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You really don't need to posses special qualities to do something good for the society; just having sheer determination is enough. And the story of Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi will make you believe in this phenomenon even more. The two 53 year old men from China have been planting thousands of trees from past 10 years, despite having individual …

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A blind man and his armless companion plant over 10,000 trees in China

Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi are 53 year-old men with disabilities. Mr. Haixia is blind and Mr. Wenqi has had his both arms amputated. Despite their disabilities, they form a great team that makes a huge difference. They have worked together for 10 years and have managed to plant 10,000 trees in a rural area in Hebei, China. They deserve …

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Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor

“Freaks” are having a moment. The Kennedy Center's acclaimed production of Side Show, about conjoined sisters at the circus, is rumored to be mulling a move to Broadway. The next season of American Horror Story will, similarly, be about a freak show. And in recent months there has been a proliferation of representations of disability on stage and screen. Consider just the most popular: The …

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Governance matters: Employment quota for the disabled increased

LAHORE:  The employment quota for disabled persons has been increased from two to three per cent, Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal said at a meeting of the Administrative Secretaries Committee at the Chief Secretary’s Office on Wednesday. He said the ban on recruitment had been lifted for disabled persons in December 2014 and the government had so far advertised 114 …

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Grant Contract signed between Draktsho and Embassy of Japan

The sign­ing cer­e­mony of the Grant Con­tract for “The Pro­ject for the Con­struc­tion of a Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­ter and Hos­tels for Chil­dren and Youth with Dis­abil­i­ties in Kan­glung, Trashigang”, under Japan’s Grant As­sis­tance for Grass­roots Pro­jects (GGP), was held on 5th March, 2015, in the city of Thim­phu. In this cer­e­mony, the Grant Con­tract was signed by Ms. Jigme Wangmo, …

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How Do You Make a Better Facebook Experience for Blind Users? Ask These “Empathy Engineers.”

Facebook’s accessibility team imagines new ways for the blind to use the social network. Jessie Lorenz can’t see Facebook. But it gives her a better way to see the world—and it gives the world a better way to see her. Advertisement Lorenz has been blind since birth, and in some ways, this limits how she interacts with the people around …

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MP backs parents in fight to save clubs for disabled kids

MP John Hayes is backing parents in their fight to save specialist clubs for disabled children from being axed in county council cutbacks. Profoundly disabled youngsters who attend Garth School in Spalding, Gosberton House School and Willoughby School in Bourne are among county pupils who will have no proper social life if they lose their after-school, youth and holiday clubs. …

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“Shameful”: Govt fails on jobs for disabled

Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent says the government’s efforts to employ people with disabilities have been “disgracefully inadequate”. Adelaide | The State Government employs the lowest proportion of people with disabilities in the country and has failed to meet its own targets, latest figures show. Just 1.24 per cent of the state’s public service identified as having a disability …

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Somalia: People with disabilities exploited, raped and abused

More than two decades of conflict, inadequate health services and discrimination have left people with disabilities in Somalia at risk of forced marriage, violence, rape and repeated forced evictions, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. The briefing, Somalia: Prioritise Protection for People with disabilities, reveals how lack of protection, underpinned by discrimination by families, the public and …

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How to communicate successfully with children with unclear speech

Both Helen and I specialise in working with children with phonological or speech sound production difficulties.  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 8-9% of younger children have a speech sound disorder and by the age of 6, roughly 5% of children have a noticeable speech disorder.  So waiting at the school gates, being in …

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Improving Education for Children with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan

For many children with disabilities and their parents in Kyrgyzstan, the first day of school is a difficult experience. In Kyrgyzstan, children with disabilities are mostly funneled into “special schools”. Many parents would prefer to choose a mainstream school over a special school for their children, but the pressure to choose special schools is strong. Parents worry that attending special …

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