• Month: May 2013

    University of Karachi set to accommodate students with hearing disabilities

    KARACHI, PAKISTAN: A researcher in the Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi (KU) has developed a methodology to help accommodate students with hearing disabilities in regular classes. The methodology was developed under a project titled “Roshni” (light) in Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence by senior lecturer of the department, Syed Asif Ali, who has been engaged in research in… Continue Reading »

    Spanish hotel refuses children with Down Syndrome

    SPAIN: A Hotel in Spain has been slammed for banning a group of children with Down Syndrome because “they might annoy other guests”. According to the International Business Times, the Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites on the Costa del Sol told the charity Down Espana “we do not admit groups of guests with mental disabilities.” The… Continue Reading »

    OSCE presence helps people with vision disabilities vote in Albania’s general elections

    TIRANA: The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) presence in Albania is helping some 2,000 people with vision disabilities to vote in the 23 June parliamentary elections, by holding training events on the use of assistive voting devices, electoral procedures and access to voting centres. The first course started today in Tirana. Two… Continue Reading »

    US Labor Department Announces Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month October 2013

    WASHINGTON: “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task” is the theme of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Chosen by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the theme reflects the reality that people with disabilities have the education, training, experience and desire to be successful in the workplace. “When I… Continue Reading »

    Security forces attack protesters with disabilities in Egypt

    SHARQEYA: A group of persons with disabilities who were protesting outside of the Sharqeya governorate building were attacked and physically assaulted by security forces on Sunday. As a result, four of the protesters were admitted into hospital, two of whom are suffering from concussions. The attacks came after protests outside of the Sharqeya governorate building,… Continue Reading »

    Panel to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities

    NEW DELHI: The Empowered Committee constituted by the vice chancellor to examine the curricula and structure of courses under the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) – to be introduced in Delhi University (DU) this year – to ensure they are accessible for people with disabilities has filed its report. Sambhavana Organization, which had filed a PIL against… Continue Reading »

    New buildings in Bahrain soon accessible for people with disabilities

    MUHARRAQ: All new buildings in Muharraq could soon be forced to ensure they are equipped for people with disabilities. Councillors have agreed to order commercial and residential establishments to include such facilities in their designs before building permits are awarded. The proposal, which was made by Muharraq Municipal Council’s technical and services committee, has been… Continue Reading »

    India’s Maharashtra state develops software to assess disability

    The state Information Technology (IT) department has developed a new software to assess five types of disabilities; vision, hearing, physical, mental and other disabilities. The Software for Assessment of Disabilities, Maharashtra (SADM) provides doctors in 42 district hospitals, general hospitals and medical colleges with login details to access the system. The doctors, who are deemed… Continue Reading »

    European disability movement calls for a social way out of the crisis

    ATHENS: On 25-26 May 2013, European Disability Forum’s (EDF) Annual General Assembly took place in Athens, Greece, gathering hundreds of leaders from its member organizations all around Europe. This year’s meeting focused on the situation of persons with disabilities and the crisis, as well as the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of… Continue Reading »