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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015, has been themed, ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.’ The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with …

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Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Singing Competition

Estanara Group organized a singing competition while celebrating the international Day of persons with disabilities on 13th Dec 2016. The event was organized at KMC sports complex Kashmir Road Karachi and people from public, private and government sector were invited to become a part for this exemplary event of Inclusion. M. Mobin Uddin started the event by welcoming the honorable …

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How Two Karachi Projects are Engaging Designers with Disabilities

Two unique projects are engaging designers with disabilities in productive activities and making a difference. Flipping through a thick wad of sheets, Farrukh Sultan excitedly points at his block print designs which were featured in the collection for a brand solely run by people with disabilities. If there any setbacks that come with disability, creativity is certainly not one of …

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International Day of People with Disability Observed

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Karachi—Secretary, social Welfare Department of the Government of Sindh was optimistic about the Welfare of the Disable persons as Sindh government of is taking necessary steps to uplift their economic conditions. Sindh government has already approved the law for welfare of the people with disability and further improving it to make it in line with the International Laws. The social …

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On World Disability Day, Javed Abidi, the Global Chair of Disabled Peoples International, Speaks About the Challenges and Discrimination that Still Plague the Differently-Abled

Javed Abidi One of the foremost disability rights activists in India today, an inaccurate medical diagnosis had confined Javed to the wheelchair when he was very young. In December 1995, he led a massive protest, urging the Parliament to pass the People with Disability (PwD) Act the very same year. The Act is India's only legislation for the rights of differently-abled people. …

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Centre Launches ‘Accessible India Campaign’ for the Differently-Abled

The government today launched the “Accessible India Campaign” (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) which seeks to make at least 50 percent of all government buildings in the national capital and all state capitals “fully accessible” for the disabled by July 2018. Katibenla, who suffers from 100 per cent locomotor disability, at the function in Delhi on Thursday. (Express Photo by: Amit Mehra) …

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When Their Ability Rose Above Disability

They have chosen a challenging public life with dignity by defying all odds. HT reporters Monica Sharma and Nikhil Sharma look into lives of some of the brave people who deserve a salute for their indomitable spirit. RP Gupta (43), IAS Haryana additional secretary (finance) Haryana IAS officers RP Gupta He was detected with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that causes severe …

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Haryana to Have Universal ID Cards for Disabled: Krishan Pal Gurjar

“We are aiming at issuing the first universal disability ID cards soon and Haryana will be the first state where identified persons would be allotted these cards,” Krishan Pal Gurjar said. (Livemint photo) The Union government has decided to roll out universal identity cards for persons with disabilities from Haryana. Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan …

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No Holding Back

No Holding Back: 10 Chinese Women Outshining Their Disabilities

Ten physically-challenged women share their stories with people in Beijing during a event  While those with disabilities are sometimes thought of as vulnerable, and in need of care, a group of such women recently spoke out with the message that what they really want is "access, inclusion and equality." To mark the 24th International Day of Persons with Disabilities which falls on December …

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True inclusion

True Inclusion

There is a need for greater collaboration among organisations working for the disabled Since the promulgation of the new constitution in September, Nepal has formally become a federal democratic republic. This has triggered lively debates on the issue of inclusive development. Unfortunately, development planning and its benefits are yet to reach people with disabilities. And none of the development frameworks …

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Disabled No More 

Inclusive Skills Development (ISD), a component of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, organised the event “Inclusion Matters: Looking Towards 2021” on December 2. GIZ works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The aim of this event was to sensitise Bangladesh’s Readymade Garments (RMG) industry on including skilled workers with disabilities …

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Saima for special plan to reduce disaster risk of disabled

Saima for Special Plan to Reduce Disaster Risk of Disabled

Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism, Saima Hossain, among children with special needs at the Krishibid Institute Auditorium in Dhaka yesterday    Photo- Dhaka Tribune Chairperson of National Advisory Committee on Autism Saima Hossain yesterday said special planning should be taken to cut disaster risk of the people with disabilities. “The people with disabilities are vulnerable during any …

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UAE firms keen on hiring people with disabilities

UAE Firms Keen on Hiring People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are working in different sectors across the UAE. More companies in the private sector across the UAE are keen to employ persons with disabilities following the country’s ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, said senior educationists. “We have experienced definitive positive results due to the strong efforts from the UAE government and …

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Leaving No One Behind

Leaving No One Behind

Marking International Day Of Persons With Disabilities As we mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, it is time to reflect on the plight of disabled persons in Sri Lanka in light of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the Department of Census and Statistics (2012), Sri Lanka has approximately 1.7 …

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Why We Need More Stories of Disability That Aren't About Overcoming Disability

Why We Need More Stories of Disability that Aren't About Overcoming Disability

Most stories that reach mainstream audiences about disability require the person to "overcome" it. You’ve seen the headlines: ‘Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle’ or ‘Paralyzed student walks on graduation day.” Stories like these deserve and should continue to be shared, but if those are the only stories we see in the media, we’re only seeing one portrayal of disability …

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Citizen Nades - Disabled Athletes Can Do with the Missing RM3.8 Million

TWO Sundays ago, football legend David Beckham watched a football match between Singapore and Thailand. And during the match, he posted a video on his Instagram with the caption: "The level of skill in this game is incredible. It is inspiring to see athletes pursue their passion with such great desire." For a man who has played over 1,000 matches both for …

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Social Media Ignites Disability Movement in Indonesia

In Indonesia, stigma around people with disabilities often comes from those closest to them. In many cases, families hide away their disabled family members, communities shun them, and government services and policies as well as job opportunities are out of reach. While this community – estimated at 23 percent of the population – faces an uphill battle, we’re beginning to see signs …

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Michigan

Flint, Michigan: The US City Where There’s So Much Lead in Children’s Blood They’ve Declared a State of Emergency

Proportion of infants with above average levels of lead in their blood has doubled since the city switched from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River as its water source in 2014 For months, worried parents in the city of Flint, Michigan, arrived at their paediatricians’ offices in droves. Holding a toddler by the hand or an infant in …

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West Africa schools tackle stigma of disability

West Africa Schools Tackle Stigma of Disability

Image by: Thomson Reuters Foundation Working quietly in a classroom at a primary school in Dakar, nine-year-old blind boy Abdoulaye sits next to the star pupils, who watch and help him, and alert the teacher if he struggles. Even when the lesson ends and children spill into the dusty yard, gossiping and guzzling down water, a few stay behind with Abdoulaye …

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