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How disabled the commitments are? This is something really a matter of concern for the ones who are connected to Pakistan with a relation of Nationality. Seriously, I am not really surprised with this traditional attitude of “authorities” which had again left the persons with disabilities unconsidered in the new Budget 2015. PSDP- Public Sector Development Program is again helpless …

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Disabled Commitments: No Money for Persons with Disabilities

Pakistan it seems lacks a focal point at National level to fulfill it international commitments. ISLAMABAD: No allocation has been made this year in the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the welfare of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). This is no different from the previous year’s allocation. However in 2011 Pakistan ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. …

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BBC Set to Appoint New Disability Executive

The BBC is finally set to appoint a senior executive tasked with championing disabled talent and projects, more than 10 months after the new role was announced. The appointment of a disability executive was part of plans aimed at improving the representation of disabled people both behind and in front of the camera at the BBC. The new executive will …

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Brain Injury Survivors are Storytelling Their Way to Recovery

By narrating their own experiences, brain injury survivors are tackling discrimination, developing their skills and building confidence The Who Are You Now? project has helped brain injury survivors develop their literacy and speech skills. Advances in medicine mean that the number of people surviving brain injuries is increasing. In many ways brain injury is a silent epidemic; its effects are …

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Breakthrough in Tinnitus Research Could Lead to Testable Model

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. …

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Disability Benefits: Court to Rule on Delay Test Case

The High Court is expected to rule later on whether the government took too long to process benefit claims by two people with disabilities. The unnamed pair waited nine months for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), and they say this left them dependent on loan sharks and food banks. They claim the delay was unlawful. During the test case, the Department …

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Disabled Payment Delay Unlawful, Judge Rules

UK government took ‘unlawful and unacceptably long time’ to pay welfare benefits to two people with disabilities Two claimants asked Mrs Justice Patterson to declare that Iain Duncan Smith breached his common law and human rights duties to make payments within a reasonable time. The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has suffered legal embarrassment after a judge ruled …

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Drivers Who Parked in Disabled Bays Using Dead People's Blue Badges Fined Hundreds of Pounds

Badge of dishonour: Two drivers were caught using dead people's blue badges Two drivers who used dead people’s disabled blue badges to park for free have ended up forking out hundreds of pounds in court fines. Angela Prophet, 68, from Birmingham, was caught parking in a disabled bay in Corn Square, Leominster, Herefordshire, using a badge issued to her father who died …

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Paralysed Groom Surprises Wife with a “Standing” First Dance, Her Reaction Says it All!

The “First Dance” is always a really special moment between newly weds, but it was exceptionally special for Sgt. Joey Johnson and his new wife Michelle. Just four months after the two met, Johnson suffered from a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. When it came time for the happy couple’s first dance at the wedding, …

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Scientists at McMaster University Have Discovered How to Make Adult Sensory Neurons from Human Patients Simply by Having Them Roll Up Their Sleeve and Providing a Blood Sample

Specifically, stem cell scientists at McMaster can now directly convert adult human blood cells to both central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) neurons as well as neurons in the peripheral nervous system (rest of the body) that are responsible for pain, temperature and itch perception. This means that how a person's nervous system cells react and respond to stimuli, …

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The Bionic Suit Helping Wheelchair Users Get Back on Their Feet

Exoskeletons support people with spinal cord injuries to walk again but a prohibitively high price tag is restricting their use After being paralysed from the waist down while on duty in Afghanistan, former army guardsman can now walk with the help of a bionic suit. James Johnson can still remember the moment he was told he would never walk again. …

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Stephen Hawking Would 'Consider' Assisted Suicide if He was a Burden

Professor Stephen Hawking tells Dara O'Briain he would consider assisted dying only if he were in great pain or had nothing left to contribute to the world Professor Stephen Hawking, the physicist, would consider assisted suicide if he felt he had nothing more to contribute to the world and was merely a burden, he has said. Prof Hawking, who has motor neuron …

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Giving Birth to Purple Culture

There is a culture to all politics and at its best the culture of disability politics has been angry, stirring, passionate and liberating but at its worst it has been patronizing, cloying, worthy and dull. The following suggestions are intended to stimulate the growth of a new exhilarating period of disabled people performing in mainstream arts. A purple period. Purple …

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MSP says Assisted Suicide Bill ‘Fuelled Demonization of People with Disabilities’

A disabled MSP has helped persuade colleagues to throw out proposals to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland. Labour’s Siobhan McMahon told the Scottish parliament that discussions about the assisted suicide (Scotland) bill had added to the demonisation of people with disabilities. She told fellow MSPs: “It is not a medical condition that makes people’s with disabilities lives intolerable; it is …

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Proposed U.S. Bill Helps Traveling Parents with Disabilities

Summer months are a time for kids to be out of school. It also makes me think about lazy days drinking lemonade to cool off from the hot sun, having barbecues and family reunions, just to name a few fun things. It also stirs up images of taking vacations with family. Thinking about what part of the country, or even …

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The Shift from High School to College

The shift from high school to college, or from higher education to the workforce, is harrowing enough, but for the 6 million students diagnosed with a disability, the stakes are higher and the transition is all the more challenging. That’s the big takeaway from Diplomas Count, Education Week’s annual spotlight on trends in high-school completion. This year’s package includes nearly 20 articles, student …

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Sun was ‘Crude and Discriminatory’ in Mocking Brothers, Says Watchdog

The Sun newspaper has been told by the press regulator that it was guilty of “discriminatory” and “unacceptable” behavior when it printed a column mocking a disabled and transgender politician. The tabloid was forced to publish the adjudication by the Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO) today (Thursday) in full, but has not been told to apologize to Labour’s Emily Brothers. …

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