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Minute self-esteem and a lack of confidence can plague children with disabilities. Allowing them to have equal access to sports can enhance their gross motor skills, social and communicating abilities, as well as improve their overall health and well-being. Children with special needs will mature physically, socially and emotionally when participating in a recreational activity. Disabled children frequently miss out …

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Workshop to Develop Provincial Disability Strategy by WHO

WHO organized a consultative workshop to develop a provincial Disability strategy on this Monday, 17th and 18th of August 2015.  It’s not the first time that such positive efforts are made by WHO for the empowerment of PWDs in Pakistan, they are committed with multiple projects on regular basis for the advocacy and awareness of PWDs and their efforts are …

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Raising Awareness: Campaign to Support Parents of Disabled Kids

Tanzila represented Pakistan at the Social Impact Summit in Los Angeles in July.  After attending the Social Impact Summit in Los Angeles this year, 24-year-old Tanzila Khan is gearing up to initiate a campaign to support and educate parents of children with disabilities. Around 120 participants from 30 countries took part in the summit held in July. It aimed to …

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The New York City Subway to a Person Using a Wheelchair

The New York City Subway to a Person Using a Wheelchair

We have a long way to go before the Americans With Disabilities Act is actually realized. The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25 years old last month. It was enacted by the United States Congress with the goal of ensuring that people with disabilities had access to “reasonable accommodations” so that they could participate wholly in public life. Did it …

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Extreme Wheelchairing Isn’t as Offensive as It Sounds 3

Extreme Wheelchairing Isn’t as Offensive as It Sounds

Every now and then, a new game hits the App Store that just makes my skin crawl. Maybe it’s about bodily functions. Maybe it’s loaded with a political agenda. Maybe, just maybe, it’s trying to be as offensive as it can without violating Apple’s Terms of Service.With a name like “Extreme Wheelchairing,” my gut immediately assumed this was a game …

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Scientists uncover a difference between the sexes

Scientists Uncover a Difference Between the Sexes

Male and female brains operate differently at a molecular level, a Northwestern University research team reports in a new study of a brain region involved in learning and memory, responses to stress and epilepsy. Many brain disorders vary between the sexes, but how biology and culture contribute to these differences has been unclear. Now Northwestern neuroscientists have found an intrinsic …

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Cardiorespiratory fitness linked to thinner gray matter and better math skills in kids

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Linked to Thinner Gray Matter and Better Math Skills in Kids

A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter than their "low-fit" peers. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE. The study suggests, but does not prove, that cardiorespiratory fitness contributes to …

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'Brainy' mice raise hope of better treatments for cognitive disorders

'Brainy' Mice Raise Hope of Better Treatments for Cognitive Disorders

It sheds light on the molecular underpinnings of learning and memory and could form the basis for research into new treatments for age-related cognitive decline, cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, and other conditions. The researchers altered a gene in mice to inhibit the activity of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase-4B (PDE4B), which is present in many organs of …

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Angry Person Sprays ‘W***ER’ on Side of BMW Parked in Disabled Bay Without Blue Badge on Display

A BMW driver who parked in a disabled baby without a blue badge came back to his car to find ‘W***ER’ spray-painted on the side. Twitter user @snarkisworse posted a photo of the £50,000 black 5-series GT, which was parked on Harleyford Road near Oval in central London. He explained that he didn’t know exactly what happened, but said the …

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Model's Sister with Disability 'Scared Customers'

Model's Sister with Disability 'Scared Customers'

A row has erupted in Russia after the sister with disability of supermodel Natalia Vodianova was kicked out of a cafe for "scaring off customers". Vodianova has criticised the cafe owner on Facebook, causing a storm of protest over the rights of people with special needs in the country. Her Facebook comments have been shared nearly 40,000 times after it …

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How to behave with people with Diasabilities

How to Behave with People with Diasabilities: A New Guide Tells You What to Do and What Not to Do

  The majority of people who are not disabled feel awkward around those, like me, who are. Most don't admit it publicly, but statistics show it to be true. Scope, Britain's leading disability charity, conducted a survey into attitudes to disability and the results are astonishing. Sixty-seven per cent of British people feel so awkward around disabled people they either …

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Ready, Willing and Able? Employing People with Disabilities

Getting people with Disabilities into work is firmly on the government's agenda, but can businesses provide suitable workplaces? Few HR professionals will be unaware of diversity issues, and many will have taken steps to address gender imbalances or ensure ethnic minorities are represented in the workforce. Disability, however, is one strand of diversity that is rarely discussed. But external factors …

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In UK, assisted suicide vote looms as a key moment for disabled

In UK, Assisted Suicide Vote Looms as a Key Moment for Disabled

London, England, Aug 14, 2015 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid strong Christian opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide in the U.K., former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has broken away. He took part in a video for a group backing assisted suicide and claims that it is “profoundly Christian” to help people end their lives. “There’s nothing …

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Jenny Sealey ‘Drama schools aren’t embracing the talent of people with disabilities’

Jenny Sealey: ‘Drama Schools Aren’t Embracing the Talent of People with Disabilities’

Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae, the UK’s foremost disabled-led theatre company, would have liked to return to the fringe before now but has been wary of the risks involved. “Is it 12 years we’ve not been at Edinburgh? God, bloody hell, that’s gone quickly, hasn’t it? “We do try to go to Edinburgh, and we have tried to get …

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Newcastle Man with Disability Lee Irving's murder 'may be hate crime'

Newcastle Man with Disability Lee Irving's Murder 'May be Hate Crime'

A murder victim may have been targeted because he was disabled, police have said. The body of Lee Irving was found on grass near Hazeldene Avenue in Fawdon, Newcastle, on Saturday morning. Northumbria Police said the 24-year-old, from Camperdown, East Denton, had learning difficulties and his death may have been a hate crime. They said they thought those involved knew …

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Disabled children 'left in pain'

Disabled Children 'Left in Pain'

Thousands of children with disabilities are waiting too long for vital treatment because of cuts to services, a survey suggests. The British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) says some are waiting more than two years for a diagnosis. Dr Karen Horridge, who chairs the BACD, says children with autism and complex disabilities are being failed. The Department of Health said …

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Russian model Natalia Vodianova rebukes cafe for forcing out autistic sister

Russian Model Natalia Vodianova Rebukes Cafe for Forcing Out Autistic Sister

A criminal investigation began on Thursday after the Russian-born supermodel Natalia Vodianova described how a cafe “kicked out her sister because of her disability”. Vodianova, who has been the face of Calvin Klein campaigns and has modelled for Givenchy and Stella McCartney, grew up in poverty in the industrial city of Nizhny Novgorod, where her sister and mother still live. …

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Why YA Fiction Needs to Embrace Disability

Exposure to differences, to diversity, is where our best education happens. But, argues site member writer-on-wheels, who has cerebral palsy, there was never something out there that could show me that I wasn’t alone, to teach me that my disability wasn’t something to be ashamed of – that’s where teen fiction needs to get real When I was younger, I …

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