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I have never been unwise about the vivid "special" as applied to people with disabilities. It's limiting and overly defining. It's everything I've never wanted for any boy with a disability. I don't want them to be special. I want them to be included. Besides, doesn't everyone believe his or her children are special? The special in Special Olympics shouldn't be …

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Pakistan Wins 67 Medals in Special Olympics 2015

Pakistan Wins 67 Medals in Special Olympics 2015

Pakistan’s mentally challenged Olympians bring a gift of 67 medals and 7 ribbons home right before 14th August Independence Day celebrations. With 15 Gold, 12 Silver, 8 Bronze Medals and 7 Ribbons for 4th – 8th place, these special athletes made Pakistan proud in the recent Olympic World Games Los Angeles 2015. Special Olympics, with President Barack Obama as honorary …

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For Years, He Was Underestimated. Now, This Teen With Autism Has His Own Film.

For Years, He Was Underestimated. Now, This Teen With Autism Has His Own Film

Keaton Bicknell was diagnosed with severe autism at age 2. From that point on, many people underestimated him. But as of July 2015, he’s accomplished something that would be incredible for any 18-year-old: he wrote, edited, directed and composed the music for a newly released short film, “The Adventures of Pelican Pete: A Bird Is Born.”Based on the book series of the …

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Deaf and Disability Football Newsletter - August 2015

Deaf and Disability Football Newsletter - August 2015

Talent Identification Programme (TIP) We’ve been successful in our application to host a TIP in South Yorkshire. The aim of the TIP is to identify young disabled players (aged 10-15) with potential to enter the England talent pathway. Our belief is that these players will come from mainstream schools and so if this is something you would like to discuss, …

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Death Warrants For Disabled Convict Suspended

Death Warrants For Disabled Convict Suspended

The Lahore High Court on Monday suspended death warrants for a physically disabled death row convict in the murder case of five persons.Execution of Maqbool Hussain (67), disabled with one leg, was scheduled at the Multan Jail today (Tuesday). The court sought comments from the federal law secretary and jail authorities for August 11, the next date of hearing. Petitioner …

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11,000 Children With Disabilities Lose Welfare Benefit

11,000 Children With Disabilities Lose Welfare Benefit

An 8-year-old Manurewa boy is one of 11,000 disabled children to lose a welfare benefit, even though his asthma is so bad that he missed one in every four school days last year. More than 11,000 disabled children have lost access to a welfare benefit that is supposed to support them, as officials try to rein in previously-ballooning costs. A …

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Josh Makes England PD Squad For Bangladesh Trip

Josh Makes England PD Squad For Bangladesh Trip

Congratulations to Hythe's Josh Mead who has today been selected for the England Physical Disability Squad to tour Bangladesh in September. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a 15-man Physical Disability squad. The England Physical Disability team will travel to Bangladesh in August to compete in the International Committee of the Red Cross International T20 Tournament for …

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SR100,000 compensation for death and disability at work, says ministry

SR100,000 Compensation for Death and Disability at Work, says Ministry

A government employee is to be granted a compensation of SR100,000 in case of death or permanent disability while on duty, the Ministry of Civil Services has said. The Article 35, which relates to such incidents, clearly spells out compensation and other facilities such as sick leave and wages in accident cases. A worker is also entitled to a payment …

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Republicans Resisting ‘Easy Fix’ for Social Security Disability Crisis

AP: Republicans Resisting ‘Easy Fix’ for Social Security Disability Crisis

The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year – right in the middle of a presidential election – unless Congress acts. Social Security’s trustees say the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016. That would trigger an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits. There is an easy fix available, …

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Disability justice centre finally opens for mentally-impaired accused in Western Australia

Disability justice centre finally opens for mentally-impaired accused in Western Australia

Western Australia's first Disability Justice Centre will finally provide civilised treatment for some of the community's most vulnerable people, says Chief Justice Wayne Martin. The opening marks the end of a four-year campaign to create a "declared place", where people accused of a crime but considered unfit to plead could be housed and supported. The centre has been constructed on …

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Disability no barrier for Aboriginal gospel singer Jameson Casson in Tennant Creek

Disability no barrier for Aboriginal gospel singer Jameson Casson in Tennant Creek

Jameson Casson has risen above numerous challenges to spread joy in the tiny outback town of Tennant Creek. The 29-year-old was born with an intellectual disability and was the victim of bullying during his childhood. He has come a long way to become the popular and active community member he is today. With a new guitar and wearing a crisp …

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Labor Department Says More With Disabilities Unemployed

Labor Department Says More With Disabilities Unemployed

An increasing number of Americans with disabilities are job hunting, new government data suggests. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities ticked up last month to 10.4 percent, a rise over the 9.3 percent jobless rate reported the month prior, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. Meanwhile, the economy as a whole added 215,000 jobs in July and the …

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Students With Disabilities Allegedly Handcuffed As Punishment

Students with Disabilities Allegedly Handcuffed as Punishment

A sheriff’s deputy is facing a federal lawsuit after allegedly shackling two children with disabilities for misbehaving at school. The litigation filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky accuses Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner of handcuffing an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl while working as a school resource officer in Covington, Ky. …

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HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN, DEC 02: Disabled people are protesting in favor of their demands during demonstration arranged by Special Sports Welfare (SSW) on the Eve of International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Hyderabad on Friday, December 02, 2011. (Aftab Ahmed/PPI Images).

Consultation Meeting: ‘Enact National Policy on People with Disabilities’.

LAHORE: Speakers at a consultation on Saturday lamented that despite introduction of several laws and policies by various governments there had been no improvement in facilities available for people with disabilities. Movement for Independence of Disabled Persons (MID) president Atif Raza said the country had yet to make progress on the conditions it was required to fulfill under the Untied …

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Chronic Insomnia Sufferers May Find Relief With Half Of Standard Pill Dose

Chronic Insomnia Sufferers May Find Relief With Half Of Standard Pill Dose

The roughly nine million Americans who rely on prescription sleeping pills to treat chronic insomnia may be able to get relief from as little as half of the drugs, and may even be helped by taking placebos in the treatment plan, according to new research published today in the journal Sleep Medicine by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine …

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Can Music Help People With Epilepsy?

The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, a finding that could lead to new therapies to prevent seizures, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 123rd Annual Convention. "We believe that music could potentially be used as an intervention to help people …

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Clubs are neglecting their responsibility to disabled fans

Clubs are Neglecting Their Responsibility to Disabled Fans

Disabled supporters continue to be forgotten by a number of professional clubs according to new research, with 55 of the 92 teams in the top four divisions forcing away fans to watch matches in home sections of support. A study has shown that only three Premier League clubs provide the minimum wheelchair space in their grounds as recommended by the …

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Find Alpine road cycling tough? Imagine doing it with one leg

At first I wasn’t sure if my eyes were seeing correctly. I rubbed them, not merely because sweat was pouring in during a long, steep climb up Italy’s challenging, dramatic Passo di Pordoi in 2014, but because of the cyclist ahead of me. Then, breathing heavily as I slowly passed him, we exchanged a friendly nod, and I was filled …

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Sam Waddington reviews 'The World's Worst Place to be Disabled?'

AFTER watching a recent investigative documentary in BBC Three’s Disability Season, ‘The World’s Worst Place To be Disabled?’, presented by 30 year old disabled journalist Sophie Morgan, I feel fortunate to live as a physically disabled person in the Western world. Due to my severe debilitating condition I rely heavily on assistance from others and people being accepting of these …

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Disabled in An Instant

Disabled in An Instant

Those who become disabled very suddenly have to confront a care system they know nothing about and which some people feel hinders rather than helps. Peter Mitchell met three disabled people for whom this is the case. It was always a dream of mine to become a professional footballer. And then, in July 2000, it came true. I signed a …

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