Month: September 2016

2016 Social Forum to focus on disability and CRPD

GENEVA: The 2016 Social Forum will take place from 3 to 5 October 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Social Forum is an annual three-day meeting convened by the Human Rights Council. It is a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and… Continue Reading »

GFD launches Disability Network in Ghana

GHANA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) has launched the Northern Regional Disability Advocacy Network to help advance the cause of persons with disabilities in the region. The Regional Disability Advocacy Network, which is composed of representatives from public institutions, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), will share information, learn from different organisations and advocate for… Continue Reading »

Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility

KINGSTON, JAMAICA:  The Ministry of Tourism, its agencies and industry partners will seek to further raise awareness about the role Jamaica is playing in promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, during its annual celebration of Tourism Awareness Week (TAW). This is in-keeping with the Ministry’s drive to ensure that the benefits of tourism are… Continue Reading »

Malawi urged to ratify Marrakesh treaty

The Malawi Union of the Blind has requested government to swiftly ratify the Marrakesh Treaty as a way of promoting the wellbeing of people with vision disabilities in the country. Speaking at a press brief in the commercial city of Blantyre, president of the Malawi Union of the Blind Mapopa Mgomera Shawa said if the… Continue Reading »

CTA Foundation Launches Contest for Startups Improving Lives Persons with Disabilities

ARLINGTON, VA: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, partnering with Extreme Tech Challenge, yesterday announced the second annual video contest focused on startup companies with technologies that improve lives. Five startup companies will be chosen to receive a complimentary booth at CES 2017 in Eureka Park, the show’s flagship startup Marketplace, and a $2,500 prize.… Continue Reading »

Apply for the 2017 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award – Deadline Sept. 30

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards recognize outstanding leaders and advocates in the disability community. Two individuals will each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

NCDA clarifies laws and mandates on disability

CALAPAN CITY, PHILIPPINES:  The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) recently clarified major pertinent laws and mandates that would apply to persons with disabilities. The clarification was made during the Seminar on How to Handle Persons with Disabilities in Tourism Industry held at Ferraren Hills, Calapan City. It was attended by more or less 50… Continue Reading »

MACOHA demands accessible tourism

MALAWI: Employees of the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) have demanded accessible tourism for persons with disabilities to make tourist destinations accessible. The failure to align the tourism attractions with the Constitution as well as the Disability Act came clear on Saturday when the Department of Tourism shuttled people with disabilities from Macoha headquarters… Continue Reading »

Columbia lacks accessible transportation

COLUMBIA: Columbia citizens who use a wheelchair have a difficult time finding a ride outside of normal business hours. In fact, there isn’t a single wheelchair-accessible taxi cab in service in Columbia right now. “I mean, to think that people in the faith community can’t get out and go to church on Sundays because there’s… Continue Reading »

Ministries discuss long-promised disability access in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: Officials from the ministries of social affairs and urban planning met with the Disability Action Council (DAC) on Monday to discuss issuing a prakas to standardise long-promised accessibility for persons with disabilities in public buildings, according to a Facebook post by DAC. The meeting comes seven years after the Law on Protection and… Continue Reading »