross unequal treatment of people with disabilities in New York State to no avail. The outright obstinacy by Cuomo to provide equal rights, equal privileges and “equal protection of laws” for our most vulnerable disabled has been great. People with disabilities are precious human beings and can no longer be treated unequally. People with disabilities because of their disabilities and vulnerability need extra protections, not less protections. According to the NYS Co... Read more »

Category: Blog | Views: 9 | Added by: nilesh | Date: 08/08/2016

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