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Editorial

Editorial

There are many ways in which being more inclusive of people with disabilities benefits everyone. With access to education and employment, the world's most vulnerable population can not only become self-sufficient but also prevent economic loss for our country. With the ongoing conflicts of extremism and the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, heightened urbanisation, increasing human insecurity, poverty, natural …

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In Violation of International Commitment, Pakistan Leaves People with Disabilities Out of Census

In Violation of International Commitment, Pakistan Leaves People with Disabilities Out of Census

  According to the last census – conducted in 1998 – there were 3.28 million people with disabilities in Pakistan. This was roughly two per cent of the total population then. Today, in the absence of an updated count, the total number of persons with disabilities is estimated to be over five million. The number of persons with disabilities in …

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Special Persons Launch Campaign ‘Humein Shumar Karein’

Special Persons Launch Campaign ‘Humein Shumar Karein’

Census 2017 LAHORE: Disability rights activists in Pakistan have launched a social media campaign “Humein shumar karein” (Count us) in order to press the government to enumerate persons with disabilities (PWDs) across the country during the upcoming census starting from March 15. Many of the young activists, who are ‘differently abled’, have posted video messages on Facebook and YouTube demanding …

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PTA to Announce Winners of “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016”

PTA to Announce Winners of “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016”

The winners of the “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016” will be announced on 31st, January 2017 (tomorrow). PTA to Announce Winners of “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016” Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016, is a joint initiative of PTA, Ministry of Information Technology and Internet Society (ISOC) Asia-Pacific Bureau in partnership with, National ICT R&D Fund, Telenor Pakistan, Special Talent Exchange Program, Youth Foundation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, …

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IT a Must for Economic Stability: President

IT a Must for Economic Stability: President

President Mamnoon Hussain interacting with special students during the cermony of Pakistan Mobile App wards. PHOTO: INP ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that focus on information technology is a must for stability of the national economy and the use of IT will inform the young generation about modern learning and research trends. He was speaking at the Pakistan Mobile App …

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How Language Shapes the Disability Experience in India

How Language Shapes the Disability Experience in India

Shamin Ansari, 14 (left) lives with his brother, parents, and grandparents in a one-room flat in Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai. Born with intellectual disabilities, Shamin’s family worked with Apnalaya, a local NGO, to obtain the government-issued disability certificate required for his admission into a special school. Image by Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni. India, 2016. One day Madan Vasishta is deaf — the …

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Revised National Building Code Should Bring Down Barriers for the Disabled

Revised National Building Code Should Bring Down Barriers for the Disabled

In absence of a ramp, a disabled man stumbles while climbing down the stairs after a disabled people felicitation ceremony in Jaipur. Leave aside displaying sensitivity for the disabled , most public places are inaccessible and have no designated spaces for wheelchair users. (Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo) It struck a disparate note with the country’s 26.8 million disabled. On February 12, …

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Mumbai: Wheelchair-Bound Woman Launches Online Campaign to Seek Disabled-Friendly Measures in Railways

Mumbai: Wheelchair-Bound Woman Launches Online Campaign to Seek Disabled-Friendly Measures in Railways

Virali, who wanted to become a model and actor but lost her legs due to malaria in 2006, has recounted her ordeal while travelling in trains. A wheelchair-bound young woman from the city has launched an online campaign seeking “disabled-friendly” measures in Indian railways. Virali Modi, the first runner-up at the Miss Wheelchair India contest in 2014, has put up …

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How India’s Campuses Make Education A Struggle For Students With Disability

How India’s Campuses Make Education A Struggle For Students With Disability

A few months ago I was dining with a classmate in a restaurant that’s always swamped with students. Sitting next to us was a group of students with a visual impairment. My classmate, an international student, asked if they were from our university, and when I said yes, she whispered, “There are so many visually challenged students in our university; this …

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‘I Was Treated Like Luggage’ – Disability Rights Activist Fights to Make Indian Railways Inclusive

‘I Was Treated Like Luggage’ – Disability Rights Activist Fights to Make Indian Railways Inclusive

Photo source: Facebook  “It’s high time my voice is heard,” says Virali Modi with conviction. And she wants her voice to be heard by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, with whom she wants to address the problems faced by the disabled population while traveling in the country’s trains. Virali is a tenacious disability rights activist, writer, actress and the Miss …

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Hope for Afghan Family of Asylum Seekers

Hope for Afghan Family of Asylum Seekers

Anisa with little Mikael, born in Reykjavik in December. He's a healthy boy and brings much joy to his parents. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon Pure joy. Pure gratitude. The Ahmadi family can't describe their feelings on receiving news that their application for asylum will be reviewed. The family escaped persecution from Talibans and fled all the way to Iceland. Among the terrible things …

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Health Ministry Focuses on Combating Unhealthy Life-Styles

Health Ministry Focuses on Combating Unhealthy Life-Styles

Sri Lanka: Addressing the World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting on ‘Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action’, in Geneva on Monday 6th February, Dr Rajitha Senaratne Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine said the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has focused on combating the ill-effects of unhealthy life-styles. Some excerpts from the health minister's speech are reproduced below. "Considering the …

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Nepal to be Declared as Leprosy-Free Country by 2020

Nepal to be Declared as Leprosy-Free Country by 2020

The government has set a goal to make Nepal completely leprosy-free country by 2020. Accordingly, preparation is underway to celebrate World Leprosy Day across the nation on Sunday under the main theme ' Let's do timely treatment of leprosy to avoid disability'. The World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January every year. A data shows that …

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HOW TO PARENT “EQUALLY” WHEN ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN HAS A DISABILITY

HOW TO PARENT “EQUALLY” WHEN ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN HAS A DISABILITY

Babble is partnering with PACER Center to help parents better understand and navigate the needs of children with mental health and behavior issues. This month, we’re talking about challenges facing parents who are raising both special needs and developmentally typical children. Balancing the demands of more than one child is never easy, but it can be especially challenging if one of your children …

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How Sinead Burke is Making the Fashion World Wake up to Disability

How Sinead Burke is Making the Fashion World Wake up to Disability

Sinead Burke wants disability to be recognised on the catwalk – and her calls for inclusivity are going global, writes Carolyn Moore. Sinead Burke: 'I believe in the transformative power of fashion.' The first time I met Sinead Burke, she had popped in to have a look around Dublin’s Loft Market, a fashion and design co-operative I was involved in at …

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Widnes Adventurer Halfway to Making History with Disabled Climbing Team

Widnes Adventurer Halfway to Making History with Disabled Climbing Team

Martin Hewitt leads expedition to summit of Mount Aconcagua Injured Afghanistan war veteran Martin Hewitt is from Widnes and founder of the Adaptive Grand Slam team. AN adventurer from Widnes is officially halfway to making history as part of the first disabled team to complete a notorious climbing challenge after successfully reaching the top of South America’s Mount Aconcagua. Martin …

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NGOs Warn Against Diluted Disability Law

NGOs Warn Against Diluted Disability Law

The new rules would affect up to 80 million Europeans with disabilities | Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images Draft law has been under discussion for over a year. A group of NGOs has accused a leading MEP of watering down new EU disability rights legislation. They say proposals made by Danish Liberal MEP Morten Løkkegaard to adjust the Accessibility Act — a draft …

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Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims are on the Rise

Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims are on the Rise

Data on workplace discrimination in 2016 has been released, and the numbers are grim. Across the board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that discrimination complaints rose yet again, and disability-based discrimination appears to be steadily increasing. This is bad news for America’s disability community, which simply wants equal access to a fair, respectful workplace — just like everyone else. A little over 30 percent …

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