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A devastating earthquake of 7.6 magnitude having its epicenter in Barpak of Gorkha district hit Nepal on 25th April 2015 at 11:56 am has claimed more than 8500 lives so far and caused huge damages of public and privates properties. The earthquake was followed by many aftershocks and some of them very powerful. The 6.8 magnitude aftershock came on May 12 …

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Very Urgent Appeal of NFDN about inclusion of PWD in Post Disaster Responses

People with disabilities are in increased risk during and after all kinds of disasters. Therefore it is very essential to take their special needs as first priority during relief distribution and rehabilitation works. So, every stakeholder engaged in emergency response should be careful on the following points from the perspective of disability and other vulnerable groups. While distributing relief materials …

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Being Human 'Veer Campaign' To Take Part In Government's Skill Training Programme For 5 Lakh PWDs

Debabrata Mukherjee, VP of Commercial & Marketing at Coca-Cola India & SWA, Padma Shri award winner and wheelchair tennis star Boniface Prabhu, CEO of American India Foundation MA Ravi Kumar, and VijiVenkatesh, Trustee of Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation, at the launch of Thums Up Being Human VEER Season 2 in Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Thumbs …

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Alan Titchmarsh Opens First Flat Spaces Holiday Home for People with Disabilities 01

Alan Titchmarsh Opens First Flat Spaces Holiday Home for People with Disabilities

Mouth and foot artist builds first purpose-built accessible holiday homes in the UK First Flat Spaces bungalow in Ropley officially launched Friday 8 May 2015 A Hampshire-based mouth and foot painting artist has formed a collaboration with a Polish house builder to build the first fully accessible state-of-the-art holiday homes in the UK for people with disabilities. A board member of the …

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Americans with Disabilities More Often Victims of Violent Crimes 01

Americans with Disabilities More Often Victims of Violent Crimes

Government data show Americans with disabilities are much more likely to be victims of violent crimes. Older Americans are more likely to be disabled, but younger Americans with disabilities are more likely to have crimes committed against them. People with disabilities are significantly more likely to be victims of violent crimes, according to data from the Department of Justice. The age-adjusted …

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Bodybuilding Correction Officer Allegedly Disabled For 20 Years 01

Bodybuilding Correction Officer Allegedly Disabled For 20 Years

More than 15,000 public employees in Massachusetts are out of work, but still getting a paycheck because they're considered persons with disabilities. FOX Undercover is raising questions about how the state keeps tabs on them after an unusual example surfaced involving a retired prison guard who has been off the job since 1995 because he says he is too injured …

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Canada’s Deportation of Jamaican Man with Mental Disability ‘Cruel Treatment’ – UN Experts

After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support. The man, known by his initials A.H.G., 52, immigrated to Canada when he was 18 years …

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Changing Places Campaign for Place for Children with Disabilities and Adults to Change with Dignity 01

Changing Places Campaign for Place for Children with Disabilities and Adults to Change with Dignity

THERE are a group of people out there who get very excited about toilets… But it’s nothing sinister! Changing Places are an organization that campaigns for a place to change disabled children and adults with dignity. They say: "It is estimated that there are over 230,000 severely disabled people in the UK who could benefit from Changing Places. The Changing …

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China: Restaurant Offers Jobs to Learning Disabled

A restaurant, said to be the first of its kind in China, is offering training and jobs to people with learning disabilities, it's reported. The Forrest Gump restaurant- named after the film starring Tom Hanks - is the brainchild of Hu Yanping, who has reportedly adopted over 100 children with learning difficulties since her own son died in 2001, the People's …

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ELECTION 2015: People with Disabilities ‘Should Come Together in New National Body’

Leading activists appalled by the prospect of another five years of attacks on disability rights and equality – following the election of a majority Conservative government – are working on plans to set up a new national organization of people with disability. They want to bring disabled people’s organizations and disabled activists together under a non-party political umbrella, funded by …

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'Failure' On Disability Hate Crime Changes

A series of recommendations on disability hate crime were made two years ago Victims of person with disabilities hate crime are still being let down by the justice system, a report has concluded. The Criminal Justice Inspectorate said police, prosecutors, and probation services had failed to bring about much-needed change over the past two years. Its follow-up review comes after a critical report in …

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Farry Launches Project Ignite To Help Individuals Toward Employment 01

Farry Launches Project Ignite To Help Individuals Toward Employment

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today launched the European Social Funded initiative entitled ‘Project Ignite’ to help people with disabilities move towards and into employment. Project Ignite, which will run for three years to 2018, aims to assist 306 individuals, providing 270 with qualifications, 260 with work experience, and 45 people moving into employment. The Project will improve …

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Hospital admissions strongly linked to disability for older adults in last year of life 01

Hospital Admissions Strongly Linked to Disability for Older Adults in Last Year of Life

New Haven, Conn. -- Yale researchers found a close association between acute hospitalizations and the development and progression of disability among older adults at the end of life. Their findings may have profound implications for medical decision-making for older people and those who care for them. In an earlier study, Thomas M. Gill, M.D., professor of medicine, and his co-authors …

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Hospital Stays Worsen Disabilities, Study Shows

Researchers say hospital re-admissions tend to worsen existing disabilities in people during their last year of life. The investigators are advising a more “palliative care approach” as a way to avoid exacerbating such problems. The 15-year study in West Haven, CT, evaluated the role of intervening hospital admissions on trajectories of disability in the last year of life. Study results were published …

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Sexual Abuse of Adults with Disability Revealed

There were 4,748 reports of sexual abuse against adults with disabilities over the past two years, information from 106 councils in England found. The NSPCC said the cases were "the visible peak" of a much larger problem. The Local Government Association said councils "work hard to ensure support is available". The Victoria Derbyshire programme submitted Freedom of Information requests to …

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Stella's Challenge disability awareness campaign announced at TEDxSydney 01

Stella's Challenge Disability Awareness Campaign Announced at TEDxSydney Campaign to Change Social Attitudes Towards People with Disabilities was Inspired by Writer, Comedian and Advocate Stella Young, Who Died in December

A new national campaign designed to change social attitudes towards people living with disabilities was announced on Thursday at TEDxSydney. Stella’s Challenge is inspired by writer, comedian and disability advocate Stella Young, who died in December. Young’s talk “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” at TEDxSydney’s 2014 event quickly became one of their most popular videos, attracting more than 1.7m views. …

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The Muscle Help Foundation Wins ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ at the 2015 Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards Ceremony

Michael McGrath (pictured above in red jacket, together with the other winners), CEO and founder of Herts-based charity, the Muscle Help Foundation (MHF), was surprised and delighted to win the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ Award at last Thursday night’s Inspiring Hertfordshire awards, a glittering black tie gala dinner, attended by over 350 Hertfordshire businessmen and women. The awards took place …

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The toy industry shuts out children with disabilities. We want to change that 01

The Toy Industry Shuts Out Children with Disabilities. We Want to Change that

Since my last child was born five years ago something else has bred in my house. Toys. We started off with a few rattles, and as the years progressed the plastic proliferated into an army of Playmobil figures, a soup of Lego, a sea of cutesy Sylvanian rabbits. But four weeks ago I stood back and looked at our toy box …

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Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us

Is Uber letting its drivers dodge The Americans With Disabilities Act? Sometimes it slips Kristin Parisi’s mind that she’s person with disability. After 25 years in a wheelchair—the result of a car accident when she was 5 years old—her means of transportation no longer registers as abnormal. “It’s one of those things I forget—that I’m disabled—until someone tells me I …

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