• It’s the first of its kind in the world: a 3-D-printed wheelchair. The device was recently unveiled by a London-based design company. Designer Benjamin Hubert is creating a 3-D printed wheelchair with a more personal touch. Its seat and foot bay are made to conform to the user’s individual body shape, weight and disability.

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  • Seven disabled Palestinians negotiate the challenges of life in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank.


    Filmmaker: Ramzi Maqdisi

    Around 113,000 people in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza live with disabilities. Over 33 percent of schoolgoers with disabilities drop out of school.

    In this film, we meet seven Palestinians aged between seven and 28 with different disabilities. Most were born with them; one was injured in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

    But they all have a positive attitude and a strong desire to overcome their physical weaknesses and realise their dreams.

    We meet Haneen Abu Ayash, 25, who lives in Hebron. Haneen trained as a secretary but couldn't find a job because of a speech impediment she's had since birth. Her mother suffered a lack of oxygen while giving birth to Haneen, which left her daughter with a balance defect. "Is it wrong to feel that I'm like everyone else?" she asks. "It's not wrong to exercise my right or to know that I'm like the rest of the people."

    Mohamed Sadah, a young man who works for his uncle in a second-hand market, was born with a congenital malformation affecting his lower body. He bemoans the lack of electronic equipment and other facilities for the disabled in the Occupied West Bank. Yet, despite not having the use of his legs, he strives to be independent, using his hands to climb stairs.

    Idriss Awaad, seven, is determined to learn how to walk and practises every single day along a long wall near his uncle's house. He suffers from the same condition as Haneen.

    "When I start walking, I'll give [my brother] Issa the stand and this chair to sell," he says.

    Just before he graduated, Zyad Deeb, 28, an artist and photographer, lost 11 members of his family in Israeli rocket attacks during the Gaza War of 2008-2009. He also lost both his legs. His father and brother are buried in the same grave along with his legs.

    But these tragedies haven't stopped him from capturing the "beauty of things" in his beloved Gaza.

    Also from Gaza is Anas Abu Haloub, a young schoolboy who has the same condition as Mohamed and requires a wheelchair. He goes to school and although he can't play sport with other children, he doesn't want people to feel sorry for him and help him.

    Muna Zayed, a 14-year-old girl with a big smile, is close to her elder brother, Thaer, but says she has no friends because children her age "don't accept playing with me". Muna, who lives in Gaza, has had virtually to drop out of school because it became too difficult for her to use her manual wheelchair and her family couldn't take her to school every day. Nevertheless, she aspires to become a primary school teacher.

    Abed Alrahman Abu Rawah, 17, who lives in Gaza, was born with a congenital malformation leaving him with one arm and one leg. Despite this, he taught himself how to ride a bike and is determined to get work helping other disabled people.

    In the face of conflict, occupation, tragedy and disability - in places ill-equipped to handle special needs - we see how these seven people have learned to navigate complex challenges with both optimism and strength. In Defying My Disability we see how they're determined to rise above their disabilities, make the most out of life and draw strength from everyday things around them - their families, the sea and themselves.

    An Al Feneek TV Production for Al Jazeera Media Network.

    Supported by Quds Art Films

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  • 31-year-old James Sutliff likes to take care of himself. But what pictures of the body builder don't show is his internal struggle to accept his "hidden disability".

  • Michelle Gerwing on a family speaking out after their son with intellectual disabilities was found inside a dumpster in the freezing cold.

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  • CalTV News explores allegations that UC Berkeley is not adequately providing disabled students involved in UC Berkeley's Disabled Students' Program with the access they need to excel academically, professionally and socially while also learning of new models for disability inclusion.

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  • The Bolivian government allocated about $900,000 a year for the disabled community. Half of that is intended to provide monthly stipends, but Bolivians with disabilities say it's not enough. So they're protesting – creatively.

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  • 리우 2016 패럴림픽 개막
    The 2016 Paralympics have officially opened in Rio.
    The opening ceremony had all the glitz and glamour you'd expect, but low ticket sales, budget issues and a lack of volunteers are casting a shadow over the celebration of sport.
    Kwon Jang-ho reports.

    The 2016 Paralympics have begun.
    18 days after the Olympics closed in Rio, the Maracana Stadium Wednesday night was once again filled with samba music, colorful dancers and elaborate fireworks, as well some incredible somersaulting stunts by a wheelchair athlete.
    Over the next eleven days, 43-hundred athletes from 159 countries will be competing in 23 Paralympic sports.
    That includes the one-hundred-39 competitors from South Korea, who've set a target of twelve gold medals and a top-ten finish.
    There are also two athletes representing North Korea, as well as two members of the refugee team competing under the Olympic flag.
    But as with last month's Olympics, empty seats and low ticket sales are again a big concern.
    The organizers have said a late upsurge in interest is expected to lead to tickets selling out, but with about a million of the 2-and-a-half million tickets still available on Monday, that could be optimistic.
    Drastically reduced budgets and a shortage of volunteers threaten to disrupt events as well.
    But it's hoped that much like the Olympics last month, once the games begin, the focus will be on athletic achievement and not the off-stage drama.
    Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang News.

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  • Sky News visited a children's hospice in Middlesex, which is benefiting from some special technology thanks to the charity LifeLites' help.

  • Dozens of people from the organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) took to the streets of London on Wednesday to protest against newly-appointed Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.

    Some members of the demonstration were restrained by police officers as they attempted to enter fenced off areas in 'media village', Westminster. Protesters held signs with slogans such as "Cuts Kill", while chanting, "Say it loud, say it clear, we want Tories out of here!"

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