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This week I was at Access Abilities Expo Dubai to represent Pakistan and our organization, I can say proudly that we were the only group which participated in this event from Pakistan. It was really an extra ordinary event, which was themed to make UAE accessible for persons with disabilities, and they had made all the efforts to make it …

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Behind the Comb-Over

Racism and bigotry become a much greater problem when they attain a platform Although racism and racists continue to thrive, there has been a struggle and things have improved somewhat. Racism is now frowned upon, at least officially. It is only a recent improvement. The last permit to shoot a ‘native’ was issued in Namibia as late as 1936. The …

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Paraplegic expat triumphs against all odds

Paraplegic Expat Triumphs Against All Odds

Siddiqi says he believes that physically disabled persons can lead a normal life, but for this, they must have faith in themselves. PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: Amjad Siddiqi, a paraplegic, has led an exemplary life without letting his disability define him. He now successfully runs three manufacturing industries and two trading companies in Riyadh. He is an embodiment of the famous saying, …

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Globally Polio Eradication is not Yet Achieved!

Globally Polio eradication is not yet achieved. Despite India’s success in aiming to eradicate polio, risks for re-introduction of the disease remain, particularly through importation from endemic countries such as Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is on the way to becoming polio free with no polio case reported for the past 12 months. One of the strategies to prevent re-emergence …

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Public Bodies Negligent in Complying with Right to Information laws: Report

Lahore: Digital Rights Foundation and the Coalition of Right to Information yesterday released their forth report “The State of Proactive Disclosure of Information in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab Public Bodies” which analyses the official websites of public bodies from the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from July 2015 to December 2015 in order to evaluate their compliance with Right to …

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All Adults Need to be Screened for Depression: US Task Force

LAHORE: As diagnoses of depression are growing globally at an alarming rate, along with strokes, obesity, cancer and heart diseases etc, the United States Preventive Services Task Force has strongly recommended that primary care physicians should screen all adult patients at least once for the state of persistent low mood. These recommendations have also been published in the latest edition …

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Gujarat to Have India's First Disabled-Friendly Beach

The Tithal beach in Gujarat is all set to be equipped with disabled-friendly infrastructure and will also be the first of its kind in India. Photo Courtesy: gujarattourism.com Gujarat has launched its latest project on making beaches more inclusive for the disabled. The Tithal beach in Valsad district is all set to become the first disabled-friendly beach in India. One …

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How Sharath Gayakwad Overcame Physical Disability to Become India's Most Successful Athlete

Sharath broke P T Usha's 36-year old record of highest individual medals at a multi sport international event. Sharath with his bronze from the 2010 Asian Games “Sport is about patience! Challenges and disabilities are a part and parcel of one’s life. The one who has a single minded devotion to his/her goal always succeeds,” these words encompass the daily …

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EPZ Workers Can Form Association Shohel Mamun

Workers seen busy inside an Export Processing Zone factory in Bangladesh. While the country’s EPZ law bans trade unionism, the proposed EPZ Labour Law is expected to ensure workers’ right of association   Photo- DHAKA TRIBUNE The government has finally approved a draft of “The Bangladesh EPZ Labour Law, 2016” enshrining the workers’ right of association in the country’s Export Processing …

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Docs at WHO meet vow to convince policymakers of need for stricter road safety laws

Docs at WHO meet Vow to Convince Policymakers of Need for Stricter Road Safety Laws

Doctors feel they can convince all because they take care of the health of politicians and policymakers and attend to their medical emergencies. NEW DELHI: Who can influence or convince politicians the most? Well, doctors feel they can because they take care of the health of politicians and policymakers and attend to their medical emergencies. In fact, doctors from South …

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Bangladesh Business and Disability Network to Promote Disability Inclusion at Workplace

News Hour: A ‘Bangladesh Business and Disability Network’ will give people with different abilities a better chance to join the workforce while contributing to economic growth, a workshop held on 2nd February 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At an event held at Amari hotel, the Bangladesh Employer’s Federation (BEF) and International Labour Organization (ILO) brought together private sector employers, especially those …

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The 2030 Agenda can't be achieved unless we listen to the voices of the marginalised

The 2030 Agenda Can't be Achieved Unless We Listen to the Voices of the Marginalised

This is the second blog in a three-part series coinciding with our side event entitled Innovations on inclusion at the United Nation's Commission for Social Development in February 2016. Polly Meeks from ADD International, her colleague Dr Marion Steff from Sightsavers discuss how the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals must include the excluded. It's sometimes said that "the medium …

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Going Mainstream in Including Disabled People in Development

A water and sanitation project helped build special toilet for the disabled in Nepal. How can nongovernmental organizations mainstream disability inclusion in their work? Photo by: Jim Holmes / AusAID / DfAT / CC BY Across the world, 1 in 7 people has a disability and 80 percent live in developing countries. Many people with disabilities face discrimination and stigma in their everyday …

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SHIM Adjusting in Response to Changing Needs in South Hills Neighborhoods

Eleanor Kunesky showed off her cozy, plaid winter coat and new-to-her jeans she recently selected from South Hills Interfaith Movement's clothing center. “It's comfy and warm,” said Kunesky, 58, of South Park, who is on worker's disability and relies on free food and clothing just to get by. “And, yes, it's free,” Kunesky said, as she walked into the food …

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How the Disability Voting Bloc Could Swing the 2016 Election

Smart candidates in the US election have an opportunity to promote development of a large bloc of people in what could be a tipping point for disabled voters  ‘Disability is quite varied, but the priorities of disabled people remain extremely consistent.’ Photograph: Daniel Karmann/AFP/Getty Images In an election where gender and race are both popular topics of discussion, there’s a …

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TV Comedian Lazopoulos Slammed Over Disability Comment

The National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP) on Wednesday criticized TV comedian Lakis Lazopoulos over comments about German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble that were seen as offensive to persons with disabilities. During a verbal attack on Schaeuble, often portrayed as the mastermind of Greece’s austerity program, during his popular show Al Tsantiri late Tuesday, Lazopoulos said: “The longer a person …

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