• Africa

    Rwanda improving schools for children with disabilities

    KIGALI, RWANDA:  Five years ago, students with disabilities at Murama, a child-friendly school in Rwanda’s southern Bugasera District, felt isolated from their classmates, unable to participate in even a simple game of hide-and-seek or football. Today, thanks to a better understanding of their needs, this has changed. Today students play ‘sit-ball,’ a version of volleyball… Continue Reading »

    South African Restaurant Wimpy creates ‘Braille Burgers’ for Blind People

    The popular South African restaurant chain, Wimpy, has released a range of burgers especially for blind people. Employing the help of skilled chefs and accurately placing sesame seeds on burger buns to form braille, Wimpy now offers blind people “braille burgers”. Each seeded braille bun contains a message that describes the burger the eater is… Continue Reading »

    Ghanaian with disabilities ask Parliament to ratify UN Convention

    GHANA: The Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled has called on Parliament to ratify without further delay the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mr Benjamin Amofa, national vice president of the Society, who made the call, noted that the delay in the ratification of the UN Convention had resulted in people’s… Continue Reading »

    Nairobi Safari Club accessible for people with disabilities

    Nairobi Safari Club, Kenya’s all-ensuite hotel located along University Way is among top-notch establishments that are easily accessible to people with disabilities. Right from the main road, a disabled person gains access to the ornate lobby through a clearly marked marble ramp hemmed in on one side by a lush garden. As is the case… Continue Reading »

    ICT training for people with disabilities

    ACCRA, GHANA: The Vice-President, Mr John Mahama, Monday launched an ICT programme in Accra which seeks to train 5,000 persons with disabilities in the assembling and repairs of mobile phones and computers. Known as the Persons with Disability ICT Project, the beneficiaries would be deployed to the 45 training centres of the Institute of Technology… Continue Reading »

    Zambia to review disability policy

    LUSAKA: Zambia will review a policy on disability and domesticate the Geneva Protocol on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities in its efforts to uplift the standards of people with disabilities, the government sources said on Monday. Joseph Katema, Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, said the government will work with cooperating partners… Continue Reading »

    Focusing on Universal Access for People with Disabilities

    ITSOSENG, SOUTH AFRICA: Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said action was required to ensure that people with disabilities benefited from good concepts designed for them. Bogopane-Zulu said this at the launch of the Universal Access campaign in Itsoseng, outside Mafikeng, on Thursday, which marked the beginning of national disability month. “Our target is that by 2014,… Continue Reading »

    Kenya Re launched campaign to help people with disabilities

    Kenya Re has launched a campaign that is expected to help people with disabilities participate more actively in both the economic and social life. The Niko Fiti – Ability beyond Disability campaign will run for three years and is expected to sensitize the general public about people with disabilities, as well as ensure that they are engaged at… Continue Reading »

    People with disabilities still facing accessibility challenges: APD

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: As National Disability Month begins, organisations representing disabled community said South Africa still had a long way to go before it can become fully accessible to people with disabilities. The Association for the Physically Disabled (APD) said public transport was still not easily accessible to people with physical disabilities. “While the Gautrain… Continue Reading »