Month: February 2015

National Universities Commission pledges support for persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: The National Universities Commission (NUC) has pledged its support for persons with disabilities to ensure that they contribute meaningfully to national development. In the NUC’s weekly bulletin made available to newsmen, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie made the pledge when he received a delegation from the Deaf Furniture Cabinet Society… Continue Reading »

Minister Bergen announces funding from the Government of Canada to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA: The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced that the Calgary Cerebral Palsy Association is receiving nearly $46,000 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve accessibility at the Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families Community Centre. The project will involve extending the vestibule, making the kitchen wheelchair accessible and installing a… Continue Reading »

First regional sports complex for persons with disabilities to come up in Vizag

VISAKHAPATNAM: The second regional sports complex for persons with disabilities in the country and first in South India will be established in Visakhapatnam, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaavar Chand Gehlot said. Inspired by the success of Indian teams in Paralympics and World Cup cricket for people with vision disabilities, the Centre has… Continue Reading »

GIFEC inaugurates Disability Employment Project

GHANA: The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has inaugurated a Disability Employment Project aimed at empowering persons with disabilities to earn decent incomes to improve their standard of living. The project involves establishing a one-stop-shop in all regional capitals where anything to do with telecommunications gadgets including pen-drives, mobile phone chargers and batteries,… Continue Reading »

Students with vision disabilities to get smart canes, DAISY players

NEW DELHI: Students with vision disabilities of Delhi University will soon be getting ‘mobility and accessibility’ kits, including DAISY players and smart canes to help them move around with ease on campus. “DU has joined hands with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to provide mobility and accessibility kits to the varsity’s students with… Continue Reading »

Allocate 3% of budget for people with disabilities: Pune ZP

PUNE, INDIA: The Pune Zilla Parishad has directed all panchayat samitis and gram panchayats to allocate three per cent of their budgets to implement welfare measures for people with disabilities. It also directed the gram panchayats to undertake a special drive from February 15 to 28 for their registration. Last week, chief executive officer of… Continue Reading »

Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued over lack of closed captioning online

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.: Advocates for people who are deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and four individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing  ffiled class action… Continue Reading »

Most children with disabilities do not access basic rights in Tanzania: TAS

TANZANIA: About 97 percent of children with disabilities in Tanzania do not get access to some of their basic rights, including education, says an official with the Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS). The TAS Public Relations Officer, Joseph Torner accused parents of hiding children with disabilities because of various reasons. He said they include the fear… Continue Reading »

Minister announces schemes for people with disabilities

GUWAHATI, INDIA: Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday announced schemes worth over Rs 22 crore for people with disabilities of the north eastern states. “North East is an integral part of India’s growth. It is an inseparable arm of the country. We are working to give more benefits to people… Continue Reading »

No braille books for students with vision disabilities in Odisha

BERHAMPUR, INDIA: Absence of braille textbooks have forced college students with vision disabilities in Odisha to depend on either audio tapes or reading assistants. “We are facing much difficulty to prepare for examinations due to lack of braille books. Quite often, we are unable to pick up what reading assistants dictate to us,” said Krushna Chandra… Continue Reading »