disability

A man and his guide dog on a train platform
Feb 11 '20 18:30

National railway NS is releasing a new app to provide better information and assistance to passengers with a visual impairment. The app takes the most current information available on platform screens and provides in a manner which can be more easily read by those who have difficulty seeing the digital boards.

“I can now determine for myself which train departs from a platform and check whether I am in the right position,” said Peter Waalboer in a press release issued by NS. He was one of the app’s early testers. “This makes my train journey a little more independent.”

Primary school classroom
Feb 4 '20 14:20

The majority of children with multiple disabilities can't go to school, mainly because schools cannot provide the complex care that the child needs, according to a survey among parents of children with multiple disabilities by De Telegraaf and Reporter Radio.

59 percent of the surveyed parents said that their child is not following any form of education. In most cases this is because schools cannot properly provide for their child's needs. 

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Dec 6 '19 11:10

Young people with a disability such as Down's syndrome are forced to leave school at age 18 in some regions of the Netherlands, while they are legally entitled to education until they are 20, according to a study by Reporter Radio. Special education schools stress that continuing education is crucial for these young people's development, NRC reports.

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Dec 3 '19 08:14

The position of people with disabilities in the Netherlands is deteriorating. Over the past three years, it has become more difficult for people with disabilities to fully participate in society, according to a report commissioned by the UN Convention Alliance, a collaboration of five organizations that advocate for people with disabilities, which will be handed to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Tuesday, Trouw reports.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Oct 31 '19 15:20

Sven Romkes from Assen managed to just get a spot with his wheelchair in a packed train from Almere station to the north on Tuesday evening. But two young men decided they'd rather have his spot. They picked him up, wheelchair and all, and carried him off the train. Romkes was left on the platform, watching the intercity train to Leeuwarden leave without him, De Stentor reports.

Woman casting her vote at an Amsterdam polling station, 21 March 2018
May 17 '19 08:50

People with disabilities in the Netherlands still experience difficulties when going to cast their votes. After the Provincial States elections the voting hotline of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights received 188 reports about the accessibility of polling stations, compared to 148 reports after the municipal elections in 2018, NOS reports.

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Apr 16 '18 08:14

The number of complaints about discrimination against people with disabilities reached a record high last year. The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights received a total of 810 such complaints, compared to 579 in 2016 and 342 in 2015, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mark Rutte
Apr 9 '18 08:58

Prime Minister Mark Rutte responded to a letter from 21-year-old Noortje van Lith from Roosendaal. The young woman, who is bound to a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, expressed concern over him supporting a legislative proposal stating that people with a disability can be paid less than minimum wage.

Oct 24 '17 13:20

People with disabilities or health problems in the Netherlands have a hard time finding work. Half of organizations do not want to hire people with disabilities or other health problems, according to a study among 3 thousand employers by social and cultural planning office SCP, BNR reports.

Half of the organizations indicated that they don't want to hire additional people with health restrictions. Two thirds said that they feel responsible for hiring people with disabilities or health problems, but only 11 percent actually intend to do so. 

Health insurance
Sep 28 '17 13:30

Two directors of healthcare agencies in the Zaanstad and Tilburg region were arrested on suspicion of fraud with the personal healthcare budgets of disabled young people. According to the Public Prosecutor, they are suspected of fraud and forgery involving around 4 million euros, ANP reports.

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Oct 11 '16 08:58

Children's rights organizations Save the Children and Defense for Children are calling on the Dutch government to do more to fight poverty among hundreds of thousands of kids in the Netherlands

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Jul 29 '16 13:40

Ben Arends, a 61-year-old wheelchair bound man living in Kaatsheuvel, and his service dog Anton was twice threatened and attacked by the same cyclist over the past week

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Jul 28 '16 08:18

Amsterdam police rescued a wheelchair bound boy from a very busy intersection on Wednesday last week, the Nieuw-West Zuid police said on Facebook. The underage boy is deaf and has both mental and physical disabilities. He was left stranded after his taxi dropped him off at the wrong location.

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Jul 25 '16 10:55

Last year the wage costs to companies per hour worked increased by 0.6 percent, compared to 2014, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. That is the smallest increase in the past 20 years. The low increase can mainly be attributed to lower employers contributions.

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Jul 1 '16 10:16

State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health allocated 13.2 million euros for improving care for disabled people and getting it ready for the future, he wrote to parliament on Friday

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May 21 '15 17:25

Currently, employers have to pay their workers when they take medical leave because of an injury they get outside of their job. This should not be the financial responsibility of employers, argues the VVD, but rather employees should purchase insurance to cover them in case of an accident.

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May 20 '15 12:43

This year for the first time more people took a break from the labor market because of stress and physiological reasons as compared to physical symptoms. More than 415,000 people are currently on disability leave because of a mental illness or a behavioral disorder, newspaper Trouw determined in an analysis of Statistics Netherlands (CBS) data.

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Jan 29 '15 14:32

Only one third of the Netherlands' disabled worked over 12 hours a week in 2013, according to research released Thursday by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

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Dec 2 '14 11:46

Psychological problems cost Dutch businesses 20 billion euro every year. This includes the costs of care, absenteeism, loss of productivity and disability. The 20 billion euro is about 3 percent of the size of the Dutch economy.

Eggs
Apr 22 '14 16:00

Scientist and entrepreneur Jos Nelissen and Maastricht University have, after seven years of study and research, developed an egg that could prevent blindness. This is the world's first development of its kind.

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