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    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 »

    South African blind researcher develops notetaker device for blind people

    A portable voice-based computer for blind people, developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has been shortlisted in the South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation inaugural Innovation Awards. The notetaker device is the first invention of its kind in South Africa and was developed by Willem van der Walt, a blind researcher at… Continue Reading »

    Make highways accessible for people with disabilities

    KENYA: Crossing a public road, especially a busy highway, is perhaps one of the most dangerous undertakings in Kenya and Nairobi in particular. Road designers must have a clear understanding of disabilities within the population in order to incorporate them in the designs. Sidewalks like roadways, should be designed to serve all users. These include… Continue Reading »

    U.S. Special Advisor traveled through Africa to discuss ways to promote accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities

    U.S. Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judy Heumann recently traveled through Africa to discuss ways to promote accessibility and inclusion for disabled citizens. Judy Heumann tries out the brand new ramp installed at the offices of the African Child Policy Forum. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of State) Ms. Heumann and a team from the… Continue Reading »

    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 »