Month: February 2017

Bank improves service for customers with hearing disabilities

MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, organised sign language training sessions for branch employees to help them better communicate with customers with hearing disabilities and improve their banking experience. The training sessions were organized in line with the Bank’s long-standing commitments both to playing a real and meaningful role in the community… Continue Reading »

Officials must be sensitized about Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016

HYDERABAD, INDIA: Telanagna Women, Child and Disabled Welfare Department Secretary M Jagadeeshwar said that the Central and State Government officials must be sensitized about the advantages of newly approved Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The act was passed by Parliament in December last year. Speaking after inaugurating a State- level awareness workshop on… Continue Reading »

Call for nominations to Arts Access Awards 2017

NEW ZEALAND: Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognised? Or how about a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Zealand? Nominations to this year’s Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Monday 3 April 2017. The Arts Access Awards celebrate the contribution of individuals, groups… Continue Reading »

Universities to improve access for students with disabilities

SOUTH AFRICA: The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has invested a landmark R175.6 million in infrastructure to ensure students and staff with disabilities have improved access to university facilities including teaching and learning aids for students with disabilities . The multi-million rand project follows a strategic decision three years ago to support all… Continue Reading »

Delta proposes law to protect persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: The Delta State Government is to sponsor a bill of law that will protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor who confirmed this to journalists yesterday in Asaba, disclosed that the bill for the law will criminalize the abuse and in discrimination of persons with… Continue Reading »

Art and You: A Planning Guide

AUSTRALIA: Arts Access has launched Art and You: A Planning Guide capacity building resource for the arts, disability and mental health sectors. Art & You: A Planning Guide is a downloadable booklet for people with disabilities, mental health issues or who are Deaf to help them talk about why art is important in their lives.… Continue Reading »

Feedback Sought on Draft Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Policy

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to offer their thoughts on the draft Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Policy at two upcoming public comment sessions in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. The sessions are Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 3-4:15 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9-10:15 a.m. Real-time Translation (CART) and… Continue Reading »

AgrAbility to host training workshop on disabilities in agriculture

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: The 2017 AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) will take place March 20-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee. “The AgrAbility NTW is the foremost educational event addressing issues related to disability in agriculture,” says Paul Jones, manager of the National AgrAbility Project based at Purdue University. “The conference provides professionals and consumers from across the… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities face obstacles to education, conference participants say

AMMAN, JORDAN: Quality education for all children, regardless of gender, financial situation or disability, should be the primary aim of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, experts agreed on Thursday. Inclusive education — one that embraces all students and enables them to develop their critical thinking, and innovative and problem-solving skills — was the… Continue Reading »

People with vision disabilities struggle to open bank account in Nepal

NEPAL: People with vision disabilities in Dhankuta are facing hardships to open bank account to receive the social security allowances. THe Nepal Rastra Bank rule stipulates that people with vision disabilities can only open a bank account in the presence of parents or beneficiaries. Niki Rai, a person with vision disability, of Khoku-3 said she… Continue Reading »