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If we are to understand what true rehabilitation is, we must begin by understanding the substantive difference between the word "disabled" and the word "handicapped." It is my contention that blindness, deafness, or paraplegia, for example, are personal characteristics, just like being black, young, female, Colombian, Jewish, Spanish-speaking, college-educated, etc. Each of these personal characteristics necessarily describes only one facet …

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child labour articles pakistan

Disability in Childhood

I hope this article will give you an overview of some of  issues relating to the child with a disability. However, before addressing these issues, it is important to establish the meaning of certain terms: Impairment - this is a loss or abnormality of physiology or of an anatomical structure. This can be likened, in the medical model, to aetiology, …

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35 Amici Drive review – ambitious spectacle from an unsung hero

35 Amici Drive Review – Ambitious Spectacle From An Unsung Hero

In 1980, a young choreographer named Wolfgang Stange founded Amici, a pioneering London-based company for disabled and non-disabled performers. No one, said Stange, is too young, too old, or too physically impaired to dance. Thirty-five years later Stange’s productions, which have something of the surreal wit and darkness of Pina Bausch, continue to explore the worlds of those marginalised by …

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Rehabilitation center would be established at every

Rehabilitation Center Would be Established at Every District : Kh Salman

Lahore: Rehabilitation center would be established at every district and in the first phase, as a pilot project, nine centers would be set up at every divisional headquarter. International committee for Red Crescent (ICRC) would provide assistance. It was announced during a meeting between Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh. Salman Rafique with the Physical Rehabilitation Programme Manager …

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Spinal manipulation works for back pain, in some people

Spinal Manipulation Works for Back Pain, in Some People

Depending on whom you ask or what scientific paper you read last, spinal manipulation is either a mercifully quick, effective treatment for low-back pain or a complete waste of time. It turns out everyone's right. Researchers at the University of Alberta have found that spinal manipulation--applying force to move joints to treat pain, a technique most often used by chiropractors …

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Using exosomes to hijack cell-to-cell communication

New Way to Repair Nerves: Using Exosomes to Hijack Cell-to-Cell Communication

Regenerative medicine using stem cells is an increasingly promising approach to treat many types of injury. Transplanted stem cells can differentiate into just about any other kind of cell, including neurons to potentially reconnect a severed spinal cord and repair paralysis. A variety of agents have been shown to induce transplanted stem cells to differentiate into neurons. Tufts University biomedical …

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Actress with Disabilities Cherylee Houstan 01

Actress with Disabilities Cherylee Houstan Slams 'Appalling' Closure of Independent Living Fund: 'People will be Washed, Fed and Left at Home'

The actress with disability Cherylee Houstan has condemned the Government’s “appalling” decision to scrap the Independent Living Fund (ILF) for people disabilities, warning many will be trapped at home, at the mercy of local councils. The ILF fund is designed to help severely disabled people lead independent lives in their community, instead of being placed in residential care. Now, local …

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Mother of autistic man who drowned in NHS care wants new rights for people with autism and learning disabilities

Mother of Autistic Man Who Drowned in NHS Care Wants New Rights for People with Autism and Learning Disabilities

New rights for people with autism and learning disabilities must be enshrined in law, the mother of an 18-year-old man who died in NHS care has said, ahead of an inquest into his death. Connor Sparrowhawk, who was autistic and had epilepsy, was found drowned in a bath at an NHS assessment and treatment unit in Oxfordshire in July 2013, …

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Airline apologises to family ‘kicked off plane’ after autistic child began crying

Airline Apologises to Family ‘Kicked Off Plane’ After Autistic Child Began Crying

An airline has apologised after an alleged incident where an autistic child and his family were removed from a plane. The Zalmanovich family, from HodSharon, Israel, claim they were told to leave after their eight-year-old son began to cry just before the connecting flight from Zurich to Geneva was scheduled to depart. The boy’s mother told the Israel Hayom newspaper …

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Student with Disability wins £20k after university built library it knew would breach DDA

Student with Disability Wins £20k After University Built Library It Knew Would Breach DDA

A university which built a library it knew was inaccessible in order to cut costs has agreed to pay £20,000 in compensation for discriminating against a talented disabled photography student. Andrew Brenton and other mobility-impaired students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David were barred from the basement floor of the library for more than four months after he …

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Politician With Disability slams ‘sham’ press regulator on its first birthday

Politician with Disability Slams ‘Sham’ Press Regulator on Its First Birthday

A disabled politician branded the new press regulator “ineffective”, “self-serving” and a “sham” this week as it celebrated its first year. Emily Brothers played a key role in a protest outside the offices of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), organised by the pressure group HackedOff. She was one of 15 “victims of press abuse” who sent an open letter …

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Post-Secondary Programs See Signs Of Success

Post-Secondary Programs See Signs Of Success

As a growing number of colleges offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities, a new report provides the most comprehensive look yet at who’s attending and their outcomes. The federally-mandated report out this month from the Think College National Coordinating Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston offers a snapshot of what’s happening at post-secondary programs across the country using …

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Questions Raised About Meds Used For Intellectual Disability

Questions Raised About Meds Used for Intellectual Disability

New research suggests that many drugs are vasty overprescribed to people with intellectual disabilities despite scant evidence that they provide any benefit. An analysis of medical records for more than 33,000 adults with intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2013 finds one in four were prescribed antipsychotic medication. Often the drugs were used to address behavior problems …

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Proposal Aims To Curb Disability Bias Among Doctors, Insurers

Proposal Aims To Curb Disability Bias Among Doctors, Insurers

The Obama administration is taking new steps to ensure that people with disabilities don’t face discrimination at the doctor’s office. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has put forward new regulations clarifying protections for people with disabilities when it comes to health care and insurance coverage. Specifically, the proposal published Tuesday in the Federal Register mandates that health …

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'Standing out' as a Foreigner with Disability in Japan'

'Standing Out' as a Foreigner with Disability in Japan'

On this month's Ouch Talk Show we talk about being disabled in Japan. Presenter Kate Monaghan speaks with three expats with cerebral palsy who have moved from America, Canada and the UK to make their lives in Japan. We hear about travel, stigma, work and mental illness as a disabled person in the country. Spring Day talks about her life …

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Paralympian David Smith rides on despite tumour return

Rio 2016: Paralympian David Smith Rides on Despite Tumour Return

Paralympic gold medallist David Smith will aim for a Rio 2016 spot despite the return of a tumour on his back. Briton Smith, 37, wants to delay surgery, but if the tumour grows another eight millimetres it will cut off his spinal cord. Smith said:  "I am living life with an eight millimetre of hope." Smith won gold as a …

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Schoolboy calls for more disabled characters in children's books

Schoolboy Calls for More Disabled Characters in Children's Books

A 14-year-old boy has called on the UK’s publishers to include more disabled characters in children’s books, and asked why the villains of children’s stories are so often “deformed”. In a report for BBC Newsround, schoolboy Frankie, who was born with a disability, addressed JK Rowling’s publisher, Bloomsbury, about the issue. “I think if we involve disabled people in books, …

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