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What upsets one is that Pakistan over the years has failed to provide a decent life to persons with disabilities (PWDs). The previous governments, despite having authority, could not commit to nurturing a society that values the contribution of all its citizens and inhabitants, including the 5.035 million people living in the country with disabilities. In spite of having ratified …

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LHC orders govt to fill posts advertised for disabled in 3 months

LHC Orders Govt to Fill Posts Advertised for Disabled in 3 Months

The Lahore High Court Thursday ordered the Punjab government to fill posts advertised for disabled persons within three months. The court also ordered government to advertise other posts identified for the disabled in a month. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed these interim orders on a petition filed by Judicial Activism Panel, a public interest litigation firm, challenging non-implementation of …

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A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner

A Cut to Social Security Disability Benefits May be Around the Corner

The annual check-up for Social Security is in, and one program looks more dire than the rest. If Congress doesn’t act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday. The disability trust fund will …

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Fighting Disabilities: 56 Children to Get Cochlear Implants

LAHORE: “The thought of my younger son calling me baba (father) brings tears to my eyes,” said Sikandar Sher, the father of Hassan, a three-year-old deaf boy, who is amongst 56 kids getting a free of cost cochlear implant (CI) from Bahria Town Hospital Lahore. Sher, who is from Swabi, says he brought his son to the hospital for getting …

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What Makes a Disability Hate Crime?

People stare at Adam Pearson wherever he goes. But when looks and whispers turn more violent, he is left feeling scared. He looks into the issue of disability hate crime in the UK. Living with a facial disfigurement, in a busy city like London, means I am rarely invisible. Even something as simple as a train journey can turn into …

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Social Security In Trouble

Social Security in Trouble

Social Security's disability fund to run dry in 2016; would trigger 19 percent benefit cut. There is an easy fix available: Congress could shift tax revenue from Social Security's much larger retirement fund, as it has done in the past. President Barack Obama supports the move. But Republicans say they want changes in the program to reduce fraud and to …

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Vilnius Airport joins forces with the Malteser team to help the person with disabilities

Vilnius Airport Joins Forces with the Malteser Team to Help the Person with Disabilities

The Order of Malta Relief Organisation providing the transportation service for the disabled “Let’s go” has also started its activities in the area of Vilnius Airport. Therefore, it will be even easier for persons with reduced mobility to travel abroad, informed BC airport’s press service. The organisation’s vehicles will conveniently transport the disabled to the passenger terminal which is equipped …

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Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts

Sickness and Disability Benefits Could be Reduced by £30 a Week as Part of £12bn Welfare Cuts

State benefits paid to thousands of sick and disabled people could be cut by £30 a week as part of the £12bn of welfare cuts to be implemented by the Government. People on housing benefit could be forced to contribute part of their rent for the first time under measures that could be announced in next week’s Budget, which will …

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DWP releases document on cuts to disabled work access scheme hours after election result

DWP Releases Document on Cuts to Disabled Work Access Scheme Hours After Election Result

The DWP has moved further to examine cutting a scheme that helps disabled people into work – just hours after the Conservatives won the election. The Access to Work fund helps people and employers cover costs of disabilities that might be a barrier to work. The biggest single users of the fund are people who have difficulty seeing and people …

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Pakistani Children with Disabilities Have no Access to Schools

An estimated 1.4 million persons with disabilities in Pakistan were the children of school going age, most of whom do not have access to either inclusive or special schools due to limited capacity in existing facilities,  Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director UNESCO Islamabad told Education For All (EFA) National Forum here on Wednesday. The EFA Forum was organised by UNESCO in …

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Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients

Magnetic Pulses to the Brain Deliver Long-Lasting Relief for Tinnitus Patients

In the largest U.S. clinical trial of its kind funded by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, researchers at the VA Portland Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University found that transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants. Their findings were published today in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology -- …

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One Night of Sleep Loss Can Alter Clock Genes in Your Tissues

Swedish researchers at Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institute have found that genes that control the biological clocks in cells throughout the body are altered after losing a single night of sleep, in a study that is to be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. "Previous research has shown that our metabolism is negatively affected by sleep …

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Defying the Label: From Sweetness to Filthy Humour, BBC3 Unpacks Disability

Perhaps it’s a decade-long flashback over Celebrity Wheelchair Challenge but I become worried when I hear the words “disability programme”. Bar a few successes (Channel 4’s Bafta-nominated My Mad Fat Diary is a stand out), representation of disabled people on TV tends to result in either gut-wrenching pity – I’m looking at you, DIY: SOS – or, increasingly, outright vilification, …

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Wheelchair services in England 'are failing'

Wheelchair Services in England 'are Failing'

One of Great Britain's most successful Paralympians has said wheelchair services across England are failing on every level. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has launched a new national charter to improve services across the country. Some people wait years for the right wheelchair and an ill-fitting chair can cause hip dislocations, pressure sores and make disabilities worse. NHS England said the whole …

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Wheelchair users to launch challenge to improve NHS service

Wheelchair Users to Launch Challenge to Improve NHS Service

A wheelchair campaign group led by Tanni Grey-Thompson is launching a charter on Monday calling for an improvement in wheelchair provision. The Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, set up earlier this year, will present a 10-point document in parliament to politicians, providers and manufacturers, urging them to commit to the development of an effective NHS wheelchair service. The alliance says that delays …

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Over-medication of people with learning disabilities infringes human rights

Over-Medication of People with Learning Disabilities Infringes Human Rights

The chief pharmacist, Keith Ridge, and I have written to professionals and patients highlighting grave concerns about the inappropriate and prolonged prescribing of psychotropic drugs to people with learning disabilities. These concerns were based on the findings of three reports commissioned by NHS England – from Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission and NHS Improving Quality - following the …

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The Lego prosthetic arm that children can create and hack themselves

The Lego Prosthetic Arm that Children Can Create and Hack Themselves

Children could soon see their favourite toy grafted on to the end of their arm, thanks to designs for Lego prosthetics that allow everything from mechanical diggers to laser-firing spaceships to be screwed on to the end of a child’s limb. Iko is the work of the Chicago-based Colombian designer, Carlos Arturo Torres, and is a modular system that allows …

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