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Editorial

Estanara group and its devoted team is always there to serve the society and work for the development of inclusive environment, last Sunday on 6th of July 2015 they organized a grand Iftar and dinner for the persons with disabilities at KMC Sports complex, Kashmir Road Karachi. The event really brought tons of happiness to all the participants as the …

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Grand Iftar and Dinner Organized by Estanara Group for Person with Disabilities and People in Need

5th of July 2015, Sunday evening a grand Iftar and dinner was organized by Estanara group for the persons with disabilities and people in need at KMC Sports complex, Kashmir Road Karachi. This event is being organized every year in the holy month of Ramadan with same enthusiasm and gentle spirit for more than a decade now, the participants from …

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Blind French Hikers Cross Vosges Mountain Range in Eastern France with Guidance of Navi'Rando GPS

Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week with the help of a GPS system that developers hope can help millions of people with vision problems. Armed only with their white canes and the experimental smartphone app — unaccompanied by sighted guides — the group trekked 80 kilometres in six days through fields …

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Calls for New Laws to Protect People with Disabilities from Abuse by Carers

New laws are needed to protect people with disabilities from abuse by their carers, two leading West Australian disability advocacy groups say. The proposed legislation is one of 16 recommendations made in a draft report by People with disabilities WA and Developmental Disability WA, based on research following a Senate inquiry into neglect and abuse in institutions. The report has …

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Complaint Alleges ADA Violations In Conservatorship Proceedings 01

Complaint Alleges ADA Violations in Conservatorship Proceedings

A disability-rights group has filed a federal complaint alleging that the Los Angeles County Superior Court has systemically violated the civil rights of residents with intellectual disabilities who are under limited conservatorships by failing to provide effective legal assistance through its court-appointed attorneys. The class-action complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles late last week, claims …

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Cuts to Students' with Disabilities Allowances back on agenda 01

Cuts to Students' with Disabilities Allowances Back on Agenda

Government reductions could leave universities to fund most help for students with disabilities The government has revived its plans to cut back on direct public support for disabled students, forcing universities to take over the bulk of provision. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published a consultation on changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances, which would take effect from 2016-17. The …

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Disability Worker Jailed for Sex Abuse

A disability services worker whose "inexcusable" sexual abuse of a client at a Victorian care facility was caught on video has been jailed for at least two and a half years. Timothy Hampson, 52, was sentenced in the County Court on Monday after pleading guilty to two charges of sexually penetrating a person with a cognitive impairment. He also pleaded …

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Electrical Nerve Stimulation Can Reverse Spinal Cord Injury Nerve Damage in Patients

Approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) happen every year in the U.S., the majority caused by car accidents, falls, sporting accidents and gunshot wounds. Better emergency care and therapy have made SCI manageable, but researchers continue to investigate approaches to make it repairable. A new study in Journal of Neurophysiology reports that peripheral nerve stimulation therapy can reverse SCI-associated nerve deterioration, potentially …

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ESA Sickness Benefit Cuts Being Considered  BBC News

Plans to scrap part of the UK’s main sickness benefit are being considered, a leaked Whitehall paper suggests. It describes the Employment and Support Allowance as a “passive” benefit which does not “incentivise” people to find a job, and proposes abolishing the work-related activity group (WRAG) category. If scrapped, weekly payments would drop nearly £30 from £102.15, bringing it in …

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Feds Aim To Help College Students With Disabilities

Federal officials are looking to add new resources to support students with disabilities pursuing higher education. The U.S. Department of Education said it plans to fund a new National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students With Disabilities. This center would “provide technical assistance and information on best and promising practices for students with disabilities as they transition …

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How the internet still fails people with disabilities 01

How the Internet Still Fails People with Disabilities

Elaine suffers from depression and anxiety. A psychiatric nurse suggested that she learn how to use a computer to keep in contact with her family so that she didn’t feel so isolated. So Elaine decided to attend one-to-one tutorials at Cambridge Online. “I’m in my 50s. We didn’t have computers when I was at school, so it was quite a …

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Human Rights Council Opens its 29th Regular Session Geneva, from 15 June to 3 July 2015 Informative Note

  The Human Rights Council will hold its twenty-ninth regular session from 15 June to 3 July 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. According to its programme of work, during this session the Council will dedicate an expressive space to discuss the rights of women and girls as well as to promote interactive dialogue with Special Procedures. The following ones are …

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Independent Living Fund: What is Going to Happen Now?

Tuesday is the last day of the Independent Living Fund. But what is it and who will be affected? Started in 1988, the Independent Living Fund (ILF) has provided financial support to people with disabilities across the UK. From Wednesday, 1 July, it will no longer exist in England, while Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have made different plans for …

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Nothing is impossible: Girl with Disability Flies Plane with Feet

ARIZONA: A 32 year old woman Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of rare birth defect. This has not proven a disability for this inspirational and self-motivated woman who has adapted to life by using his feet. The psychology graduate can write, type, drive a car, brush her hair and talk on her phone simply using her …

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People Choose to be Poor and Disabled – This is the Logic Behind the Tories' £12bn of Welfare Cuts

We’ve known since May that welfare cuts under the Conservative government would be brutal, but it wasn’t until the weekend that we found out just how bad they're going to be. It’s now been revealed that £12bn worth of welfare cuts will be included in next month’s budget, with even more rolled out in the autumn spending review. Such cuts are based …

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Special Needs Students Experience Theatre Through Interactive Oddysea Production

A West Australian theatre company is bringing a colourful underwater performance to students with special needs through an interactive show. Sensorium Theatre's production Oddysea takes students on a journey under the sea where they are allowed to watch, touch, smell, sing along and even taste. The company has been in residence at the Joondalup Education Support Centre for two weeks, …

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Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism 01

Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism

New research suggests that an otherwise rare speech disorder may affect nearly two-thirds of kids with autism, a finding that’s prompting calls for greater screening. The condition called apraxia is estimated to affect just one or two out of every 1,000 children, but a study finds that 64 percent of children with autism may also have the speech disorder. “Children …

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Staging Theatre for Audiences with Profound Learning Disabilities

At Frozen Light we create theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). While in a lot of ways our creative process is similar to that of other theatre companies, there’s a handful of key areas we look at to make sure the work we create is relevant to our audience. It can be challenging for people with PMLD to …

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State's Disability System Fragmented and Confusing: Ombudsman

Sixty people are on an "exclusion register" and banned from working with people in disability services in Victoria, a parliamentary inquiry into abuse in disability services has heard. At least 22 banned people have reapplied for work within the sector, but were picked up during pre-employment checks, director of service outcomes at the Department of Health and Human Services, Janine Twomey, …

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Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities

The Transforming Care Delivery Board, comprising NHS England, the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Health Education England (HEE) and the Department of Health has today published a Progress Report (also in Easy Read) on the steps taken towards improving services for people with learning disabilities. The report sets out progress …

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UK's only disabled surfing competition at Fistral beach hailed a 'big success' 01

UK's Only Disabled Surfing Competition at Fistral Beach Hailed a 'Big Success'

Almost 100 people with disabilities hit the waves at Fistral beach for the Wave Project's Summer Surf Challenge 2015. Now into its fourth year, the event is growing in popularity as the UK's top inclusive surf event, and people with disabilities travelled from across Cornwall - and as far afield as Gloucester - to take part in free surf taster …

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Don’t be Afraid of People with Disabilities 01

Don’t be Afraid of People with Disabilities

Don't be afraid Disability fear is a topic that’s taboo and deep seated that many who feel it will either vehemently deny or not acknowledge that it exists. After all, who would admit they are afraid of someone who is of a different race or religion for fear of backlash much in the same way they would not admit they …

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