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Editorial

Editorial

In the absence of an updated census, the state of Pakistan is currently completely unaware of the number of persons with disabilities (PWDs) within its jurisdiction, let alone the difficulties they face on a daily basis owing to the lack of a proper framework for the protection and promotion of their rights. Fundamental human rights, such as the right to …

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An Inspiring Young Tribal Activist for Women with Disabilities

An Inspiring Young Tribal Activist for Women with Disabilities

PESHAWAR: “In the scorching heat, I used to take 15 minutes on crutches to reach school when other kids reached there in three minutes only but I didn’t give up, a thing that made me strong,” says Afshan Afridi, a microbiology researcher and the National Forum for Women with Disabilities Khyber Pakhtunkhwa coordinator. Hailing from the weapon-making semi-tribal region of …

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UN Rights Experts Urge Pakistan Authorities to Halt Execution of Man with Disability

UN Rights Experts Urge Pakistan Authorities to Halt Execution of Man with Disability

Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi 27 September 2016 – Four United Nations human rights experts today urged authorities in Pakistan to halt the execution of Imdad Ali, a man with a psychosocial disability, and to re-try him in compliance with international standards. “It is a violation of death penalty safeguards to impose capital punishment on individuals with a psychosocial disability,” the UN …

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Autonomic Dysreflexia

Autonomic Dysreflexia

I myself is a c6 quadriplegic. Quite often I face Autonomic dysreflexia. It is a very dangerous condition. One should have a very thorough understanding of its symptoms, causes and treatment to avoid any harm due to it. In the lines below you will read in detail about all that. What is autonamic dysreflexia? Autonomic dysreflexia is a very dangerous …

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Pakistan’s Paralympic Medallist Awaits Cash Award

Pakistan’s Paralympic Medallist Awaits Cash Award

ISLAMABAD: Despite Paralympian Haider Ali’s bronze-winning exploits in Rio de Janeiro, the 31-year-old athlete is still awaiting any form of recognition from the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). To Ali, a Pakistan’s long jumper who won the medal at the Rio Paralympics Games this year, his physical disability is a gift from God. “Had I not been a special person, I would …

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TBI Blogs: Technology is Helping Disabled Women in India Stand up Against Violence & Demand Their Rights

TBI Blogs: Technology is Helping Disabled Women in India Stand up Against Violence & Demand Their Rights

Girls use the Azadi Ki Udaan app which has answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) under four categories – domestic violence, health, rights and government schemes for women with disabilities. Image Credit: Rakhi Ghosh\WFS From domestic violence and health, to their rights and government schemes, the Azadi Ki Udaan app is helping disabled women in the country take their first steps …

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Pre-Empting Cardiovascular Disease in Young Indians

Pre-Empting Cardiovascular Disease in Young Indians

By 2020, Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) will be the largest cause of death and disability in India. By 2020, Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) will be the largest cause of death and disability in India.by  Dr. Naresh Trehan,  Chief Cardiac Surgeon—Medanta & Dr. Ravi Kasliwal, Chairman, Clinical and Preventive Cardiology—Medanta By 2020, Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) will be the largest cause of death …

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Talented Dwarf, the First to Win Gold Medal for Home Country, Named Ambassador of Nationwide Campaign

Talented Dwarf, the First to Win Gold Medal for Home Country, Named Ambassador of Nationwide Campaign

A talented dwarf has been named an ambassador of a new nationwide campaign that encourages disabled people to become more active. Randika Doling, 30, of Westfield Close, Cheam, represented Sri Lanka at the World Dwarf Games 2013 in the US, and was the first to represent the country at an international event and to win a gold medal. Ms Doling said …

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Seeking A Care-Free Life

Seeking A Care-Free Life

Pictures by Kanchana Kumara The plight of the disabled, or to be specific, differently-able people in Sri Lanka has not improved despite a hue and cry from all quarters for the betterment of some 10 per cent of society, claims a victim who is multi talented and true to the words ‘differently able’. “The saddest part is whatever achievement we …

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Challenge Against Disability- Guwahati Lad to Take Part in Floorball Competition in Austria

Challenge Against Disability- Guwahati Lad to Take Part in Floorball Competition in Austria

Partha Sarathi Sinha (centre), Meghali Deka (right) and Rajib Prakash Baruah pose with the painting in Guwahati Guwahati, Oct. 2: A 16-year-old differently abled boy from the city will participate in the World Winter Games to be held in Austria from March 14 to March 25 next year. The Northeast coordinator of Special Olympics Bharat (SOB), Anjana Goswami, said Rohan …

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Hard Emotions Opens at AFD

Hard Emotions Opens at AFD

Sculpture exhibition for a cause A Correspondent “Hard Emotions”, a solo exhibition of scrap metal sculpture by Arhamul Huq Chowdhury opened yesterday at the La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD). The exhibition was jointly inaugurated by three physically challenged individuals. Bruno Plasse, Director of AFD, welcomed the guests and presided over the opening ceremony. The sculptures were done …

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World Tourism Day Celebrated

World Tourism Day Celebrated

The World Tourism Day 2016 was celebrated in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country with a call for making tourism accessible and affordable to all. Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and private sector arranged various programmes, including seminars and rallies, in the capital and outside of it marking the day. A colourful rally was brought out from …

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Disability Chief Calls on ICC to Raise Its Game

Disability Chief Calls on ICC to Raise Its Game

England's Physical Disability team pose with the ICRC International T20 Tournament trophy © Getty Images The ICC has been challenged to do more for disability cricket if they are to justify the claim of governing a truly global game. The call was made by Ian Martin, the ECB's head of disability cricket, as the organisation seek to stage a World …

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Hong Kong Plays Part in Disabled-Clothing Design Revolution

Hong Kong Plays Part in Disabled-Clothing Design Revolution

Adaptive clothing for the disabled is taking off in a big way and one local design centre is doing its bit to make dressing, sport and daily life a little easier for the physically challenged When 36-year-old Mindy Lim attended a week-long basketball technical camp, it wasn’t the gruelling schedule that bothered her. It was the rashes she developed on …

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Toronto Group Wants to Engage with Young Muslims on Disability Issues

Toronto Group Wants to Engage with Young Muslims on Disability Issues

The Dignity Tour campaign starts in Toronto before heading to Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. PHOTO BY ALEX HORI IDRF members Farheen Khan (left), Leanne Saldanha, Jessica Ferne and Hamid Khan are among the organizers of the Dignity Tour campaign, which starts Friday in Toronto. The challenges of living with disabilities know no religious boundaries. That’s why a Toronto group is …

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Facebook's First Blind Engineer is Revolutionizing Social Media as We Know It

Facebook's First Blind Engineer is Revolutionizing Social Media as We Know It

 Matt King, Facebook's first blind engineer IMAGE: FACEBOOK Halfway through Matt King’s presentation, the screen goes dark. It’s the kind of glitch that might make a man sweat in front of the audience. But this is no glitch. King has done it deliberately to bring us into his world, however disorienting it might be for the rest of the room. …

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Playgrounds in Cork to be Disability Friendly

Playgrounds in Cork to be Disability Friendly

Cork County Council has agreed to ensure that its 140 playgrounds will be disability-friendly. Acting county manager Declan Daly said the local authority would look favourably at making the facilities more accessible to disabled children, after being lobbied by local councillors. Independent Marcia D’Alton said 13% of people in Co Cork have a disability, and 6,000 are children under the …

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Blind Guests Fear for Future of Three Specialist Hotels Sold by Charity

Blind Guests Fear for Future of Three Specialist Hotels Sold by Charity

Action for Blind People says it cannot afford the upkeep of three hotels in Devon, Somerset and the Lake District The Lauriston hotel in Weston-super-Mare has staff specially trained to cater for blind guests. Photograph: Simon Williams The futures of the UK’s three remaining specialist hotels for blind people are in doubt, sparking fears that visually impaired people could be …

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The Reality of Life as a Disabled Clubber

The Reality of Life as a Disabled Clubber

Image copyright CHRIS JEPSON Image caption Sam Renke, pictured right on a night out, thinks that accessibility to nightclubs is slowly improving for disabled people despite many barriers A night out clubbing is something most young people take for granted. But even if they get past the bouncer, life on the dance floor can sometimes be difficult for those with …

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