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Editorial

Editorial

How far we have reached but still we are lacking for the developments in the field of Disability Movement in South Asia, specifically in Pakistan. Though we have great leaders of Disability moment present in our region who are continuously striving for the cause and for their true activism since a very long time. This is ultimately a sign of …

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‘Disability’ is Not Abnormality: Who isn’t Handicapped in this World?

‘Disability’ is Not Abnormality: Who isn’t Handicapped in this World?

Why don’t we enjoy living in our skin and let others live in theirs? Why do we have to look for others’ faults in order to feel gratified and accomplished? I have been writing about women empowerment, gender equality, rights of epicenes and other issues pertaining to our society as a whole, but I am confused... Confused about how many …

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Poor Nutrition Now Affects One in Three Humans

Poor Nutrition Now Affects One in Three Humans

KARACHI: The global community today faces many challenges in the form of malnutrition, a condition that directly affects every one in three people. Malnutrition manifests itself in many different ways: as poor child growth and development; as individuals. who are skin and bone or highly prone to infection; as those who are carrying too much weight, or whose blood contains …

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Preventive Measures Against Malaria Urged

Preventive Measures Against Malaria Urged

Islamabad - Health experts yesterday said that increased malaria prevention and control measures are essential to reduce the malaria burden in the country. According to them, malaria is a life threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes, particularly in present high-risk season. They said parasites were spread to people through the …

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Uttarakhand to Get India's First Commission for Protection of Rights of Disabled People

Uttarakhand to Get India's First Commission for Protection of Rights of Disabled People

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand will become India's first state to form Commission for protection of rights of disabled persons as state cabinet gave its nod today. The proposal was forwarded by over 30,000 disabled person who went on strike from June 19 onward with their top most demand to create commission along with 18 additional demands ranging from increasing monthly pension to …

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India: Unique ID Cards for All the Persons with Disability

India: Unique ID Cards for All the Persons with Disability

Marking the 10th anniversary of a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play. India is in the process of implementing a project to provide a unique ID card to persons with disabilities aimed at creating a national data base that will enable the government to …

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Dietary Fibre Can be Good for Elderly Persons

Dietary Fibre Can be Good for Elderly Persons

Islamabad - Findings from a new study that followed older adults for 10 years supports the idea that eating a diet rich in fibre - such as found in breads, cereals, and fruits - is key to aging successfully; that is, reaching old age free of disease and disability. An associate professor in the Institute’s Centre for Vision Lead author …

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Bihar Siblings Overcome Poverty, Disability to Qualify for IIT

Bihar Siblings Overcome Poverty, Disability to Qualify for IIT

HIGHLIGHTS With no braces or crutches, Basant carried Krishna on his back to school. Krishna and Basant crack the JEE (Advanced) together. The two always outshined their classmates, which encouraged them to take IIT coaching classes. Jaipur: When polio crippled Krishna Kumar as a child, he could not go to school till his younger brother, Basant, was old enough to …

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Unique ID Cards for the Disabled Coming Soon in India

Unique ID Cards for the Disabled Coming Soon in India

Disabled man in Calcutta. Image courtesy: indiamike.com 23% of India’s population suffers from various disabilities For the first time, Ministry of Social Justice has come up with a new database to issue UDID cards to differently able people The cards will indicate the intensity of disability through a color scheme The Ministry of Social Justice, a branch of the government responsible …

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Govt, NGOs Must Join Hands to Eradicate Child Labour

Govt, NGOs Must Join Hands to Eradicate Child Labour

Speakers tell seminar highlighting that divisional councils for children's welfare yet to be fully functional Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed for coordination and close working relation between government and non-government organisations to eliminate child labour. Although the government formed divisional councils for children's welfare, those are yet to be fully functional, they said, stressing the need for regular coordination …

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The Health of a Nation 

The Health of a Nation 

 A city like Dhaka could greatly benefit from more open spaces Photo- SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN How can urban green spaces improve our health? This is the concluding part of yesterday’s long form Most of the risk factors, when it comes to health care, can be manageable if proper initiatives are taken through multidisciplinary approaches. Simple changes in lifestyle behaviour can …

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After the South China Sea Arbitration

After the South China Sea Arbitration

Where do we go after the panel has spoken? The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is supposed to be the constitution of the oceans because it establishes important principles on how ocean resources will be allocated and disputes settled. What the negotiators of the LOS Convention never anticipated is that two of the five …

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Youth with Disabilities Face Staggering Loss of Rights

Youth with Disabilities Face Staggering Loss of Rights

A class for youth with hearing disabilities in Burkina Faso. UNFPA has provided training on sexual and reproductive health to this and other schools in the country. ©UNFPA/Théodore Somda UNITED NATIONS, New York/OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – A shocking 20 per cent of women with disabilities face forced or coerced sex. Stripped of their most fundamental reproductive rights, women with disabilities are …

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B.C. Scraps Annual Bus Pass Fee for Persons with Disabilities

B.C. Scraps Annual Bus Pass Fee for Persons with Disabilities

B.C. Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell calls the change fairer for those who don't use transit People with disabilities in B.C. no longer have to pay a $45 annual administrative fee for a fee-reduced bus pass program. (gillmar/Shutterstock) After months of public pressure, the provincial government has scrapped a $45 annual bus pass fee for people with disabilities — but critics say the change doesn't …

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People with a Disability Need Employment

People with a Disability Need Employment

Australia has one of the lowest rates of employment for people with a disability in the developed world, we are currently ranked 21st out of 29 countries in employment rates for people with disability. This is simply not good enough, people with a disability deserve the same opportunities as everyone else.  The National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) was designed and …

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We Need to Stop Treating People with Disabilities as Less than Human

We Need to Stop Treating People with Disabilities as Less than Human

It’s 10 years since the UN established a convention on rights for people with disabilities, but we are still far away from achieving equality Roxan Perez joins more than 200 protestors in non-violent direct action in Washington. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In the many countries I’ve visited over the past several years while researching conditions for people with disabilities, the …

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Disability-Inclusive Development Isn’t Cheap, But Exclusion has a Higher Price

Disability-Inclusive Development Isn’t Cheap, But Exclusion has a Higher Price

Counting costs in development is important, but excluding disabled people not only has an economic impact, it also denies their human rights  Blind people read braille Qur’ans at a disability rehabilitation centre in Indonesia. The centre cares for around 40 Muslim patients. Photograph: Y T Haryono/Barcroft Images At a parliamentary meeting on the case for disability-inclusive development three years ago, …

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Doctors Urged to Address Needs of Females with Disabilities

Doctors Urged to Address Needs of Females with Disabilities

Birth control pills are among the most common menstrual management tools used by teenagers who have developmental disabilities, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group is encouraging pediatricians to be proactive in helping adolescents with disabilities manage their changing bodies. (Thinkstock) Pediatricians are being encouraged to take a more active role in helping families prepare …

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Live Q&A: How Can We Build Momentum on Global Disability Rights?

Live Q&A: How Can We Build Momentum on Global Disability Rights?

Chances are you know someone with a disability. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 billion people – one in seven – have some form of disability. They are our classmates, relatives and friends, and they have the right to be treated the same as everyone else. Yet, laws in dozens of countries prevent people with disabilities from deciding whom …

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American Basketball Coach Devotes His Time to Disabled in Gaza

American Basketball Coach Devotes His Time to Disabled in Gaza

American coach Jess Markt trains disabled Palestinians to play basketball during a training course organized by the Palestinian Red Cross in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 28, 2016. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images) The disabled of Gaza have warmly welcomed the long-awaited visit of American basketball coach Jess Markt. Markt, a 40-year-old disabled basketball trainer, is visiting …

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Lost & Found

Lost & Found

The film has brought in a whopping $136M weekend gross for Pixar to date, subsequently making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time in the US box-office Film review: Finding Dory MANILA, Philippines - Thirteen years ago, Pixar introduced the animated film, Finding Nemo, to the movie-going public, loaded with lovable and memorable characters that are strongly recognized up …

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The 50 Essential Products That Could Help People With Disabilities

The 50 Essential Products That Could Help People With Disabilities

Assistive products like wheelchairs can help people with disabilities participate more fully. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS. UNITED NATIONS, Jun 15 2016 (IPS) - Wheelchairs, hearing aids, white canes and braille typewriters are just some of the products that help people with disabilities to participate fully in everyday life. Yet for many people with disabilities in developing countries many of the most useful products are …

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Nurses Sue Capital Health Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

Nurses Sue Capital Health Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

Exterior of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Regional Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey. (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com) TRENTON – A group of Capital Heath System nurses claim they faced months of racial and disability discrimination at a Trenton hospital before they were all unjustly fired, according to a series of recently filed lawsuits. The four suits, …

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UN Program to Help Disabled

UN Program to Help Disabled

The ninth session of the Conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Supplied The ninth session of the Conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place at UN headquarters in New York last week. Neth Un, a high-ranking official at the Disability …

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