State Prescription Drug Return, Reuse, and Recycling Laws

Last updated: July 20, 2019

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Donate Medicines and Medical supplies

From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Pharmaceutical donation and reuse programs are distinct prescription drug programs providing for unused prescription drugs to be donated and re-dispensed to patients. Such drug repository programs began with state legislative action in 1997. As of fall 2018 there are 38 states and Guam with enacted laws for donation and reuse.

Although states have passed laws establishing these programs, more than a dozen of these states do not have functioning or operational programs. "Operational programs" are those states that have participating pharmacies, charitable clinics, and/or hospitals collecting and redistributing donated drugs to eligible patients. Some common obstacles are the lack of awareness about the programs, no central agency or entity designated to operate and fund the program, and added work and responsibility for repository sites that accept the donations.

Read more of this post at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-prescription-drug-return-reuse-and-recycling.aspx

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New Charter for Persons with Disabilities at WHS

Last updated: May 27, 2016

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Photo of a panel of people and observers at the United Nations
Special Session on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Humanitarian Action

A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the Special Session on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Humanitarian Action of the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey on 24 May, 2016

‘The intersection between humanitarian crises and persons with disabilities is very strong,’ said Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ‘Persons with disabilities are always left behind and the humanitarian response is very complicated because there is no planning to address their needs. We see that constantly – in armed conflict situations, and natural disasters.’

The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (.pdf) urges government representatives as well as leaders of non-governmental organizations and funding bodies to ensure that their future humanitarian actions will be inclusive of people with disabilities, based on five principals:

  • non-discrimination and recognition of the diversity of people with disabilities;
  • involvement of people with disabilities in developing humanitarian programs;
  • ensuring services and humanitarian assistance are equally available for and accessible to all people with disabilities;
  • implementation of inclusive global policies; and
  • cooperation and coordination among humanitarian actors to improve inclusion of people with disabilities.
Source from the UN News Centre, 25 May 2016

Read more at https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/news/dspd/new-charter-for-persons-with-disabilities-at-whs.html

Accessibility and UUX SIGS

Last updated: April 17, 2019

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What is a SIG?

A Special Interest Group (SIG) gives people who have shared interests in a specific topic or field a place to combine their knowledge, share their experience, and support others.

  • ACM/SIGACCESS – Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, promotes the interests of professionals working on research and development of computing and information technology to help persons with disabilities.
  • ACM/SIGDOC – Special Interest Group for Documentation
  • ACM/SIGWEB – Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and Web
  • ACM/HFES – Special Interest Group for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • ACM/SIGCHI – Special interest group on Computer-Human Interaction
  • ACM/SIGCHI | UX SIG [Finland]
  • ACM/SIG UX – Special Interest Group for User Interface Design
  • ASUG/UX SIG – Special Interest Group for User Experience for SAP UX
  • STC Accessibility SIG – Special Interest Group for accessibility in technical communication and documentation in the Society for Technical Communication (STC).
  • STC UUX SIG – Special Interest Group for Usability & User Experience in the Society for Technical Communication (STC).
  • UXSIG – Special Interest Group for user experience on the latest software and technology products.