• Africa

    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 »

    JICA assists to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities in Sudan

    KHARTOUM: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with National Council for Persons with Disabilities conducts a seminar on “Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities” from 31st July to 3rd August 2017. The aim of this seminar is to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Sudan to integrate people with disability into society and lead… Continue Reading »

    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 »