• Africa

    More efforts urged for inclusion of persons with disabilities in Africa

    Policymakers and experts attending an international meeting on persons with disabilities on Tuesday called for more efforts to include persons with disabilities in Africa’s major development agendas. Participants at the conference, organized by the Rehabilitation International (RI) organization at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, will evaluate opportunities, challenges and the way forward with regards… Continue Reading »

    MTN Foundation supports University of Ghana students with disabilities

    ACCRA: The MTN Ghana Foundation has supported the Assistive Technology Unit of the University of Ghana with modern equipment to create opportunity for students with disabilities. The donation, worth GH¢ 217,000, would help promote the independence of the over 2,000 students with disabilities and also address their quest for special assistance in pursuing their studies.… Continue Reading »

    Uganda Sign Language App Launched

    The Uganda National association of the Deaf (UNAD) last week launched a mobile application to ease communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Shs400 million App – dubbed UGsign Mobile – was developed in partnership with SPIDER, a Swedish programme for ICT in developing regions, to make learning of sign language… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities battle to find schools in South Africa

    According to government figures there are more than 2,000 children with disabilities waiting for schools in the Eastern Cape. GroundUp spoke to two families in Mdantsane near East London. Boniswa Ntshota, 73, has been caring for her grandson, Hlomla Ntshota, since his mother died in 2008. She says she has been looking for a school… Continue Reading »

    New app to help people with vision disabilities navigate spaces, buildings

    World Sight Day 2017 takes place this year on Thursday, October 12, a day which highlights issues affecting people who are blind and have low vision across the globe. Three South African men are making an impact in an effort to improve the support of people with vision disabilities in the country. Siegfried Jegels, Richard… Continue Reading »

    SAHRC holds conference on rights of children with disabilities

    JOHANNESBURG: The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has held a two-day conference on the rights of children with disabilities in Johannesburg this week. The focus is on access to education, as the commission concludes that this basic right has been denied to those children. In a statement, the SAHRC cites a 2015 Human Rights… Continue Reading »

    Ghana urged to include children with cerebral palsy in inclusive education

    ACCRA: Mrs Lilian Bruce-Lyle, a Retired Chief Director of Chieftaincy, on Friday appealed to government to ensure that children with Cerebral Palsy are included in the inclusive education policy being rolled out. Mrs Bruce-Lyle, who is also a Member of the Ghana Federation for Persons with Disability, said Persons Living With Disabilities expects government to… Continue Reading »

    Education Sector Accused of Sidelining Students with Vision Disabilities

    THYOLO, MALAWI: People who are blind or have low vision from Thyolo have blamed government for sidelining them on changes of curriculum in public schools. Patrick Chisale who is blind told Mana recently that it was sad to note that since the change of curriculum in secondary schools was done, braille books were yet to… Continue Reading »

    Persons with Disabilities Raise Concerns Over Accessibility of 2018 Election in Zimbabwe

    HARARE: Persons with disabilities want the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to put specific registration measures that would allow their constituencies to participate in next year’s crucial elections —starting with the biometric voter registration exercise which got underway last week. Senator representing people with disabilities, Nyamayabo Mashavakure, said the importance of a friendly environment for persons… Continue Reading »