Estanara Magazine

Advancement of PDPI E-Newsletter

Editorial

Editorial

This month the muslim world is about to celebrate their second religious festival “Eid-Ul-Azha” , around the world they will be sacrificing goats, cows and camel to offer the Sunnah of prophet Ibrahim. Estanara Group is on the way to project its regular Qurbani Project like every year, we are going to perform collective Qurbani for benefiting the pwds and …

Read more.

---
The Future of Over 300,000 Autistic Children in Pakistan is in Your Hands

The Future of Over 300,000 Autistic Children in Pakistan is in Your Hands

An autistic child peers from between curtains at the Consulting Centre for Autism in Amman, Jordan. PHOTO: REUTERS Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder are more frequently discussed today. Yet, when it comes to autism, most people have no clue about what the condition entails. In fact, not just public but even healthcare practitioners are …

Read more.

---
A Lifeline Spread Long: Capturing Cultural Diversity, Beauty of Rural Life Through the Lens

A Lifeline Spread Long: Capturing Cultural Diversity, Beauty of Rural Life Through the Lens

The pictures on display at the Satrang Art Gallery of Mobeen Ansari which highlighted the hidden beauty of the country. PHOTOS: EXPRESS ISLAMABAD: An exhibition of photographs showcasing the unsung heroes of the country, is going on at Satrang Gallery. The exhibition “A Lifeline Spread Long” opened for public on Tuesday and will continue until September 15. “Photography has been  my …

Read more.

---
Disabled American-Pakistani Student Bullied into Confessing He is a Terrorist

Disabled American-Pakistani Student Bullied into Confessing He is a Terrorist

A 12-year-old middle school student of Pakistani origin was forced by a New York school administration to admit that he is a ‘terrorist’. The incident took place a few weeks back and now the family of the boy is filing a lawsuit against the school to claim damages. Nashwan Uppal is a US citizen of Pakistani origin and a Muslim …

Read more.

---
For Little People, Big Disappointment in the Job Market

For Little People, Big Disappointment in the Job Market

PHOTO: LITTLE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN Ridiculed and cast out for being shorter than the average person, people with dwarfism live a challenging life in Pakistan where being in public means getting pushed around, laughed at or worse: Picked up like a child without permission. When looking for a job, the stigma follows them to the interview room where most of …

Read more.

---
How Long are We Going to Continue Overlooking the Reality that Some Children are Differently-Abled?

How Long are We Going to Continue Overlooking the Reality that Some Children are Differently-Abled?

A learning disability does not mean a child will never be able to get an education. It simply means that more effort will be needed to ensure that the child gets the education he or she deserves   In the year 2013, the Pakistan Association for Difficulties in Learning (PADIL) revealed that over 1.8 million children in Pakistan were affected by …

Read more.

---
India Has a Long Road Ahead in Becoming a Disabled-Friendly Country

India Has a Long Road Ahead in Becoming a Disabled-Friendly Country

India is home to 2.7 crore people living with one or the other kind of disability. According to the 2011 Census, 2.21 percent of India’s population is disabled. Unlike the developed world, India’s disabled are made further socially vulnerable by lack of quality education, lack of women’s safety, and attitudinal barriers as they continue to grapple with the challenges of …

Read more.

---
Universal Design: The Basis of Empowerment of People with Disabilities

Universal Design: The Basis of Empowerment of People with Disabilities

Globally, there is a concept called Universal Design - a design that is usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of age, ability, or situation. According to the World Health Organisation, 15 per cent of the world’s population live with a disability and by definition are predisposed to be poor needing more resources to achieve the same standards …

Read more.

---
1 in 250 Hotel Rooms are for Them, India’s Disabled Struggle While Travelling

1 in 250 Hotel Rooms are for Them, India’s Disabled Struggle While Travelling

For Nidhi Goyal, walking around and using technology with ease in no big deal — you can’t tell she’s visually impaired. “Once people know you are blind, the stereotypes kick in and you are assumed to be feeble, hesitant, in need of help,” says Nidhi. But travel sets her back a bit! Travelling, whether for business or pleasure, is equally …

Read more.

---
Festival of Short Films Focuses on Disability

Festival of Short Films Focuses on Disability

New Delhi, A series of 19 films, most of which are less than 5 minutes long and directed by filmmakers from nine countries and focussing on prevalent stereotypes about disability and the disabled were recently awarded here. Films from Iran dominated the 13th edition of the 3-day 'We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues' that concluded last evening lapping up a total …

Read more.

---
‘Disability’ is Treated as ‘Inability’: The Politics of Reservation in India

‘Disability’ is Treated as ‘Inability’: The Politics of Reservation in India

  Reservation has always been a highly contested subject in India. The binaries between ‘reserved’ vs ‘deserved’ are created to show a picture where meritorious students are not picked and instead those with less merit get picked on the basis of reservation. The fight is put between the unreserved category candidates and those who come under SC/ST and OBC category. …

Read more.

---
NHRC Chief: Disable Women More Likely to be Harassed at Their Work Place

NHRC Chief: Disable Women More Likely to be Harassed at Their Work Place

Chairman of National Human Rights Commission Kazi Reazul Haque says disable persons, specially the disable women were likely to be sexually harrased at their work place. He made the statement at a seminar held at PSC Convention Hall in city’s Mirpur area arranged by Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) to observe their 20 years of establishment. In his speech …

Read more.

---
Socialisation and Recreation: The Perspective of a Person with Disability

Socialisation and Recreation: The Perspective of a Person with Disability

You may call us differently-abled, persons with disability, specially challenged, or physically challenged. Whatever name you use, at the end of the day we are all human. We have dreams and hopes; we have the capacity to do something. People with disabilities continue to prove themselves on many fronts. We are students at Dhaka University, we are lawyers, we hold …

Read more.

---
Disabled Cricketers Yet to Get Govt Jobs

Disabled Cricketers Yet to Get Govt Jobs

Disabled International Cricketer Vipul Sengupta, who had been a part of the Indian cricket team of disabled which brought Asia Cup home for the country in the year 2015 along with Mukesh Kanchan and Nishant Kumar Upadhyaya, is still waiting for a Government job and State help as promised by Chief Minister Raghubar Das one-and-a-half years ago. Das, during a …

Read more.

---
Bangladeshi Family with Autistic Son Gets Residency After Ministerial Intervention

Bangladeshi Family with Autistic Son Gets Residency After Ministerial Intervention

Dr Biswajit Banik and his wife Dr Sarmin Sayeed with their autistic son Arkojeet Banik. Photo: Chris Hopkins A Bangladeshi family whose application for permanent residency was rejected because of their autistic child has been granted the residency after an intervention from Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. Dr Biswajit Banik, now a lecturer at Monash University, and his GP wife Dr …

Read more.

---
Book Review: What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

Book Review: What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

A powerful novel that takes you into a space where claustrophobia is almost physical Nayomi Munaweera Do yourself a favour while reading this book—for read it you must, if you have even a tangential interest in its principal themes—and pace it so that you face the last few chapters well ahead of bedtime. What Lies Between Us is not a novel that …

Read more.

---
While Bodhi Bhattarai Climbs Mountains in Concord, a Family Friend is Doing the Same in Tanzania – on Mt. Kilimanjaro 

While Bodhi Bhattarai Climbs Mountains in Concord, a Family Friend is Doing the Same in Tanzania – on Mt. Kilimanjaro 

Bodhi Bhattarai visits the State House to get his copy of the 2016 SMA Awareness Month Gubernatorial Proclamation. Courtesy Mike Degagne poses for a photo on Mount Toubkal in Morocco. He’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a cure for spinal muscular atrophy. Courtesy Something happened to Mike DeGagne about a year ago, something that moved him to climb a mountain. Earlier, …

Read more.

---
New Mobility for People Living with Disability in DRC

New Mobility for People Living with Disability in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo is making small but meaningful steps toward better access for people living with disabilities. Robert Mboyo is limping through the campus of a hospital in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the far side of a parking lot lies a small workshop. Mechanics are busy screwing parts onto a bright yellow, …

Read more.

---
Having a Disability Means I'm a Victim of Segregation, Even if Nobody Recognises It

Having a Disability Means I'm a Victim of Segregation, Even if Nobody Recognises It

A few years ago, I was out in the city with some friends having the time of my life and the night only got better when someone suggested we get pancakes. Breakfast food at night is always fun, so as we turned the corner to get to the restaurant I probably had a stupid grin on my face. This was quickly replaced …

Read more.

---
What Disability Means

What Disability Means

Last week, The Times opened a series about disability, broadly considered, with an essay about disability, pride, and identity by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. We asked readers to share their own stories in the comments and on Facebook. Making Change I was diagnosed with a degenerative disability early in life, but appeared able-bodied and mostly “fit in” — physically, at least. As an adult, I …

Read more.

---