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    Civil society report faults Jordan’s slow progress on people with disabilities

    AMMAN: Efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Jordan during the past several decades have been poor in quantity and quality, restricted to slow-pace “philanthropic” strategies, according to a group of civil society organisations (CSO). “A Mirror of Reality – A Tool for Change”, the first report issued by the civil society… Continue Reading »

    UN welcomes Iraqi ratification of pact on rights of persons with disabilities

    The United Nations welcomed today the ratification by Iraq of a convention that protects, promotes, and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified last week by the Iraqi Government, covers a number of key areas such as accessibility,… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities seek accessible playground in Jeddah

    JEDDAH: People with disabilities in Jeddah are demanding access to entertainment that would help them discharge their repressed energy. “We hope that officials will not deprive us from entertainment and will compensate us for the many blessings that we miss,” spokesman of a group for disabled children told Al-Madina newspaper. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi is a child… Continue Reading »

    Sharjah Museums Department launches new plans for persons with disabilities

    SHARJAH: The Community and Accessibility Services Division at Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) has launched new intensive educational programmes for this year. This is in line with an event that was organised earlier, entitled “Sharjah Museums Are Accessible for All.”  It was aimed at fostering co-operation with disabled people and community centres. As part of the… Continue Reading »

    Fifth Int'l Shafallah Forum to discuss, showcase latest developments in inclusive emergency planning for persons with disabilities

    DOHA, QATAR: The Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs, under the patronage of the Emir’s Consort, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, announced the launch of the Fifth International Shafallah Forum – one of the world’s foremost global conferences on issues related to disability, and revealed the forum’s official logo, at a press conference held… Continue Reading »

    Turkish Ministry of Transport and Communication announced new technology “Bluetooth Glasses” for blind people

    ISTANBUL: The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced its plans for a project that would put new living-assistance technology into the hands of Turkey’s blind people. Chief among the ministry’s plans is a project to introduce by the end of the year 5,000 “Bluetooth glasses,” a pair of glasses that will help guide blind people… Continue Reading »

    Madinah province proclaimed accessible for people with disabilities

    MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed has declared his entire province a disability-friendly zone. “I announce that the Madinah province is friendly to people with disabilities,” Prince Abdul Aziz said at a function in Madinah attended by President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities Prince Sultan bin Salman, Secretary-General of the… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights activists urged parliament to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    BEIRUT, LEBANON: Disability rights activists Monday urged parliament to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, saying that this is one way to improve the situation of  women with disabilities in the country. The activists spoke at a conference on women with disabilities, part of an ongoing equality initiative by the… Continue Reading »

    Techno Camp for people with disabilities in Turkey

    JAMESTOWN: The five day TechnoCamp opened up a new world for people with disabilities in Turkey. Turkey’s inaugural camp was an opportunity to raise awareness of how assistive technology can benefit people with disabilities.  This would be done by recreating the one week event that is currently offered each summer at Elks Camp Grassick in North… Continue Reading »