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Editorial

Editorial

Throughout the developing world disabled people suffer a high incidence of poverty caused and perpetuated by a lack of access to socio-economic opportunities. Attempts to alleviate poverty by improving mobility tend to focus on the majority of travellers, thus ignoring those with special needs such as mobility, sensory and cognitive impairments. International awareness of the causes and consequences of disability …

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Unsung Hero- Arshad in U.A.E

Unsung Hero- Arshad in U.A.E

There’s a belief that if you had a disability, you didn’t have a desire to live a life; you didn’t have the goals and dreams that somebody non-disabled has. That used to be a general belief and still many people have misunderstanding about the potential and power of the people with disabilities in Pakistan and even most of the places …

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Despite Comical Dialogues: Play Fails to Convey Message

Despite Comical Dialogues: Play Fails to Convey Message

Writer, director deserve credit for writing hilarious dialogues. PHOTO COURTESY: fb.com/Aridiandramaticclub ISLAMABAD: Students of the Arid Agriculture University staged a play at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday as part of the ongoing drama festival. The play revolves around two main characters; a judge and his wife who can’t talk. As the story unfolds, the judge hopes and …

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World MS Day: Bringing the Worldwide Multiple Sclerosis Community Together

World MS Day: Bringing the Worldwide Multiple Sclerosis Community Together

KARACHI: Five years ago, 46-year-old Amir Nizami woke up one morning with numbness in his right leg and hand. Little did he know he will lose the liberty to move freely for the rest of his life because he was suffering from a neurological disorder called multiple sclerosis (MS). “I consulted a doctor and recovered in a week but after some …

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‘Multiple sclerosis on the rise in Pakistan’

‘Multiple sclerosis on the rise in Pakistan’

LAHORE Dr Shahid Mukhtar, assistant professor of neurology, Lahore General Hospital (LGH), has said that multiple sclerosis is on the rise in Pakistan and its patients can get rid of this medical complication by taking regular treatment. In a press release on the occasion of World Multiple Sclerosis Day, Dr Shahid said patients of multiple sclerosis could suddenly lose their …

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Pakistan Proposes Priority List of Helping Aids for the Disabled

Pakistan Proposes Priority List of Helping Aids for the Disabled

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has proposed, on the floor of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, the formation of a priority list of assistive devices (helping aids) for disabled and elderly individuals, and to make these devices affordable. If accepted, the proposal will make it possible to provide hearing aids, wheelchairs, communication aids, spectacles, prosthetic limbs, pill organisers, memory aids and …

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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. 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 transport, and an eco-friendly …

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Firms Like Jubilant FoodWorks, IBM, EY Taking Initiatives to Train Differently-Abled Staff for Managerial Roles

Firms Like Jubilant FoodWorks, IBM, EY Taking Initiatives to Train Differently-Abled Staff for Managerial Roles

BENGALURU: Jubilant FoodWorks , which owns the franchise for Domino's Pizza in India, has introduced a programme that will see differently-abled employees in managerial roles in a year or two. The company also plans to have one differently-abled worker in tier-1 city outlets that have 25 or more employees, said Biplob Banerjee, executive vice-president-human resources and CSR, Jubilant FoodWorks, which also runs …

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Women Cooking with Biomass Fuels More Likely to Have Cataracts

Women Cooking with Biomass Fuels More Likely to Have Cataracts

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL MEDICINE Women in India who cook using fuels such as wood, crop residues and dried dung instead of cleaner fuels are more likely to have visually impairing nuclear cataracts¹, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The study, the largest of its kind, was conducted by the London School of …

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Nepal Needs Disability-Friendly Building Code, Suggests Study

Nepal Needs Disability-Friendly Building Code, Suggests Study

KATHMANDU: A research report on post-earthquake situations of Nepal from the disability perspective highlighted that Nepal needed to revise the existing building code making it more disability-friendly. Social Science Baha, a non-governmental organisation, had carried out the research “Disaster, Disability and Difference: A Study of the Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Post-Earthquake Nepal” and published the report in …

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Vascular Injury : The Commonest Cause of Permanent Disability in India

Vascular Injury : The Commonest Cause of Permanent Disability in India

Simplified diagram of the human Circulatory system in anterior view :: Pix - Wikipedia/ LadyofHats, Mariana Ruiz Villarreal If an artery or a blood-carrying pipe in the body, gets damaged due to any reason, the oxygen supply to various organs of body including limbs becomes jeopardized, this may result into a loss of your hand or foot. In our country, …

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Opportunity is a Right

Opportunity is a Right

The topic of the article is on equal opportunity which means that every person can participate freely and equally in areas of public life such as in the workplace, in education, or in accessing goods and services. Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably or bullying them because of a personal characteristic protected by law. Equal opportunity law …

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Child Affairs Journalists’ Network Formed 

Child Affairs Journalists’ Network Formed 

A Child affairs Journalists’ Network has been formed aimed at highlighting different child-related issues in both print and electronic media to sensitise policymakers and other stakeholders for being more proactive in ensuring children's rights. Mahfuza Jasmine, senior reporter of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) was made convenor of the network while Mostofa Kamal Mollik, senior staff reporter of Channel I, and …

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Iraqi Children Face High Rates of Death and Disability

Iraqi Children Face High Rates of Death and Disability

(Reuters Health) - One in six childhood injuries in Iraq were caused by violence, compared with only one in 50 childhood injuries worldwide, according to a recent study. Iraqi children injured by violence, including by gunshots, shrapnel and explosives, were also more than 10 times more likely than those hurt by other means to be killed or disabled, the authors …

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Age and Disability Capacity Building Programme (ADCAP)

Age and Disability Capacity Building Programme (ADCAP)

ADCAP is a three-year programme to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian agencies to deliver age and disability inclusive emergency response. Why is this programme needed? Globally, one in eight people are over the age of 60, and 15% are living with some kind of disability. By 2050, the number of older people is expected to increase to two billion, or …

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National Education Campaign Needed to Raise Disability Awareness: Chia Yong Yong

National Education Campaign Needed to Raise Disability Awareness: Chia Yong Yong

“Why do persons with disabilities still not feel included in our society?” the lawyer asks in Parliament. SINGAPORE: Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) and lawyer Chia Yong Yong called on the Government to launch a “national education campaign” to raise awareness of disabilities not immediately obvious to the naked eye. While applauding initiatives in Budget 2016 designed to aid the …

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Polytechnic Student Tops Cohort Despite Disability

Polytechnic Student Tops Cohort Despite Disability

At 8, Zi Lin lost all sense of hearing. Despite her disadvantage, she has become the valedictorian for NP’s graduation cohort from the School of Film and Media Studies.   She stays away from popular American shows such as Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory - not because she does not like the storylines or characters, but because …

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Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections

Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections

The May 9 Philippine election not only set a new record for voter turnout, it also marked the first time that Republic Act 10366 – which mandates that polling stations be fully accessible for people with disabilities (PWDs) – was implemented in full. In his speech during the proclamation of senators-elect, the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chair cited that there were …

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At Friendship House, Walls Between Disabled, Students Come Down

At Friendship House, Walls Between Disabled, Students Come Down

(Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean) Leo Kennedy leans across his wooden coffee table, his fingers to his mouth and a smirk on his face. It’s as if he knows a secret about the chess board his opponent does not. As that opponent, Alex Drury, lifts a pawn toward Kennedy, the expression remains — a satisfaction that comes with winning. …

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Disabled Adopted Daughter

Disabled Adopted Daughter

A mom who fatally drugged her daughter in claimed mercy killing gets four years in prison Heaven was "the only place I knew she would be safe and happy," the mother said (CNN)Despite pleas for leniency from family and friends, an Illinois Circuit Court judge sentenced Bonnie Liltz to four years in prison Wednesday for drugging and killing her disabled …

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Abuse in Victorian Disability Services Widespread, Report Finds

Abuse in Victorian Disability Services Widespread, Report Finds

A parliamentary inquiry has found abuse in disability services is widespread in Victoria, making 49 recommendations for reform. The inquiry was set up to look at why abuse was not reported or acted upon and how it could be prevented. The Family and Community Development Committee heard abuse took many forms, from physical and sexual assault, verbal, emotional, and financial …

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Meet the Man Who is Turning into an Elephant

Meet the Man Who is Turning into an Elephant

Elephantiasis can cause horrifying and debilitating deformities. The infection of Elephantiasis is commonly found in South Asia, Africa,Pacific Islands Central and South America. Meet the man who is turning into a real life elephant after being infection with one of the most frightening diseases. Raimundo, from Sao Jose, in Brazil, was bitten by the mosquito 20 years ago and was …

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Northern Irish Politician Who Lost Both Legs Serving in Afghanistan Told to Prove His Disability

Northern Irish Politician Who Lost Both Legs Serving in Afghanistan Told to Prove His Disability

Army veteran and MLA for East Belfast, Andy Allen, lost both legs in a blast in Afghanistan but has been asked to prove his disability by an Assembly panel. An army veteran, recently elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, who lost both his legs serving in Afghanistan, has been asked to prove his disability to secure a disability assistance benefit …

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Supporting People with Severe Mental Disorders in War and Other Disaster Settings: A Need to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Supporting People with Severe Mental Disorders in War and Other Disaster Settings: A Need to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Dr Mark van Ommeren, Public Mental Health Adviser, WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse When 5000 leaders converge this month on Istanbul at the first World Humanitarian Summit, their goal will be “to stand up for our common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering”. As heads of state, leaders of business, aid organizations, civil …

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