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Govt asked to reserve seats for disabled people in parliament

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 10:56 -- geeta.nair

SWAT: The social and human rights activists here on Sunday demanded of the government to ensure representation of persons with disabilities in parliament and local governments.

They were speaking at a one-day convention titled “Ham Bi Hain” here to raise the voice for persons with disabilities and ensure their representation in the Senate, National Assembly, provincial assemblies and local governments. The convention was organised by Coalition for Inclusive Pakistan.

Call to raise awareness about retinal diseases

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 10:39 -- geeta.nair

Reticon, an initiative of Dr. Agarwal’s Retina Foundation, hosted the 11th edition of the annual conference on retinal surgery here on Sunday.

As many as 600 ophthalmologists, including vitreo retina postgraduates and those who had acquired an update on the latest techniques and technology of vitreo retina disorder management that are constantly evolving, participated in the international conference.

The sedulous Saima Saleem: Pakistan's first visually impaired diplomat

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 10:44 -- geeta.nair

Pakistan's first visually-impaired UN delegate Saima Saleem is being praised for her fiery speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday in which she stated that it is India that endorses terrorism in the occupied territory of Kashmir in a response to an Indian diplomat's allegations against Pakistan.

The first differently-abled female Pakistani diplomat, Saima Saleem was born on August 10, 1984. In her early years, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa - an incurable eye disease that made Saleem blind at the age of 13.

Helpline number launched for disabled voters for Himachal byelections

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 10:34 -- geeta.nair

Shimla, September 29

The Election Department has launched a helpline number, 1950, for disabled voters for the byelections on October 30.

Visually impaired voters will vote through Braille signage on the EVM. Disabled voters and senior citizens will be provided transportation facility from home to the polling booth and back. They could seek help on the helpline number. They also have an option of postal ballot, said State Coordinator for Accessible Election Ajai Srivastava and State Nodal Officer of Election Department Neeraj Sharma today.

Visually impaired PhD scholar Shimla girl made youth icon for polls

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 11:50 -- geeta.nair

Shimla, September 9

The Election Commission of India appointed Muskan, a visually impaired PhD scholar at Himachal Pradesh University, as the Youth Icon for the State.

She was declared the youth icon earlier also, in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

State Coordinator for Accessible Elections, Ajai Srivastava, said Muskan would motivate the voters, particularly the youth, to participate in the poll process and exercise their right. Vice Chancellor Professor Sikander Kumar said Muskan had brought laurels to the state.

Delhi Police gets ready to resume self-defence training programmes for women

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 11:09 -- geeta.nair

The classes, which were briefly discontinued in 2020 due to the pandemic, were held online prior to this.

Amid a decline in COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi Police’s Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) has written to RWAs, NGOs, educational institutions and hospitals across the city for conducting self-defence training programmes for women and girls, officials said on Sunday.

Only 54% public buildings are disabled-friendly, govt. tells HC

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 11:51 -- geeta.nair

Only 21,063 have accessible parking space and 13,035 have accessible staircase

The Director for the Welfare of the Differently Abled has informed the Madras High Court that of the 49,550 public buildings in Tamil Nadu, only 26,769 had ramps and hand-rails at the main entrance. Further, only 21,063 had accessible vehicle parking space and just 13,035 buildings had been provided with accessible staircase.

Visually impaired students get a taste of the beautiful game

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 10:54 -- geeta.nair

Footballers know that they need to keep their eye on the ball, at all times. But what if they cannot see?

The sound of the ball and goalkeepers and coaches alerting from both ends of the pitch is what the visually-impaired work with on a football field.

A three-day football residential camp organised for visually-impaired participants came to an end with football matches for both boys and girls held between Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra teams.

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