Misc.

Thammasat University Continuously Strives to Offer Excellent Support to Students with Disabilities

THAILAND: Thammasat University has the highest number of students with disabilities among closed-system universities in Thailand since 2003 when Thammasat decided to launch an admission program for students with disabilities. Piyaphong Iadpum, director of Disabled Student Services Thammasat University (DSS) said that Thammasat has learned and improved a lot in setting up the service center and there… Continue Reading »

New Survey: Learners with Disabilities and COVID-19 School Closures

The Learners with Disabilities and COVID-19 School Closures Survey is being conducted by the Inclusive Education Initiative’s Disability-Inclusive Education Community of Practice and Knowledge Hub. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, schools are closed nation-wide in 192 countries and sub-nationally in many others, leaving an estimated 1.58 billion children out of school.… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities Must Not be left Behind in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Statement by Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe As governments in Europe react to the rapid spread of the coronavirus through wide-reaching measures, they must not forget that a large proportion of their population is living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only often at increased risk of serious health complications, but they… Continue Reading »

New Forum Encourages Virtual Interaction for Persons with Disabilities

UK: Euan’s Guide, the charity focused on making it easier for disabled people to get out and about, has now turned its attention to keeping everyone amused whilst they stay indoors. The team behind Euan’s Guide, the website where people leave reviews rating the disabled access at the places they visit, has now launched a new… Continue Reading »

ECOWAS Commission Tasks Members on Increased Budget to Promote Education Accessibility and Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities

NIGERIA: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has tasked member states on specific budgetary provisions to promote education accessibility and inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, returnees and stateless persons. Mr Emmanuel Okorodudu, Head of Division, Democracy and Good Governance, Department of Political Affairs and Regional Security… Continue Reading »

Geology Professor Creates 3D Tactile Map for Students with Disabilities

UNITED STATES: What started out as a way to help one visually impaired student turned into two major projects from Dr. Katayoun Mobasher, professor of geology in the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA) at the University of North Georgia (UNG). The first idea arose in 2011 when Mobasher realized a visually impaired student enrolled in her… Continue Reading »

UAE Launches New Policy to Protect Persons with Disabilities

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The UAE Cabinet approved a new policy to protect those with disabilities from abuse. The initiative is intended to empower people of determination by giving them a platform to report cases of ill-treatment. With inclusion at its heart, the policy will enable them to “participate effectively within a safe community environment” that guarantees their “right to… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan: Persons with Disabilities to Receive Increased Social Sector Support

KAZAKHSTAN: The government hosted a press conference Dec. 25 to share the country’s plans for next year, including increasing support for entrepreneurs and the social sector, reported the prime minister’s press service. Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev, Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov and Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov were in attendance. The… Continue Reading »

Gambia Committed to Addressing Issues Experienced by Persons with Disabilities

GAMBIA: Permanent Secretary of the ministry of women and children affairs have resounded Gambia government continued commitment in addressing the challenges and concerns in the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities in national development process. Addressing a two-day advocacy seminar for National Assembly Members on inclusion, participation and representation of women, youth and people… Continue Reading »

2Gether-International is Creating an Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

UNITED STATES: For 2Gether-International founder Diego Mariscal, disabilities and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. “From the moment we wake up, we have to figure out how to get dressed, how to get from one place to the next, how to communicate, and that’s inherently an entrepreneurship skill,” Mariscal said. He’s seen the proof in his organization, such as one entrepreneur who… Continue Reading »