• Month: December 2017

    US launches digital hub for persons with disabilities in Nigeria

    LAGOS: The United States of America (U.S.A.) has unveiled  a  digital hub for persons with disabilities in Nigeria. The facility was hosted at the Lagos Office of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD). A Nigerian civic organisation, Project Enable, set up the digital hub with the support of the U.S. Government Alumni… Continue Reading »

    Fair ‘n Square: advancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities

    The latest version of the Fair ‘n Square website, which was first launched in 2015 by Handicap International (HI) in conjunction with UNICEF, looks at the ways in which children and adults with disabilities in Mozambique are discriminated against on a daily basis. Some people are unable to visit health centres because buildings are not designed for… Continue Reading »

    Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health – Launch of Quality Rights Guidance and Training Tools

    Geneva: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted an event with the co-sponsorship of the Permanent Missions of Brazil and Portugal, and officially launched the WHO Quality Rights capacity building and guidance tools “Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health”. The event was opened by remarks by… Continue Reading »

    Global SDG 7 Conference to take place from 21-23 February 2018

    BANGKOK, THAILAND: Recognizing the importance of energy for sustainable development, the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has devoted Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to energy – the first-ever universal goal on energy, with five targets on access, efficiency, renewables and means of implementation. SDG7 is inextricably interlinked to other SDGs and related targets, including… Continue Reading »

    CTA Foundation Announces Accessibility Award Winners, Exhibitors, Programming at CES 2018

    ARLINGTON, VA: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, a national organization with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives, announced today accessibility-related programming and exhibits at CES 2018. Owned and produced by CTA, CES is the global stage for innovation and will take place January 9-12 in Las… Continue Reading »

    BCC Crafts Draft Disability Policy

    ZIMBABWE: The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has crafted a draft disability policy to cater for people living with disabilities (PWD), Southern Eye has learnt. In the draft policy, BCC said in order to ensure that the impact of all policy decisions addresses the specific interests and needs of PWDs, inasmuch as disabilities were different and… Continue Reading »

    The 12th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

    Geneva, Switzerland: The 2nd Vice President of GAATES, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee attended the twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), representing the Global Alliance of Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Young Power in Social Action, a2i, and also as one of the Internet Society (ISoc) Ambassadors 2017. As an IGF ISoc Ambassador, he… Continue Reading »

    TRAI releases Consultation Paper on Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

    NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on “Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities” Over the last two decades, telecommunication and broadcasting services  have become ubiquitous and now reach out to the most remote and underserved  areas empowering millions of people. Telecommunication services also provide the basic… Continue Reading »

    Government asked to fulfill pledge on disability friendly infrastructure

    MALAWI: Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA) has asked government to fulfill its pledge on considering people with disability when constructing buildings in the country. Munde said it is very unfortunate that some of the structures that government has been constructing are not disability friendly. He added that it is a concern considering the fact… Continue Reading »