Estanara Magazine

Advancement of PDPI E-Newsletter

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Editorial

Editorial

Our curriculum is still not disable-friendly and hence not accessible to children with disabilities.  In Pakistan, children with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in terms of access, participation and learning achievements. According to recent government data, less than 48,000 children with disabilities have enrolled in schools, which is even not 2 percent of the total number of children with …

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A Spark in the Dark: Rising Beyond Disabilities

A Spark in the Dark: Rising Beyond Disabilities

These amazing Pakistanis are steering ahead, overcoming all obstacles in their path. According to research data, 10% Pakistanis suffer from some kind of mental or physical disability. Things we take for granted – walking, talking, the ability to pick up a pen – can be daily struggles that are further compounded due to a lack of awareness, adequate healthcare and support in …

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Survey to Determine Major Causes of Disability After Census

Survey to Determine Major Causes of Disability After Census

ENUMERATORS along with army troops collect data in the far-off district of Awaran on Friday. Census is also under way in the militancy-hit Mashkey area of the district.—APP ISLAMABAD: Three new data entry codes for the disabled have been introduced in the population count form and a follow-up survey will be held after the census to determine major causes of …

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Persons with Disabilities and the National Census. Yet another controversy?

Persons with Disabilities and the National Census. Yet another controversy?

On 8th March, 2017 a writ petition under Article 199 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 (“Constitution”) was filed in the Islamabad High Court by Miss Muniba Mazari (an eminent author, campaigner and motivational speaker who was years ago left bound to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury following a car accident) through her counsel Mr. Hasan Murtaza …

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Living the Disability/Autism Life: Are We Really Being Seen?

Living the Disability/Autism Life: Are We Really Being Seen?

Image source: Pixabay This is Day Three of the Ali Family #AutismTruths  Dear Friends, Today D and I stopped off at an ethnic grocery store that we frequent on our way home. When this store opened several years ago, I was excited because it was close to our home and stocked halal meat. As I got to know the owners, …

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'I'm a Walking Corpse' – India to Help its Acid Attack Victims

'I'm a Walking Corpse' – India to Help its Acid Attack Victims

New law in India comes into force this week which will recognise survivors as being physically disabled. They will now be entitled to compensation and help to get jobs Anu Mukherjee had just started working as a hotel bar dancer when she had acid thrown at her by another dancer. Photograph: Lasse Bredsten The Indian government will this week bring …

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How A Wheelchair Couldn’t Stop This Driven Man From Being A Swimming Champion

How A Wheelchair Couldn’t Stop This Driven Man From Being A Swimming Champion

I’ve known Justin Vijay Jesudas since 2007, when he was my colleague. He is a good friend now. He has been famous in our circles for being the life and soul of any party, the enthusiastic one in the office, someone who received multiple promotions, the favourite of bosses and colleagues alike. By December 2009, I had moved on to …

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‘Mowgli Girl’ Likely Abandoned by Parents Because She was a Girl with Disabilities

‘Mowgli Girl’ Likely Abandoned by Parents Because She was a Girl with Disabilities

The little girl was found in January (Picture: Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times/ PA) An eight-year-old dubbed ‘Mowgli girl’ after police said they found her with monkeys, is now thought to be an abandoned child with mental and physical disabilities. And it is likely her family chose to leave her in the forest because she had impairments and was a girl. It was …

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A Start-Up with an Idea of Physical Rehabilitation at the Doorstep

A Start-Up with an Idea of Physical Rehabilitation at the Doorstep

A start-up with an idea of physical rehabilitation at the doorstep Gurgaon: With every three out of 1000 children in Haryana suffering from some form of neurological disorder, the matter needs serious attention. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, 10% of the global population suffer from some form of disability; in India, it is 3.8% of the population. Nearly 15-20% …

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Breaking the Silence on Depression: Challenging Task

Breaking the Silence on Depression: Challenging Task

Mental health has been emphasized as a core component of health by the World Health Organization (WHO) since the late forties. For many years however, safeguarding mental health remained on the backburner. But mental health issues started gaining priority regionally and globally in the mid-nineties, thanks to a WHO Report titled bridging the gap. After this landmark report, a diverse …

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Afghanistan: Fighting for Disability Rights

Afghanistan: Fighting for Disability Rights

Afghan war amputees and children practice walking at the ICRC orthopaedic centre in Kabul. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Disabled people say they face social prejudice and government inaction. Fazluddin, a tall, thin 25-year-old who lives in Dolana, central Parwan, has a whole household to support on nothing more than disability stipends. He himself lost his right eye and suffered multiple …

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Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan

Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan

In Kabul’s crowded streets, panhandlers can often be seen taping on windows for spare change. Many are disabled. The dusty, narrow streets of Kabul are congested most days, packed with vehicles and bicyclists angling for space. Panhandlers take advantage of the frequent standstills—constantly moving from car to car, tapping on windows and asking for change. These panhandlers are homeless for …

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Life and Times of Sri Lanka's Oldest Leprosy Hospital

Life and Times of Sri Lanka's Oldest Leprosy Hospital

Some of the fewer than 30 patients remaining at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital were admitted as children [Smriti Daniel/ Erected in 1708, the Hendala Leprosy Hospital once had 900 patients. Fewer than 30 remain. Hendala, Sri Lanka - Edward de Alwis was born in 1928, the youngest of nine siblings. He was only 14 years old when a public health inspector …

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Young Deaths Halved but the Cost is Rising Disabilities

Young Deaths Halved but the Cost is Rising Disabilities

Childhood and adolescent deaths have halved since late last century, leaving a rising tide of youth disability. A global study has found that about 7.2 million people aged under 20 died in 2015, down from 14.2 million in 1990, thanks to widespread progress against ­infectious diseases, malnutrition and birth complications. The advances have come at a cost, leaving millions of …

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A Spicy Success Despite Disability

A Spicy Success Despite Disability

Enterprising soul: Pong showing her homemade Nyonya curry paste and ginger dipping sauce during the product launch at Sarang Paloh in Ipoh. IPOH: Double amputee Jenny Pong has big dreams and she is not letting her disability stop her from achieving them. The 51-year-old Pong wants her homemade Nyonya curry paste to reach the international market. For years, she has …

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Rural Americans Turn to Disability as Jobs Dry Up

Rural Americans Turn to Disability as Jobs Dry Up

The decision whether to apply for insurance is weighing heavily on Desmond Spencer. Millions of Americans have faced the same quandary in the past two decades. Remains of a defunct café outside Beaverton, Ala., where even the 55-year-old mayor is drawing a disability check.  (BONNIE JO MOUNT / THE WASHINGTON POST) Desmond Spencer with his mother, Karen Ruby, who is on disability, at …

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