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This week mostly the Muslim world was busy in Eid’s celebrations and the celebrations successfully ended the third day with peace and joy. Same was with Pakistan, people celebrated in their own traditional style remembering the ones in need and also the ones whom we lost in past uncertainties like terrorist attacks, bomb blasts and so on. We also remembered …

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Pakistan: Don’t Execute Man with Mental Disability

Looming Execution Would Violate International Legal Protections (New York) – The Pakistani government should grant an immediate reprieve to death row prisoner Khizar Hayat because of his psychosocial disability, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 23, 2015, a court in Lahore scheduled Hayat’s execution for July 28. Putting to death an individual with psychosocial or other mental disabilities would …

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Woman with Down syndrome to celebrate 40th birthday by skydiving

Woman with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 40th Birthday by Skydiving

Special to The Eagle Wendy Erdman is set to go skydiving Saturday to celebrate her 40th birthday. Wendy Erdman likes to remind people as often as she can that while she may have Down syndrome, "we're more alike than different." Her most recent way of proving it: skydiving for her 40th birthday. Erdman, who turned 40 on Tuesday, will be …

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Why Your Advice to Chronically Ill People is Condescending and Victim Blaming

It’s inevitable, if you are chronically ill people can’t seem to run over themselves fast enough to offer some advice regarding what you should do to get better. Whether it’s family, friends, coworkers, or perfect strangers, it seems everybody has heard of some amazing new miracle cure that is sure to help you. Even if they hadn’t heard of your …

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Nike Designed a Sneaker for People with Disabilities

Whether it be in clothing or footwear products, Nike is known for never being afraid to experiment with new technologies. The latest example is the company's new Zoom Soldier 8, a gorgeous shoe that was designed for people facing disabilities -- such as amputees and those who have suffered a stroke or cerebral palsy. With the sneaker'sFlyease tech, which features an unusual zipper mechanism …

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The Science Of ‘Hangry’, Or Why Some People Get Grumpy When They’re Hungry

photo credit: FEED ME. Angry man. Ollyy/Shutterstock Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry) – the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed. But where does hanger come from? And why is …

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Massive Study: Birth Order has no Meaningful Effect on Personality or IQ

For those who believe that birth order influences traits like personality and intelligence, a study of 377,000 high school students offers some good news: Yes, the study found, first-borns do have higher IQs and consistently different personality traits than those born later in the family chronology. However, researchers say, the differences between first-borns and "later-borns" are so small that they …

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Poverty's most insidious damage is to a child's brain

Poverty's Most Insidious Damage is to a Child's Brain

An alarming 22 percent of U.S. children live in poverty, which can have long-lasting negative consequences on brain development, emotional health and academic achievement. A new study, published July 20 in JAMA Pediatrics, provides even more compelling evidence that growing up in poverty has detrimental effects on the brain. In an accompanying editorial, child psychiatrist Joan L. Luby, MD, at …

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Right-to-die campaigners’ case rejected in Europe

Right-to-Die Campaigners’ Case Rejected in Europe

A bid by UK campaigners to overturn the law on assisted dying has been rejected by the European Court of Human Rights. Applications by Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony had locked-in syndrome, and Paul Lamb, who was paralysed in a crash, were ruled inadmissible. The court said the UK Parliament was “best placed” to rule on such a sensitive issue. …

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Disabled access at music festivals in the UK

Disabled Access at Music Festivals in the UK

The sun is shining, there are clouds in the sky… where better to be than in a remote field, burger in hand, listening to live music in the open air? Whether you prefer the vastness of a huge event like Glastonbury or somewhere more intimate, there are festivals to suit every mood and preference. Campaigns like Attitude is Everything and …

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Teacher’s with disability three-year discrimination battle

Teacher’s with Disability Three-Year Discrimination Battle

A teacher with disability claims she was left with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by a three-year campaign of discrimination and harassment at the school where she worked. After the teacher first informed the school about her impairment, she was told that if she was a horse she would be “taken out and shot”. She also says she was told that …

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Improving access to theatre for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences

Improving Access to Theatre for Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing Audiences

For many people who are deaf or hard of hearing, a visit to the theatre can be a challenging prospect. Up until about fifteen years ago some deaf or hard of hearing theatregoers had to resort to taking the script into the theatre with them and following it with a torch. That was until Stagetext came along, providing text-based access …

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Uber competitor Gett targets blind passengers with adapted app

Uber Competitor Gett Targets Blind Passengers with Adapted App

An app has been updated to help blind and visually impaired people when it comes to booking taxis. Gett has launched an optimised version of its software so the blind community can order a taxi in 50 cities in the UK, the US, Russia and Israel. The absence of accessibility built into Uber for blind users has been a source …

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Nike Unveils Shoes For People With Special Needs

Nike Unveils Shoes for People with Special Needs

Thanks to a plea from a teen with cerebral palsy seeking shoes he could put on his feet independently, Nike is introducing sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities. Matthew Walzer, then 16, wrote an open letter to Nike in 2012 asking the athletic-wear giant to make a more accessible line of shoes that would still provide the support people …

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Hologram warns drivers against parking in disabled bays

Hologram Warns Drivers Against Parking in Disabled Bays

A disability charity in Russia has turned to holographic technology to discourage drivers from parking in disabled bays. As part of its More Than a Sign campaign, charity Dislife set up cameras and projectors in parking bays inside several shopping centres in Moscow. Every time a car attempted to park in the space the camera searched for a disabled badge …

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'Having autism-friendly or accessible screenings is still pigeon-holing people'

'Having Autism-Friendly or Accessible Screenings is Still Pigeon-Holing People'

Cinemas thrive when they’re at the heart of the community and audiences feel welcome, yet many exhibition venues, often unconsciously, exclude a significant number of potential audience members by not being accessible. In June, as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival and hosted by Film Hub Scotland, four organisations, each piloting new ways to engage previously excluded audiences, discussed a …

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An iPad gave my son with disabilities a voice – and changed his life

An iPad Gave My Son with Disabilities a Voice – and Changed His Life

For most of us, our voices emanate from our own vocal chords. For Kevin, our 20-year-old son with Mowat Wilson Syndrome – a developmental disability – his words are battery-charged, delivered by an app and wrapped protectively in royal blue silicone. And we love his voice. By the age of two, we knew that Kevin had severe language issues. We …

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Newstart Becomes De Facto Disability Pension for 25% of Claimants

Changes made by Labor in eligibility criteria in 2011 has meant tens of thousands of people disqualified for DSP are now on Newstart, at $341 a fortnight less So many people are being disqualified from the disability support pension (DSP) that a quarter of people on Newstart have some type of disability. The social services minister, Scott Morrison, has tried …

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From 'bloodied knees' to the House of Commons as a disabled MP

From 'Bloodied Knees' to the House of Commons as a Disabled MP

Conservative MP Robert Halfon says having a disability means he has been forced to work twice as hard to get to where he is. Before the general election, all Robert Halfon was hoping for was to be re-elected as member of parliament for Harlow. He has since been made a deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and a minister without …

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Urgent action on over-medication

Urgent Action on Over-Medication

Today NHS England pledged urgent action on over-medication of people with a learning disability.Today NHS England pledged urgent action on over-medication of people with a learning disability. You can read their announcment here. Dan Scorer, our Head of Policy and Viv Cooper, Chief Executive at the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have responded to the news: "The research findings issued today by …

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Retail Charity Bond shortlisted for national award

Retail Charity Bond Shortlisted for National Award

Golden Lane Housing's bond nominated for Charity Times Awards 2015 Golden Lane Housing (GLH), the housing arm of Mencap, has been nominated for a major award for the successful launch of the first ever charity bond to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.   The charity, which provides supported living for people with a learning disability, is shortlisted in …

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NHS to stop 'over-medicating' people with learning disabilities

NHS to Stop 'Over-Medicating' People with Learning Disabilities

NHS England says it is taking urgent measures to tackle the over-medication of people with learning disabilities. A report by Public Health England estimates that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical justification. A letter is being sent to patients and professionals as a call to action. …

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