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The Honorable Halim Dhanidina, an Ismaili who is a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, is the first Muslim American judge in a superior court. Courtesy of Halim Dhanidina

TheIsmaili.org spoke with the Honorable Halim Dhanidina, an Ismaili who recently became the first Muslim superior court judge in the state of California. Against a landscape of sensitivities and misperceptions surrounding Islam in America and abroad, Judge Dhanidina offers a clear perspective on what it takes to keep justice fair.

Paul Maynard MP; Mark Harper MP, Minister for Disabled People; Wayne Henderson, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Disability Group and the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Sadrudin Verjee

London, 18 November 2014 — The Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Mark Harper MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, attended the fifth annual Disability Colloquium at the Ismaili Centre. The forum provided some twenty-eight charities with the opportunity to dialogue on raising disability awareness and fostering ways that can help to create a more inclusive society. Organisations in attendance included SCOPE, MENCAP and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Disability Awareness Day at the Ismaili Centre, London attracted a large cross-section of the Jamat, who took part in workshops and activities to discuss disability and mental health sensitivities.

More than one billion people around the world live with disabilities – approximately 15 per cent of humanity – but they are excluded from full participation in mainstream society by physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers. Disability Days and other initiatives organised by the UK Jamat, show that these barriers can be overcome.

Lord Coe CH KBE, the Prime Minister’s Olympics and Paralympics Legacy Ambassador, delivered the keynote address.
Ismaili Centre, London, 3 – 19 November 2013 – The Aga Khan Social Welfare Board in collaboration with the Conservative Disability Group hosted the third annual Disability Colloquium, which focused on The Olympics and Paralympics Legacy – A Year On.
Participants at the Seniors Fair learn new exercise routines to improve their health and wellbeing.

Over 900 senior members of the Jamat from around the United Kingdom participated in a Seniors Fair organised by the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board last month. The event, which took place at Watford Colosseum attracted interest from the BBC Asian Network, who reported on how the Ismaili community is helping its elderly members stay up-to-date with technological advancements.

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