• Africa

    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 »

    National Accessibility Campaign for people with disabilities

    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA: Government is to use this year’s National Disability Month to intensify its programme of empowering people with disabilities. Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana will on Thursday launch Disability Month at Itsoseng in North West province, where a National Accessibility Campaign will be unveiled. The accessibility campaign, expected to… Continue Reading »

    Kenya Government plans to establish more schools for people with disabilities

    KENYA: The government plans to establish more schools for people with disabilities, Gender PS James Nyikal has said. Nyikal said through his ministry the government is also working on increasing the number of staff for the group. “My ministry is working with the Education ministry among other government ministries to ensure that people with disabilities… Continue Reading »

    GOVI to make school education accessible for children with visual disabilities

    KANIFING, GAMBIA: Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) launched a 100 thousand pound sterling project at its head office in Kanifing. The objective of the project, according to GOVI’s Executive Director, Mamud Touray is to make primary school education accessible to every children with visual disabilities. He described the project essential, saying it hopes… Continue Reading »

    Ghana Government Okays ICT training for people with disabilities

    GHANA: Cabinet has approved a training programme under which 5,000 people with disabilities are to be equipped with employable skills in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), mobile phone and computer assembling and repairs. The government/private sector collaboration, which will commence next month, is expected to cost GH¢21,741,410, with rLG Communications Limited, a communications company, absorbing… Continue Reading »

    Ethiopian Human Rights Commission introduces Braille version international human rights conventions

    Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) introduced the Braille version handbook of international human rights conventions ratified by Ethiopia. The commission prepared a total of 256 Braille version documents of the international human rights conventions at a cost of 124,000 birr, according to Birhanu Abadi, EHRC’s Communication Information Directorate Director. At a ceremony organized… Continue Reading »

    Call for accessible road infrastructure and signs for people with disabilities

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: The government, through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and other stakeholders, has been advised to ensure road infrastructure and signs are accessible to people with disabilities. Speaking to reporters at a press briefing in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, Dar es Salaam road safety committee deputy chairman Jerome Ringo said people… Continue Reading »

    Tanzania government prints constitution in Braille for people with visual disabilities

    In a bid to ensure wide participation of citizens in the process of preparing a new constitution, the government has printed special copies in Braille form for people with visual disabilities. Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Permanent Secretary Oliver Mhaiki said the 1, 500 copies cost 32m/- to print. Speaking at the handover ceremony… Continue Reading »

    Vodacom Foundation supports safety initiative for persons with disabilities in Tanzania

    Tanzania: VODACOM Tanzania has donated 30 road signs posters to the National Committee for persons with Disabilities on road safety worth 3.5m/- Handing over the donation in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, Vodacom foundation Officer Grace Lyon said that Vodacom Tanzania was aware of difficulties that disabled people faced, “Persons with disabilities face several challenges,… Continue Reading »