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About a billion people in the world have a disability. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works toward fostering partnerships among disabled person’s organizations (DPOs), civil society and governments. IFES strives to remove barriers which prohibit full participation of persons with disabilities as voters and candidates. When barriers are removed, voters with disabilities are afforded their full rights as …

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South Asia Regional Disability Dialogue on Political Participation

On October 3, 2015, a BRIDGE training piloting the new Disability Rights and Elections module, was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The training was part of the first “South Asia Regional Disability Rights Dialogue on Political Participation” on October 1-3, which brought together more than 80 representatives from 34 organizations including disabled people’s organizations, election management bodies, media, and international …

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Focal Group Discussion for Scoping Study on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Democratic Process and Elections in Pakistan

STEP and Estanara group organized an event on 27th Oct 2015 in Karachi at the office of Estanara and invited the pwds to attend this group discussion for future developments on inclusion of persons with disabilities in democratic process and elections in Pakistan. For obtaining statistics about the views of participants and sharing the targeted knowledge with them, a printed …

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Civil Society Demands Central Place for Rights of Citizens in Electoral Reforms

ISLAMABAD: Leading civil society representatives have demanded that the ongoing electoral reforms process in parliament should take into account independence and accountability of electoral processes and ensure transparency and access of citizens, especially women, minorities and persons with disabilities (PWDs), to all stages of the electoral process. A set of comprehensive set of recommendations related to electoral administration, transparency, accountability …

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Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)

To realize several articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) related to the provision of Assistive Technology; specifically article 32 - International cooperation on Assistive Technology, WHO is in process of developing a Flagship Programme – Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) in partnership with the Assistive Technology (AT) stakeholders representing member states, …

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Telenor Seeks Applications from Disabled People for Open Mind Programme

ISLAMABAD: Telenor Pakistan has announced the call for entries for its third Open Mind Pakistan programme aimed at enhancing awareness, accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs). Open Mind Pakistan is a training program with the objective of enhancing employability of the PWDs through skill development, mentoring and on-job training. Telenor Pakistan has focused on mainstreaming disability by building …

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Students protest University disability policies

Students Protest University Disability Policies

SDJ CONCENTRATED ITS CHALKING ON AREAS LIKE THE CLASSICS BUILDING AND HASKELL HALL, WHERE THE GROUP SAYS ACCESSIBILITY FOR STUDENTS IS LIMITED, LACKING A HANDICAP BUTTON AT CERTAIN ENTRANCES. Students for Disability Justice (SDJ) organized a chalking of the main quad last Friday in protest of the University’s accessibility policy for students with disabilities. During the protest, members of SDJ, …

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month What's Good for Business and Society Hiring People With Disabilities 01

National Disability Employment Awareness Month What's Good for Business and Society: Hiring People With Disabilities

This October marks the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), commemorated annually to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. In the United States we have seen great progress: people with disabilities now work in every sector of the economy, programs and institutions exist to provide job training and employment support, and employees …

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'Homes Not Hospitals': Learning Disability Care to Move to Community

New plans will see the closure of the last NHS hospital for people with learning disabilities in England. We round up responses from the social care sector Up to half of the 2,600 hospital beds for people with learning disabilities in England will close under new plans to move care into the community. The modernisation plans will see the closure of …

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From behind the scenes, Office of Rural Health supports EMT recruitment across Wisconsin 1

From Behind the Scenes, Office of Rural Health Supports EMT Recruitment Across Wisconsin

Helicopters, hazmat suits, fire extinguishers, search-and-rescue dogs — in many places, a summer camp boasting these kinds of things would likely be targeted at boys. But in Ashland, Wis., Rescue Divas is a camp for middle-school girls that aims to attract new recruits to the field of emergency medical services. And it wouldn't have been possible without the support of the Wisconsin Office …

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Divorce rate doesn’t go up as families of children with disabilities grow 1

Divorce Rate Doesn’t Go Up as Families of Children with Disabilities Grow

Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have larger families, according to a new study by researchers from the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study, published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, also compares divorce rates of couples who have at least one child with a developmental …

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Japan's Olympics Minister Visits Home Of Paralympics

Japan's Olympics Minister Visits Home of Paralympics

Aylesbury's Stoke Mandeville Stadium has appeared on TV in Japan this week, as their Olympics Minister visited the birthplace of the Paralympics. The Minister of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games visited Stoke Mandeville on Thursday, as part of the country's preparations for hosting of the games in 2020. Mr Toshiaki Endo toured Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust's National Spinal Injuries …

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Students work in Sri Lanka to help improve mental health care

Students Work in Sri Lanka to Help Improve Mental Health Care

University of Bedfordshire students on placement in Sri Lanka. HAVE YOUR SAY Two University of Bedfordshire graduates have been working to help improve mental health care in Sri Lanka. Katie Thomasson and Bryony Lewin-Playford, graduates in sport and exercise science, and psychology and criminal behaviour, spent between five and 12 weeks abroad as part a placement scheme. Bryony and Katie …

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The dark lives of China’s ‘black children

The Dark Lives of China’s ‘Black Children

She was born in Beijing and has lived there all her life. But like millions of others conceived in violation of China’s one-child policy, as far as the state is concerned Li Xue does not exist. She has no right to schooling, health care or a formal job. Without a birth certificate or identity papers, she is a “black child”, …

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Post-polio syndrome Australia's forgotten disability

Post-Polio Syndrome: Australia's Forgotten Disability

  PHOTO: Even after treatment for polio iron lungs, the effects of post-polio syndrome can linger for decades. (ABC News) The World Health Organisation declared Australia polio free in 2000. But the disease remains a threat in Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan, which recorded its highest level of polio infections in a decade last year. And in Australia, the disease is still very …

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Accessibility Urged On Road To Self-Driving Cars

Accessibility Urged on Road to Self-Driving Cars

A Google self-driving car hits the road in California. The National Council on Disability is recommending several steps the federal government should take to ensure that autonomous vehicles are accessible to people with disabilities. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/TNS) A federal agency is calling on automakers and lawmakers alike to consider the needs of people with disabilities as self-driving cars …

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