Month: February 2017

Persons with disabilities raise concern over inclusion in Rwanda

RWANDA: Despite policies protecting persons with disabilities, there is still a “huge” gap in the realisation of rights and inclusion of these vulnerable persons, according to activists. Jean Damascene Nsengiyumva, an official from the National Union of Disability Organisations in Rwanda (NUDOR), said, while the Government has guaranteed rights of persons with disabilities, loopholes still… Continue Reading »

FCC Seeks Nominations for Sixth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission will accept nominations for the Sixth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) beginning February 13, 2017 through April 13, 2017 for products, services, technologies or practices introduced to the public between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The Chairman’s AAA are part of an FCC effort… Continue Reading »

Lack of pedestrian walkways for persons with disabilities in Ghana

GHANA: Lack of pedestrian walkways and obstacles on routes has been identified as some of the barriers confronting pepersons with disabilities in society. To this end the National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) has held a stakeholders meeting on the Ghana Accessibility Standards in a Built Environment to ensure that persons with disability have… Continue Reading »

Elections Commission to provide services for voters with disabilities

INDONESIA: The Salatiga General Elections Commissions (KPU Salatiga) has pledged to provide special facilities and services for voters with disabilities for the upcoming regional election on Feb. 15. Some of the services include providing escorts to help them at polling stations. “We will make everything easy for people with disabilities who want to cast their… Continue Reading »

LG, UAE join hands over app for persons with disabilities

LG Electronics said that it will help students in Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) develop a mobile application for persons with disabilities . The Seoul-based company has recently selected a group of 10 university students in Korea, offering them education courses ― such as computer coding and cultural differences between the two countries.… Continue Reading »

Caribbean Telecommunications Union Promotes Using ICT to Empower Persons with Disabilities

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: The head of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is calling for strong collaboration among stakeholders to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower persons with disabilities,  citing  that  “it  requires  the  involvement  of  Governments,  Persons   with   disabilities   and   the   Organisations   that   serve   them,   ICT   Service   Providers,   Network  … Continue Reading »

New BBPA guidance on accessibility, helping pubs to welcome persons with disabilities

UK: The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published updated guidance for pubs to help licensees make their venue as welcoming as possible to persons with disabilities. The guide features a foreword from legendary British Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE, and is also endorsed by Paralympic tennis hero, Jordanne Whiley. The new guidance… Continue Reading »

Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate

A brain-computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with complete locked-in syndrome according to a new paper published in PLOS Biology. Counter to expectations, the participants in the study reported being “happy” despite their condition. In the trial, people with complete… Continue Reading »

Ballot paper in Braille to help voters vision with disabilities cast their vote in Indonesia

INDONESIA: Offices of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in several areas across Indonesia have prepared specially designed ballot papers that will allow voters who are blind or have low vision to vote during the regional elections on Feb.15. KPU Yogyakarta spokesperson Farid Bambang Siswantoro said voters with disabilities would get special treatment to make it… Continue Reading »

Ecuador ensures voting rights for persons with disabilities

ECUADOR: Ahead of the presidential elections, Ecuador is rolling out a plan to make it easier and safer for people with disabilities to cast their votes. The campaign was launched Wednesday by the Electoral Council, the Disability Council and the Federation of Taxi Drivers. It gives citizens the option of voting from home, skipping lines… Continue Reading »