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Editorial

Editorial

People with disabilities are people first, and have different abilities, talents, interests and personalities, just like everyone else. Public education campaigns play a vital role in raising large-scale awareness and in changing mindsets. But they alone cannot be expected to weave diversity and inclusion into the fabric of our society. Building a culture of acceptance and understanding requires every individual …

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‘Moving People, Changing Minds’ Aims to Mobilise the Differently-Abled

‘Moving People, Changing Minds’ Aims to Mobilise the Differently-Abled

Karachi: The term disability has always sounded peculiar to me, because how are people who wear spectacles not dubbed as disabled, just because they have an ease of accessibility to glasses? This question was raised by Taufeeq Illahi as he pointed towards the alienation of disabled individuals as he was declared the winner of the Accessible Cycle Design Challenge “Moving People, …

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Pakistan to Lead Preparation of Draft Resolution on Assistive Products

Pakistan to Lead Preparation of Draft Resolution on Assistive Products

Islamabad : Resolution likely to be included as agenda item in WHO executive board meeting; Pakistan selected as pilot country for launch of assistive technology programme Following its recent initiative at the World Health Assembly (WHA), where Pakistan launched the priority Assistive Products List (APL) for persons with disabilities, ageing population, and people suffering from non-communicable diseases and muscular skeletal …

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Pay Special Attention!

Pay Special Attention!

LAHORE - There are very few private institutions that provide services for children with special needs. The public school system offers nothing. What ends up happening to these children is that they either stay at home, often locked away due to public shame, or they end up attending public schools without any help. Most of the children do not have …

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Mainstreaming Persons with Disability

Mainstreaming Persons with Disability

The writer is executive director of the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability and holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Rotterdam Zahid Abdullah is the author of two books, Disabled by Society and The Wise Man. He is also one of the few Right to Information activists in Pakistan and has written on this subject extensively in many …

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The Reason Why Men and Women Use Separate Bathrooms Will Make You Facepalm

The Reason Why Men and Women Use Separate Bathrooms Will Make You Facepalm

Just last week, Alisha, a Pakistani trans woman and activist was shot six times in the northwestern Peshawar region of the country. She was left waiting for over an hour before the hospital could provide her a bed and give her treatment. All this, simply because the hospital authorities could not decide if she should be shifted to a male ward …

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Will the Human Rights Therapy Work?

Will the Human Rights Therapy Work?

The writer is a freelance journalist, specialising in international law, rural development and public policy, and a director of the Centre for Social Justice Had the people of Pakistan known what February 13, 2016 would bring with it, the day wouldn’t have passed without celebrations across the country. This celebration would have been different from corporate-sponsored ones that amuse many …

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In Fact: Why Calling India’s Disabled ‘Divyang’ Won’t Enable Them

In Fact: Why Calling India’s Disabled ‘Divyang’ Won’t Enable Them

Now, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability (PWD) under the central government’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, will be called the Divyangan Sashastikaran Vibhag. At a meeting in early December last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he thought persons with disability should be renamed as people who are “divyang”, or possessed with divinity. He repeated the …

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New Building Code Aims at Access for the Disabled

New Building Code Aims at Access for the Disabled

(Representative photo) New Delhi: The new National Building Code (NBC) will, for the first time, have a detailed chapter on making buildings and urban sites "accessible" and "barrier-free" for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Most buildings and public spaces are inaccessible to India's disabled, estimated at 2.68 crore, and the ministry of social justice and empowerment is keen to …

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How Tech Brings Self-Reliance to Students with Disabilities

How Tech Brings Self-Reliance to Students with Disabilities

Rakshit Malik, 18, has every reason to be pleased with himself. He just scored 96.4% in his Class 12 exam -the third-highest score in CBSE's disabled category . He treats his visual impairment matter-of-factly: "My ability is stronger than my disability". A humanities student who wants to specialize in history, Malik learns by listening. He hears the material, pauses, and …

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IT Competition for the Differently-Abled at UAP

IT Competition for the Differently-Abled at UAP

Society may consider them “disabled” but as evident throughout an IT competition, they proved themselves to be exceptionally talented. The daylong IT competition for differently-abled students was held at the permanent campus of University of Asia Pacific (UAP) on June 4, 2016. A total of 52 contestants participated in four categories; first three contestants were selected as winners in each …

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A Step Towards Humanity

A Step Towards Humanity

In our country, the number of people with disabilities is high enough to merit special attention. Based on a report from the World Bank and World Health Organisation, there are 10.5 million disabled adults living in our country. Most of these people are unable to work, mostly not because of their disability, but for their lack of training. The good …

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Sri Lanka, Maldives Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis 

Sri Lanka, Maldives Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis 

In a significant progress against neglected tropical diseases in WHO South-East Asia Region, Maldives and Sri Lanka have eliminated lymphatic filariasis, a disease that was crippling people for decades, forcing them to lead a life of stigma, discrimination and poverty. “The achievement by Maldives and Sri Lanka demonstrates the resolve of these countries and the Region as a whole to …

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Infrastructure to be Made Disabled-Friendly

Infrastructure to be Made Disabled-Friendly

Post Report, Kathmandu - The government has announced to make all state infrastructure disabled-friendly. The budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has a programme to make public places friendly for people living with disability but it falls short of spelling out the operational timeframe. The budget has also doubled social security allowance for senior citizens, single women and people living with …

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Autism, Intellectual Disability Linked to Mother's Immune Dysfunction

Autism, Intellectual Disability Linked to Mother's Immune Dysfunction

Autism, intellectual disability linked to mother's immune dysfunction (Getty Images) Pregnant women with a dysfunctional immune system may be at higher risk of having a child with autism combined with intellectual disability, researchers say. The research also suggests a potential immune profile for the differentiation of autism combined with intellectual disability, as distinct from either autism or developmental disability alone. …

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Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Leads Exchange Program for Disability Sport Leaders

Center for Sport, Peace, and Society Leads Exchange Program for Disability Sport Leaders

Fifteen sport leaders from thirteen countries are in the United States for a five-week mentorship program that focuses on using sports to promote disability rights and inclusion. The program is being implemented by UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society as part of the US Department of State’s Global Sports Mentoring Program. These international leaders represent the first class of the GSMP: Sport …

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FAITH LEADERS CAN HELP STOP LEPROSY STIGMA, SAY VATICAN CONFERENCE ORGANISERS

FAITH LEADERS CAN HELP STOP LEPROSY STIGMA, SAY VATICAN CONFERENCE ORGANISERS

230 delegates will attend the two-day conference at the Vatican The leaders of the three main world religions have the power to reverse the stigma attached to leprosy, according to the organisers of a global medical conference meeting in the Vatican this week. Over 230 delegates from 45 countries are expected to attend the two-day meeting that starts today in …

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EMPOWERING SPORTS

EMPOWERING SPORTS

Sports offer an opportunity for persons living with disabilities to connect with the rest of the society It was exactly one year ago when the idea of establishing the first-ever wheelchair basketball championship was first discussed at an informal gathering of sports coaches with ENGAGE, an NGO promoting empowerment and inclusion of youth living with disabilities. The volunteer coaches had …

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LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND

LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND

We should always ask whether any legal, policy or program choice will benefit all children regardless of who they are and where they come from Nepal has made commendable progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on child and maternal mortality. Under-five mortality went down from 162 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 54 in 2011, which met the MDG …

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Ramping Up Treatment of Parasitic Worm Disease Cost-Effective, Researchers Find

Ramping Up Treatment of Parasitic Worm Disease Cost-Effective, Researchers Find

A study supports a greatly expanded treatment program for parasitic worm diseases that could save millions from disability and possible death in sub-Saharan Africa. Schistosoma worms are among the parasitic worms that cause diseases in millions of people in the developing world each year. Millions of people in the developing world could be spared from lifelong disability — or possible death …

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