‘Pick up the pace’: Veterans ombud on report outlining delays in disability claims

The Office of the Veterans Ombudsman has released its 2021 report card. It says that the government has fallen behind in providing equitable access to veterans’ benefits and services. The veterans ombudsperson, retired colonel Nishika Jardine, tells Power & Politics her message to Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay is to pick up the pace.

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Defying disability to earn a living in Gaza

Hussam Jarboa, a Palestinian from Gaza who lost his left leg in 2018 when he was hit by a bullet from Israeli troops, hopes to open a tile factory that would provide employment to other disabled people

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Campaigner loses battle in court over disability screening and abortion

The High Court has dismissed a case that was brought by a 26-year-old woman with Down’s Syndrome who’d argued that the current regulations around abortion discriminate against people like her.

The judges found the legislation is legal and aims to balance the rights of women and the unborn child. But Heidi Carter, who brought the case, maintains that’s wrong and says she will fight on.

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Biden fires Down syndrome advocate from disability board

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Tool makes physical disability no barrier to creativity

A simple device that attaches to a wheelchair allows even people with physical disabilities to draw or paint and express themselves through art.

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Yip Pin Xiu crowned Sportswoman of the Year at Singapore Disability Sports Awards

Three-time Paralympics gold medallist and double world record holder Yip Pin Xiu has been crowned Singapore’s Sportswoman of the Year at the Singapore Disability Sports Awards. It is her second triumph in the category in three years. Seven other athletes have also been recognised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council. CNA spoke to Inez Hung, Captain of the Goalball Women’s Team, which won the Team of the Year (Resilience); and winner of the Community Impact Award (Volunteering), Nigel Goh, who is a volunteer with the Para Powerlifting team.

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