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    Month: April 2014

    Persons with disabilities denied basic human rights in Tanzania

    TANZANIA: At least 20 percent of people with disabilities in Tanzania are denied their basic human rights such as the right to education and health services and the right to engage in income generating activities, a newly released report has said. Health workers are said to stigmatize people with disabilities and when it comes to… Continue Reading »

    TTC enhancing accessibility with blue priority seating

    The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is enhancing accessibility with blue seats that clearly identify priority seating areas on its vehicles for persons with disabilities, older people and expectant mothers. Blue priority seating, being introduced first on the TTC’s new articulated buses, will be expanded to all TTC vehicles over the next two years. Making the… Continue Reading »

    AAAS Urges U.S. Ratification of the UN CRPD

    A new statement by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board of Directors “strongly urges” the United States to become a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention, which is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, is the first international treaty to articulate… Continue Reading »

    Azerbaijan no longer to build houses for persons with disabilities

    BAKU: Azerbaijan is likely to change the rules of granting housing to persons with disabilities. Labor & Social Protection Minister of Azerbaijan Salim Muslimov has stated that currently persons with disabilities and families of martyrs (victims of the struggle for independence and Karabakh war) are given apartments in specially constructed houses on the principle of priority.… Continue Reading »

    State Bank of India to offer training to persons with disabilities

    BANGALORE, INDIA: State Bank of India (SBI) has signed an MoU with Enable India, a non-profit organization, to train persons with disabilities towards economic independence. Enable India is a 12-year-old Bangalore-based organisation founded by Shanti Raghavan and her husband Dipesh Sutariya. “As per the MoU, SBI will provide training to persons with disabilities selected by… Continue Reading »

    Many polling booths inaccessible for people with disabilities in Mumbai

    MUMBAI, INDIA: Deepa Sachdev from Kandivli has a fear of voting. In 2009, she fell while being carried to her polling booth as there were no lifts at Pancholia High School. On Thursday, she and her wheelchair were again hauled up the stairs to her booth on the first floor of the school by her… Continue Reading »

    Grey launches free mobile applications for people with hearing disabilities

    SINGAPORE: Grey Group Singapore (“Grey”) announced that the agency has developed two innovative mobile applications (“apps”) aimed at improving the quality of life of people with hearing disabilities. Developed with inputs and full support from the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), the proprietary apps transform smart phones into intelligent devices that help the lives… Continue Reading »

    ICare4Autism International Autism Conference in NYC

    NEW YORK: One of the largest Autism conferences in the country will be taking place this summer in New York City. The ICare4Autism International Conference will be held at the Hotel Pennsylvania from June 30th to July 2nd, 2014. Following the overwhelming success of previous conferences, ICare4Autism has put together an outstanding roster of valued… Continue Reading »

    New Book Released: “The Right to Vote: Filipinos with Disabilities and the 2013 Elections”

    PHILIPPINES: The joint effort to make future elections in the Philippines disability-inclusive – the gains and challenges – are presented in a publication that tells the stories of people with disabilities in exercising their right to vote during the 2013 elections. According to Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell, the book – The Right… Continue Reading »