News Round-Up 2nd February

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With certain subjects hogging the headlines of late, it’s easy to miss some of the other developments that have taken place this past week. So here at Dancing Giraffe, we have decided to collate some of the stories that you may have missed.

Schools in New Jersey now required to teach disability-inclusive material

An interesting development has been reported on the CNN website this week. New Jersey has become the second state in the US to require schools to teach LGBT and disability-inclusive material. CNN report that Governor Phil Murphy said he was “honored to sign the bill that make teaching about the rich contributions and accomplishments of our LGBTQ community and those with disabilities mandatory”.

Royal Shakespeare Company to cast disabled actors in new productions

The Guardian reports that the Royal Shakespeare Company plan to ‘level the playing field’ for actors with disabilities by casting them in their new productions. These productions include As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure. More on the story can be found on the Guardian website.

BBC to screen series of Documentaries marking Mental Health Awareness Week

Alastair Campbell, Nadiya Hussain and actor David Harewood will take part in a series of documentaries to be screened on the BBC later this year. Alastair Campbell will talk about his life-long battle with depression and Homeland actor Harewood will discuss his being sectioned at the age of 23 in a film titled, Psychosis and Me. The documentaries will be shown on BBC2 during Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place 13th and 19th of May. More on the story can be found on the BT website.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be star of Superbowl Advert

Engadget report that US Network CBS will air a 60 second advert during their Superbowl coverage this weekend. The advert will highlight how the Xbox adaptive controller helps gamers with disabilities. More details on the controller can be found on the Xbox website.

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