Month: September 2016

DESA Publication on Good Practices of Accessible Urban Development

In light of the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) and the imminent launch of the New Urban Agenda, DESA in collaboration with the Essl Foundation (Zero Project) and others have prepared a new publication entitled: “Good practices of accessible urban development”. The publication provides case studies of innovative… Continue Reading »

Ministry Working to Improve Inclusive Education in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA: The training helps teachers with vision disabilities to refer documents, ease their work and let them handle documents confidentially The Ministry of Education yesterday called on teachers with vision disabilities to contribute their share to ensuring quality in inclusive education. Over 120 blind teachers drawn from all over the country completed 43-day training in… Continue Reading »

China releases national action plan on disability

BEIJING: China’s central authority has issued a national action plan on prevention of disabilities, which aims to effectively reduce new disabilities by 2020 through promoting awareness and early screening. Health checks, which screen for hereditary conditions, and prenatal check-ups should cover 80 percent and 60 percent of the female population over the next five years,… Continue Reading »

Make Election 2016 accessible for persons with disabilities: GFD

GHANA: Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah, the President of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), has urged the stakeholders of the 2016 General Election “to make it more convenient” for persons with disabilities. At a workshop in Ho, he said inclusiveness of persons with disabilities in developmental issues had become a global phenomenon and Ghana… Continue Reading »

Improving Pathways to Transit for Persons with Disabilities

SAN JOSE, CALIF.: The Mineta Transportation Institute of San Jose State University just released a study in which researchers from universities in California, New Jersey, Florida and Australia looked for ways to make the infrastructure surrounding public transit more accessible to people with disabilities. The investigators recognized that it wasn’t enough to make buses and… Continue Reading »

OHCHR – 16th session of the CRPD Committee

During its 16th session held in Geneva from 15 August to 6 September, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities considered the initial reports of Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Italy, Bolivia, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay. The Committee also adopted draft general comment on article 6 (women and girls with disabilities) and draft general… Continue Reading »

Brussels launches ‘Brussels for All’ guide for persons with disabilities

Authorities in Brussels have published a new trilingual guide for persons with disabilities to the city, with details of accessibility at key tourist spots across the region. The Brussels For All is a complete tool with practical information regarding accessibility of hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and centres for leisure. This guide is also a tool… Continue Reading »

Workshop on E-accessibility policy for East Africa

NAIROBI: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with East Africa Community Secretariat (EAC) , will hold a workshop on the development of an E-accessibility Policy for East Africa from 6-7 October 2016, in Nairobi Kenya.  The workshop will be hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya. In an effort to facilitate digital inclusion, governments… Continue Reading »

Fijian Elections Office wants to make next elections accessible for persons with disabilities

The Fijian Elections Office has formed a working group to work on disability access during polling. A Terms of Reference has signed with thirteen disability groups, overseen by Minister responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Sayed-Khaiyum says inclusivity for all Fijians must be reflected in all forms. “All of this has been part of government’s commitment… Continue Reading »

Education program for persons with disabilities in Delhi government schools

NEW DELHI: Every child with disability studying in Delhi government run and aided schools will now get personal attention with the AAP government asking special educators to prepare an individualized education programme (IEP). “Special educators placed in government run and aided schools have been asked to prepare an individualized education program for children with disabilities… Continue Reading »