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Karachi Mechanic says blindness no roadblock to Success 03

Editorial

Today’s newsletter is loaded with exiting news and some latest updates in science for disability, I was really surprised to see how a man with visual impairment has crossed all the limits of talents and had nailed it. Patel has set an example for about 2 million of Blind population in Pakistan according to Fred Hollow’s Foundation and he is …

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Karachi Mechanic says blindness no roadblock to Success 01

Karachi: Mechanic Says Blindness No Roadblock to Success

Karachi (AFP) - As a boy, Asif Patel would take apart toys and transistor radios, relying only on his sense of touch to rebuild them, having been robbed of his sight by a rare condition that meant he was born without eyes. Now a renowned mechanic with his own workshop in Pakistan s sprawling metropolis of Karachi, Patel s story is a …

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Benefit changes Who will be affected 01

Benefit Changes: Who Will be Affected?

Hundreds of thousands of UK families will be affected by cuts of £12bn in the UK's welfare budget announced by the chancellor. For the first time tax credits and family benefits under Universal Credit will be limited to the first two children only. At the moment 870,000 families with more than two children claim tax credits, according to HMRC. Most …

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Call for breastfeeding guidance for babies with Down's syndrome 01

Call for Breastfeeding Guidance for Babies with Down's Syndrome

Despite compelling evidence about the benefits of breastfeeding little is known about the breastfeeding experiences of mothers of infants with Down's syndrome. In the UK, clinical commissioning groups and practitioners have a vital role in empowering and enabling these women to access help and support as soon as the child is born. Mothers of babies with Down's syndrome need tailored …

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Digital arts festival to put people with learning disabilities centre stage 01

Digital Arts Festival to Put People with Learning Disabilities Centre Stage

An interactive digital arts festival this weekend (10-12 July) will feature giant portraits of learning disabled people projected onto buildings, a game played with an accessible mapping app and an inclusive, high-tech design workshop to re-imagine a town centre. People with learning disabilities will help stage the innovative art installations and music and dance performances that they have created alongside …

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Disability rights campaigner Jane Campbell ‘In the Lords, I’m still a radical activist 01

Disability Rights Campaigner Jane Campbell: ‘In the Lords, I’m still a Radical Activist

Lady Campbell’s single-mindedness has made her one of the most influential figures in UK disability rights, from her origins as a grassroots activist stopping traffic by parking her wheelchair on London’s Westminster Bridge Road, to her current role as a crossbench peer. Yet her resolve was recently tested when she spotted a protest against the government’s scrapping of the independent living …

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Disabled picket police headquarters 01

Disabled Picket Police Headquarters

The disability community rallied behind one of its own yesterday in a rare and never before seen picket outside of the Police Headquarters on American Road. The demonstration, led by President of the Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons Living with Disabilities, Bernard Warner was in support of a member Malcolm Cephas Jr, who is blind, and who was allegedly …

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Film Stuntman Left Paralyzed In Accident Stars In New Films To Help Disabled 01

Film Stuntman Left Paralyzed in Accident Stars in New Films to Help Disabled

A former cinema blockbuster stunt double left paralyzed after a scene went wrong is featuring in a new series of short films and an interactive online guide to show the adaptations that can be made to help disabled people to live more independently. David Holmes, 30, was left tetraplegic and now uses a wheelchair after an accident when he was …

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First Cousin marriages leading cause of disabilities in Pakistani communities 01

First Cousin Marriages Leading Cause of Disabilities in Pakistani Communities

Baroness Flather, a cross-bench peer, says it is 'absolutely appalling' that first cousin marriages in Pakistani communities are leading to 'so much disability among children' Baroness Flather, a former Tory who now sits as a cross-bencher, said in the House of Lords that it is "absolutely appalling" that first cousin marriages in Pakistani communities are leading to "so much disability …

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Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice 01

Gene Therapy Restores Eearing in Deaf Mice

Sensory hair cells in the cochlea of a Beethoven mouse treated with TMC2 gene therapy. In this confocal microscopy image, microvilli are shown in red and cell bodies in green. The human ear has about 16,000 sensory hair cells. Using gene therapy, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have restored hearing in mice with a genetic form …

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Jameela Jamil interview - 'Access for disabled people in the UK is embarrassing' 01

Jameela Jamil Interview - 'Access for Disabled People in the UK is Embarrassing'

Jameela, tell us about the motivation behind your members club for disabled people, Why Not People? Access in this country is so embarrassing. I'm embarrassed of our government, I'm embarrassed at us for letting it go on for this long where we exclude a huge portion of society. There are currently 11.8m people in the UK desperate to have a …

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Protesters block roads around Parliament ahead of George Osborne's Budget 01

Protesters Block Roads Around Parliament Ahead of George Osborne's Budget

Demonstrators have blocked roads around Parliament ahead of the Budget in protest at cuts to the welfare system. George Osborne is set to deliver his address to Parliament this lunchtime where he will unveil further details about the £12bn planned welfare cuts. A large chunk of the Chancellor's cuts are expected to be made to tax credits but Government has refused to …

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Scientists don't turn a blind eye to bias 01

Scientists Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Bias

Scientific journals should insist on more robust experimental processes, say biologists after reviewing nearly 900,000 experiments Scientific journals should insist on more robust experimental processes, say biologists after reviewing nearly 900,000 experiments. The team found that non-blind experiments -- that is, where scientists knew which samples they were recording -- averaged a 27 per cent stronger result than blind trials. …

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Sheffield Access Guide now available 02

Sheffield Access Guide Now Available

A new access guide, designed to empower disabled residents to get out and do what they want to do in Sheffield, has been launched. Sheffield City Council has worked with DisabledGo to produce the guide which features detailed access information to 1000 venues across Sheffield. DisabledGo covers a wide range of venues that are accessible to the public including tourist …

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Uric acid lessens women's disability after stroke 01

Uric Acid Lessens Women's Disability After Stroke

Uric acid - a chemical that at high levels can lead to serious illness - may lessen women's disability after a stroke, a study shows. High levels of uric acid can lead to kidney stones or the inflammatory arthritic condition known as gout and is linked with heart and vascular problems and diabetes. However, in a study published in the …

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Global warming brings risks of disease, disability 01

Global Warming Brings Risks of Disease, Disability: Experts

ISLAMABAD: The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last 50 years of gains in development and global health, experts warned. Extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves bring rising risks of infectious diseases, poor nutrition and stress, the specialists said, while polluted cities where people work long hours and …

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Hope for deafness gene therapy cure 01

Hope for Deafness Gene Therapy Cure

A gene therapy cure for inherited deafness could be offered to patients in under five years. Gene therapy for deafness is moving closer to reality, with research showing the technique for fixing faulty DNA can improve responses in mice with genetic hearing loss. Separately, a clinical trial backed by Novartis is under way to help a different group of people …

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