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It’s really so refreshing to see the work of WHO, Pakistan Bait ul Mal and Canadian High Commission in Pakistan towards a sustainable development which is surely bring a turn to the conditions of PWDs in Pakistan.The World Health Organization (WHO) is going to conduct the Model Disability Survey (MDS) as a pilot study in Attock district to monitor the situation …

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For inclusive growth Pakistans first ever disability survey launched 01

For Inclusive growth : Pakistan’s First Ever Disability Survey Launched

Pilot project will be implemented in Attock district. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan launched the first-ever disability survey to collect information about all kinds of disabilities in the country. The pilot project, funded by the Canadian High Commission and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), will be implemented by the Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) in Attock District. Pakistan is the first country after …

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Mother gets 18 years for killing 8-year-old son in NYC hotel 01

Mother Gets 18 Years for Killing 8-Year-Old Son in NYC hotel

NEW YORK (AP) — A self-made health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled child five years ago in a luxury New York City hotel room was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison by a judge who said he disbelieved much of her defense and scolded her for not showing remorse. Gigi Jordan, a nurse-turned-pharmaceutical-entrepreneur, claimed her …

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Undeterred by disability, Niaz Bahadar stays brave as his name 01

Undeterred by Disability, Niaz Bahadar Stays Brave as His Name

  PESHAWAR: Niaz Bahadar recalls the heartbreaking moment when his four-year-old daughter ─ his only child ─ discovered he was blind. Bahadar attaches an artificial leg to his knee, recalling the incident that changed his life. —Photo by author It was just a few days after the horrific explosion that had ripped off his limbs and permanently deprived him of …

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13 Young Adults with Disabilities Graduate from UAMS Employment Training Program 01

13 Young Adults with Disabilities Graduate from UAMS Employment Training Program

Thirteen young adults graduated from the Project SEARCH internship program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), which helps young adults with disabilities develop independent living and working skills. “We are tremendously proud of these young men and women. Our mission at UAMS is to provide comfort, hope and healing to our patients and their families, and these …

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Charity highlights role of siblings in supporting adults with a disability 01

Charity Highlights Role of Siblings in Supporting Adults with a Disability

Campaigners say the support needs and caring role of about 1.7 million adults in the UK who have grown up with a disabled brother or sister are overlooked. Sibs, the UK’s only charity for siblings of children and adults with a lifelong learning disability, is demanding greater recognition for this comparatively invisible group. It says care professionals often overlook the role …

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Criminal justice system still failing on disability hate crime, says report 01

Criminal Justice System Still Failing on Disability Hate Crime, Says Report

The criminal justice system has failed yet again to take the action needed to address its failings in dealing with disability hate crime, according to a new report. Two years ago, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation concluded in a joint report that disability hate crime was “the hate crime that has …

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Disability Employment Package 01

Disability Employment Package

The 2015 Federal Budget has provided $25 million over four years to start to shape Disability Employment toward a new model in 2018 in which it expects 22,000 people with disability to be employment-ready. The package includes $9 million over three years to create the JobAccess Gateway for people with disability and employers. The Federal Budget said the JobAccess Gateway …

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Disability only requirement for BBC forecaster 01

Disability Only Requirement for BBC Forecaster

MOL London - If you’re looking for your first break as a weather presenter on national TV but have no relevant qualifications or experience you may be in luck. The BBC is on the hunt for a new face to present daily weather bulletins - but the only requirement is you must be disabled. An official advert posted on the …

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Disabled ‘a priority’ in Shropshire services rethink 01

Disabled ‘a Priority’ in Shropshire Services Rethink

Supporting people with disabilities in their own homes will be a top priority for Shropshire Council, it has been announced. The council said its emphasis going forward will be to identify where land or buildings can taken up by disabled people under a full-time tenancy agreement, instead of living with relatives. The future of learning disability services across south east …

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Google Putting Up Millions for Disability Initiative 01

Google Putting Up Millions for Disability Initiative

Google is looking to address the needs of a billion people with disabilities worldwide and it’s putting big bucks behind the effort. The Internet search giant said this week that Google.org — the company’s charitable arm — is offering up $20 million to nonprofits “using emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities.” As part of the initiative dubbed “The …

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Having a wheelchair shouldn't stop me shopping 01

Having a Wheelchair Shouldn't Stop Me Shopping

People with disability shouldn't be forced to shop on the internet. The high street should be available and accessible to everyone. Earlier this week a survey by the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers showed that many people’s with disabilities are unable to shop on our high streets. Now, we all like a little shopping spree, disabled or not. Whether it's an impulse …

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Lower back pain cause of most disability 01

Lower Back Pain Cause of Most Disability

Lower back pain has emerged as the biggest cause of global disability said a study. In a study based on data of ill health and disability arising from all health conditions in 187 countries, the prevalence and the overall impact of the condition increases with age. “With ageing populations throughout the world, but especially in low and middle income countries, …

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MoHP to present rehabilitation plan 01

MoHP to Present Rehabilitation Plan

KATHMANDU, Three weeks after the Great Earthquake rattled the country, killing over 8,500 people and injuring thousands, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has begun identifying places for rehabilitating people with serious injuries who need periodic follow-ups. According to Handicap International, an international non-governmental organization working on disabilities, over 30 percent of the injured people need permanent rehabilitation; furthermore, …

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Not disabled, just differently abled, believes Imran Ghanchi 01

Not Disabled, Just Differently Abled, Believes Imran Ghanchi

KARACHI: In Pakistan, people with disabilities face a lot of hardship while seeking employment. They also face discrimination and ‘unnecessary sympathy’. In general, they are assumed to be a burden on society, which makes it difficult for them to integrate in schools, colleges, universities and workplaces. Imran Ghanchi, a member of ‘The Rickshaw Project’ initiated by the Network of Organizations Working …

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The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first professional ensemble for musicians with disabilities 01

The British Paraorchestra is the World’s First Professional Ensemble for Musicians with Disabilities

On 2-3 July, Colston Hall will be staging a pioneering new festival that will put accessible music making and accessibility for people with disabilities to cultural events centre stage. Headlining Fast Forward Festival is the British Paraorchestra on Friday 3 July, which performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games with Coldplay. Conducted by Charles Hazlewood, and with …

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This Smartphone connects for those with disabilities 01

This Smartphone Connects for Those with Disabilities

Sesame Enable co-founder and CEO Oded Ben Dov (right) with a user of the company's smartphone. In some quarters, the growth of the smartphone market may finally be slowing, but it's just getting started elsewhere. Sesame Enable, a company that modifies smartphones so that people with disabilities can control a cursor with only slight head movements, just shipped its first …

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The disabled demand access to information on rights 02

The Disabled Demand Access to Information on Rights

People with disabilities in Lebanon suffer from a range of difficulties in accessing services such as health care and education, and therefore cannot exercise their basic rights. Several civil society organizations are hoping to help resolve these issues by giving them access to the linchpin of all these problems: information. A report titled “Disability and Access to Information in Lebanon,” …

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Touro students invent devices for people with disabilities 01

Touro Students Invent Devices for People with Disabilities

Sydney Carnevale, a first-year occupational therapy student at Touro University Nevada, is shown next to her invention Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the school’s Assistive Technology Fair. When Sydney Carnevale worked at a horse therapy program in Maryland, she met a U.S. Navy veteran who lost most of his right arm when a bomb exploded in Afghanistan. Despite his amputation, the …

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