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July 2016

Celebrating 26 Years of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

On July 26, 1990, the United States passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark law increasing access to basic rights for persons with disabilities in the country. The ADA’s passage was the result of decades of advocacy by citizens with disabilities, following other successful legal reforms such as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which established nondiscrimination of persons with disabilities in federally-funded programs as a right. ...

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July 2016

Libyan Electoral Sign Language Lexicon Facilitates Deaf Empowerment

For Deaf Libyans, language barriers are a profound challenge to full participation in political life. In Libyan elections – as in many elections worldwide – speeches, voting materials and other essential electoral information are not translated into sign language. This creates an alarming gap in access to information for Libyan Deaf communities, and opens a subsequent possibility for manipulation by others.

“It all started in 2012 when a cousin of ...

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July 2016

From Objects of Care to Controllers of Lives: Governance, Development and Disability Inclusion

Written by Luke Arnold, Director of the Law and Justice Section at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Over the past decade or so, Australia’s efforts to support disability-inclusive development have begun to move from a charity approach to a rights-based approach. We now recognise that positive changes for people with disabilities are best brought about by – oddly enough – people with disabilities.


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