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    Africa

    Coming face-to-face with disability could end supernatural myth-making in Africa

    Many people in rural African communities still believe that disability is caused by supernatural forces, curses and as ‘punishment’ for wrongdoings – according to University of East Anglia research. The resultant stigma leaves people with disabilities vulnerable to neglect and abuse – with sexual abuse reported by 90 per cent of people with learning disabilities.… Continue Reading »

    NEC Rolls Out Ballot Papers for Voters with Vision Disabilities

    RWANDA: For the first time, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) will issue specially designed ballot papers to facilitate voters with vision disabilities during the August 4 presidential election. Previously, voters with vision disabilities relied on aides or polling assistants to cast their vote. This, many observers say, was quite inconveniencing as it did not reflect… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities engage in agri-business in Sierra Leone

    As a way of empowering themselves to become self-reliant, people with disabilities have turned their attention to agribusiness, which they believe is the best option in changing their current livelihood status. It no secret that the streets of Freetown are flooded with disabled people who rely on begging for their daily survival. Deviating from this… Continue Reading »

    Zambia to improve ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities

    LUSAKA: Zambia’s information and technology regulator on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with an agency representing people with disabilities aimed at enhancing access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for people with disabilities. The deal will result in the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) working with the Zambia Agency for Persons with… Continue Reading »

    Namibia recognizes disability as a human rights issue: minister

    WINDHOEK: Namibia is now recognizing disability as a developmental and human rights issue, a deputy minister said Tuesday. The deputy minister responsible for Disability Affairs in the Vice-Presidency, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, said this when she addressed a workshop in Windhoek. The workshop was on the proposed Centre for Disability Services that was held at the University… Continue Reading »

    Government urged to make implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act effective

    The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has urged government to implement the Persons with Disability Act, Act 715 to ensure that their rights are fully protected and guaranteed. The Association said people with hearing disabilities faced physical abuse and discrimination in schools, at the work places and health centres among others but were… Continue Reading »

    Ghanaians with hearing disabilities face challenges in accessing justice

    TAMALE: Mr Juventus Duorinaah, Project Officer of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has indicated that majority of people with hearing disabilities had challenges in accessing the justice system to address the abuse of their rights. He explained that in a survey conducted by GNAD in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern… Continue Reading »

    University of Cape Coast to offer Diploma Program in Sign Language

    BOLGATANGA:  The University of Cape Coast (UCC) in partnership with the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) is slated to start a Diploma course in Sign Language Interpretation to provide essential support services to people who are deaf in various institutions. Mr James Mokinyabit Sambian, the Executive Director of GNAD, who dropped the hint… Continue Reading »

    Ghanaians with disabilities displeased with disability act

    GHANA: Friday, June 23, 2017, marks the National Day of Persons with Disabilities in Ghana. The day is set aside to commemorate the passage of the national disability act which was passed by the parliament of Ghana on 23rd June 2006. Act 715 seeks to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in… Continue Reading »