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It’s really so refreshing to know about an amazing achievement of our fellow sister, scholar, activist and a wonderful human being. This news is surely going to make the nation proud and will set an example for our youth. When it comes to having a support system, individuals with disabilities have close to none in Pakistan. They suffer not only …

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Leading the way for women and girls with disabilities

She is often called the shining hope for people with disabilities.  Abia Akram, age 30, is an educated woman, and proud of the two Master’s degrees she holds. She personifies the cause she champions: that education can be the catalyst in a world where those with disabilities are not always taken seriously. The first female with disabilities from Pakistan to …

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Mumbai's draft development plan has designs to give disabled a leg up

MUMBAI: The draft Development Control Regulations (DCR) 2034 has achieved a unique distinction—it has incorporated designs to aid the physically challenged from suggestions received in the stakeholder's workshops held by the BMC in 2014. Activists lauded the BMC for including suggestions to remove the obstacles that the disabled face every day in the draft Development Plan (DP) 2034. Activist Sunita …

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The ‘normal’ ones?

When I was eight years old I watched an Indian movie where the mother of the hero had gone mad, possibly from trauma of being tortured or having witnessed the death of the hero’s father by the villain. And in one scene this mad mother was running around the village in her white saree, dishevelled, bushy hair, and villagers were …

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Farhan Saeed: The Pakistani cricketer who beats "Disability"

New Delhi: We might have seen passion of cricket in players like Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and many others, but what makes Pakistan’s Farhan Saeed different from all is his self-belief.   Specially abled Farhan Saeed was 2 years old when polio attacked his left leg. He has practically lived without a leg for his entire life. His only support in …

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First model with Down syndrome in New York Fashion Week

Actress Jamie Brewer walks the runway during the 'Role Models Not Runway Models' Carrie Hammer show.(Photo: Brian Ach, Getty Images) Actress Jamie Brewer, best known for her roles on American Horror Story, appeared Thursday on a catwalk during New York Fashion Week. Brewer was the first model in the show with Down syndrome. Brewer wore clothing by designer Carrie Hammer …

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Estanara Group is going to participate in AbilitiesMe 2015

ABILITIESme exhibition and conference introduces the Middle East community to the latest development in mobility solutions, independent living solutions, assistive technology and rehabilitation solutions. This allows the community to test and try the latest technology and solutions available for People With Disabilities and elderly around the world. ABILITIESme, the only MENA exhibition and conference that supports the special needs community, …

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Can music help to de-stigmatize disability in Gaza?

A centre in Gaza City is offering music therapy to children with learning disabilities. Could this help de-stigmatise disability in the region? The songs blasting from the windows at the National Centre for Community Rehabilitation in Gaza City don't sound like an average musical concert. Children clap along to the music, and adults can be heard encouraging them to keep …

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BBC

BBC looking for disability programming exec

The BBC is recruiting for a disability executive, who will support efforts to improve programming, commissioning and the portrayal of disabled people across the UK public broadcaster’s services. The exec will champion disabled talent and disability-related production and help the pubcaster reach its stated aim of quadrupling disabled representation on screen by 2017. The creation of the new position follows …

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Kazakhstan ratifies UN CRPD

Asia-Pacific The Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Jan. 20 as part of the Kedergisiz Keleshek (Future without Barriers) program which is being spearheaded by the ruling Nur Otan party. President of the Kazakhstan Confederation of Disabled People Zhanat Omarbekova spoke about the improvements people with disabilities are …

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