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Editorial

Editorial

Global changes in disability came about as a result of a deeper understanding of disability and its causes. First came the acceptance that the situation of disability is largely caused by stigma and societal attitudes – we perceive them as being different as human beings with different needs. Because they cannot see, or hear or speak or behave or learn …

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15-Year Old Disabled Pakistani Artist Honored at Art Festival in USA

15-Year Old Disabled Pakistani Artist Honored at Art Festival in USA

The art of expression is a dire necessity that lives within all of humanity. However, finding the right medium to channel our ideas is the challenging part. This is especially relevant for those amongst us who need an outlet to express themselves, those who might suffer from a disability that makes normal life a challenge for them. Uriel Levitt and …

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Dubai's Pakistani Youth Hold Event for People with Disability Issues

Dubai's Pakistani Youth Hold Event for People with Disability Issues

"One must know them for abilities, not disabilities." Health professionals of Pakistan Youth Forum (PYF) Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) conducted a Disability Day campaign recently at Senses Centre, Dubai. The campaign, held under the slogan " Know me for my abilities, not for my disabilities", involved five PYF professionals in the 18-30 age group; 40 special needs youth aged between …

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Mayor Agrees to Form KMC-KCCI Liaison Committee

Mayor Agrees to Form KMC-KCCI Liaison Committee

KARACHI: In response to the Karachi Chamber's suggestion, Mayor Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Waseem Akhtar agreed to form a liaison committee between KMC and KCCI to look into the civic issues of Karachi and accordingly give recommendations for resolving the same on a priority basis. Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Waseem …

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New Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities Set Up in Mumbai

New Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities Set Up in Mumbai

Ummeed Child Development & Disability Centre in association with Cipla Foundation has inaugurated the new therapy center. Ummeed Child Development & Disability Centre in association with Cipla Foundation inaugurated new Therapy center in Parel, Mumbai which will provide training resources that will function along with clinical services for children with developmental disabilities. Childhood disability in India is very complex. As …

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Disability is Not Inability

Disability is Not Inability

Are the rights of people with disabilities protected? A Supreme Court order has recognized that approximately 20% of the country’s population lived through some form of disability. However, the plight of the disabled in our country has been overlooked. Laws and regulations introduced to protect the rights of the disabled have not been implemented, and Disability Rights Advocates claim the …

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How This 63-Year-Old IIT Alumnus Made It Possible for the Deaf-Blind to Read and Send SMS

How This 63-Year-Old IIT Alumnus Made It Possible for the Deaf-Blind to Read and Send SMS

Meet Professor Arun Mehta, an IIT Delhi alumnus who is making it easier for people with multiple disabilities to communicate. When Professor Stephen Hawking visited India in 2001, his aides reached out to several people and organisations who could help write a software programme to meet the communication needs of people with disabilities. The software had to be designed especially …

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Putul: Listen to People with Disabilities

Putul: Listen to People with Disabilities

Saima Wazed Hossain Putul, chairperson of National Advisory Committee on Autism, has stressed on listening to the people with disabilities and help them become self-dependent. “Our responsibility is to listen to them, understand them and ask them where they are facing hurdles. If we listen them, we can develop our country,” she said Sunday. “Opportunities should be created for people …

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‘Inclusive Workforce Key to Sustainable Economy’

‘Inclusive Workforce Key to Sustainable Economy’

Inaccessibility to workplace, lack of inclusive recruitment policy and a negative attitude towards individuals with physical impairments are key barriers to ensuring inclusive and decent work for sustainable economic growth, the discussants have said.  They came up with the remarks at a workshop on “Making Workplace Disability Inclusive: Developing Employers’ Network”  held in the capital yesterday. Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) …

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'My Ability is Stronger than My Disability' - Motivational Speaker Janis McDavid

'My Ability is Stronger than My Disability' - Motivational Speaker Janis McDavid

Janis, accompanied by his care-giver Sven Hasse, is being interviewed by Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera Jan 09, Colombo: Janis McDavid, 25, was born with no arms and legs. But he still goes to university, drives a car and travels the world. He is a business economics undergraduate at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and famous motivational speaker. McDavid is in …

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Australia to Provide Around 1.6 Billion Rupees in Aid

Australia to Provide Around 1.6 Billion Rupees in Aid

The Australian High Commissioner, Bryce Hutchesson, launched the Skills for Inclusive Growth Program with Minister for Skills Development and Vocational Training, Mahinda Samarasinghe. Australia will provide around 1.6 billion rupees in aid and technical assistance, over four years, to strengthen Sri Lanka’s tourism sector – through training and mentoring for employees and small businesses. This program will help Sri Lanka …

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A Conversation on Gender Equality and Disability Rights with Silvia Quan

A Conversation on Gender Equality and Disability Rights with Silvia Quan

Judith E. Heumann Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State As one of the most tenacious leaders in her generation of disability rights advocates, Silvia Quan has faced down the forces of discrimination and fought for expanding the rights of all persons with disabilities, in her native Guatemala, in the broader Latin American region, and on the global stage. For …

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Supreme Court May Increase Public School Requirements for Disability Services

Supreme Court May Increase Public School Requirements for Disability Services

The U.S. Supreme Court may increase the level of services public school districts are required to proved students with disabilities. Currently, most districts provide services considered between minimal and enough to show some type of educational progress. Justices say there is clearly a higher level of education Congress meant when it passed a law requiring a "free appropriate public education" …

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The Beautiful Side of Disability

The Beautiful Side of Disability

Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt ,    CONTRIBUTOR We cover the intersection of diversity, innovation and performance.  Credit: Ken Pao When asked to think about diversity, most people tend to think about race and gender. One type of “underrepresented minority” that is often overlooked – in spite of often being as visible as gender or skin color – are the individuals …

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Horse Riding Improves Life for Disabled Haiti Boy

Horse Riding Improves Life for Disabled Haiti Boy

Judeley Hans Debel runs as fast as his prosthetic leg can take him when he arrives at a Haitian equestrian center. A riding session with his favorite horse is the highlight of his week. "You're the best horse, you're the best horse," the 9-year-old boy says soothingly to a tan polo pony named Tic Tac when he arrives at her …

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About Community-Based Housing for the Disabled, and a Dream

About Community-Based Housing for the Disabled, and a Dream

See me, I can! - Says a slogan of ‘the Hand in Hand’- an NGO that provides community based housing for persons with mental and intellectual disabilities. Georgia Today met with Maia Shishniashvili - the founder to tell the story how she decided to be the first to introduce and develop the new concept in the country. What made you …

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