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    MCIT and UNDP Launch ‘Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities’ Competition

    EGYPT: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Telecom Egypt (TE), supported by Microsoft Egypt and Yomken.com (crowd-solving partner) are launching an Innovation Competition titled “The Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities”. Competition deadline will be on September 17. The competition is part… Continue Reading »

    Online assessment could improve maths marks of learners with hearing disabilities

    Online mathematics assessment (OMA) could help improve the mathematics performance of learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in South Africa. This is one of the key findings of a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “OMAs can help learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing  to understand difficult mathematical concepts and provide them with equal opportunities… Continue Reading »

    Red Cross rescues children with disabilities in Chikwawa

    MALAWI: Over 300 children with various forms of disabilities in Chikwawa, can breathe a sigh of relief after the Malawi Red Cross Society this week, came to their aid with different interventions. The Malawi Red Cross in Chikwawa is implementing a 4-year resilient project with the support from Danish, Finish, Islandic and Italian Red Cross Societies.… Continue Reading »

    Nigerians with disabilities demand full inclusion into electoral process

    NIGERIA: As the nation prepares for 2019 general election, Nigerians with disabilities have developed a demand charter for inclusion that will enable them participated fully in electoral processes in the country, in line with what is obtainable across all developed democracies. The Charter was said to have been developed as a frontal attack to the… Continue Reading »

    Lack of Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Ghana

    GHANA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations is threatening to sue public organisations for their failure to comply with the country’s disability act. Per the disability act [Act 715], owners or occupiers of public buildings are required to make their buildings accessible to and available for use by persons with disabilities. Parliament in August 2006… Continue Reading »

    Nigerian group wants government support for people with vision disabilities

    NIGERIA: The Federal Nigerian Society for the Blind has expressed displeasure over the inhumane treatment meted out to people with vision disabilities in the country. Speaking at a press conference, ahead of its 12th annual White Cane day fitness walk, the group bemoaned government’s neglect towards the rights of people with vision disabilities. President of the… Continue Reading »

    Transforming lives in Ghana, as more children with disabilities go to school

    GHANA: “The answer is four,” said Patricia, 10, smiling brightly before she walked to the chalk board with confidence to write the answer to the maths problem in class that morning. Division was the topic of today’s primary 2 maths lesson at Afoko District Assembly School in Sandema, district capital of Bulisa North in Ghana’s… Continue Reading »

    Conference on disability opens in Ghana

    KUMASHI, GHANA: A two-day international conference to identify effective ways to mainstream disability issues into the nation’s development agenda has opened in Kumasi. Hosted by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), it is discussing a wide range of issues – barriers to employment, healthcare, access to criminal justice, and educational opportunities for… Continue Reading »

    Persons with Disabilities Lack University Education in Namibia

    WINDHOEK: The National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN) wants the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to investigate why the majority of persons with disabilities do not complete their formal education and do not make it to university. Those worst affected are mainly people with hearing disabilities, the NFPDN said. According to… Continue Reading »