Month: August 2015

Virtual sign language translator helping people with hearing disabilities

DUBAI: Dubai’s virtual sign language translator has served not only people with hearing disabilities in UAE but also those outside the country in just two months of operation. And this is just the beginning, a senior official said. The Sanad Relay Centre is a contact centre that provides instant support for people with hearing disabilities by… Continue Reading »

Comprehensive approach needed to address disability issues in Bangladesh

Banglaldesh has ratified the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Moreover, pursuant to constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination enshrined in Article 28 of the Bangladesh Constitution, specific laws have been passed to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. Despite these constitutional protections, nearly one million people with… Continue Reading »

FEMA Webinar to Discuss Updates to Response and Recovery FIOP – August 31

FEMA is coordinating the update of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs) that describe how the Federal government aligns resources and delivers the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. As part of the update process, FEMA has hosted a series of 60-90 minute engagement webinars.  This is an announcement for an additional webinar… Continue Reading »

University to open 'Accessibility Centre' for students with vision disabilities

PAKISTAN: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will set up an ‘Accessibility Centre’ for students with vision disabilities at its national library. It will be free of cost arrangement for all the needed students. The Centre will start working within few days.  AIOU being the Public Sector University considers its national responsibility taking care of students with… Continue Reading »

Seminar to explore disability access and representation in museums

LONDON: The Museums Association (MA) is holding a one-day seminar exploring some of the practical ways that museums can address disabled access, participation and representation. Opening doors: Rethinking disabled access and interpretation in your museum has been developed in response to the artist and performer Mat Fraser’s keynote at the MA’s 2014 annual conference in… Continue Reading »

EEOC Sues Neenah Paper for Disability Discrimination

DETROIT: Neenah Paper, Inc., a manufacturer of various types of premium paper with a paper mill in Munsing, Mich., violated federal law by discriminating against a production worker because of his disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commis­sion (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. According to EEOC’s lawsuit, Neenah Paper discriminated against Kris Gauthier… Continue Reading »

Malawi mainstreams 90,000 children with disabilities under inclusive education

Malawi government has managed to mainstream about 90,000 children with disabilities in schools under the Inclusive Education programme, Ministry of Education has revealed. The figure has doubled over the years since government created the Department of Special Needs Education in the Ministry of Education in 2005. Director for Special Needs Education, David Njaidi said on Wednesday… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities protest against new norms

THANJAVUR, INDIA: Persons with disabilities staged a demonstration in front of the taluk office on Tuesday protesting against the stringent conditions laid down for availing the benefits of the Social Welfare Department. Led by the district secretary of the Tamil Nadu All Type of Differently Abled Persons’ Association P.M. Elangovan, the protesters raised slogans denouncing… Continue Reading »

Recognizing Key Supporters of the GAATES’ Special Forum on Accessibility and Education

In June 2015, GAATES successfully hosted the ‘Special Forum on Accessibility and Education: Challenges and Solutions’ during the 8th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the UN Headquarters. This opportunity was made possible only with the generous contributions of many supporters. On… Continue Reading »

Zero Project receives 337 nominations from 98 countries

VIENNA: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on inclusive education and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). The research process started in June 2015 and the Call for Nomination has now been… Continue Reading »