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    Deaf people need equal access to education in Kenya: KNCHR

    Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya on Monday joined the rest of the world in marking the International Deaf Awareness week with a special call to the government to facilitate access to education by deaf people. An official with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Bernard Mwongesa, urged the government to improve the provision of sign… Continue Reading »

    Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

    GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »

    Uganda to make education programs more inclusive for students with disabilities

    Jessica Ilomu, a USAID education specialist, watches carefully as a child at St. Goretti Demonstration School in rural Lira district, Uganda, copies down an exercise from the board given by his teacher. The child begins with his name—A-y-o-r-i B-r-a-i-n. Immediately, Ilomu notices something is wrong: the child’s name is Brian. She also realizes why he… Continue Reading »

    New campaign launched to make Rwanda accessible for people with disabilities

    Rwanda Demobilization and Re-integration Commission (RDRC) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday launched a campaign to enable people with disabilities have a barrier-free environment. Together with other partners in the fight against the violation of the rights of people with disabilities, the two parties met to devise lasting solutions to… Continue Reading »

    Young people in Ghana advocate for improved education, accessibility for disabled people

    Accra, Ghana: Young people in Ghana are advocating for more rights for disabled people.  Local youths gathered at the Fifth African Forum on Blindness in Ghana last month and also attended the African Youth with Disabilities Convening in Kenya earlier this year. The government and nongovernmental organizations here have implemented numerous policies and initiatives to… Continue Reading »

    Houses in Itsoseng Township not accessible for South African with Disabilities

    South Africa: The North West Provincial Disability Forum is seeking an immediate intervention from the premier about houses in Itsoseng Township that are not user friendly for people with disabilities. The forum maintained that the houses that are to be built would not be suitable for them, after conducting a site visit to Itsoseng community… Continue Reading »

    Inaccessible public infrastructure major barrier for people with disabilities in Swaziland

    Swaziland: Inaccessibility to the built environment, including the public transport system, is still the major barrier which prevents persons with disabilities from actively participating in social and economic activities in the country. Some governments recognise people with disabilities’ basic right to equal access to built environments.  Creating inaccessible built environments, streets and transport systems discriminate… Continue Reading »

    Exhibition of ICT services for blind people opens in Accra

    Accra, Ghana: An exhibition to showcase Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services available for blind people has been mounted at the on-going six-day Fifth Africa Forum on Blindness in Accra. On display are Africa’s best Assistive Technology Devices which fits perfectly into the demands of the Forum on the theme; “Access Africa; Social Inclusion for… Continue Reading »

    Building barrier-free environment in Ghana for people with disabilities

    Feb 20: Ghana is among the few countries in Africa that have taken affirmative action in favour of marginalised groups at a higher level with a focus on persons with disabilities. These efforts have resulted in laws and policies promoting equality, inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society. The Government of the Republic… Continue Reading »