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The number of people suffering from autism in Pakistan is something that nobody knows same as the statics of other disabilities, this is something really a matter of concern for the Higher Authorities who hold responsibilities for guarding the rights of persons with disabilities in Pakistan. Autism is a complex neuro-developmental disorder that is manifested in children from 18 months …

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What is it like to have never felt an emotion

What is it Like to Have Never Felt an Emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”. Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they were overcome with that feeling of joy …

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1st of Tanzanian Albino Kids with Missing Limbs Goes Home

NEW YORK (AP) — Kabula Nkarango Masanja returned home to Tanzania with a new American prosthetic arm replacing the limb that was chopped off with a machete by followers of African witchcraft. She's one of Tanzania's children with albinism, a condition that leaves people with little or no pigment in their skin, hair or eyes. Their severed body parts are …

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Pakistan geared up for disabled cricket series in Bangladesh

Pakistan Geared Up for Disabled Cricket Series in Bangladesh

KARACHI: Pakistan’s disabled cricket team is aiming for no less than a title win in the first ever Five-Nation International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) tournament set to commence in Dhaka, Bangladesh from September 2. The 10-day event will feature Pakistan, India, England, Afghanistan and hosts Bangladesh. Pakistan’s 16-member team — currently the top disabled team in the world …

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Abdul Basit: Death Row Delay for Pakistan Paraplegic

Pakistani prison officials have missed Tuesday's court deadline to explain how they would hang a paraplegic man. Abdul Basit is paralysed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair after an illness he contracted while in prison. He was convicted six years ago of murder but maintains his innocence. He was to be hanged in Lahore last month but this …

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LHC dismisses plea against execution of Person with Disability

LHC Dismisses Plea Against Execution of Person with Disability

A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench Tuesday dismissed a petition against the execution of a disabled death row prisoner. The division bench comprising Justice Anwaarul Haq and Justice Erum Sajad Gull heard the petition, which was filed by Nusrat Parveen against the execution of her disabled son, Abdul Basit. During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that Basit was …

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Don't neglect people with Disabilities

Don't Neglect People with Disabilities: PM

DHAKA, Sept 2, 2015 (BSS) - Calling upon the countrymen not to neglect the people with disabilities, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is committed to improving their lives to build a society free from all sorts of discrimination. "I would like to request the people of all strata, including teachers and guardians of the educational institutions, please …

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A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl

Kids love to see themselves in the toys they play with but for children with disabilities, illnesses, and chronic conditions, it’s rare to find a toy that represents their lives. That’s why Maria Kentley of Melbourne, Australia created Hope Toys, a toy line dedicated to customizing upcycled dolls into inclusive toys. According to the artist and mom of four, “To …

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Woman with Disability loses all but one of 49 hours of ILF support

Woman with Disability Loses All but One of 49 Hours of ILF Support

Gaping holes have been exposed in the government’s Independent Living Fund (ILF) promises, after a local authority slashed a disabled woman’s support by 48 hours a week when the fund closed. Daisy* had been receiving 49 hours a week of ILF support, in addition to 35 hours of council support, but that package is now set to be cut to …

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GB Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team Reach Rio 2016 Paralympics

GB Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team Reach Rio 2016 Paralympics

Great Britain's women sealed qualification for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio by beating Spain at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships. GB won 54-40 to guarantee a top-four spot - with one more pool match still to go - at the tournament in Worcester. The men's side will play Italy in Thursday's quarter-final, where victory will guarantee a place in Rio. …

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Sustainable Development Goals Could Signal A Sea Change For People with Disability

Sustainable Development Goals Could Signal a Sea Change for People with Disability

The UN headquarters in New York is not best known as a cradle of revolution. But this month, the summit at which the new development agenda will be adopted might just signal the start of something revolutionary. People with disabilities – the “largest minority”, and a key target group in efforts to eradicate extreme poverty – are explicitly mentioned in …

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Airlines Encouraged To Better Serve Flyers With Disabilities

Airlines Encouraged to Better Serve Flyers with Disabilities

Federal transportation officials are shedding light on the rights of people with autism and other developmental disabilities when fly. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/TNS) A new guide from the U.S. Department of Transportation is spelling out the rules air carriers must follow when dealing with travelers who have autism and other developmental disabilities. The federal agency sent guidance to airlines this summer detailing their …

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New ‘fitness for work’ firm ‘discriminates against staff with Disability'

New ‘Fitness for Work’ Firm ‘Discriminates Against Staff with Disability'

The controversial US outsourcing giant brought in to deliver “fitness for work” tests for the government is facing allegations that it discriminates against disabled staff, and has sacked hundreds of nurses shortly after tempting them to leave the NHS. Maximus only took over the contract to provide work capability assessments (WCAs) in March, but four whistleblowers have already come forward …

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Wheelchair Users Receive a Great New App

Wheelchair Users Receive a Great New App

With today’s technology, it’s not surprising to see a lot of devices and apps introduced and released in the market. But what’s amazing about this particular new device along with an incredible app is that it’s made especially for wheelchair users. Tyler Hively, Chaotic Moon Studios’ smart content analyst, said that with what today’s technology can offer and do, anything is …

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New technology sees first braille tablet

New Technology Sees First Braille Tablet

NB talks to Kristina Tsvetanova, a co-founder and CEO of Blitab about a possible ground breaking braille tablet. What is Blitab®? BLITAB® is the first ever braille tablet, which uses a new liquid-based technology to create tactile relief outputting braille, graphics and maps for the blind and partially sighted. We call it BLITAB® – the iPad for the blind. It …

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Circus act with disabled performers reclaiming the 'freak show'

Circus Act with Disabled Performers Reclaiming the 'Freak Show'

"Freak shows" used to be a popular pastime in Victorian times where people with "unusual" or "different" bodies would be shown off and exploited for the benefit of an audience. But a circus act featuring disabled artists is hoping to reclaim the term. Cirque Bijou, a circus company based in Bristol, includes disabled and non-disabled artists, and their current project …

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Current school start times damaging learning and health of students

Current School Start Times Damaging Learning and Health of Students

A study by researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the University of Nevada has found that current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of students. Drawing on the latest sleep research, the authors conclude students start times should be 08:30 or later at age 10; 10:00 or later at 16; and …

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Completely paralyzed man voluntarily moves his legs, scientists report

Completely Paralyzed Man Voluntarily Moves His legs, Scientists Report

A 39-year-old man who had had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a "robotic exoskeleton" device during five days of training -- and for two weeks afterward -- a team of UCLA scientists reports this week. This is the first time that a person with chronic, …

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‘Monica & David’ Explores Marriage With Down Syndrome

‘Monica & David’ Explores Marriage With Down Syndrome

When Monica and David Martinez got married five years ago, they were not your average bride and groom — both have Down syndrome. Deeply in love and committed to each other, their union nonetheless put the couple among a minority of people with developmental disabilities walking down the aisle. Filmmaker Alexandra Codina — who is Monica’s cousin — followed the …

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Feds Aim To Help College Students With Disabilities

Feds Aim To Help College Students With Disabilities

Federal officials are looking to add new resources to support students with disabilities pursuing higher education. The U.S. Department of Education said it plans to fund a new National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students With Disabilities. This center would “provide technical assistance and information on best and promising practices for students with disabilities as they transition …

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No Promises From Minister on Benefit Cuts for People With Disability

No Promises From Minister on Benefit Cuts for People With Disability

A minister has refused to promise that the government will protect disabled people from further benefit cuts in next month’s budget. Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, had been asked by the disabled peer Baroness Campbell (20.00 onwards) whether disabled people’s support – through the new personal independence payment (PIP) – would be “protected” in the budget. She told fellow …

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Thug who beat up woman with Disability freed by legal gaffe

Thug Who Beat Up Woman with Disability Freed by Legal Gaffe

A furious judge admitted a legal loophole made it impossible to jail burly lout Scott Floyd, 26, who held his arms aloft and bragged: “He walks free from court.” Floyd and an unnamed accomplice who fled to Spain attacked Nicola Stevenson after she refused to hand over her car keys. Floyd kicked and punched her legs before grabbing the keys …

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Fears That Antipsychotic Drugs Being Used as 'Chemical Cosh' in Disability Care

Fears That Antipsychotic Drugs Being Used as 'Chemical Cosh' in Disability Care

Unexpectedly large numbers of people with learning disabilities are being prescribed strong psychiatric drugs, possibly as a “chemical cosh” to quieten those with challenging behaviour, according to new research. A study published online by The British Medical Journal found that the number of people registered with GP practices with an intellectual or learning disability, who are being treated with psychotropic …

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