Africa

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

Accessible airports are key priorities: Aviation Minister

GHANA: Minister for Aviation Cecilia Abena Dapaah has assured that her ministry will formulate policies to guarantee all buildings are re-structured to ensure easy movement for Continue reading the story...

Education a challenge among children with disabilities: Report

RWANDA: Children with disabilities in the country find it hard to access education due to various challenges, according to a new report. The study was conducted by Continue reading the story...

9600 children with disabilities denied their right to basic education in South Africa

A reply to a DA parliamentary question by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has revealed that 9606 students with disabilities are not yet placed Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

NGO procures assistive devices for children with disabilities

ZAMBIA: Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), a Livingstone-based non-governmental organisation, has sourced assistive devices for children with disabilities at a cost of K200,000. CBR Zambia senior adviser Alick Continue reading the story...

FEDOMA implements new advocacy project in Malawi

MALAWI: In a bid to counter low participation of people with disabilities in socioeconomic development, Federation of Disability organisation in Malawi (FEDOMA) has begun implementing a Continue reading the story...

Supermarket introduces electric shopping carts for people with disabilities

NAIROBI, KENYA: The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) has announced plans to embark on a national crackdown against property developers flouting the accessibility code Continue reading the story...

Namibia promotes inclusive education

On a cloudy morning, students dispatch from an assembly point to their classrooms. This is at Westmont High School located in Otjomuise residential area in Namibian Continue reading the story...

UN World Data Forum in South Africa

CAPE TOWN: The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Continue reading the story...

USAID Support to ISTEP Program Gets People with Disabilities into the Workplace

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA:  Over the past three years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) Association Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

Election Commission to make polling stations accessible

GHANA: The Child Rights International (CRI) has tasked Ghana’s Electoral Management Body to improve on conditions at polling stations for the vulnerable in society to participate Continue reading the story...

ICT accessibility policy in the East African Community countries

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Regional Office for Africa in partnership with the East Africa Community (EAC) has developed a Draft Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Continue reading the story...

Inclusion of people with disabilities in Agenda 2030

As Kenya joins the rest of the world in marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, I reflect on the opportunities presented Continue reading the story...

Ministry launches Ghana Accessibility Design Standards

ACCRA: Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) on Wednesday said one vital elements of empowering Persons With Disabilities is by ensuring Continue reading the story...

APDM Launches Sanitation Project for Persons with Disabilities in Malawi

SALIMA: Association for the Physically Disabled people in Malawi (APDM) launched a one-year access to water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) project in salima aimed at ensuring Continue reading the story...

Inspiring stories to mark disability month

SOUTH AFRICA: As the country observes national disability month, SABC takes a look at some of the inspiring stories of triumph. Walking is a physical activity often Continue reading the story...

Public buildings to comply with design standards in Ghana

GHANA: The president, John Dramani Mahama says government has worked with the Ghana Standard Authority to finalise and standardise disability friendly designs to be complied with Continue reading the story...

Make schools, colleges accessible for students with disabilities

As Zimbabweans we stand proud of the massive expansion of our educational sector since independence in 1980. The country has seen reforms in the education system Continue reading the story...

‘Cabinet’s failure to approve inclusive education policy costing the nation’

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Lack of a national policy on inclusive education has kept many children with disabilities out of school, Eng. Patrick Mutenga, the chairperson of the Continue reading the story...

NDC to launch braille version of manifesto

ACCRA, GHANA: The National Democratic Congress (NDC), will on Monday October 9, launch the braille version of its manifesto in Accra. President John Mahama about a month Continue reading the story...

Accenture launches training for persons with disabilities

JOHANNESBURG:  Accenture has launched the EmployAbility Cadet Program in South Africa for persons with disabilities, through which Accenture aims to support disability inclusion in the ICT Continue reading the story...

Calls to establish disability ministry in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE: People with disabilities have called on Government to establish a ministry that caters for their concerns, chairperson of the National Disability Board Mr Crispen Manyuke Continue reading the story...

ANSA Promotes Accessibility Law in Angola

LUANDA: The National Association of Deaf People (ANSA) has been working in the divulgence of the Accessibility Law, by pushing for its promotion in the media Continue reading the story...

Humanitarian Partnership Conference focuses on inclusive practices

NAIROBI: Including persons with disabilities and the aged in humanitarian practices was the theme for the 4th annual International Humanitarian Partnership Conference in Nairobi on 21-22 Continue reading the story...

NCPD develops Standard on Accessibility Designs

GHANA: The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) has developed the draft Ghana Standard on Accessibility Designs (GSAD) to guide developers, designers and other persons Continue reading the story...

Ghana’s building regulations to contain accessibility designs

ACCRA: The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) together with interested parties, have produced national standard accessibility designs to guide builders and service providers to Continue reading the story...

Mobile app helps Kenyans with disabilities find employment

KENYA: Fredrick Ouko lives the mantra that disability is not inability, and his mission is to make sure the job market internalises this idea. To make sure Continue reading the story...

GFD launches Disability Network in Ghana

GHANA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) has launched the Northern Regional Disability Advocacy Network to help advance the cause of persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Malawi urged to ratify Marrakesh treaty

The Malawi Union of the Blind has requested government to swiftly ratify the Marrakesh Treaty as a way of promoting the wellbeing of people with vision Continue reading the story...

MACOHA demands accessible tourism

MALAWI: Employees of the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) have demanded accessible tourism for persons with disabilities to make tourist destinations accessible. The failure to align Continue reading the story...

Voters with disabilities demand braille version of electoral materials

GHANA: Persons with Disabilities are demanding braille version of all electoral educational materials for people with vision disabilities to enable them read and understand the messages Continue reading the story...

Ministry Working to Improve Inclusive Education in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA: The training helps teachers with vision disabilities to refer documents, ease their work and let them handle documents confidentially The Ministry of Education yesterday called on Continue reading the story...

Make Election 2016 accessible for persons with disabilities: GFD

GHANA: Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah, the President of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), has urged the stakeholders of the 2016 General Election “to make Continue reading the story...

Workshop on E-accessibility policy for East Africa

NAIROBI: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with East Africa Community Secretariat (EAC) , will hold a workshop on the development of an E-accessibility Policy Continue reading the story...

Over 100,000 children with disabilities out of school in Kenya

KENYA: More than 100,000 children with disabilities are out of school in the country, it has been revealed. Statistics indicate that one in every 10 Kenyans Continue reading the story...
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