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 »

Deaf people need equal access to education in Kenya: KNCHR

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya on Monday joined the rest of the world in marking the International Deaf Awareness week with a special call to the government to facilitate access to education by deaf people. An official with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Bernard Mwongesa, urged the government to improve the provision of sign… Continue Reading »

Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »

Uganda to make education programs more inclusive for students with disabilities

Jessica Ilomu, a USAID education specialist, watches carefully as a child at St. Goretti Demonstration School in rural Lira district, Uganda, copies down an exercise from the board given by his teacher. The child begins with his name—A-y-o-r-i B-r-a-i-n. Immediately, Ilomu notices something is wrong: the child’s name is Brian. She also realizes why he… Continue Reading »

New campaign launched to make Rwanda accessible for people with disabilities

Rwanda Demobilization and Re-integration Commission (RDRC) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday launched a campaign to enable people with disabilities have a barrier-free environment. Together with other partners in the fight against the violation of the rights of people with disabilities, the two parties met to devise lasting solutions to… Continue Reading »

Young people in Ghana advocate for improved education, accessibility for disabled people

Accra, Ghana: Young people in Ghana are advocating for more rights for disabled people.  Local youths gathered at the Fifth African Forum on Blindness in Ghana last month and also attended the African Youth with Disabilities Convening in Kenya earlier this year. The government and nongovernmental organizations here have implemented numerous policies and initiatives to… Continue Reading »

Houses in Itsoseng Township not accessible for South African with Disabilities

South Africa: The North West Provincial Disability Forum is seeking an immediate intervention from the premier about houses in Itsoseng Township that are not user friendly for people with disabilities. The forum maintained that the houses that are to be built would not be suitable for them, after conducting a site visit to Itsoseng community… Continue Reading »

Inaccessible public infrastructure major barrier for people with disabilities in Swaziland

Swaziland: Inaccessibility to the built environment, including the public transport system, is still the major barrier which prevents persons with disabilities from actively participating in social and economic activities in the country. Some governments recognise people with disabilities’ basic right to equal access to built environments.  Creating inaccessible built environments, streets and transport systems discriminate… Continue Reading »