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People with disabilities need health care and health programs for the same reasons anyone else does—to stay well, active, and a part of the community. Having a disability does not mean a person is not healthy or that he or she cannot be healthy. Being healthy means the same thing for all of us—getting and staying well so we can …

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Minister Calls for Stronger Regional Cooperation to Fight Disease and Disability

Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said on Tuesday that Pakistan Government had launched a major initiative to provide universal health coverage by reaching out to the most vulnerable segments with a comprehensive National Health Insurance Initiative – The Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Program. Addressing health ministers of 23 countries from South Asia, North Africa, Middle East and …

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About 15 Percent Pakistanis Own Different Types of Disabilities

KARACHI – “About 15 percent of the total Pakistani population owns different types of disabilities. There is a hundred 100 per cent possibility for the handicapped to overcome all these difficulties, and to become a respectable citizen of society. Large numbers of disabled people have suffered human rights abuses in our society. Although the physically disabled people should be treated …

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Allah Bachaee Chaniyo — Spreading the Light of Knowledge

KARACHI: Allah Bachaee Chaniyo, Pakistan's volunteer polio-victim educator from Sindh, has alone been endeavouring to impart education to girls nearly for a decade at her village, eyeing youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousufzai and pop queen Madonna, both willing to promote education in Pakistan to follow their pursuit. Bachaee, 28, resident of Faqeer Ji Khowee, a remote village of Sanghar, …

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This Woman Blinded Herself to Fulfill Life-Long Wish!

RALEIGH (Web Desk) – Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) is a serious psychological condition that gives able-bodied people a strong desire to be disabled. It’s what made this woman from North Carolina purposely blind herself by dropping drain cleaner into her eyes! Jewel Shuping, 30, revealed that she’s been obsessed with blindness since childhood. “My mother would find me walking …

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Film Festival Celebrates Persons with Disabilities

BHUBANESWAR: There has been a change in people's attitude towards the disabled and this was manifest at the 'We Care' film festival that concluded here on Thursday. Altogether, 26 films were screened at the two-day fest with an aim to create awareness about disability. The films were about persons with disabilities and how they used their strengths to overcome the …

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Unnoticed, Unheard: Will the ‘Accessible India’ Campaign be a Success?

The disabled community never becomes a significant enough vote bank in a constituency to influence the electoral candidate. WHO, in a 2011 study, estimated that 15.3 per cent of the world’s population deals with disability of one kind or the other, India’s disabled population clearly lies somewhere between these two numbers. The Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thawar Singh …

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Disabled Activist `Humiliated' at IGI

NEW DELHI: Disabled rights activist Javed Abidi was forced to get off his wheelchair at theIndira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday, when despite his protests, the CISF gave him the option of either complying with their rules or missing his flight. Abidi said he had travelled across the world without having to suffer the humiliation of being made to get off …

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Photosensitivity and Seizures

For about 3 percent of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or to certain visual patterns can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy. More common in children and adolescents. Becomes less frequent with age. For about 3 percent of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or to certain visual …

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Tokyo Fashion Week Features Models with Disabilities

Comedian Yusei Terada sits in his wheelchair as he displays a creation designed by Japanese designer Takafumi Tsuruta during the "tenbo" 2016 spring/summer collection show in Tokyo on October 13, 2015, during Tokyo fashion week (AFP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno) Tokyo: Most fashion designers try to stand out from the crowd by developing their own individual niche. Takafumi Tsuruta wants to appeal …

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Deaf Mexican Immigrants are Declaring Asylum in the U.S.—and Winning

When Rosa Aranda was 15 years old, a teacher wrote her name on a chalkboard: R-O-S-A. “These letters,” the teacher told her, “this is your name.” At first, Aranda was confused. Growing up deaf in a small Mexican town where there was no education system for kids like her, she had never learned how to read, write, or do sign …

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Understanding Disability: Spinal Cord Injury Doesn’t Stop Santa Fe man from Seeking Adventures

The World Health Organization estimates every year between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury from an accident. Gene Rodgers paragliding in Rio de Janeiro. Rodgers’ spinal injury hasn’t stopped him from traveling to six continents and visiting 44 countries. Courtesy photo Studies report that men account for 61 percent of all traumatic spinal cord injuries and women …

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