Estanara Magazine

Advancement of PDPI E-Newsletter

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Editorial

Editorial

THE creation of an inclusive and accessible society should be the ideal of every democratic government. However, access to equal opportunities, quality education, health services, clean water, sustainable energy, housing, pedestrian-friendly roads and footpaths, safe public transport, and an eco-friendly environment are not easy to come by in developing countries. For most persons with disabilities, this lack of accessibility becomes …

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Meeting with Dr. A. Vohra (Deputy Mayor, Karachi)

Meeting with Dr. A. Vohra (Deputy Mayor, Karachi)

M.Mobin Uddin- CEO Estanara Group/President of DPI- Pakistan had a meeting with  Dr. Arshad A Vohra the Deputy Mayor of Karachi. It was to brief him about efforts of Estanara Group and the Network of DPI Pakistan and how they are striving to make Pakistan a friendly country for PWDs, during the discussion M. Mobin Uddin also informed him about …

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Pakistan’s Torchbearers: Women who Carved Space for Themselves and Others

Pakistan’s Torchbearers: Women who Carved Space for Themselves and Others

From left to right: Abia Akram, Fouzia Saeed and Zubaida Jalal. Feminism and Islam have been considered at odds for a while, especially in this part of the world. While academic research in this area has attempted to accommodate the two, the on-the-ground realities for women remain unexplored in most Muslim majority countries. Pakistan’s case is no different. The country …

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Pakistani Teenage Amputee Aims for 2018 Winter Paralympics

Pakistani Teenage Amputee Aims for 2018 Winter Paralympics

Image Credit: Supplied Afsar lost a leg in 2005 earthquake, but that has not held her back Islamabad: A young girl from Pakistan has proved that disaster and disability can be overcome by passion, optimism and resilience. Insha Afsar, 17, lost a leg in the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, when her school collapsed during the 7.6 magnitude quake that killed around …

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Around the World, Evaluators Often Disagree about Who Needs Disability Benefits

Around the World, Evaluators Often Disagree about Who Needs Disability Benefits

How disabled must a person be to get benefits? Medical experts rarely agree, finds a new study.   A family helps a disabled man with his wheelchair on a roadside outside Peshawar, Pakistan, in February 2017. Medical experts who assess workers to see if they need disability benefits often don't reach the same conclusion, according to a review of research …

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Thieves Faking Disability Caught

Thieves Faking Disability Caught

(Representative Image) New Delhi: Two thieves that entered south Delhi colonies posing as disabled patients seeking alms for treatment were arrested from Sarai kale Khan. The men allegedly stole from a house while the owner had gone to get money for them.Police say that the youths from Telangana were caught earlier but were released since the cops could not interrogate them due to …

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Poonch Village Struggles as Rare Disorder, Disability Come in Way of Aadhaar Cards

Poonch Village Struggles as Rare Disorder, Disability Come in Way of Aadhaar Cards

Abdul Baqi, 75, with his nephews Mohammad Aslam and Dawood at their house in Arai. Express Photo by Arun Sharma A team set up by the state government has failed to offer a solution, while their appeals to the Centre for help over Aadhaar cards have so far seen no response. AS AADHAAR gets linked to a growing number of …

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Low-Quality Education a Bar to SDGs

Low-Quality Education a Bar to SDGs

'To come out of a low-quality universal education is a big challenge for attaining the SDGs' Former adviser to caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman on Wednesday said low-quality education poses a big challenge towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs). The executive director of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) came up with the remarks at a seminar on “Strategies …

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Girl with Autism to be Deported After Failing Immigration 'Health' Checks

Girl with Autism to be Deported After Failing Immigration 'Health' Checks

A 16-year-old girl with autism who has been living in Australia for eight years could be deported within weeks because she failed immigration medical assessments and the Assistant Immigration Minister has refused to intervene. Blacktown schoolgirl Sumaya Bhuiyan has autism spectrum disorder. Her family's application for permanent residency was rejected in 2013 after immigration health checks found Sumaya had a "moderate developmental …

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Accepting Diversity

Accepting Diversity

Share-net Bangladesh, a knowledge platform, organised the first discussion of its kind that focused upon SRHR (Sexual Reproductive Health Rights) for the disabled. It also shed light upon the need to create an inclusive approach to the underscored needs of SRHR for people with disabilities. One of the main outcomes from this meeting was the need to collaborate amongst organisations …

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The Biggest Cause for Disability Worldwide will Shock You

The Biggest Cause for Disability Worldwide will Shock You

A new data released by World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals the chief reason behind global mental and physical disabilities worldwide. Loss of interest in activities, disturbed sleep and appetite or lack of concentration are common disabilities among people today. And the new study by World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified the biggest reason behind it. The new data released by …

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Policies for Equal Access to Work

Policies for Equal Access to Work

“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.” - Nelson Mandela, State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 1996.  The statement above holds true for all countries irrespective of economic conditions or political system. At the Davos forum this January, Oxfam revealed the alarming fact that …

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VR Unveilings Promise Samsung Respite from Reality

VR Unveilings Promise Samsung Respite from Reality

The core members of Samsung's Creative Lab -- the incubator behind the Relumino visual aid system Troubled titan to spotlight virtual eyesight aid at Mobile World Congress SEOUL -- Scandal-plagued Samsung Electronics will be angling for some positive press at this year's Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in Spain on Monday. The South Korean conglomerate has been forced to put off unveiling …

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Ukraine’s First Wheelchair Model Breaks Taboos

Ukraine’s First Wheelchair Model Breaks Taboos

KIEV: When Alexandra Kutas headlined a recent fashion show in Kiev it was not just a personal dream come true but also a victory for disabled people in her homeland Ukraine. Wearing a long, black dress, she wowed the crowd as she was carried across the catwalk on a wooden throne by four trim men, becoming the first model with a …

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Depression Top Cause of Disability: WHO

Depression Top Cause of Disability: WHO

More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 percent in a decade, as people live longer, the United Nations agency said …

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Disabled Models Make London Fashion Week Debut

Disabled Models Make London Fashion Week Debut

Kelly Knox walks for Teatum Jones’ autumn-winter 2017 collection at London Fashion Week. Photo: AFP Disabled models made their debut on the London Fashion Week catwalk – “about time”, as one campaigner put it.   Amputee Jack Eyers, who wears a prosthetic leg, and Kelly Knox, who was born with no left forearm, took to the runway for luxury British …

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