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Editorial (Condolence to Munna Bhai!)

Munna bhai who was ultimately a living soul, an institution in itself and a vision to disability movement in Pakistan had left us this week. This is a huge loss to the disability movement of Pakistan and specially Karachi. He was a real life example for many who had isolated them and their thoughts to their homes after facing any …

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Ruthless $570-Per-Child Traffickers Exploit Nepal Tragedy 01

Ruthless $570-Per-Child Traffickers Exploit Nepal Tragedy

Chris McGrath via Getty Images The fallout from the Nepal earthquake tragedy, which has killed 8,000 and injured nearly 20,000, worsens by the day. In a sinister new development parents are being urged to protect children from roaming gangs of ruthless human traffickers, who, it is reported, can earn $570 for every girl or boy they supply. At least 950,000 …

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New Hampshire Bans Lower-Than-Minimum Wages For Workers With Disabilities 01

New Hampshire Bans Lower-Than-Minimum Wages For Workers With Disabilities

"Governor Maggie Hassan, just after signing Senate Bill 47 into law, May 7, 2015. " Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR. Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure banning employers, in most cases, from paying workers with disabilities at a rate lower than the minimum wage. Decades ago sub-minimum wages were considered a way to help individuals with disabilities …

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18-Year-Old Madeline Stuart, from Brisbane, Has Down Syndrome

'If people could see that beauty is on the inside then most of the models in the world would have Down syndrome': Meet the inspiring young woman with a genetic condition determined to change the face of beauty 18-year-old Madeline Stuart, from Brisbane, has Down syndrome  Last year she decided to focus on her health and fitness and lost 20 …

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Disabled Workers Paid Just Pennies an Hour – and it's Legal

One of the nation's best-known charities is paying disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, thanks to a 75-year-old legal loophole that critics say needs to be closed. Goodwill Industries, a multibillion-dollar company whose executives make six-figure salaries, is among the nonprofit groups permitted to pay thousands of disabled workers far less than minimum wage because of a …

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Feds Say Miami University Failed to Accommodate Students with Disabilities

The Justice Department announced that it has moved to intervene in Aleeha Dudley v. Miami University, et al., 14-cv-038 (S.D. Ohio), a private lawsuit alleging disability discrimination by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  In the United States’ motion to intervene and complaint, the United States alleges that Miami University has violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) …

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MOTHERS’S DAY: Taught Her Physically Disabled Daughter to Paint; Now She Holds a World Record…

Raipur: Around 17 years back, Damini was born with a physical deformity. She had no hands. Most in her family termed her birth as inauspicious. Not only this but also regular taunts from them broke Madhuri, mother of Damini. But she determined that she will support her daughter fully but help her carve a niche for herself in the world. …

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Disabled Grandfather Brings 'Right to Die' Case to Court

A severely disabled grandfather has had his case seeking the right to die heard by the Court of Session. Gordon Ross, 66, said he hoped the judicial review would clarify the legal position regarding assisted suicide. He has called on the Lord Advocate to issue guidance that makes clear whether any person who helps him end his life would be …

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David Cameron's New Disabilities Minister Voted Against Protecting Disabled Children's Benefits

Justin Tomlinson also voted not to protect cancer patients' benefits David Cameron’s new disabilities minister voted against protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients, according to parliamentary records. Justin Tomlinson, appointed in the new government’s reshuffle, will assist Iain Duncan Smith in implementing Conservative reforms to the benefits system and making £12bn as-yet unspecified cuts. Mr Tomlinson has a …

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China Opens Hotline for the Disabled

BEIJING, May 14 (Xinhua) -- China opened the 12385 hotline to provide consultation and guidance for disabled people, according to the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF). The hotline offers details on disability-related laws, regulations, judicial explanations and department-specific policies as well as guidance on rehabilitation, education, employment, poverty relief and cultural and sports activities, the CDPF said in a statement. …

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Blind Turkish singer fights for disabled in election 01

Blind Turkish Singer Fights for Disabled in Election

Blind Turkish singer Metin Senturk promises to improve the rights of disabled people if he enters Turkey’s parliament. “Do not turn a blind eye to us.” So says visually-impaired pop performer Metin Senturk – one of the more colorful candidates among the thousands campaigning ahead of Turkey’s June 7 general election. A popular, charismatic singer and songwriter, Senturk has been visually …

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Agonising Wait for Disability Certificates in TS 01

Agonising Wait for Disability Certificates in TS

HYDERABAD: In her latesixties, Andalamma hardly remembers how many times she has visited Osmania General Hospital for a certificate that she was to receive in less than two weeks. Her agonising wait still continues, with her hope of holding the ‘elusive’ certificate growing fainter by each passing day. She is one of the several differently-abled persons who frequent the SADAREM …

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Allsup Inc. Marks 250,000 Successful Customers Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

National non-attorney representation organization celebrates 31 years of providing True Help® for individuals with disabilities Belleville, Illinois (PRWEB) May 14, 2015 Belleville, Ill.—May 14, 2015―Allsup Inc. said today it had reached a historic milestone in its 31-year history–helping 250,000 customers with disabilities successfully navigate the complex Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process. "Allsup has always been a strong advocate for …

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A Team of Neuroscientists and Bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschl Campus Have Created a Miniature, Fiber-Optic Microscope Desutz Medicaigned to Peer Deeply Inside a Living Brain

The researchers, including scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder, published details of their revolutionary microscope in the latest issue of Optics Letters journal. "Microscopes today penetrate only about one millimeter into the brain but almost everything we want to see is deeper than that," said Prof. Diego Restrepo, PhD, one of the paper's authors and director of the Center …

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Under New Law, Self-Advocates To Train Police 01

Under New Law, Self-Advocates to Train Police

A first-of-its-kind effort is underway in Maryland to ensure that self-advocates are involved in training law enforcement. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS) Self-advocates will take a role in training police on interacting with people who have developmental disabilities under a first-of-its-kind law. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed the law Tuesday establishing the Ethan Saylor Alliance for Self-Advocates as Educators. The new effort, …

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Town Rallies to Surprise Disabled Student

One small town in South Carolina banded together to surprise one disabled student with a gift that will change his life. Malik Brown is a 17-year-old senior at Batesburg-Leesville High School. His cerebral palsy confines him to a wheel chair, where he cannot speak but has a computer that allows him to communicate with others. Malik is about to graduate …

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Tinnitus is the Most Common Service-Related Disability for Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Often described as a ringing in the ears, more than 1.5 million former service members, one out of every two combat veterans, report having this sometimes debilitating condition, resulting in more than $2 billion dollars in annual disability payments by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tinnitus is largely a mystery, a phantom sound heard in the absence of actual sound. Tinnitus patients "hear" ringing, buzzing or hissing in their ears much like an amputee might "feel" pain in a missing limb. It is a symptom, not a disease, and though exposure to loud noise may cause it, some cases have no apparent trigger. Existing treatments, …

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This Tory win will make me more and more disabled 01

This Tory Win Will Make Me More and More Disabled

It’s hard to get across the extent to which planned cuts will affect people like me and my friends. Benefits aren’t just about money; they’re the only way we can leave the house Last Friday I woke up and immediately grabbed my laptop to see who’d won the election. My newsfeed was filled with the collective groan of my friends. …

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The Dogs Who Work Two Jobs for their Disabled Owners

There are guide dogs, and there are assistance dogs but, to help people who are blind as well as physically disabled, some dogs are trained to be both. Tony Brown-Griffin from Kent uses her guide dog Hetty to help her get her children to and from school, to attend community events and do other day-to-day tasks. As well as being …

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Silent Horror: The Director of the Tribe on his Brutal Film About Life in a Deaf School

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s violent new film is set in a deaf school – and completely signed. The Ukrainian director on the revolution in Kiev, his vision for contemporary silent film and what it’s like to suddenly be hot ‘The school I studied in was like a prison’ … Ukrainian writer-director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy is remembering his secondary school …

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Nearly 40 Percent of Students with Disabilities Don’t Graduate 01

Nearly 40 Percent of Students with Disabilities Don’t Graduate

The nation’s high school graduation rate is at a record high, but a new report finds that students with disabilities appear to be falling behind. (Thinkstock) A new report is sounding alarm bells about lagging high school graduation rates among students with disabilities. Some 85 to 90 percent of kids with disabilities are estimated to be capable of completing the …

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My husband, Andrew Marr, had a stroke. Now I know it could happen to anybody 01

My Husband, Andrew Marr, Had a Stroke. Now I know it Could Happen to Anybody

Strokes among men aged 40 to 54 have rocketed in 15 years, yet the resources available to treat and rehabilitate are painfully scarce. This must change Andrew Marr at home in London, following his stroke. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian It’s 10 o’clock in the morning and my husband, the broadcaster Andrew Marr, has just finished yet another strenuous …

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