Estanara Magazine

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Editorial

Editorial

Research shows that enrollment decisions in ordinary schools fail to meet the obligation to ensure children access compulsory education at the right age; and schools fail their obligations to allow children with disabilities to enroll in ordinary schools. Many of the children we see were turned down by neighboring schools in grade 1 on the basis of their disability – …

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Wheelchairs among Disabled Distributed

Wheelchairs among Disabled Distributed

Timergara—The Al-Khidmat Foundation (AKF) Lower Dir chapter on Sunday distributed wheel chairs among 50 persons with disability during a function held here with JI parliamentary leader Sahibzada Tariqullah in the chair. MNA Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, AKF Khyber Pakhtunkhwa relief in charge Shaukat Khan, Lower Dir president Fazal Mehmood and district councilor Saif ul Islam also addressed the function. The speakers …

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Women Have Something to Cheer About!

Women Have Something to Cheer About!

Islamabad Rallies, workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions and launch of literary material on women's resilience marked International Women Day on Tuesday. People from different sections of society participated in these events where women's rights activists and role models cherished the extraordinary work done by Pakistani women at national and international level besides highlighted the need to take assertive measures for bringing …

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Man Gets 13 years' Jail for Raping Woman with Down Syndrome

Man Gets 13 years' Jail for Raping Woman with Down Syndrome

Faisal Ellahi was found guilty after a five-week trial last year A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for raping a young woman with Down syndrome after luring her back to his house. Faisal Ellahi was also found guilty of sexually assaulting the woman after a five-week trial last year. Ellahi, who is originally from Haripur in Pakistan, …

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Government can Achieve 50% of Target by Deploying Assistive Technology at Varsities: BarrierBreak

Government can Achieve 50% of Target by Deploying Assistive Technology at Varsities: BarrierBreak

NEW DELHI: The government can beat its own deadline of making at least half of all its buildings disabled-friendly by 2018 by deploying assistive technology at universities and workplaces, according to BarrierBreak, a Mumbai-based company that works in the area of accessibility and assistive technology. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in December launched the 'Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan' (Accessible India Campaign) that seeks …

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PM’s Divyang for Disabled Confusing Budget-Makers: Activists

PM’s Divyang for Disabled Confusing Budget-Makers: Activists

A visually-impaired commuter waits to board a local train—Photo: Vivek Bendre Those working in the disability sector say the term Modi used is not officially notified, so funds cannot be allocated for the welfare of those in need Last year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said persons with disabilities would be referred to asdivyang , he probably hadn’t expected the confusion …

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Political Rights of Disabled Women Stressed

Political Rights of Disabled Women Stressed

DHAKA, Mar 12: Speakers at a roundtable on Saturday called upon the society to accept the political rights, significance and necessity of participation of the disabled women in all the national activities. Some seven organisations, led by disabled women, organised the roundtable on the "Political right and participation of disabled women" at Azimur Rahman Conference Hall at Kawran Bazar in …

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Graeae Opens Doors for Accessible Theatre in Bangladesh

Graeae Opens Doors for Accessible Theatre in Bangladesh

Jenny Sealey working with disabled artists in Bangladesh. Photo: Tareque Mehdi This month, Jenny Sealey will direct a production called A Different Romeo and Juliet, with an entirely disabled cast. This may not sound remarkable if you know Sealey’s work as the tireless artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company, but this particular production will be in Bangladesh. Sealey says that, …

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A Human Approach: Social Protection can be a Powerful Tool for Poverty Reduction

A Human Approach: Social Protection can be a Powerful Tool for Poverty Reduction

Social protection isn’t just there to help the poor -- it can help citizens not become poor    Photo- SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN Social security is not only a net meant to keep those who are extremely poor afloat (“provisional measures”). It is also a system meant to help citizens face the contingencies of life so that they don’t fall into …

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Disability and UN Convention

Disability and UN Convention

Sri Lanka has a long tradition of sharing with our disabled citizens the state’s largesse when it comes to welfare. The state provides grants for medical expenses and self-employment, assistive devices free of cost, cash transfers to those who have low incomes and provides youth with vocational training in special institutions. The state also subsidizes homes which house children with …

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Miracle Kid: Story of An Autistic, Award Winning Swimmer

Miracle Kid: Story of An Autistic, Award Winning Swimmer

Naveen Chand with his son Varun Chand and wife Aparna Chand. Varun’s parents’ support and encouragement has helped him win many medals Thanks to the support of his parents, Varun Chand, who is autistic, is an award winning international swimmer. The fact the he is autistic did not stop Hyderabad’s Varun Chand from winning three Gold at the Indo Sri …

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Sri Lankan Girl with Down Syndrome Reunited with Family in WA After Visa Granted

Sri Lankan Girl with Down Syndrome Reunited with Family in WA After Visa Granted

A nine-year-old Sri Lankan girl denied an Australian visa because she has Down syndrome has been reunited with her family in Western Australia. Eliza Fonseka's father moved to Shark Bay last year after he and his wife, Shanoline, were granted temporary visas to work at a Christian crisis centre. Mrs Foneska stayed behind in Sri Lanka after their daughter's visa was …

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International Paralympic Committee Investigates Having Team for Refugees at Rio Paralympics

International Paralympic Committee Investigates Having Team for Refugees at Rio Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee’s Director of Communications, Craig Spence, toldParaSport News on Thursday that they are considering a move like that of the International Olympic Committee to include a team of refugees participating under the Paralympic flag at the Rio hosted Games. “ the moment we are looking into it. Looking back at previous Games the number of athletes coming from what could …

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'Pretty Cripples' and the People Turned on by Disability

'Pretty Cripples' and the People Turned on by Disability

After posting a photo of herself online, disabled BBC Three presenter Emily Yates was shocked to receive a message saying "pretty cripple". It led her to investigate the secret world of "devotees" - those who are sexually aroused by disabled people and their struggles. It was 2011 and I was living in Melbourne, Australia, when I posted a photo of …

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Philanthropist Has Big Plans for SA’s Disabled

Philanthropist Has Big Plans for SA’s Disabled

Johannesburg – An Indian philanthropist will soon extend his benevolence to thousands of South African people living with disabilities by providing free healthcare and education. Shree Kanubhai Tailor, a renowned philanthropist and disabled people’s activist, was in the country this week to begin talks with the High Commission of India in Pretoria about starting his initiative to benefit disabled minorities. …

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Half of People Killed by Police Suffer from Mental Disability: Report

Half of People Killed by Police Suffer from Mental Disability: Report

Dashcam video shows the shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer in October 2014. Chicago Police Department Almost half of the people who die at the hands of police have some kind of disability, according to a new report, as officers are often drawn into emergencies where urgent care may be more appropriate than lethal force. The report, published …

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Employers with Disability-Friendly Practices to be Honored

Employers with Disability-Friendly Practices to be Honored

An awards event honoring employers that implement disability-friendly practices is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 9 at Florida Atlantic University's Live Oak Pavilion, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. The event — the 2016 South Florida Business Leadership Network's Connections Platinum Awards Breakfast — is part of an annual workshop series that provides information to employers about …

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Cambodia’s First Accessible Tuk Tuk

Cambodia’s First Accessible Tuk Tuk

Ivette Yanez/Agile Development GroupThe accessible tuk tuk can be adapted for use by passengers with and without disabilities, too. Last night as I weaved through Phnom Penh’s congested streets of motos and Escalades in Cambodia’s first accessible tuk tuk, I reflected upon how much of my life revolves around transportation. Finding transportation, keeping transportation, and hoping the transportation that brought …

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