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A new report has revealed that Pakistan could be losing 6.3% of its GDP due to the exclusion of persons with disabilities (PwDs). If this continues, the economic cost of exclusion is estimated at USD $33 million per day, every day. The research: ‘Moving from the Margins: Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in Pakistan’, produced for the British Council by the …

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Visually Impaired Sisters Fighting All Odds to Financially Support Parents

Visually Impaired Sisters Fighting All Odds to Financially Support Parents

The girls have opened a small shop inside their house to earn livelihood. ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Two zealous and fervent blind sisters while fighting with disability in Islamabad became support of their elderly parents. A 24-year-old Yasmin and 22-year-old Naseem are determined in living their lives without anyone’s assistance as they have opened a small shop inside their house …

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Pakistani Scientists Discover 30 New Genes Causing Mental Retardation

Pakistani Scientists Discover 30 New Genes Causing Mental Retardation

ISLAMABAD:  A group of Pakistani researchers has discovered some 30 genes causing mental retardation in the local population, paving the way for preventive measures to reduce intellectual disabilities in the future generations. The landmark discovery has been made by a team of 12 professors from the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) of Islamabad working in collaboration with scientists …

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Paralympic | Have We Earned the Right to Cheer India's Para-Athletes in Rio?

Paralympic | Have We Earned the Right to Cheer India's Para-Athletes in Rio?

Girisha, India's lone medalist at the 2012 Paralympics © Getty Images Let's cheer our Paralympic athletes, but let's also become a disabled-friendly nation for the next 10 days Invasions and human immigrations have shaped the world we live in since time immemorial. One of those immigrants—Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann—fled Nazi Germany before the start of the Second World War and arrived in England …

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Lack of media coverage for Rio Paralympics in India draws flak

Lack of media coverage for Rio Paralympics in India draws flak

 A visually impaired woman participates in a rally to make the masses aware of Paralympics and disability sports ahead of Rio Paralympics 2016, in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI) In a surprising move, none of the Indian broadcasters (including Doordarshan) have bought the rights to broadcast the Paralympics. New Delhi: As the world gears up for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games …

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Why Does the Women's Rights Movement Marginalise Women with Disabilities?

Why Does the Women's Rights Movement Marginalise Women with Disabilities?

 A woman smiles after receiving a mobility tricycle in Secunderabad, India. Photograph: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty It is hard to fathom why women with disabilities, who face issues central to the women’s rights agenda, are often kept on the fringes of the gender justice debate Civil law in Pakistan permits men to have up to four wives but Noori, a visually impaired …

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Bangladesh Shows the Way Again in Care for Neurodevelopment Disorders to World

Bangladesh Shows the Way Again in Care for Neurodevelopment Disorders to World

Bangladesh has become the “first country” in the developing world to make a detail strategic plan for neurodevelopment disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disability for the next five years. “Our vision is to provide ‘equitable’ opportunity for them and to include them as a contributing members of the society,” mental health expert Saima Wazed Hossain …

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Rising Against The Odds

Rising Against The Odds

“Just because he could not walk he did not let himself down. He worked with much enthusiasm. So we too did not made him feel different. Like our two other children we took him wherever we went. We went on trips to places like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. We never discriminated him. We sent him to normal pre-schools and schools. …

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Blades of Gold

Blades of Gold

Recognizing persons with disabilities in the sport sector would be a positive step towards their inclusion in society Sep 7, 2016- With the Paralympics Games starting in Rio de Janeiro today, it is an important day not only for people living with disabilities but for the entire sports community. With thousands of athletes representing more than 170 countries and competing …

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Change Mindsets, Not Training, for Special-Needs Players

Change Mindsets, Not Training, for Special-Needs Players

Adam Stapleton (left) and Dan Saughter of Tottenham Hotspur, Head...   On Saturday, 22 coaches from the region participated in the training... Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the Special Olympics spreading an eye-opening message to football coaches SINGAPORE — In more than 10 years of working in disability sport and football, Dan Slaughter has often been asked by coaches from all over …

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Sport Helping to Rehabilitate Victims of War and Armed Violence

Sport Helping to Rehabilitate Victims of War and Armed Violence

A young student at a school for disabled children in the poor neighborhood of Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi Guinea-Bissau team's wheelchair basketball player Tino Lopes (centre) is an example of triumph over challenge. He lost his leg movements as a child, faced prejudice and isolation, but found in sports a means to reintegrating himself. Sylvain Cherkaoui/Agência …

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Naked, Malnourished and Shackled in Rusty Chains: Harrowing Pictures Reveal What Life is Like Inside Indonesian Mental Asylums

Naked, Malnourished and Shackled in Rusty Chains: Harrowing Pictures Reveal What Life is Like Inside Indonesian Mental Asylums

A mentally ill man is chained to a pillar at Yayasan Al-Fajar Berseri Rehabilitation Center in Bekasi, Indonesia. He is one of 18,800 people forced to live in the deplorable conditions of Indonesian mental asylums Almost 19,000 people are forced to live in the deplorable conditions of Indonesian mental asylums Photos taken at a facility near Jakarta show naked and malnourished patients shackled …

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Why We Will Fail in the Fight Against Zika

Why We Will Fail in the Fight Against Zika

When our children became disabled as a result of Zika, let’s not blame others but ourselves as a nation. I hope the title has encouraged you to read this article. It is not meant to be pessimistic but a realistic look at our current situation. The opinions expressed here are personal and do not reflect those of the organisation I …

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Kazakhstan Cafe Uses Employment to Fight Disability Stigma

Kazakhstan Cafe Uses Employment to Fight Disability Stigma

Pictured is the front of Training Cafe in Almaty. Photo was uploaded to the Training Cafe Facebook page on July 14, 2015. With its simple menu and casual atmosphere, the Training Cafe looks like many other local eateries in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty. But unlike the others, its 40-person staff is exclusively composed of patients from local psychiatric institutions. The …

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US Rowers Aim for Gold in the Rio Paralympics

US Rowers Aim for Gold in the Rio Paralympics

From left, Paralympians Dorian Weber and Zachary Burns train on the Charles River. Rowing coach Ellen Minzner drove a motor boat down the Charles River alongside two men in a crew boat, calling out instructions to them. They each pulled a single oar, powerfully and in perfect unison. For this practice, two female teammates rowed in a separate boat. They …

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Society Advocates Voting Right for Mental Patients

Society Advocates Voting Right for Mental Patients

Mr Humphrey Kofie interacting with participants in the Community Durbar at Nima in Accra. Picture: MAXWELL OCLOO The Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG) is advocating the inclusion and participation of persons with psychosocial disability in the electoral process. It has argued that even though Article 42 of the 1992 Constitution provides the right of persons above 18 years and …

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The Reality of Public Transportation for Disabled People

The Reality of Public Transportation for Disabled People

(Photo: El Comercio) Milagors Ruiz suffered an accident two years ago in one of the Metropolitano buses that wasn’t specially equipped for wheelchairs. “I feel like I fulfill my mission after two years,” concluded Milagros Ruiz – a 33-year-old journalist with a motor disability – after Indecopi ruled in her favor after a two year confrontation with Pro Transport and a Metropolitano operator. For …

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