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Editorial

Editorial

As according to international organizations, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) constitute about ten to fifteen percent of world’s population and by implication Pakistan’s also, it is relevant to see where we stand in terms of policy formulation and its implementation for PWDs. Because proper implementation of right policies provides the ladder for the society’s progress. so far, PWDs in Pakistan have had 1981 …

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Pakistan Could Learn a Lesson from India in Ending the Social Exclusion of Disabled People

Pakistan Could Learn a Lesson from India in Ending the Social Exclusion of Disabled People

The disabled are absent from public spaces due to a lack of facilities such as ramps, lifts and braille signage. Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons The creation of an inclusive and accessible society should be the ideal of every democratic government. However, access to equal opportunities, quality education, health services, clean water, sustainable energy, housing, pedestrian-friendly roads and footpaths, safe public …

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Police Arrest Three Men for Alleged Sexual Abuse of Disabled Boy

Police Arrest Three Men for Alleged Sexual Abuse of Disabled Boy

FAISLABAD: Police arrested three men on Saturday for alleged sexual abuse of a 14-year old boy with an intellectual disability and posting his video on a social media website. The boy’s father speaking to Geo News said that five men in his neighbourhood had sexually abused the boy, filmed the act and posted it on social media. Police did not register an …

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The Man Pakistan Doesn't Know How to Execute

The Man Pakistan Doesn't Know How to Execute

In this September 22, 2015 handout photo, Pakistani prisoner and convicted murdered Abdul Basit, lies on a hospital bed in Faisalabad. Picture: afp/ Justice Project Pakistan Non-Profit Organization A paralysed death-row prisoner in Pakistan is living in conditions worse than hell after his stay of execution expired, his family has said. Abdul Basit, who was convicted of murder in 2009, …

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Liberty Market: A Reflection of Pakistan

Liberty Market: A Reflection of Pakistan

No one has ever thought of constructing a flyover for ambulances or even of widening the road that leads to Mayo Hospital's emergency Medical board constituted to probe toxic sweets incident: minister Public places can present a fairly genuine picture of society. Liberty Market Lahore is one such place. At Liberty, you will find people who regularly frequent the market …

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Workers Oppose EOBI’s Devolution

Workers Oppose EOBI’s Devolution

MANSEHRA: Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) General Secretary Zahoor Awan said on Saturday that if the Employees Old-Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) was devolved under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, workers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan would be deprived of their pensions and other benefits. The PWF organised a session to sensitise journalists on the critical issue of laboureres working at industries in …

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WB Approves $50 Million for Infectious Diseases’ Vaccines in Pakistan

WB Approves $50 Million for Infectious Diseases’ Vaccines in Pakistan

  Islamabad: The World Bank approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $50 million to increase the availability of vaccines for infectious diseases, including polio, for children under two years of age in Pakistan. According to WB’s announcement here on Friday, the National Immunisation Support Project (NISP) is supporting the country’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) that aims to immunise …

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India Gains Prominence in Global Disability Dialogue

India Gains Prominence in Global Disability Dialogue

The study found significant gaps exist among the majority of Global South countries with respect to their readiness and preparedness for implementing, monitoring, and reporting on key SDGs. Javed Abidi, having completed one successful four year term, has been unanimously re-elected as Global Chair of Disabled People’s International (DPI) for another 4 year term. DPI is the world’s first cross-disability human rights based …

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Disability Mere Social Construct for UK Dance Co on India Tour

Disability Mere Social Construct for UK Dance Co on India Tour

For dancers it is commonplace to leap up twirl, pirouette and swirl during stage recitals but that is not what you come to expect from wheel-chair bound or other physically challenged performers. However, shows from the Candoco dance company, a leading professional contemporary troupe from the UK, fluidly integrates the disabled into choreographies, several of which were performed in Kolkata, Chennai and …

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Let’s Get to the Heart of What Causes Medical Negligence

Let’s Get to the Heart of What Causes Medical Negligence

Is he getting the care he needs?   Photo- BIGSTOCK In the recent past, there has been a number of high profile unexplained and unexpected deaths in health care in Bangladesh, with parties involved blaming and counter-blaming. This is not a unique phenomenon applicable only to Bangladesh, though the standard processes involved in resolving such issues are not in place. In …

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Inclusion for the Disabled

Inclusion for the Disabled

Development organisations need to open up their programmes for people with disabilities National and international experiences have proven that people with disabilities are fully capable of engaging in various income generating activities, and are able to lead dignified lives if they get the opportunity Following specific indicators set by the Sustainable Development Goals to address major concerns of people with …

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Riding Towards Their Goal

Riding Towards Their Goal

Cecily Walker writes on the challenges, adventures and the sense of fulfilment of the ‘Around the Pearl’ bikers on their epic journey for young Cerebral Palsy sufferers On paper, cycling 1400 km around the entire coastal belt of Sri Lanka, over 10 days, seems a monstrous task but not impossible. It is only when you take into account the consistent …

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WHO Warns of Risk of 'Marked Increase' in Zika Cases

WHO Warns of Risk of 'Marked Increase' in Zika Cases

The UN's health agency warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in Zika infections. PARIS (AFP) - The UN s health agency warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil. Largely contained to Latin America and …

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POV: My Life with Turner Syndrome

POV: My Life with Turner Syndrome

Genetic screening does not necessarily predict the future I sometimes wonder what difference it would have made if my mom knew that I had Turner syndrome (TS) while she was pregnant with me. She is adamant that she never would have aborted me. But today, prenatal genetic screenings and other fetal tests for Turner syndrome are widely used, and I …

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Experimental Cancer Drug Reverses Intellectual Disability in Mice, May Help People with Autism

Experimental Cancer Drug Reverses Intellectual Disability in Mice, May Help People with Autism

PHOTO: When the drug was given to mice it could reverse the damage of a genetic mutation which prevents the formation of new neurons. (Reuters) An experimental cancer drug may help reverse the effects of an intellectual disability known as fragile X syndrome, which is commonly found in people with autism, researchers said. The study in the journal Science Translational Medicine was …

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Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

April 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - The year 2015 was marked by the adoption of four landmark United Nations agreements: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement. The 2030 Agenda provides an overarching vision for all of them as well as a global framework for national strategies and policies …

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U.S. Chief Justice Uses Sign Language as Deaf Lawyers Sworn In

U.S. Chief Justice Uses Sign Language as Deaf Lawyers Sworn In

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts departs after U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/JOSHUA ROBERTS In an historic first, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts used sign language from the Supreme Court bench on Tuesday as he welcomed a dozen deaf and hard-of-hearing lawyers who …

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Ditching the ‘Dis’: Seeing the Ability in Disability

Ditching the ‘Dis’: Seeing the Ability in Disability

By assuming that ASD must be disabling we confirm to ourselves that is a disability. (Getty) Is autism truly a disability? Undeniably, many autistic individuals find their condition profoundly disabling, but how culpable are we in compounding how disabling autism is? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a life-long, pervasive condition. There is no cure. No medication or treatment exists to …

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