• Africa

    Ghana government urged to speed up implementation of Disability Act

    ACCRA: Non-Governmental Organisations in the health sector have appealed to the Government to outline an action plan to speed up the implementation of the 2006 Disability Act. The organisations have urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to collaborate with the Attorney General’s Department to put in place the necessary legislative instrument to… Continue Reading »

    Children with Disabilities in South Africa Cannot Wait

    JOHANNESBURG: A group of courageous moms of children with disabilities in Johannesburg has seized the run-up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 to launch a petition that calls upon South Africa’s Department of Basic Education to remove school fees for children with disabilities. Their goal is that their children can, “enjoy… Continue Reading »

    International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program. Significant time and contributions from recognized global industry leaders has resulted in the development of the first… Continue Reading »

    Ghanaians with Disabilities Assured of Accessibility to Courts

    GHANA: The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has assured persons with disabilities that all efforts are put in place under her leadership to ensure that  all the courts in the country are accessible to  them  to access justice. The Chief Justice gave the assurance when she paid a two-day working visit to the Upper East Region… Continue Reading »

    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 »