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    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 »

    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 »