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Cartoons are or have been the essentials of one’s life for sure and no one can deny this fact. When you turn on the television or settle into a comfy chair at the movie theater, wouldn’t it be nice to see some kids like you? Of course, there’s still room for improvement, but TV shows and movies, especially those created …

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Children's TV pretends disability doesn't exist

Children's TV pretends Disability Doesn't Exist

One in 20 children in the UK have a disability but major commercial channels such as Disney and Nickelodeon don’t feature any prominent disabled characters Fireman Sam and How to Train Your Dragon feature the only disabled characters currently on long-running children’s television franchises. Other characters crop up here and there – the Disney Channel introduced double-amputee Aussie explorer, Wildlife …

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Pakistan urged to halt execution of severely disabled prisoner

Pakistan Urged to Halt Execution of Severely Disabled Prisoner

When the weekend began, my main concern was the impending execution of a mentally ill man. Khizar Hayat is schizophrenic, and his illness has been exacerbated by 17 years spent on Pakistan’s death row. Around 2008, he took a terrible decline. He started saying that the world was coming to an end because the Americans had landed on the moon. …

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Mother disabled by staph infection after using friend's makeup brush

Mother Disabled by Staph Infection After Using Friend's Makeup Brush

A young Australian mother could not have imagined that fixing a spot on her face with her best friend’s make up brush could have likely caused her to contract an infection which has left her paralysed. Jo Gilchrist, 27, who has a two-year-old son, believes the staphylococcus, or staph, bacteria entered her body and attacked her spine, after she used …

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Deaf Students Make Music With Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Deaf Students Make Music with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Deaf high school students are playing music with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) as part of a workshop with a profoundly deaf concert pianist. British pianist Danny Lane, who has been deaf since birth and is artistic director of the charity Music and the Deaf, joined with students from the Victorian College for the Deaf (VCD) for the …

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Big Hopes NDIS Will Deliver Jobs And Services To Aboriginal People In Remote Areas

Big Hopes NDIS will Deliver Jobs and Services to Aboriginal People in Remote Areas

Everyone in Menindee, in far western New South Wales, knows Ricky Newman. Each morning Mr Newman cruises the streets of the town in his electric wheelchair, keeping an eye on things and saying g'day to his neighbours. Fifteen years ago, the Aboriginal man was a promising rugby league player and star of the local club, Wilcannia Boomerangs. He trained as …

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Latest Technology To Help Blind, Vision Impaired On Show In Canberra

Latest Technology to Help Blind, Vision Impaired On Show in Canberra

Canberra artist Lien To has been able to continue the hobby she loves thanks to the latest in technological advances for people who are blind or visually impaired. This weekend, the latest in adaptive technology has been on display in Canberra. The exhibition, hosted by the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) Canberra Blind Society, aims to introduce clients to …

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Photographer Rachel Callander's wonderful gift to families of children with a disability

Photographer Rachel Callander's Wonderful Gift to Families of Children with a Disability

Like most new parents, Rachel and Sam Callander were elated about the arrival of their baby daughter, Evie,​ but their delight turned to a deep sense of shock when they discovered she had a rare chromosomal condition. But as Evie developed, the couple began to see her as a gift who could change not just their own perceptions about disability, …

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Laws Improving Rights For Intellectually Disabled Should Be National, Human Rights Commission Says

Laws Improving Rights For Intellectually Disabled Should Be National, Human Rights Commission Says

Australian-first laws that give people with an intellectual disability equal access to the court system should be implemented nationally, the Human Rights Commission says. t is calling on all states to implement similar legislation to the South Australian Vulnerable Witnesses Bill which passed parliament unopposed yesterday. The passing of the legislation came four years after a pivotal case where seven …

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Practice doesn't always make perfect (depending on your brain

Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect (Depending on Your Brain)

The research involved brain imaging studies of 15 young adults with little or no musical background who were scanned before and after they underwent six weeks of musical training. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain's capacity to learn suggests there's more to it than the adage that "practise makes perfect." A music-training study by …

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How Brain Plans Gripping Motion

How Brain Plans Gripping Motion

With the results of a new study, neuroscientists have a firmer grasp on the way the brain formulates commands for the hand to grip an object. The advance could lead to improvements in future brain-computer interfaces that provide people with severe paralysis a means to control robotic arms and hands using their thoughts. The key finding of a research team …

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Armagh woman wins first Irish medal at World Special Olympics

Armagh Woman Wins First Irish Medal at World Special Olympics

County Armagh woman Sarah Jane Johnston was Ireland's first medal winner as the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games got under way in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old Lurgan woman was one of three Irish swimming medallists on Sunday as she picked up a 100 metres backstroke bronze. Cork man Sean Coleman and Dubliner Gary McEnroe later clinched 25m backstroke silver …

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Care of learning disability patients

Care of Learning Disability Patients: Reform 'Remains Slow'

The author of a review into the care of people with learning disabilities in England has reported an "absence of any tangible progress" since he issued it. Sir Stephen Bubb headed the review which was prompted by the Winterbourne View care home abuse scandal in 2011. His analysis, published in November, urged the closure of some in-patient facilities and more …

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Frankie Boyle

Frankie Boyle: Festival in Belfast 'Deeply Sorry' for Any Offence Caused by Booking

Organisers of a festival in Belfast have said they are "deeply sorry for any hurt or offence that has been caused" by the booking of a show by Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle. Boyle is due to perform at the part-publicly funded Féile an Phobail next month. An opposition group had said his jokes "mock children with disabilities". Féile an Phobail …

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Clinic removes barriers to rehabilitation

Clinic Removes Barriers to Rehabilitation

It could be a truck driver with a bad back or a remote-area child struggling to speak or read. It could be a grandmother suffering from Parkinson’s disease or a sports competitor with a debilitating injury. The possible beneficiaries of the ground-breaking University of Queensland Telerehabilitation Clinic are limited only by imagination – and certainly not by geography or mobility. …

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Disability Confident's second anniversary

Disability Confident's Second Anniversary

This week is the second anniversary of Disability Confident, a government initiative to get employers comfortable recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities. Having recently become disabled — or as I tell people, the reluctant hostess to a variety of rare and unpronounceable conditions — I know I’m often perceived differently than I was before. I also know my competency and …

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About Kessler National Employment Survey

About Kessler National Employment Survey

The employment gap between people with and without disabilities is well-documented. Research findings point to two main factors that contribute to the persistence of these employment disparities: 1)Social Security policy that “traps” large numbers of people with disabilities into income-support programs that do not foster and support full-time work 2)A persistent belief among employers that people with disabilities cannot do …

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When the Royal Cripples hospital became the Royal Orthopaedic we didn’t bin our sticks

When the Royal Cripples Hospital Became the Royal Orthopaedic We Didn’t Bin Our Sticks

When I was a lad I, together with other sufferers from various disabilities and deformities, attended the Royal Cripples hospital here in Birmingham (When Crossword clues clash with the Guardian style guide, 27 July). At some juncture in the 1970s the name was changed to the Royal Orthopaedic hospital. How we rejoiced, we rose from our beds and walked, we …

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