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A society’s progress in social welfare can be gauged from the extent to which differently-abled persons are put in productive roles. A society which understands the importance of social welfare of disabled persons is consistent in its efforts in making them physically and financially independent. However, in poverty-stricken societies like Pakistan, where literacy levels are low and development projects have …

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Polio-free Pakistan not too far away, says Aseefa

Polio-Free Pakistan not Too Far Away, Says Aseefa

SUKKUR: Aseefa Bhutto Zaradri has said that she was sure the day was not far away, when every child will get polio vaccine and will be saved from disability. She was addressing as chief guest at Sindh Vaccinators Convention, held on Monday to honour the frontline polio workers of Sindh at IBA auditorium, Sukkur. Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, MNA Azra Fazal …

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Trauma is leading cause of death

Trauma is Leading Cause of Death: Health Experts

KARACHI: Trauma is the leading cause of death for people falling in the age bracket of 14-44 years. Most countries of the world are experiencing an epidemic of trauma, but the most serious increase has been in the developing countries. It is expected that approximately one fifth of the entire universal burden of disease is due to trauma. Trauma results …

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Good News for Clerks

LAHORE - The Punjab government has approved a summary for up-gradation of clerical and technical staff. APCA office bearers and other low tier employees lauded the Punjab government on accepting their long standing demands Call to improve productivity of agricultural crops: Renowned agricultural and health scientists have stressed that it is the need of hour to solve issues of pathogens, …

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WHO report reveals steady rise in Pakistan’s elderly population

WHO Report Reveals Steady Rise in Pakistan’s Elderly Population

KARACHI: Presently with 4.2 percent of its total population over 65 years of age, Pakistan holds strong likelihood of doubling this percentage by 2025 exposing the country to varied social challenges, revealed a report compiled by researchers associated with Dow University of Health Science in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO). According to a report, there is an immediate need …

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International Braille Day Observed

ISLAMABAD: The World Braille Day observed on Monday (January 4) across the world to recognise contributions of Louis Braille in helping the visually impaired people to read and write. The World Braille Day celebrates the life and achievements of Louis Braille who invented the Braille code for the visually impaired. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) around the world celebrates this day to …

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Muniba Mizari Contributing Towards Country's Progress Courageously

ISLAMABAD - A young UN's first woman Goodwill Ambassador to Pakistan Muniba Mazari Thursday said the people with some kind of disability can contribute towards country's progress effectively. In an interview with PTV news, she said she has been managing all the activities in her life courageously and try to do all the challenges what people say or seems difficult to …

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Disability Rights Group condemns 'Wazir' director; team apologises

Disability Rights Group Condemns 'Wazir' Director; Team Apologises

Disabled Rights Group (DRG), led by disability rights activist Javed Abidi, on Tuesday condemned 'Wazir' director Bejoy Nambiar's remarks on "limiting" megastar Amitabh Bachchan's persona in a wheelchair. The film's team has apologised for hurting sentiments, if any. DRG demanded an apology for Nambiar's "disparaging" statement wherein he spoke about Amitabh's portrayal as a paralysed chess grandmaster.Nambiar had said: "Right …

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Disability Activists to Intensify Movement for Accessibility Rights

Based out of San Francisco, Pineda highlighted the history of the decades-long struggle until the enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. With the promise of fighting for the rights of accessibility for the disabled, a few activists are in the process of creating an umbrella online group in the city to tackle the issues in a consolidated …

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The Invisible People

The Invisible People

Government must ensure the disabilities law reaches out to the most needy. The greater visibility of persons with disabilities in public has brought about a noticeable change in the attitude of non-disabled citizens. (Express photo by: Partha Paul) The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, (PWDA) completed two decades of existence this month. …

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Facing Bullies, Finding Acceptance Tough for Disabled Students

CHANDIGARH: Going by a survey conducted in Dhanas by Panjab University students, getting an education is an uphill task for disabled children despite the Right to Education Act. The survey showed there are 111 children with special needs in the area and not even half are enrolled in schools. Many have never been to school because of lack of facilities …

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Dubai Beach’s Access Ramp is a Boon for Wheelchair Users and Parents

Roll-on access: the new wheelchair-friendly path at Kite Beach in Dubai. Satish Kumar / The National Soft sand and wheelchairs make a visit to the beach an arduous, if not impossible, venture for the disabled and those with children in pushchairs. But now a beach in Dubai has changed all that with an access walkway. DUBAI // Going to the beach …

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Young Emirati woman overcomes disability, rides horses

Young Emirati Woman Overcomes Disability, Rides Horses

Fatima Al Baluchi attended evening school classes, wants to learn car driving 23-year-old Emirati woman Fatima Saleh Al Baluchi. (Al Bayan) A young Emirati woman with special needs has overcome the disability she was born with and has become a role model for other physically challenged people to emulate, according to a report in the Arabic daily newspaper Al Bayan. …

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Shaikh Mansour launches Dubai Disability Strategy 2020

Shaikh Mansour Launches Dubai Disability Strategy 2020

In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Shaikh Mansour spoke about how Dubai plans on becoming disability-friendly by 2020 Image Credit: COURTESY: Dubai Media office Twitter Shaikh Mansour leads the Higher Committee for Protection of the Rights of People with Disabilities Team. He said the Dubai Disability Strategy 2020 aims to provide equal rights and services to people with disabilities …

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Powered Wheelchair Developed by BRACU Students 

 CARC Research team at the CRP premise with the electric wheelchair  The Control and Applications Research Centre (CARC) of BRAC University has developed an environment friendly solar powered electric wheelchair for theCentre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP). The developed electric wheelchair was handed over to Dr Valerie Ann Taylor, the founder and the coordinator of CRP on December 13, 2015. Dr …

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Persons with Disabilities are More Productive Workers

Access Bangladesh Foundation-ActionAid discussion told Participants at a multilogue, "Meet the Training and Employment Needs of Young People with Disability", organised at The Daily Star Centre by Access Bangladesh Foundation and ActionAid. Photo: Star Persons with disabilities are often more productive and loyal to their employers than employees without disabilities, said speakers at a discussion in the capital yesterday. They …

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Mobile app on reproductive health

Mobile App on Reproductive Health

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) ICT Training Centre has jointly launched a specially designed mobile application – ‘ABLE- App’, for persons with disabilities. Especially targeted at the youth with disabilities, the new application gives access to information pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and is an extension of their comprehensive reproductive health …

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4.7 Million People Hospitalized Each Year!

Ever wondered why it costs more every time somebody in the family falls sick and has to visit the doctor, or worse, enter hospital even briefly? Yes, healthcare costs are rising, and to make matters worse for the nation as a whole non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are also on the rise. Most NCDs are more deadly than contagious diseases that can …

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Let Them In

It is crucial to ensure that disabled people benefit from the policies made for them Words such as ‘inclusion’ and ‘disability mainstreaming’ have become buzzwords in the development sector. However, several NGOs and government offices express their lack of knowledge about this sector. When it comes to accessing government services, persons with disabilities continue to face multiple challenges in Nepal. …

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The Israeli Army Unit That Recruits Teens with Autism

The Israeli Army Unit that Recruits Teens with Autism

Many autistic soldiers who would otherwise be exempt from military service have found a place in Unit 9900, a selective intelligence unit where their heightened perceptual skills are an asset. TEL AVIV—For eight hours a day, E., 21, sits in front of multiple computer screens, scanning high-resolution satellite images for suspicious objects or movements. As a decoder of Israel’s complex …

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Movie Review: The Bridled Path

"Wedding Doll" will give you cold feet "Wedding Doll". (photo credit:Courtesy) Suspense is not the same as dread, as Pauline Kael, the late New Yorker magazine film critic, pointed out. Nitzan Giladi’s Wedding Doll brought this distinction to my mind, as it tells the story of a Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt), a beautiful young woman with great artistic talent and a …

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Lankan in Australia Wants ‘Fair Go’ for Down Syndrome Daughter

A Sri Lankan man who works in a Christian crisis centre in remote Western Australia is appealing to the Federal Government to give his daughter, who has Down Syndrome, a “fair go”. In 2014, the Immigration Department approved a temporary work visa for nine-year-old Eliza Fonseka’s parents, but not for the girl, because of concerns her condition could incur significant …

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Failure to fortify flour is causing more disability than thalidomide scandal, warn researchers

Failure to Fortify Flour is Causing More Disability Than Thalidomide Scandal, Warn Researchers

The government has been dragging its feet over folic acid supplementation even though it could prevent 150 babies being disabled each year Flour should be fortified so that women get enough folic acid through eating breat Photo: Marks & Spencer The failure to put folic acid in flour is leaving 150 babies a year severely from diseases like spina bifida and causing more …

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Tatyana McFadden & Jessica Long Will Completely Change The Way You Think About The Paralympics

Tatyana McFadden & Jessica Long Will Completely Change The Way You Think About The Paralympics

Every four years, Americans are mesmerized by the talent, determination, and speed of athletes at the Summer Olympics, but there's another set of games that unfortuntely receives less recognition — the Paralympics. As sister competitions, the Paralympics are parallel to the Olympics, and athletes with physical disabilities go head-to-head in the same sporting events with the same level of skill. …

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