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It’s wonderful to see the feedback regarding this newsletter by our subscribers around the world, we are striving for improvements every day and your continuous support will definitely make us grow further. South Asia, which is still in the list of countries where PWDs are the unseen, unheard and uncounted population. Our aim is to highlight the issues and positive developments …

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Press Conference Held by PWDs in Karachi on Conditions of Accessibility in the Province and also Recorded a Protest Over the Present Situation.

On 27 of Feb, persons with disabilities specifically Pakistan Helpline Welfare Organization, PAB- Pakistan Association for Blind , ARCP- Association for the Rehabilitation for Challenging Peoples (Estanara Group) were gathered at Karachi press Club to record their protest over the shameful conditions of accessibility for pwds in Sindh and specifically in Karachi. Disability Right activists and representatives from various organizations …

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Workshop for Women with Disabilities Urges Media to Play Active Role

ISLAMABAD: Special Talent Exchange program (STEP) and National Forum of Women with Disabilities (NFWWD) in collaboration with US Embassy conducted a training workshop for journalists on disability and gender in development in order to sensitize the community on playing their role in ‘Supporting Women with Disabilities in Pakistan.’ According to the World Health Organization, over a billion people, about 15% of the world’s …

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Working group Poll body embraces gender reforms

Working Group: Poll Body Embraces Gender Reforms

PHOTO: AFP ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan inaugurated on Tuesday a first-ever Gender and Disability Electoral Working Group (GDEWG) section at the Election Commission Secretariat. The move will help enhance participation of women in the electoral process as voters, candidates, electoral administrators and observers. Initially, GDEWG will be a one-year initiative which will work as a platform for gender …

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ECP to Achieve Goal of Gender Equality: CEC

Islamabad - Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza Khan yesterday said that ECP is committed to achieve the goal of gender equality in general elections 2018 in line with the Constitution of Pakistan, international human rights standards, conventions and treaties. He said this after inauguration of a first-ever Gender and Disability Electoral Working Group (GDEWG) and Gender section in …

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Workers Hurt on the Job to Get Rs0.5m as Compensation

The MQM had wanted the bill to be sent to the relevant standing committee for improvements, however it was passed unanimously. PHOTO: ONLINE KARACHI: Sindh Assembly passed on Thursday the Sindh Workers Compensation Bill, 2015. The law has been passed in view of the 18th Constitutional Amendment which paved the way to devolve the subject to provinces. Senior minister for parliamentary …

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Are you listening Mr Zuckerberg

Are You Listening Mr Zuckerberg? India Just Launched a Rs 200 crore Fund to Make Internet More Accessible to 'Disabled' India

The Government just announced a Rs 200 crore fund to increase India's digital footprint. "50% of India's 100 million persons with disability are under the age of 30," said Shilpi Kapoor, the managing director of Barrierbreak, a company that works in the area of accessibility and assistive technology at Techshare India. "For start-ups in the technology space, there is a …

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Awareness about assistive technology for people with disability is very less

Awareness About Assistive Technology for People with Disability is Very Less : Shilpi Kapoor, MD, BarrierBreak

Providing assistive technology to the end-user through educational institutions is a major challenge. Techshare India brings together assistive technology solution makers under one roof.Shahid Akhter  |  ETHealthWorld  |  29 In today's technology driven age, and with campaigns like Digital India, Made in India and Smart Cities, people with disabilities cannot be forgotten, says Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director of BarrierBreak. In an interview with ETHealthworld, Shilpi talks …

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Asia Foundation Names 5 South Asians as 2016 Development Fellows

Ruby Hembrom (left) with Boski Jain who did the illustrations for the book "We Come from the Geese." Hembrome is the recipient of a 2016 Foundation Development Fellowship. (acelebrationofwomen.org photo) SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Asia Foundation announced Feb. 3 that six South Asians were recently named to the 2016 class of the Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future. …

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Abhishek Thaware Defied Destiny and Disability to Become India’s First Teeth Archer 01

Abhishek Thaware Defied Destiny and Disability to Become India’s First Teeth Archer

Destiny had set him up for failure by taking away his right hand and leg. But Abhishek Thaware defied destiny by becoming the first teeth archer of India. Abhishek Sunil Thaware excelled at the Para Archery World Championship trials conducted by the Archery Association of India (AAI) in July 2015. He then bagged a silver medal at the All India …

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Dyslexia, Autism to be Included in New Bill on Disability

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot. File photo   The government is in the process of bringing a new bill in the ongoing budget session to include dyslexia and autism as disability and increase the number of categories under the Disabilities Act from seven to 19, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. “Dyslexia is not …

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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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SAY NO TO STROKE

SAY NO TO STROKE

Q: What is a stroke? A stroke is a sudden loss of bodily functions such as movement, speech, vision, balance, etc that are controlled by the brain. It occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel feeding the brain which we call an ‘ischaemic stroke’ or when a blood vessel bursts which is referred to as a ‘haemorrhagic stroke’, …

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‘I am Different, that is Good’: How an Actor with Down’s Syndrome is changing Perceptions

The forum for health and social care staff will cover topics such as how news of Down’s syndrome is delivered to expectant parents, and how doctors do not always understand how to talk to adults with learning disabilities. The post-show family discussion was arranged after Williams realised audience members at the first play, Up Down Boy, wanted to discuss how the show …

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Play Puts Life with a Learning Disability Centre Stage

Up Down Man, written for an actor with Down’s syndrome, celebrates people with learning disabilities without dodging difficult realities Nathan Bessell, the star of Myrtle Theatre Company’s latest production. Photograph: Laura Jane Dale Up Down Man, at the Salisbury Playhouse until March 12, is about Matty, a young adult with Down’s syndrome. Its lead actor, Nathan Bessell, who plays Matty, has …

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Urge more social workers to join disability sector

Urge More Social Workers to Join Disability Sector

Mr Benjamin Wong (in black) who has mild intellectual disability, with a team of StarHub employees participating in the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) Ability Challenge. Photo: The New Paper We applaud the Government and the Singapore Association of Social Workers for encouraging more to join the social work profession ("More social workers, more help for needy"; Jan 25). …

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Facing the World with a Smile Despite Disability

Madam Choong Siet May helping her husband, Mr Tan Whee Boon, to adjust a strap around his arm so that he can hold on to utensils and have lunch with his two teenage children. Mr Tan had four amputations last year after a bout of GBS infection, following a raw fish meal. Photo: The Straits Times This is Mr Tan …

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New SkillsFuture study awards for workers with

New Skills Future Study Awards for Workers with Disabilities: DPM Tharman

The Deputy Prime Minister announced that the Government will introduce a new category of study awards to benefit those with disabilities as well as the job coaches and professionals who support them. SINGAPORE: The Government will provide employers with more support and leverage SkillsFuture to empower people with disabilities, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced on Friday (Feb 26). Speaking at …

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What to watch in disability sports

What to Watch in Disability Sports: March

March 2016 is a busy month for disability sports, with a many important events taking place. There are a lot of important ones that are worth keeping an eye out for. With the World Championships having taken place last year, the biggest athletics event outside the Paralympic Games is likely to be continental championships.  The first major one of the year …

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Air France Refuses to Take Disabled Passenger on Honeymoon Because His Wheelchair is 'Too Big'

Gordon Aikman says refusal is the equivalent of airline telling passenger 'oh sorry sir, your legs are too big' A journalist and disability campaigner has called for an apology from the “very top” of Air France after the airline refused to let him on board with his electric wheelchair. Gordon Aikman, who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), booked tickets with …

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USA Shooting’s Wonderful Olympic Women

With Rio in Sight, we are launching a bi-weekly article series that will showcase the Wonderful Olympic Women (WOW) that will be representing all female shooting sports enthusiasts this August and September in Rio de Janeiro. With the number of female shooting sports enthusiasts skyrocketing, there’s no better time to become familiar with the discipline, desire and dedication that these athletes represent.  …

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Tommy Hilfiger Launches Clothing Line for Disabled Kids, and it's Adorable

Hilfiger worked with fashion designer Mindy Scheier, who started Runway for Dreams after her son, who has muscular dystrophy, wanted to wear jeans to school. RICHARD CORMAN, TOMMY HILFIGER Tommy Hilfiger's new line for disabled kids includes classic polo shirts, button-ups and khakis, but with adaptations to get in and out of clothing in different ways. One in 20 children …

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