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Disability Advocacy ensures the human and legal rights of people with disabilities are promoted and protected so that people with disabilities can fully participate in the community. An advocate in the disability sector works to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are upheld and supports people with disabilities to make decisions affecting their lives. A self-advocate is someone with a disability who …

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Press Conference on “Access to Vote for Persons with Disabilities”

“Access to Vote for Persons with disabilities” My vote.. my right … my choice !  Participants: Javed Abidi- World Chairperson DPI, M. Mobin Uddin-President of PDPI, M. Afzal Uddin-General Secretary ARCP, Bilal Ahmed – Director News PDPI E-Newsletter, Nadeem –Executive body member and A.H Khanzada- Secretary Karachi Press club. Pakistan Disabled People’s International is a national cross-disability, self-help, human rights …

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Rising Against Rett Syndrome

She goes to school, swims like a champ, plays at the park and loves the company of her friends and family. She is just like any other child, yet starkly different. Eight-year-old Aaizah’s bright smile and vibrant eyes speak a thousand words and yet, she cannot utter a single one herself. Aaizah suffers from Rett Syndrome — a neurodevelopmental disorder …

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Twice-postponed Polio immunization drive begins in Karachi

Twice-Postponed Polio Immunization Drive Begins in Karachi

KARACHI: The twice-postponed Polio immunization campaign has finally begun in Karachi where over one million children from three districts will be administered Polio vaccine drops. To provide to the polio immunization teams Rangers have also been deployed along with the Police force. The Inspector General of Police (Sindh) has deployed 3,000 Police personnel to provide security to 6000 polio workers …

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Punjab govt to purchase 40 vehicles from WHO funding

Punjab Govt to Purchase 40 Vehicles from WHO Funding

In a surprise move, the Punjab Health Department has decided to purchase 40 single-cabin vehicles for the top officials from funds granted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a private TV channel reported on Thursday. In official record, the vehicles will be used for ‘Extended Programme for Immunization (EPI).’ However, practically these cars will be used by the government officials …

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Hearing Assessment Test Drive Launched

KARACHI: Renowned Audiologist Shahid Akhtar Rajput has said hearing assessment screening or testing of special children has been launched across Sindh province, and in this regard, camps will be set up at special education centres in phases. Rajput, who is Taj Welfare Trust’s Chairman, said his Trust in collaboration with Special Education Department, government of Sindh, had launched hearing assessment …

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92,000 children die of pneumonia annually in Pakistan

92,000 Children Die of Pneumonia Annually in Pakistan

KARACHI: Professor at Pediatrics Department, Civil Hospital Karachi Prof Dr Ayesha Mehnaz on Tuesday said an estimated 92,000 children die of pneumonia in Pakistan every year and country still stands in top five countries which account for 99 percent of childhood pneumonia cases. This she said while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club to mark World Pneumonia Day, …

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Church of South India launches disability solidarity initiative

Church of South India Launches Disability Solidarity Initiative

A new resource for pastors and church workers, Engaging with disabilities, is launched during a disability conclave at the Church of South India's Chennai headquarters The Church of South India (CSI) could mandate that people with disabilities are guaranteed to be appointed to a fixed percentage of its workforce – that was one of the suggestions to emerge during a …

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Disabled Indian woman back in home country 12 years after accidentally crossing into Pakistan

Disabled Indian Woman Back in Home Country 12 Years After Accidentally Crossing into Pakistan

Oct. 26, 2015: Geeta, 23, center, a deaf and mute Indian woman who accidentally strayed into Pakistan as a child 12 years ago, arrives at the airport in New Delhi. (AP Photo /Tsering Topgyal) NEW DELHI –  A deaf and mute Indian woman who accidentally strayed into Pakistan as a child 12 years ago arrived in New Delhi on Monday …

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South African marks Disability Rights Awareness Month

South African Marks Disability Rights Awareness Month

Disability Rights Awareness Month (Dram) was launched at Optima College, which caters exclusively for blind and partially sighted people, in Pretoria on 3 November by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Dram will run for a month, from 3 November to 3 December. It aims to increase awareness of the rights of people with disabilities as equal citizens in society in …

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Fire safety and lack of privacy in disability homes criticised

Fire Safety and Lack of Privacy in Disability Homes Criticized

St Anne’s center in Roscrea reported to have ‘continued high level of non-compliance’ The latest report from Hiqa into St Anne’s Residential Services in Roscrea, Tipperary reported a “continued high level of non-compliance against the regulation at this inspection”. File photograph: Thinkstockphoto Staffing levels, bedroom layout, fire safety and respect for privacy and dignity have been criticized in a number …

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Inclusion More Common At Charter Schools

Inclusion More Common at Charter Schools, Report Finds

Kindergarten students line up for lunch at a charter school in Los Angeles. Findings from a new report suggest that special education enrollment is on the rise at charters. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS) Long derided for welcoming too few kids with disabilities, a new report finds that a growing percentage of charter school students qualify for special education. About 10.4 …

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Hey Trump Don't Use

Hey Trump, Don't Use "Crippled" as a Metaphor for America

Donald Trump has entitled his new book "Crippled America" and if nothing else he's done those of us with disabilities a big favor. I know, speaking for myself, I've been casting around for a disability slogan for years and now, voila, the Donald has worked his magic. That Trump doesn't mean what I want him to mean doesn't matter at …

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Delta MP Carla Qualtrough named minister of sport and persons with a disability

Delta MP Carla Qualtrough Named Minister of Sport and Persons with a Disability

Former paralympic swimmer brings a loaded resume to the portfolio Justin Trudeau has tapped newly elected Delta MP Carla Qualtrough to be the new Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. (LPC) Carla Qualtrough, Canada's new minister for sport and persons with a disability, brings a lifetime of experience to both portfolios. Qualtrough, who was born with a visual impairment, first gained prominence …

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Tackling the World’s Deadliest Childhood Disease

A vial of pneumococcal vaccine. Pneumonia kills more children under the age of 5 than any other disease. Photo by: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Few people in the developed world would ever guess that pneumonia kills more children under the age of 5 than any other disease. This serious respiratory infection takes the lives of nearly a million children each …

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People With Disabilities Vote For Change

People with Disabilities Vote for Change

Thuta Linn — BNI Election Newsroom interviewed two visually impaired women from the Myitkyina School for the Blind to get their experiences on Election Day. Both cast their ballots at the Polling Station No 68. Daw Khar Ywel Aung (Age 29) As far as my perspective, I am a citizen (of this nation) and believe it’s important to be independent …

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China looks to innovate the disabled aid industry

China Looks to Innovate the Disabled Aid Industry

About 500 political delegates and professionals from Asia and Europe will gather in Beijing, Thursday, for the international disability cooperation. They will join Disability Cooperation Event under the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) jointly held by China Disabled Persons' Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Beijing municipal government. The cooperation's theme is "break barriers for inclusive development". Main activities include high …

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Dad makes it possible for daughter in wheelchair to march with bandmates

Dad Makes it Possible for Daughter in Wheelchair to March with Bandmates

Eva Houston became a member of Westside High School's marching band when she entered her freshman year in the fall, but after sitting on the sidelines during the first two games of the season, she came home and told her parents she wanted to get more involved. The 14-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, who has played the trumpet since 5th grade, …

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Family crafts unique costumes for child faced with disability

Family Crafts Unique Costumes for Child Faced with Disability

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--A Star Wars-loving Utah family devised an elaborate and awe-inspiring solution to the challenge of finding a Halloween costume for their 5-year-old son with cerebral palsy. Chantelle and Patrick Bailey built a detailed replica of the Millennium Falcon that fits around Sebastian Bailey's walker. It is made of corrugated plastic with a wood foundation. It features blue …

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Medicaid cuts worry Ohio families

Medicaid Cuts Worry Ohio Families

DISPATCH Nancy Richardson says if the state cuts the 68 hours a week of nursing care for grandson Jadon, he might have to be institutionalized. An injury at age 5 cost Jadon Wade his ability to talk or move his arms and legs, but not his infectious laugh. Jadon delights in “knock-knock” jokes. Now 12, he’s happiest swinging in a …

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