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    Month: November 2013

    Brighton University students design website for people with hearing disabilities

    UK: Two students have designed a new website to enable people who are deaf or hard of hearing to find trusted traders who can communicate with them. Contacting the likes of plumbers, flower arrangers and decorators, is difficult enough for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but this is made harder when trades… Continue Reading »

    India to launch sports scheme for persons with disabilities

    GUWAHATI: Assam government on November 25 said it will launch a special sports scheme for persons with disabilities, especially children. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said his government will launch a “sports scheme exclusively for people with intellectual disabilities and persons with disabilities, especially children”. According to an official release, Gogoi made this announcement when a… Continue Reading »

    Board for the National Council for Persons With Disability Inaugurated in Ghana

    ACCRA: A 14-member Board of the Council of Persons with Disability was, yesterday, inaugurated in Accra. This is to broaden the mandate of the ministry to include promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities. In her remarks, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, noted that… Continue Reading »

    Project to improve web and cloud computing accessibility

    The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring a five-year, $3.7 million project led by Carnegie Mellon University to develop methods that enable people with disabilities to take full advantage of the resources available on the Internet. The Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing includes researchers at Syracuse University’s School of… Continue Reading »

    USDOJ Seeks to Intervene in Lawsuit Alleging H&R Block’s Tax Preparation Website is Inaccessible to Persons with Disabilities

    WASHINGTON, DC: The Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced yesterday that they have moved to intervene in National Federation of the Blind et al v. HRB Digital LLC et al, a private lawsuit alleging disability discrimination by HRB Digital LLC and HRB Tax Group Inc., subsidiaries of H&R Block Inc.  In the… Continue Reading »

    Minister calls for amendment of Disability Act

    GHANA: Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection has called for amendment of the Disability Act 2006 to conform to international obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She said the amendment would also ensure that the needs of Ghanaians with disabilities were addressed in accordance with… Continue Reading »

    Braille newspaper launched in Namibia

    WINDHOEK: New Era Publication Corporation on Friday witnessed a new dawn of inclusiveness when it launched Namibia’s first weekly Braille newspaper. Published courtesy of the New Era newspaper’s content, the Braille weekly is produced and translated at the Namibia Federation for the Visually Impaired (NFVI) using that organization resources. Speaking at the launch held at the New… Continue Reading »

    Sport offers new hope to Vietnamese with disabilities

    Central Quang Tri is home to about 80 per cent of the country’s people with mobility disabilities, but its sports program has been a “magical wand” changing the lives of those with disabilities for the better and creating a few champions in the process. Ho Thi Hue won a gold medal for acing a 200m… Continue Reading »

    Meeting to promote disability-inclusive development agenda

    UNESCO will be hosting the 8th meeting of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IASG) at its Headquarters in Paris from 25 to 26 November 2013. IASG, which has two chairs – the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)… Continue Reading »