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Editorial

Editorial

National and international evidence indicates that persons with disabilities live in poor households with limited access to employment, have lower enrollment rates in schools and universities and limited access to social services. Many disability-related supports in the conventional welfare approach are centered on providing basic support without considering the specific barriers faced by them. Recent studies have shown that such …

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When Determination Trumped Disability at the Special Olympics Winter Games

When Determination Trumped Disability at the Special Olympics Winter Games

Pakistani athletes gave an incredible performance given the environment and infrastructure available in the country for winter sports. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Recently, Pakistani athletes bagged an impressive total of 16 medals (three gold, seven silver and six bronze medals) at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. These games provide a great platform for athletes with disabilities to showcase their talents on …

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Immunisation coverage in Sindh less than 30pc, say experts

Immunisation coverage in Sindh less than 30pc, say experts

KARACHI: Experts on Tuesday said as the world marked global immunisation week, Pakistan was battling with miserably low coverage of vaccination with Sindh standing at the bottom of the ladder. “Sindh has less than 30 per cent coverage of immunisation, which is pathetically low, and what adds to the wound is that such figures are static for years,” said Prof …

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Religion, free homes spur Bazaar revamp – Disability stalks quake injured

Religion, free homes spur Bazaar revamp – Disability stalks quake injured

This photo taken on Dec 2, 2016, shows members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in the Bhendi Bazaar area of Mumbai, which is being redeveloped under the Cluster Development Act 2009 by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust. (AFP) MUMBAI, April 23, (AFP): Farida Kachwala is vacating her family’s cramped home of eighty years, one of thousands receiving modern apartments through a …

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Callous airline staff’s attitude reflects our apathy towards India’s disabled population

Callous airline staff’s attitude reflects our apathy towards India’s disabled population

Last year, Paralympics silver medal winner Deepa Malik filed a complaint against poor handling of wheelchair-bound passengers by the staff of Air Vistara.(Leena Dhankhar/HT Photo) On Wednesday, cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted about an incident where an expat pilot abused and assaulted two travellers flying to Mumbai, one of them a person with orthopaedic disability. Apart from changing India’s famously inaccessible …

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Reducing discrimination through innovation

Reducing discrimination through innovation

A comprehensive plan is needed to tackle autism and other NDDs /BIGSTOCK The task of mitigating the ordeal of families dealing with autism remains a persistent challenge Within the last five years, thanks to political support and national education, autism awareness in Bangladesh has grown immensely. Due to a lack of funds and resources, providing full comprehensive evidence-based services for …

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PM: Adopt effective policies for the disabled

PM: Adopt effective policies for the disabled

The prime minister is currently on a three-day state visit to Bhutan Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all the countries of the world to adopt effective policies for the persons with disabilities in a bid to provide them a dignified life in the society. She made the call while inaugurating an international conference on autism in Bhutan as the …

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Nepal Quake Injured Stalked by Disability Two Years on

Nepal Quake Injured Stalked by Disability Two Years on

KATHMANDU: The day after Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, Samrat Basnet opened his doors to the wounded as hospitals overwhelmed with thousands of victims had to send away those without life-threatening injuries. Two years on Basnet is still caring for a handful of the 22,000 Nepalis injured in the disaster, many left with preventable disabilities after slipping through the …

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Mindfulness-based stress reduction programmes improve low back pain temporarily

Mindfulness-based stress reduction programmes improve low back pain temporarily

Mindfulness-based stress reduction programmes (MSBR) appear to improve low back pain only slightly, and only temporarily, a review of previous research suggests. These programmes combine meditation while sitting and walking, yoga, focusing attention on different parts of the body, and incorporation of mindfulness/awareness into everyday life. Earlier studies found MBSR to be helpful for a variety of chronic pain conditions. …

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Breaking silence on depression: Challenging task for Sri Lanka

Breaking silence on depression: Challenging task for Sri Lanka

Mental health has been emphasized as a core component of health by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since the late 40s. For many years however, safeguarding mental health remained on the back-burner. But mental health issues started gaining priority regionally and globally in the mid-90s, thanks to a WHO report titled bridging the gap. After this landmark report, a diverse …

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South Asia vulnerable to Zika, Ebola-Experts

South Asia vulnerable to Zika, Ebola-Experts

South Asian nations are vulnerable to emerging infectious diseases such as Zika and Ebola, and their level of preparedness is inadequate to protect public health, The Hindustan Times reported quoting a new health analysis. An analysis as part of a collection of 12 analyses on health in South Asia published in British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that inadequate surveillance and …

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Singapore's first festival for artistes with disabilities to be held next March

Singapore's first festival for artistes with disabilities to be held next March

Programme Director for the Disability and Child Welfare Project Team of the Nippon Foundation, Eriko Takahashi (left), speaks about the True Colours Festival for Artistes with Disabilities on April 18, 2017. SINGAPORE - Danial Bawthan was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 4. It did not matter. Now 23, he is an a cappella beatbox performer and hip …

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Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

An artificial womb, tested on pre-natal lambs, could help extremely premature babies avoid death or disability AFP/PHILIPPE HUGUEN LONDON: Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic …

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Britain’s abortion laws are a ‘licence to kill disabled people’

Britain’s abortion laws are a ‘licence to kill disabled people’

Conservative Peer Lord Shinkwin has hit out at Britain’s abortion laws, which he describes as a “licence to kill for the crime of being disabled”. In an article for The House magazine, Lord Shinkwin warned that the number of disabled babies being aborted increased by 68 per cent between 2005 and 2015. And he highlighted that 90 per cent of …

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There are 13 million disabled people in Britain. If we don't vote together, the DWP will tighten the screws on us

There are 13 million disabled people in Britain. If we don't vote together, the DWP will tighten the screws on us

Disability rights protestors demonstrate past the Houses of Parliament, in central London Getty Ministers need to be taught that there is a price to be paid for the way they have behaved. A sufficiently high vote against the brutal treatment meted out to people with disabilities by the Government could at the very least deny Theresa May the landslide she is …

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GEN News Highlights

GEN News Highlights

Gene Findings Advance Precision Medicine for Intellectual Disability Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Queen's University have identified 26 new genes linked to intellectual disability. Currently most patients with intellectual disability receive no molecular diagnosis, significantly affecting their health and shortening their lifespan, according to the researchers. The study ("Mapping Autosomal Recessive Intellectual Disability: Combined …

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MEDIA MARGINALIZES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE DISABLED

MEDIA MARGINALIZES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE DISABLED

For a guy, I’ve watched a lot of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Honestly, I’ve watched way too much Grey’s. Yet, for some reason, after that first episode, I was hooked. Every day last summer, I would wake up and watch about four to five episodes throughout the day – each episode is 45 minutes long. Don’t hate, we’ve all been there. For …

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Blue Badge Parking Charges 'Mean-Spirited' Claims Disability Charity

Blue Badge Parking Charges 'Mean-Spirited' Claims Disability Charity

The council says that free parking is still available for "those who need it most" Blue badge Waverley Borough Council has been accused of being "mean-spirited" for introducing new charges which mean that blue badge holders will now have to pay for parking. The council implemented parking charges for blue badge holders on Monday (April 3). Disability Rights deputy chief executive …

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