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    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 »

    Stakeholders call for more inclusion of persons with disabilities

    RWANDA: There are still a number of persons with disabilities that are not benefiting from the vision 2020 Umurenge programme (VUP). This was noted during a one-day workshop on Wednesday last week in Kigali where findings from a qualitative study on inclusion of persons with disabilities in the vision 2020 Umurenge programme was discussed. The… Continue Reading »

    Lagos introduces new policy for people with vision disabilities

    LAGOS, NIGERIA: The Lagos State government at the weekend presented the Braille version of the state’s youth policy for people with vision disabilities. The document was prepared by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development with the assistance of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The document was presented to representatives of Persons living With… Continue Reading »

    Natural Disasters Encourage Web Accessibility Discussion

    PROVIDENCE, RI: The recent natural disasters of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have refocused the discussion on the need for universal web accessibility, particularly for those with a disability. Persons with disabilities need to have access to inclusive online apps and resources that not only keep them informed of weather conditions, but also offer them a… Continue Reading »