This week has been quite slow in terms of new news, the majority of reports on disability issues being merely extensions of those from the last few weeks.
However, one article put out by CBM India showed an extremely fresh move for a country in many ways still considered to be conservative.
On 5 April this year, Afghan voters will head to the polls to elect their next president.
Of the 11 potential presidential candidates, Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Dr Ashraf Ghani-Ahmadzai currently appear to be the front runners. Dr Abdullah is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr Ghani-Ahmadzai is the former Minister of Finance.
Quite possibly the most important news this week comes from Australia, where it’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is facing a “rollout” delay following a rushed launch.
The NDIS is “a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.”
While there are differing statistics, the population of Australians with a disability lie between 18% and 20%. This means that around 4 million Australians as well as their family and carers could be affected. Continue reading
Russian flag bearers at 2014 Winter Paralympics closing ceremony, Sochi.
© Photo: RIA Novosti
After 9 days of unparalleled athleticism, the 2014 Winter Paralympics from Sochi, Russia have ended. Around 550 athletes from 45 countries participated between the 7th and 16th of March in the hopes of winning Olympic glory. Continue reading
May 23 marks the first ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2012, the campaign intends to raise awareness of this severely neglected health and human rights tragedy.
The campaign is active in more than 50 countries worldwide including African, Asian, Arab, and Latin American nations.
The big debate this week is the taboo subject of assisted suicide. In The Guardian this week, Paul Lamb’s story was told as he asked an English court to allow him to die via assisted suicide.
There is a massive question here on whether it is more important to try helping someone with overcoming depression via life, or overcoming pain via death. On a very personal note, it is something I once had to deal with when I was in and out of hospital for many years.
This week has been a bit of a mixed bag in the world of disability. News comes from issues of money, rights, celebrity, technology, and politics.
But first, in the world of health, “the prevalence of disability in children grew more than 16 percent in 10 years, according to findings presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, a gathering of four leading pediatric organizations held in Washington, D.C.”
The main increase was found in the diagnoses of neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. In fact, the prevalence of physical disabilities declined.
It has been a week of good news in much of the disability community. The start of the week saw two stories exemplifying the hidden abilities of those with autism. The first story came about as a result of, to speak lightly, unfortunate circumstance.
It was hoped that this week would end on a high after the U.K.’s Public Health Minister Anna Soubry announced a £4 million investment in the National Health Service’s stem cells services.
Unfortunately, as this editorial was being written, RT.com revealed that a four-year trial of an HIV vaccination proved to be “ineffective”. As a result, US authorities ended the clinical trials.
For nearly a year now, this website has aimed to discover if Disability Journalism is a possible form of journalism. It was done alongside research at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. What was found is that, much like Tom Wolfe and the New Journalism of the mid-20th century, it could be possible to have journalism done from the point of view of a disabled person.
However, the initial intent of the editor – a website featuring daily articles of disability issues written from within the disabled community – requires a dedicated team of writers as well as full-time focus from the editor. For the now, this is simply not possible.
Until such time when the aforementioned vision can come to fruition, NewsOnWheels will now mostly be dedicated to the spreading of disability issue news through Twitter (@NewsOnWheels) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/NewsOnWheels).
This will be supplemented by a weekly editorial in which the editor will discuss the major stories from the week. Furthermore, occasional contributions from other writers will be added such as those previously written by Michael Pulman and Olivia Shivas.
It is the express desire that this will, at least for now, fulfil the needs of those desiring news related to the disability community and the issues therein.