Year: 2017

Prof. Alireza Darvishy recipient of the Individual Award of the 2016 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

GAATES is very pleased to express our sincere congratulations to our GAATES Country Representative to Switzerland, Prof. Alireza Darvishy, who was recently named the Individual Award recipient for the 2016 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digitial Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. For more information on the Award and Prof. Darvishy’s contributions to accessible… Continue Reading »

Project to make State accessible for persons with disabilities

KERALA, INDIA: The government will launch a comprehensive project — Anuyatra — for the management of disabilities in the State. The project adopts a rights-based life cycle approach to disability management, from primordial prevention to organising sustainable rehabilitation programs for persons with disabilities. The project, being implemented in a campaign mode, with specific targets and… Continue Reading »

Zimbabweans with Disabilities Call for Repeal of Law

Persons with disabilities have called for the amendment or complete repeal of the Disabled Persons Act (DPA), saying it must be mandatory for government to ensure access at its buildings. Midlands Disability Pressure Group, Young Voices coordinator Timothy Mpofu said the DPA Act must make it mandatory for government buildings to have disability friendly facilities.… Continue Reading »

HC directs Delhi University to admit PhD candidate with disabilities

NEW DELHI: At a time when the country’s lawmakers are favouring equal representation of persons with disabilities, a high court judgment will boost the morale of students facing similar predicament. The court found Delhi University’s admission criteria for such candidates “unsustainable”, directing the University to grant admission to a Phd candidate with disability, who had… Continue Reading »

ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium drives message of consistent interpretation

BALTIMORE:  At the beginning of November 2016, we had the pleasure of joining 75 other accessibility technologists and leaders from government, academia, industry, and private consulting firms. We descended on the National Federation for the Blind Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland for three days to discuss trends in testing of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for accessibility… Continue Reading »

Nigerians with disabilities seek inclusion in government scheme

NIGERIA: The Deaf Supporters’ Group (DSG) has called for inclusion in the Federal Government’s social welfare schemes for 2017 to enable persons with disabilities live a normal life without discrimination of any form. The group also called for the immediate passage of the Disability Bill into law by the Federal Government with an essential implementation… Continue Reading »

Move to make government buildings accessible

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: All departments have been asked to submit details of Government buildings in the Capital and 10 other important cities and towns in a bid to make them accessible for persons with disabilities. According to the strategy laid down by the Centre for Accessible India Campaign (AIC), all Government buildings in State Capitals would… Continue Reading »

New currency notes a problem for people with vision disabilities in India

BANGALORE: Demonetisation has created a new demon for people who are blind or have low vision, who are struggling to identify the new notes on the basis of length and width. For the sighted among us, the inconveniences of demonetisation have been limited to serpentine queues at banks and ATMs, quarrels over change and the… Continue Reading »

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities still lack access to education in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Fifty years have passed since the government officially declared education as a right of all children in the country. Today, 20,706 children with several types of disabilities have yet to attend school or have dropped out. While in theory the Nepali government has long promoted an inclusive education policy, in practice not much has… Continue Reading »