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    Kenyans with disabilities cannot access courtrooms, Judge told

    An organization has filed a case seeking to compel the Judiciary to build ramps to allow people with physical disabilities access courtrooms. The executive director of Kenya Paraplegic Organization Timothy Wetangula and a police officer who was disabled by a road accident filed the case accusing the Judiciary of failing to recognize the needs of… Continue Reading »

    Rwanda Housing Authority sets deadline to equip buildings with easy access for people with disabilities

    The Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) has set the end of this year as deadline for owners of buildings to have specific access provisions for people with disabilities. They include specialized toilets, signage, designated parking spots closest to the entrance, and substitution to stairs and steps as well as provisions for blind people. In an interview… Continue Reading »

    Ghana Government to make N1 highway accessible for people with disabilities

    GHANA: Government is accessing a facility from Austria to erect foot bridges with ramps along the N1 highway to make it accessible for people with disabilities. President Mills assuring people with disabilities at the Commissioning of the highway. (Photo credit: GBC GHANA) The Minister of Roads and Highways, Joe Gidisu who made this known said… Continue Reading »

    Researchers developing easy-to-use web tools to automatically translate written text into sign language

    In Tunisia, researchers are developing easy-to-use web tools to automatically translate written text into sign language. In developing countries, the majority of deaf people are illiterate and cannot use mobile phone Short Message Service (SMS) or text messages. Their preferred language is sign language according to a research paper by scientists from the University of Tunis. The WebSign project aims… Continue Reading »

    Ghanaian with disabilities threaten to sue MiDA over N1 Highway

    The Ghana Federation of Disabled Persons has threatened legal action against the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) over what they term as a deliberate disregard for their needs in the construction of the N1 roads. MiDA will inaugurate the 14. 1 kilometre Tetteh Quarshie-Mallam N1 project at Apenkwa on Wednesday. President John Mills, Vice-president John Dramani… Continue Reading »

    Kenyans with disabilities face daily challenges to access banking services

    KENYA: Accessing some banking services continues to present a challenge to many persons with disabilities. Unlike other customers, people with disabilities lack the privacy required in banking transactions and have to rely on others for assistance. Some banks have steep stairs and no ramps linking them to the streets outside, which is inappropriate for people… Continue Reading »

    Ghana government to implement inclusive education in 2015: Minister

    Winneba: Government has gone far in its plans to implement the Inclusive Education Policy before 2015 to meet the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline. Mr Mike Hammah, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources made this known in a speech read for him at the opening of the five-day first Sub-Regional Summit on Inclusive… Continue Reading »

    Students with disabilities in Ghana want Legislative Instrument to enforce Disability Act

    WINNEBA, GHANA: Students with disabilities of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), have appealed to Government to put in place a Legislative Instrument to enforce the National Disability ACT (ACT 715) of 2006 to enable them access free education. Mr. Mark Akubire Attia, President of the Association, made the appeal when he addressed a forum… Continue Reading »

    Blind people in Namibia now access information disseminated in Braille by ACC

    OSHAKATI: Blind people can now access information disseminated in Braille by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) after they received the material from the ACC director Paulus Noa last week on Friday. Noa handed over the materials, which among others included the Anti-Corruption Act, to representatives of Eluwa Special School for the Visually Impaired at a ceremony… Continue Reading »