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Editorial

Editorial

Eleven years ago on 8th October 2005 a tragic disaster occurred, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude hit Pakistan and Kashmir perished nearly 90,000 lives and uprooted 3 million people. It does not stop there, five years later in 2010 Pakistan faced another unprecedented catastrophe floods that affected almost 20 million people and inflicted an estimated loss of Rs855 billion. Since …

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With Sign Language, I Am Equal

With Sign Language, I Am Equal

Recently, World Deaf Day was celebrated to focus on the problems of those with hearing impairment. You! takes a look... Many of us don’t realize it, but we are blessed to have all five of our senses which include sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. You lose one sense and the journey of how you experience life completely changes. Such …

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Meet Pakistan's Wonder Boys Reimagining Special Education

Meet Pakistan's Wonder Boys Reimagining Special Education

The Founders of WonderTree (L-R): Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Waqas and Ahmed Bukhari. Source: WonderTree. I cover art and culture: from the superstars to the overlooked heroes.  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Taking home third prize at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Tech-I Startup Competitionheld at Stanford University this year, WonderTree, a Pakistani start-up from Karachi, is …

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Centre Misleading Nation Over Disability Pension, says Amarinder Singh

Centre Misleading Nation Over Disability Pension, says Amarinder Singh

 Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh . PTI Photo  Terming as "ridiculous" the fact that there was not a single person from the armed forces on the 7th Pay Commission panel, the Congress leader said figures were being interpreted Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Friday accused the Narendra Modigovernment at the Centre of misleading the nation over the issue of disability pension of …

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Access and Understanding: Exploring the Challenges of Disability in India

Access and Understanding: Exploring the Challenges of Disability in India

In India, persons with disabilities are largely invisible due to lack of accessibility or acceptability in public spaces. They can also be deliberately unseen as people avert their eyes. Shivaji Nagar assaults your senses. It’s noisy. It’s beyond crowded. It smells. Sitting adjacent to the largest open garbage dump in Asia, Shivaji Nagar is not one of Mumbai’s largest slums, …

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Not Working

Not Working

Many financial cooperatives in Nepal are not open for business for vulnerable and disadvantaged youths Oct 7, 2016- In recent months, quite a few bills related to the economy have been passed by Parliament, showing a renascent interest of the government in harnessing the business potential of the country. Last among them, the Industrial Enterprise Act has been welcomed by …

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Fan's Dream Comes True After Sight Restored

Fan's Dream Comes True After Sight Restored

Blind from his infancy, 19-year-old fan finally had opportunity to see his favorite team in action. DHAKA (AFP) - Blind from his infancy, 19-year-old Bangladeshi cricket fan Samiul Islam finally had the opportunity to see his favourite team in action on Sunday after his eyesight was restored following an operation funded by a reality TV show. Hailing from a poor labourer s family …

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‘They are Our Children Too’

‘They are Our Children Too’

A clinic Being held in a tiny space by the Department of Disability Studies of the Kelaniya University’s Medical Faculty. Pic by Amila Gamage Namal Udayanga is no more. From a remote village in Hambantota, this 20-year-old died in April. But his memory and the anguished efforts of his parents living in abject poverty who toiled against all odds not only …

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Polio Survivors Face New Disability

Polio Survivors Face New Disability

With polio now occurring in just two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan — investments in medical aid and healthcare are now deemed urgent for polio survivors as they battle the onset of the post-polio syndrome (PPS) decades after first contracting the disease. The first Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference held in Sydney (20-22 September) discussed the treatment options focusing on neurological and biomechanical decline due …

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It’s Time to Tackle the Largest Unaddressed Disability in the World

It’s Time to Tackle the Largest Unaddressed Disability in the World

Why smartphones will solve the world's vision crisis. Vula Mobile: The App Changing Rural Healthcare Two years ago, a team of specialist ophthalmologists and optometrists began a new pilot trial in rural China . Together, they tested the eyesight of more than 3,000 students, providing a free pair of glasses to those in need of vision correction. A separate trial took place in …

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Theater: One-Man Show in Warwick Dumps Disability Stereotypes

Theater: One-Man Show in Warwick Dumps Disability Stereotypes

Rhode Island College grad Brennan Srisirikul, who has cerebral palsy, brings "In My Own Little Corner" to Ocean State Theatre Company's Cabaret Club on Tuesday. "In my own little corner in my own little chair / I can be whatever I want to be." — "In My Own Little Corner," Rodgers and Hammerstein Brennan Srisirikul sits in a motorized wheelchair …

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How Did Disabilities Become a Partisan Issue?

How Did Disabilities Become a Partisan Issue?

Hillary Clinton’s speech Wednesday, advocating for greater support for people with disabilities, shows how a matter that was once universal has become as polarized as the rest of politics. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton is giving a speech focused in part on Americans with disabilities, and the need to help all of them. It’s a rather warm-and-fuzzy topic for such an …

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Five of America’s Best Cities for Those with a Disability are in Arizona

Five of America’s Best Cities for Those with a Disability are in Arizona

PHOENIX — Arizona is home to several of the nation’s best cities for those with a disability, a study released Tuesday said. WalletHub, a financial website, ranked five Arizona cities — Scottsdale, Gilbert, Peoria, Chandler and Tempe — in the top 15 of a nationwide look at the most disability-friendly cities. Scottsdale was ranked second on the list. According to WalletHub, it has …

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Disability Rights Group Sues Uber Over Wheelchair Access

Disability Rights Group Sues Uber Over Wheelchair Access

In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber does offer a service which allows would-be customers to locate vehicles with ramps or lifts A Chicago disability rights group sued Uber Thursday over wheelchair accessibility, arguing that the mobile ride-hailing company's adherence to federal disability laws "ranges from token to non-existent" …

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Chronic Sleep Problems Inked to Disability Later in Life

Chronic Sleep Problems Inked to Disability Later in Life

IN adults of all ages, chronic sleep problems were linked with a greater risk of trouble with activities of daily living later in life, in a recent study. Although disability rates have been falling, up to one in five seniors have at least one limitation in their ability to perform tasks, the researchers write in the Journal of the American …

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