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Everybody is different. We are all born with different talents and faculties. Sometimes, through illness or accident - or maybe just because we’re born that way - some of us are diagnosed as having a disability. This may be mild or severe, intellectual or physical. Parents of children with disabilities will experience extra challenges - and extra joys - in raising …

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Estanara Group Organized Milad-e-Mustafa (PBUH)

Like every year this – Energetic team of Estanara Group / PDPI observed Rabi-ul-Awal (blessed month), the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a ceremony with religious zeal and zest in Karachi at head office of Estanara. A Naat competition was held among children with disability during the ceremony. On this occasion the stage was decorated fabulously. Lovers …

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Thesis show ‘Punjabi is only looked down upon in Pakistan’

Thesis Show: ‘Punjabi is Only Looked Down Upon in Pakistan’

Select work on display at the exhibition. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS LAHORE:  The work of 41 visual and communication design students from the National College of Arts (NCA) is being showcased at the department’s thesis show. “One feels a disconnect when visiting historical sites,” student Mariam Jaija told The Express Tribune. Jaija, whos thesis was a publicity campaign for the Lahore Fort, …

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A dangerous union Children of destiny

A Dangerous Union: Children of Destiny

In Charsadda, grieving parents try to make sense of genetic disorders in their offspring. PHOTO: FILE CHARSADDA:  Around 33 kilometres from the provincial capital, in Charsadda, is a village where a large number of children are born with genetic disorders. For the residents of Mian Kalay, most of whom are illiterate, this is a mystery no one can put a …

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Welfare Projects: Ministry to Launch Various Awareness Campaigns

Federal Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education, Samina Khalid Ghurki has said that the ministry would launch various awareness campaigns for the rural masses regarding the welfare projects to facilitate the deserving persons at maximum. The minister expressed these views here on Wednesday in a meeting with a delegation of Asia Pacific Center for Disabilities (APCD) Thailand, at her …

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Let’s bring the change through awareness

Let’s Bring the Change Through Awareness

Swayam, a Kolkata based feminist organisation committed to advancing women's rights and ending inequality and violence against women and their children organised a 16-day campaign called 'The International Campaign to Stop Violence against Women and Girls' from 25 November to 10 December. This was a part of an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by …

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PLAYGROUND TURNS INTO A PUPPET THEATRE

Playground Turns Into a Puppet Theatre

The money collected from the ticket price will be used to maintain Indiranagar park, says asssociation In a rare event, a children's park was transformed into a stage for puppet shows, to raise funds to maintain the park. Defence Colony Children's park located on 3rd main, Indiranagar usually sees excited kids playing on slides and swings. But on Sunday, they …

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EMPLOYERS GIVE THE DISABLED NEW LEASE OF LIFE

Employers Give the Disabled New Lease of Life

APD, an NGO, has managed to place more than 100 such people in various organisations. Underprivileged people with disabilities have now made their way to mainstream jobs. The Association of People with Disability (APD) - an NGO which rehabilitates underprivileged people with disabilities - and Vasudev Adiga's - one of the famous hotel chains in the city have collaborated together …

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New Campaign to Reinforce the Abilities of Disabled Dubai Residents

Some of the faces of the new disibility campaign A new campaign has been launched to challenge attitudes about people with disabilities. The awareness drive by the General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai aims to promote the status of people with disability and is accompanied with a series of campaign posters. These include a desert horserider with a …

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Dubai Airports first in Mideast to have special counters for disabled

Dubai Airports First in Mideast to Have Special Counters for Disabled

GDRFA to play role in making Dubai a disability-friendly city by 2020 The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) is considered the first in the Middle East and one of the first in the world to offer special services for disabled people at Dubai Airports. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of GDRFA-Dubai, said that the directorate …

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Dispatches China’s School Construction Doesn’t Equal Inclusion

Dispatches: China’s School Construction Doesn’t Equal Inclusion

A new report from China’s education ministry says the government has achieved its goal to build one special education school for every 300,000 people across the country. Beijing has spent US$836 million on “the largest special education school construction project since the founding” of the People’s Republic of China by building and expanding more than 1,000 such schools. It also claims that in these …

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Disability, cancer didn't stop me from earning my PhD

Disability, Cancer Didn't Stop Me from Earning My PhD

Dr Getrude Musuvure Inimah wearing her graduation gown When Dr Getrude Musuvure Inimah was being conferred with a doctorate degree in Mass Communication at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 27th graduation ceremony, cheers filled the air at the graduation square. The physically challenged cancer survivor had fought and won. To many, Musuvure, a mother of four girls, is …

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Evidence of Torture and Deaths in Custody in Tunisia Suggest Human Rights Gains of the Uprising are Sliding into Reverse Gear

New evidence of deaths in custody and torture collected by Amnesty International suggests that brutal repression is on the rise again in Tunisia exactly five years after the toppling of the previous authoritarian regime by the “Jasmine Revolution”, which sparked a wave of uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. During a visit to Tunisia in December last year, …

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Focus on Disability Kids at risk from El Niño

Focus on Disability: Kids at Risk from El Niño

Scientists think the oceanic warming event El Niño, the strongest ever recorded, has now peaked. But the sting in its tail will be felt for months.Aid agencies warn tens of millions of people in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean will face hunger, malnutrition and starvation this year due to a drop in food production caused by El Niño-linked flooding and droughts. Even without El Niño, the global …

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Sophie Pascoe's secret passion

Sophie Pascoe's Secret Passion

Our swimming champion's in couture heaven! She’s the darling of Paralympic swimming, having travelled to the games in Beijing as an unknown 15-year-old schoolgirl and returned home a world champion. Since Sophie Pascoe first stepped on to the winner’s podium seven years ago, she’s gathered 35 Commonwealth, Paralympic and World Championship medals, set seven world records, and won fans around …

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Young Woman With Disabilities Found In Artifact-Packed Bronze Age Burial

Young Woman with Disabilities Found in Artifact-Packed Bronze Age Burial

Right humerus of the Bronze Age woman from Dilmun. (Image courtesy of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Regents of the University of California, catalog no. 12-10146.) Unassuming burials dot the landscape of Bronze Age Bahrain, with a couple artifacts and offerings of food for the afterlife, but one grave stands out. A young woman with a …

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Autistic man's plunge spawns new N.J. law

Autistic Man's Plunge Spawns New N.J. Law

Parker Drake,19, was bribed by 2 men into jumping into the frigid ocean off the inlet jetty in Manasquan. Parker almost drowned. The men considered it a big joke and videotaped it. STAFF VIDEO BY BOB BIELK STAFF VIDEO TRENTON, N.J. — An autistic Howell man’s disturbing ordeal in the dead of winter last year has led to better protections for developmentally disabled adults. …

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Six visually impaired swimmers on their road to Rio 2016

Six Visually Impaired Swimmers on Their Road to Rio 2016

At the start of a Paralympic Games year, here are swimmers to follow in 2016. Rebecca Myers set a new world record in the women's 200m individual medley SM13 at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships © • Luc Percival Photography. All rights reserved. The 2016 season features the biggest competition in everyone’s calendar – the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro between 7-18 …

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Obama Taking Gun Rights from Disabled

  USA –    The Associated Press Fact Check concluded that President Obama’s executive actions regarding gun regulations “may fall short of goal.” Even ABC News assessed, “conditions he is changing by executive action are murkier than he made them out to be.” Murkiest is Obama’s blaming of the escalation of shooting sprees on overarching “mental illnesses,” and then attempting to take gun rights …

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