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Our reactions to and beliefs about disability, influence greatly our progress towards an inclusive society. Legislation defines a person with disability (often still termed injuriously as differently-abled) as: “Any person who, as a result of any restriction in his physical or mental abilities, is unable by himself to ensure for himself, wholly or partly, the necessities of daily life”. The …

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A Tale of two countries

A Tale of Two Countries

There are lessons for Pakistan in Afghanistan’s slow but sure ascent to normalcy. PHOTO: AZAM KHAN For decades, both Pakistan and Afghanistan have remained in the eye of an ugly storm. The two war-torn countries have lost innumerable lives to senseless violence in the name of religion, foreign occupation and the right to self-determination. The recent anniversary of the Army …

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Senior seeks to advocate, inspire with disability

Senior Seeks to Advocate, Inspire with Disability

Eliana Yu | Photo Editor Fizza Haider, a graduating senior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, desires to continue finding ways to assist people with disabilities. “Being at Purdue is a big lifetime opportunity. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be at such a prestigious institution. Make the best use of that opportunity.” While all freshmen confront challenges …

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Embracing Imperfection

Embracing Imperfection

Admit it; all of us enjoy attending furniture exhibitions. This is because every exhibition has some interesting items that may fit within our homes. However, it’s rare that a furniture exhibition showcases creative interior decor items while supporting a social cause. This was the idea behind the recent exhibition held at Grandeur Art Gallery, Karachi that left everyone in awe. …

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People urge Centre to pass Disability Bill

People Urge Centre to Pass Disability Bill

The disabled said they could not understand why the bill is still stuck in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). New Delhi, Dec.20: Members of Disability Rights Group have asked the central government not to delay passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill. The bill pertains to the rights of millions of disabled people and the disabled feel there will …

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Professional boxer

Professional Boxer, War Veteran, Paralympic Hero: The Story of Murlikant Petkar, India's First Ever Olympic/Paralympic Gold Medalist

Petkar set a world record at the 1972 Olympics He has won laurels for the country on the playing field and the battlefield. Multi-faceted in every sense of the term, Murlikant Petkar started off pursuing his first love, boxing. Petkar was proficient at many sports – javelin, shot put, swimming, wrestling, boxing. Athletic as a youngster, he grew up striving …

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Making Restaurant Visits 'a Pleasure' for India's Disabled

Image copyrightNipun Nipun Malhotra wants more Indian cities to become disabled friendly "Picking a good restaurant to eat sounds like a simple question for many, but if you are a disabled person in India, it's a big deal," says Nipun Malhotra. This thought made the disability rights activist request a popular food app to list wheelchair-friendly restaurants in six India …

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Girl with Rare Condition that Keeps Her Head Bent at 180-Degree Angle Overcomes Disability to Become Painter

Thuvan Sameera, 20, from Kandy in Sri Lanka, has a U-shaped neck, while her weak backbone means she can't stand or walk A girl who suffers from a rare condition that causes her head to hang at a 180-degree angle is overcoming her disability to realise her dream of becoming a painter. Thuvan Sameera, 20, from Kandy in Sri Lanka, has a …

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Raising Awareness of Disability Across the UAE

DUBAI // A luxury resort, fast food restaurants, coffee shops and department stores are all building ramps for wheelchair access in response to a campaign by disability awareness group WingsOfAngelz. The group is marshalling enthusiastic volunteers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman to study whether roads near metro stations, car showrooms and buildings have gentle slopes to help the …

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UAE Advocacy Group to Tackle Problems Faced by People with Disabilities

“It’s not easy for people to understand all the needs of the disabled,” says Shaikh Mohammed Bavazeer AJMAN // Poorly installed ramps that are too steep and dedicated washrooms that are too small for wheelchairs are among the many problems the disabled face but they may elude the notice of the able-bodied. Polio sufferer Shaikh Mohammed Bavazeer hopes to tackle …

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Scientists closer

Scientists Closer to New Strategies for Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders

A study has found genetic links between cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders, which could contribute to advances in the field of neurological disease. A graphic of the brain gene-network, which shows convergence between cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders. (Photo: Duke-NUS) SINGAPORE: Scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School and Imperial College London have identified a network of genes in the brain that regulates normal cognitive …

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Disabled get their own one-stop village

Disabled Get Their Own One-Stop Village

Enabling Village will have facilities and services dedicated to integrating them with others in society People with disabilities can now conveniently access a range of facilities and services catered to them, all in one site. Yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Enabling Village, the first community space here dedicated to integrating people with disabilities in society. Others too …

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Sexual abuse of mentally-disabled girl begets minimum penalty

Sexual Abuse of Mentally-Disabled Girl Begets Minimum Penalty

A Turkish court has ordered a 52-year-old storekeeper to serve minimum prison time for sexually abusing a mentally-disabled girl in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, because of the girl’s inability to comprehend the legal consequences of what she was exposed to. The perpetrator, identified by the initials A.A., was arrested for sexually abusing the young girl with a mental disorder …

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Dhaka, Disability and Disaster Risk Reduction

Children learning about inclusive DRR during mock drill Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. As I sit here amidst the honking of horns of the Dhaka rush hour(s), I take the chance to reflect on some of what I’ve seen over the last few days… Sandwiched between the Himalayas …

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Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown - England PD Triumph

To mark the countdown to Christmas, ecb.co.uk have picked out some of the highlights of the 2015 campaign. Day eight is England Physical Disability Team's triumph in the first International Red Cross Tournament. England Physical Disability Team captain Iain Nairn neatly summed up what it meant to lead his side to victory in the inaugural International Red Cross Tournament in September …

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Australia Plans Big Investment in Bangladesh’s Human Development

‘Australia will make larger investments in fewer areas, where we consider we can have the most impact and where we can value-add’ Australia plans to make larger investments in human development, skills and productivity in Bangladesh in next four years. “We will continue to move to a smaller number of larger investments. By the end of FY2016-17, the number of …

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Maldives launches first website on disabilities

Maldives Launches First Website on Disabilities

First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim launched the CRPD handbook and the CAN DO website at a ceremony held Thursday afternoon. PHOTO/ PRESIDENT'S OFFICE Maldives' premier child rights advocacy group launched Thursday the country's first website on disabilities in a bid to increase public awareness about the issues facing people with special needs. The special website for the Child Advocacy Network of …

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Education For Children With Disabilities Is A Global Right

Education for Children with Disabilities is a Global Right

A recent news story about Haben Girma, the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, is inspiring and extraordinary. Haben attended public schools in the U.S. and received her undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College before attending Harvard. Fortunately Haben’s parents emigrated to the U.S. from Eritrea while she was young. If they had remained in Eritrea …

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Why Do You Never See a Lego Mini-Figure with a Disability?

The world’s largest toy company is excluding 150 million disabled children by failing to positively represent them in its products ‘Lego has become a pied piper of childhood, with huge cultural sway and influence over young minds.’ Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty   How many Lego mini-figures live on your street? With a planet-wide population of 4 billion, there are sure to be a few …

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Mind your language

Mind Your Language: Talking About Children with Disabilities

The language used to talk about children with disabilities must be changed before attitudes will shift. Siegfried There is a strong link between language and thinking. The language we use reflects the way we think about things and, in turn, ways of thinking are made possible by the language we use. A report released after South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which gave survivors of apartheid …

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Scotland fares well for disabled housing

Scotland Fares Well for Disabled Housing

Big fall in disabled people on housing waiting lists in Scotland The number of disabled people on housing waiting lists in Scotland has fallen by over 18% in the last year, according to a leading charity. Leonard Cheshire submitted a Freedom of Information report to find out the proportion of disabled people waiting for houses and found that over the last …

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Coach owner 'disgusted' as vehicle used by people with disabilities is torched in Omagh

Coach Owner 'Disgusted' as Vehicle Used by People with Disabilities is Torched in Omagh

The owner of a coach used by adults and children with learning disabilities has described an arson attack on the vehicle as "sickening" The owner of a coach used by adults and children with learning disabilities has described an arson attack on the vehicle as "sickening". Arsonists caused thousands of pounds of damage and reduced the specially adapted coach to …

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Lagos okays free ride for disabled people

Lagos Okays Free Ride for Disabled People

THE Lagos State government has approved free ride for the physically challenged on its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and LAGBUS buses across all routes in the state. The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, who made the announcement in Lagos, said the directive takes immediate effect. He charged Lagosians to always obey traffic laws officers, especially during this Yuletide season. …

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A new beginning

A New Beginning

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (centre), Malta's PM Joseph Muscat (2nd left), Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma (right), and heads of states pose for a family picture after the opening ceremony of CHOGM in Valletta on Nov 27, 2015. Photo: AFP/Matthew Mirabelli The Commonwealth is unique with 53 member states linked by common goals. All members are equal and none have veto …

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