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Editorial

Editorial

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Balighur Rehman on Wednesday asked the Higher Education Commission to ensure the best possible facilities for students with special needs or disability at universities across the country. “Special people have special needs. It is the responsibility of an educated society to fulfil the needs of such people,” he said. The …

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Outsourcing Our Confidence

Outsourcing Our Confidence

The writer is the recipient of the James A Wechsler Award for International Reporting and a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He tweets @Mbilallakhani “The difference between a developed country and a developing country like Pakistan is how people with disabilities live their lives,’ remarked a close friend, while observing men and women in wheelchairs move on …

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Pakistan's Solar Kids: Children Who Fall into Vegetative State After Sunset Baffle Scientists

Pakistan's Solar Kids: Children Who Fall into Vegetative State After Sunset Baffle Scientists

'Solar kids' of Pakistan have become a mystery for medical sciencejespahjoy/Flickr Three children of a family from a village in the Balochistan province of Pakistan have puzzled medical science because of their "peculiar" dependence on sun and have come to be known as "solar kids" in their village. The children, aged one, nine and 13, are active and normal like …

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World is Now Polio-Free, Barring Pakistan and Afghanistan

World is Now Polio-Free, Barring Pakistan and Afghanistan

Pakistan has been struggling to eliminate the dreaded polio virus for 42 years Call it apathetic attitude of successive Pakistani regimes in not prioritising the health of its citizens or dub it a lingering misfortune, the fact remains that the country is struggling to get rid of polio (Poliomyelitis) since 1974, research shows. Polio immunisation campaign in Pakistan had started …

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Blind Date with Stardom: Can India Accept a Disabled Rockstar

Blind Date with Stardom: Can India Accept a Disabled Rockstar

Jugpreet Bajwa, a visually impaired contestant on reality talent show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, is led on stage by brother Manpreet. Pics/Nimesh Dave The arc lights make no difference to Jugpreet Bajwa, a darling of the judges and jury on a dog-eats-dog singing talent hunt. But can India accept a disabled rockstar? There’s little that sets Jugpreet Bajwa apart …

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EC Plans to Ferry Disabled, Elderly to Polling Booths

EC Plans to Ferry Disabled, Elderly to Polling Booths

Chennai: In a novel initiative aimed at improving voters' participation in the assembly polls, the Election Commission is considering ferrying persons with disabilities (PwD) and senior citizens to polling booths in Chennai. "Differently abled persons and senior citizens residing in care centres would be transported to the polling stations. We are contemplating carrying it out on a pilot basis," corporation …

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Disability Inclusion in the Furniture Sector in Bangladesh

Disability Inclusion in the Furniture Sector in Bangladesh

“I didn’t like school at all. My parents and the neighbourhood tried to get me involved but I never went because the other children made fun of me and I didn’t like to study.” Ashraful, the third son of a poor mason is now 20 years old. As a youngster he spent his time like millions of other rural-based boys; …

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How to Reach Every Last Child

How to Reach Every Last Child

The world has made incredible progress towards saving children's lives, but millions are still being left behind. These children are being denied the opportunity to survive and learn, simply because of who they are and where they live. Bangladesh is no exception. Child mortality rates over the past two decades have decreased significantly, with under-five mortality falling from 144 to …

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Link Between Cousin Marriages And Health Problems

Link Between Cousin Marriages And Health Problems

Child with thalassemia being given blood transfusion A link between cousin marriages and health problems– including heart and lung problems, Harlequin ichthyosis or other Severe Skin disorders, Thalassemia and recognised syndromes such as Down’s – linked to genetic inheritance, has been observed in communities around the world. When parents share a common ancestor, it is termed a ‘consanguineous’ relationship and …

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An Artful Solution Possible for Refugee Program

An Artful Solution Possible for Refugee Program

Margery Miller offers an apple to students Batuli Dahal (left) and Neptimaia Supa during an ESL class at a Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative center. The lesson was plural and singular nouns. (TRACIE VAN AUKEN) Six months before Durga Dulal arrived in Philadelphia as a refugee from Bhutan, fire swept through the U.N. camp in the Himalayas where she, her …

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Are We a Step Closer to 3D Printing Disability Equipment?

Are We a Step Closer to 3D Printing Disability Equipment?

For some time now, along with many others, I have been watching if and how 3D printing can revolutionise the mobility sector. It would be too easy to take cheap shots at certain companies in the current market place. However I'll just say that product innovation, value for money, and customer service could be a lot better for us disabled …

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Balancing Act: Iain Nairn

Balancing Act: Iain Nairn

Iain Nairn is business development manager at Bibby Financial Services. He also captained the England Cricket Physical Disability team to glory at the inaugural international T20 tournament in Bangladesh last year. I lost my leg aged 16 months due to a birth deformity. Before that, I couldn’t really walk, but still had a cricket bat in my hand. Once I was …

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Michael Johnson Launches Global Charity Positive Track to Help Young Leaders Fulfill Potential Through Sport

Michael Johnson Launches Global Charity Positive Track to Help Young Leaders Fulfill Potential Through Sport

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson has launched a global charity Positive Track, which aims to provide young people from around the world with the tools they need to fulfil their potential through sport. The initiative will look to provide a programme which empowers, educates and supports 12 specially selected participants, who have tackled some of society’s toughest challenges head-on. …

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Improving Mobility for the Disabled

Improving Mobility for the Disabled

Department of Public Health director Dr Pandup Tshering tries out a customised wheelchair at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu Health workers are being trained on how to custom build wheel chairs based on individual needs  Service: In an effort to provide better services to persons with disabilities in the country, health professionals are receiving training on wheelchair service training in Thimphu. …

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Bridging the Gap Through Sports

Bridging the Gap Through Sports

Inclusive sports: Children with disabilities prepare for a race during the sports meet yesterday United Football, a registered Special Olympics programme was launched in Bhutan to mark the International Day for Persons with Disability Event: Twenty-two young men entered the dusty ground of the Royal Bhutan Police in Thimphu to start a game of football. The stage was set. Officials lined up …

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Duke, Duchess of Cambridge Meet Bhutan's King and Queen for First Time

Duke, Duchess of Cambridge Meet Bhutan's King and Queen for First Time

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate (R), Duchess of Cambridge, Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (2nd L) and his wife Jetsun Pema (L) pose at the Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu, Bhutan, April 14, 2016. (REUTERS) THIMPHU, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Following the Kensington Palace's announcement on Jan. 9, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince …

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Mental Health Care in Emergencies 'Not an Optional Luxury'

Mental Health Care in Emergencies 'Not an Optional Luxury'

Migrants and refugees, mainly from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone, wait to receive food on a German navy ship in September 2015. As more people are affected by humanitarian crises, mental health needs also increase. (AFP/Getty Images) Some countries affected by war like Sierra Leone and South Sudan have 1 or 2 psychiatrists Mental illnesses are the world's leading cause …

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Giving a Name, and Dignity, to a Disability

Giving a Name, and Dignity, to a Disability

IDIOT. Imbecile. Cretin. Feebleminded. Moron. Retarded. Offensive now but once quite acceptable, these terms figured in the research for a lengthy article I wrote in 2014 about 32 men who spent decades eviscerating turkeys in a meat-processing plant in Iowa — all for $65 a month, along with food and lodging in an ancient former schoolhouse on a hill. These were men …

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Tow Truck Driver Leaves Woman With Disabilities On Side Of Highway Because She Supports Bernie Sanders

Tow Truck Driver Leaves Woman With Disabilities On Side Of Highway Because She Supports Bernie Sanders

“I was like, ‘Wait, are you serious? You’re kidding me.’” Cassandra McWade was in a car accident on Monday. The tow truck driver who responded to the scene of her accident refused to help her because her car had Bernie Sanders signs on it. WASHINGTON — When 25-year-old Cassandra McWade got in a car accident on a highway in Asheville, North …

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Putting Age on the Disability Agenda

Putting Age on the Disability Agenda

Last week I was delighted to represent HelpAge International at theInternational Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) general assembly to discuss how people with disabilities may face additional discrimination on the basis of age and gender. IDDC is a global consortium of disability and development NGOs, mainstream development NGOs and disabled people's organisations supporting disability and development work in more than 100 …

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Uber to Give Rides to Dogs Accompanying Visually Impaired

Uber to Give Rides to Dogs Accompanying Visually Impaired

In a settlement announced today, Uber has agreed to take affirmative steps to prevent discrimination against blind riders who use guide dogs in its transportation network across the United States. The settlement resolves a lawsuit against Uber by National Federation of the Blind’s California affiliate, and individuals who use guide dogs, to ensure that guide-dog users have full and equal …

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Africa’s Vaccination Test

Africa’s Vaccination Test

In February in Addis Ababa, African health ministers signed a widely celebrated declaration of their commitment to keeping immunization at the forefront of efforts to save the continent’s children from death and disease. Fulfilling that commitment will be no easy feat. Immunization is not just a health issue; it is also an economic challenge. The case for vaccination is strong. Globally, an …

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