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Accessibility is, and should be seen as, an asset to a college for many reasons. Eliminating the physical barriers allows students with disabilities to become part of the student body and encourages diversity amongst the students. Increasing diversity not only allows students with disability a fair chance at a higher education but also allows other students to gain from the …

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Press Conference on “Highlighting the importance UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Participants: Saad Amanullah Khan- Patron, M. Mobin Uddin – CEO Estanara Group & President PDPI, M. Afzal Uddin, Azeem Ali Executive members, Bilal Ahmed and Hamza Ali.“Highlighting the importance UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Goal 1 – Poverty Elevation and Goal 3- Health, inclusion of Persons with disabilities and the celebration of 3rd December- The international Day of Persons with …

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Labour rights

Labour Rights: Charles Dickens’ Dark Tales Come Alive in Pakistan’s Factories

The story of how a man’s life changed when he lost his fingers in an accident at his workplace. PHOTO: INP KARACHI: The lives of the poor labourers, who work hard in factories across the city for their families, seem to be no different from what Charles Dickens wrote about industrial accidents and appalling work conditions back in the Victorian era. …

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Thatta Fishing Village Achieves Total Sanitation Without Govt Help

KARACHI: On a bright day with cool sea breeze, Zeenat Bibi, a resident of fishermen hamlet Moosa Khaskheli in Thatta District, sits in the courtyard of a wooden shack with her peers discussing how village life has changed dramatically in two years. The result is that village has total sanitation, where earlier almost everyone was defecting open having no toilet …

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Turn around achieved

Turn Around Achieved in Sharp Reduction of 85% in Polio Cases: Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq has said a sharp reduction of 85 percent in polio cases and significant drop in positive environmental samples collected from across the country has been achieved this year. In a statement in connection with World Polio Day, Ayesha Raza Farooq said protection from polio was the right of …

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Not a Disability but a Need: Student Aces Dental Studies Despite Blood Disorder

PESHAWAR: Khyber Medical College put together a seminar to mark International Thalassaemia Day on Friday where a student battling the disorder shared her awe-inspiring story. Twenty-two-year-old Sarah Ihsan is a senior at Peshawar Medical College. Ihsan has thalassaemia major. Yet the disorder has not been able to keep her from gathering numerous laurels. She topped college in her junior year and …

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Student who lost both hands rejects disability label

Student Who Lost Both Hands Rejects Disability Label

A picture of Abdul Malik while he takes notes in class. PHOTO: EXPRESS PESHAWAR:  In March 2001, eight-year-old Abdul Malik, from Bajaur Agency, was on his way to his aunt’s house when he found a toy bomb lying on the ground. Like most children, he was curious and picked up the device. Minutes after the eight-year-old picked up the toy …

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Centre yet to compensate KP earthquake victims

Centre Yet to Compensate KP Earthquake Victims

PESHAWAR: Seventeen days have passed since a devastating earthquake wrecked havoc in northern parts of the country, the federal government has yet to release funds to compensate the affected population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Briefing media on the post-earthquake situation here on Thursday, special assistant to the chief minister Mushtaq Ghani said the federal government had yet to release funds for …

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Physical limitations not a barrier to the willing soul

Physical Limitations not a Barrier to the Willing Soul

There are many who would be limited emotionally or physically by something like an upper limb reduction. Qadir Muhammad, a 25-year-old man, however, does not see why. Some call him brilliant, but short of standardised testing Muhammad comes across as a highly driven and confident individual. It did not beat him down that of five siblings he was the only …

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A Young Girl Born with Disabilities Becomes a Star at SIBF

Sharjah International Book Fair concludes today (November 14) at the Expo Centre. A young Pakistani girl born with disabilities gave a rousing presentation to the crowd at Sharjah International Book Fair on Friday. The event concludes on November 14 at the Expo Centre. Tanzila Khan is the girl who proved "If you can dream it, you can do it" and …

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Struck by Terror, This 39-Year-Old Kashmir Teacher is Now Spreading Hope 01

Struck by Terror, This 39-Year-Old Kashmir Teacher is Now Spreading Hope

Javid Ahmad Tak sustained spinal cord injuries in a terrorist attack SRINAGAR:  A terror attack may have left Javid Ahmad Tak paraplegic but it could not break his willpower. Now, the 39-year-old Tak is transforming the lives of many differently abled children in Kashmir. 18 years after Javid sustained spinal cord injuries in a terrorist attack that left him disabled, …

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Indian rail's plan to hire disabled people backfires

Indian Rail's Plan to Hire Disabled People Backfires

Indian Railways' decision to be inclusive and hire more disabled people backfired on Thursday when candidates were called to sit for a test in a building with no lifts or ramps. Some candidates were not able to reach the examination hall on the second and third floor of the building in Delhi. The state-run transporter had arranged the test after …

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Barred from civil services earlier over ‘disability’, Ira Singhal tops UPSC 01

Barred from Civil Services Earlier Over ‘Disability’, Ira Singhal Tops UPSC

Delhi’s Ira Singhal wants to join IAS: The differently abled have to go the extra mile to do things on their own. UPSC topper Ira Singhal (Source: Express photo by Harsha Vadlamani) Delhi’s Ira Singhal on Saturday became the first differently abled woman to top the civil services examination in which women took the top four positions. With 62 per …

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Every life matters

Every Life Matters

November 17 is World Prematurity Day. Each year this day is devoted to raising awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of premature babies and their families. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm around the world each year. According to the March of Dimes, the co-founder of the World Prematurity Day, the …

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Disability Advocacy Organization Launches New Programme with USAID

KHARTOUM - Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International, an organization based in the United Kingdom that works for independence, equality and opportunity for people with disabilities living in poverty, Thursday launched a new programme in Sudan with its first-ever grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID awarded the organization nearly $300,000 over two years to …

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Real Disability, Fraudulent Benefits    

The designers of Social Security in the U.S. realized that individuals with disabilities may have a unique set of challenges in order to live independently that requires supplemental financial support. That is why disabled individuals who live alone and collect Social Security for disability receive certain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier tells the story of a woman …

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Census leaves out PWDs, angers disability council

Census Leaves Out PWDs, Angers Disability Council

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of PWDs directs state parties to “collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data” on disability. VERA Files/Mario Ignacio IV MANILA, Philippines - Described as a “complete enumeration” of the entire Philippine population, the 2015 Census has ignored crucial data on a significant sector: persons with disabilities (PWD). The exclusion of questions …

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Choking death 'undoubtedly' showed systemic failures, disability commissioner says

Choking Death 'Undoubtedly' Showed Systemic Failures, Disability Commissioner Says

Disability and Community Services Commissioner Mary Durkin says the introduction of an official visitor scheme has helped detect problems. Photo: Supplied The choking death of a profoundly disabled woman in a government-run group home "undoubtedly" highlighted flaws in the disability system in 2011, according to the territory's disability rights watchdog. But Disability and Community Services Commissioner Mary Durkin said that the …

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Regina business creates meaningful work for woman with disability

Regina Business Creates Meaningful Work for Woman with Disability

Grocery store has brought in several adaptations to help employee Brittany Bresciani is 21-years-old, but she is only four feet tall. The Regina woman started losing her sight at the age of nine and is now almost completely blind. In addition to her sight problems, she also has what her mother describes as a learning disability, which means that everyday tasks …

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Lucie Bruneau rehabilitation centre's survival threatened, users warn

Lucie Bruneau Rehabilitation Centre's Survival Threatened, Users Warn

Live-in residence to close, programs and services to move to Gingras-Lindsay centre in Côte-des-Neiges Stéphanie Keegan now lives independently with her daughter, after living at the Lucie Bruneau rehabilitation centre for two years after her accident and learning how to care for herself once again. (CBC) Patients and staff at a rehabilitation centre on the Plateau Mont-Royal say a planned …

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Sick, disabled and disadvantaged children enjoy dream US holiday

Sick, Disabled and Disadvantaged Children Enjoy Dream US Holiday

Elis Coombes, of Cardiff, pictured alongside Mickey Mouse during the Dreamflight trip to Florida A group of Welsh children were among scores of sick, seriously ill and disadvantaged youngsters who swapped homework for swimming with dolphins in a once-in-a-lifetime charity holiday. Some 192 children from across the UK spent a week in Florida on the annual Dreamflight trip. The youngsters, …

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