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Editorial

Editorial

Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. Facing daily discrimination in the form of negative attitudes, lack of adequate policies and legislation, they are effectively barred from realizing their rights to healthcare, education, and even survival. Estimates suggest that there are at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world, but numbers …

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More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye

Karachi: Samina sits at the centre of towering piles of books. She guides her hand, swiftly, yet firmly over an etched metal sheet. She recites what her fingers interpret. She reads a verse from the Quran, chapter five. Then she suddenly stops, and says that there is a mistake; apparently one of the protrusions was not made in the proper place …

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‘Journalists More Prone to Stroke, Heart Ailments’

‘Journalists More Prone to Stroke, Heart Ailments’

KARACHI: The experienced medical professionals noted that journalists are more prone to strokes compared to common citizens because obesity, tobacco use and lack of exercise make them more susceptible to disease. On the world stroke day, Health Committee of Karachi Press Club (KPC) in collaboration with Neurology Awareness and Research Foundation (NARF) organized medical screening camp Thursday where renowned physicians …

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Indian Mythology Has a Problem With Disability

Indian Mythology Has a Problem With Disability

Sanjaya meets Dhritarashtra as his envoy for peace negotiations. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Our epics teach us to discriminate against disabled people by portraying them negatively and telling us their condition is because of sins committed in past lives. It is said that one can find every aspect of life in the Mahabharata and if one doesn’t find what one want’s there, then there is little …

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It’s A Hard Life For Dwarfs In India

It’s A Hard Life For Dwarfs In India

Mahendra Vinayak Agavni, 45, a resident of Kurla in Mumbai has had a tough day in the city’s suburban trains. It’s an ordeal he faces pretty much everywhere he goes. Agavni, a peon in the Indian Navy, is a dwarf or a ‘little person’, as they are known. Standing 3 feet 5 inches tall, for close to 20 years now, …

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On Guard: Protecting Against a Stroke’s Blow

On Guard: Protecting Against a Stroke’s Blow

How to prevent, detect and respond to brain strokes The human brain is uniquely complex. The billions of neurons it contains provide the substance of reason and thought, while the functions it controls define our every move. But when the brain is deprived of blood and the oxygen it carries, or when bleeding inundates surrounding tissue and causes the brain …

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Disability Chief Calls on ICC to Raise Its Game

Disability Chief Calls on ICC to Raise Its Game

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (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 Championship for physically disabled cricketers in 2019. The first disability World …

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ENSURING RIGHTS OFTHE WOMEN WITH DISABILITY

ENSURING RIGHTS OFTHE WOMEN WITH DISABILITY

The rights of women with disabilities (WWD) are one of most ignored issues in Bangladesh. Women with disabilities are deprived of rights and privileges because of the existing social attitude towards them. Approximately 15 million people suffer from various disabilities, but still it is regrettable that such huge population is suffering each and every day due to improper care and …

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Disabled War Veterans Protest in Colombo: How the Authorities Responded

Disabled War Veterans Protest in Colombo: How the Authorities Responded

Sunday, Oct. 31 – The National Force to Protect the Rights of War Veterans initiated a fast, demanding a pension for the retired-disabled war veterans of the three-armed forces and the police with a service record of less than 12 years. The fast continued for a second day today, Tuesday, November 1, as the war veterans remained on the exit …

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Concerned Companies Act Against ‘Disability Discrimination’

Concerned Companies Act Against ‘Disability Discrimination’

Organizers urge all concerned to add their weight Several leading corporate citizens are going to publicly demonstrate their commitment to employing qualified individuals with physical disabilities, solely based on their employable skills, and not for charity. The government authorities and other corporate entities are expected to add their weight to this initiative. This unique effort will display its true commitment …

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China to Have 42 Million Disabled Elderly People by 2020

China to Have 42 Million Disabled Elderly People by 2020

Si Dongmei (left), director of nursing at a medical care institute for elderly people who are unable to live independently because of illness or disability, in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, chats with a resident. China will have 42 million disabled senior citizens by 2020, and that number will more than double by 2050, according to an official with the China National …

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Disabled Artists from Osaka Aim to Bring Wheelchair Dancing to International Stage

Disabled Artists from Osaka Aim to Bring Wheelchair Dancing to International Stage

Go Suzuki (second from left), one of the main dancers of Genesis of Entertainment, performs in a show in this undated photo. | COURTESY OF GENESIS OF ENTERTAINMENT/ VIA KYODO KYOTO – When Go Suzuki dances, he dances like no other, his wheelchair glides across the floor, his arms spread with dramatic flair as he spins in beautifully sequenced, perfectly timed …

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England Cricketer Pulls Off Miraculous Stop Despite Losing His Artificial Leg

England Cricketer Pulls Off Miraculous Stop Despite Losing His Artificial Leg

Liam Thomas represents Huddersfield cricket club CREDIT: ECB  The hindrance of losing a leg mid-game did not stop English cricketer Liam Thomas from pulling off a miraculous piece of fielding last week. The young cricketer was fielding in the deep during England Physical Disabilities' Twenty20 match with Pakistan. Fielding at deep mid-wicket, Thomas was scrambled along the boundary to stop a firmly struck …

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Cleaner, Healthier Cookstoves May — at Long Last — be Catching on

Cleaner, Healthier Cookstoves May — at Long Last — be Catching on

Elizabeth Mukwimba of Tanzania uses a cleaner cookstove at her home. Image: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Efforts to make a cleaner cookstove to combat indoor air pollution from open fires have long failed to live up to their promise, but that might be changing. For about 3 billion of the world’s poorest people, the simple act of cooking dinner …

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Disabled Actors and Advocates Plead to Hollywood: 'Give Us a Chance, Please!'

Disabled Actors and Advocates Plead to Hollywood: 'Give Us a Chance, Please!'

Danny Woodburn, left, Jason George, Robert David Hall and Micah Fowler (right, next to his father) discuss representations of disabled people in front of the camera. (Niv Shank / Ruderman Family Foundation) When Hollywood discusses diversity, it tends to focus on race, gender and, maybe, sexual orientation — but it almost always ignores disability. This was the consistent refrain and impetus behind …

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Teen Finds Gap in College Access For Those With Disabilities

Teen Finds Gap in College Access For Those With Disabilities

FREEHOLD, N.J. (WOMENSENEWS)– Growing up, there was never a question whether I was going to attend college. My family considers postsecondary education a must, and my good grades have been a steady indicator that college is the place for me. But as the due date for college applications nears, this lifelong certainty has been turned on its head. Apparently, it …

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