• Misc.

    Teaching sign language in Vietnam

    The Vietnam Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach Project developed professional human resources for preschool education for people who are deaf. It trained adults with hearing disabilities to become mentors to children, while also training about 200 hearing teachers in the use of sign language, and over 50 communication facilitators and sign-language interpreters. A video below about the project tells the… Continue Reading »

    Disability-inclusive Education in Africa Trust Fund

    With fewer than 10 percent of children with disabilities in Africa attending school, the World Bank and USAID have created a new $3 million Disability-Inclusive Education in Africa Program Trust Fund to increase access for these children to primary school and to design and implement inclusive education programs across the region. According to the 2011 World Report on Disability, globally… Continue Reading »

    Schools, communities welcoming students with disabilities in Moldova

    Moldova’s Education Code calls for developing inclusive education and the World Bank’s Integration of Children with Disabilities into Mainstream Schools project is helping local districts develop and implement the strategic plan for this. School principals, teachers, and local communities are undergoing inclusive education training.  These training activities, along with school infrastructure rehabilitiation, were carried out… Continue Reading »

    Ghana government urged to speed up implementation of Disability Act

    ACCRA: Non-Governmental Organisations in the health sector have appealed to the Government to outline an action plan to speed up the implementation of the 2006 Disability Act. The organisations have urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to collaborate with the Attorney General’s Department to put in place the necessary legislative instrument to… Continue Reading »

    ‘Learning for All’ Must Include Children with Disabilities

    While the developing world has made strong progress towards universal primary education, education is still largely an unfulfilled dream for millions of children with disabilities. Leroy Philips, a youth leader and radio broadcaster from Guyana, recalls what it was like growing up blind. “When I was six or seven, my uncle used to teach the young… Continue Reading »

    Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the UNCRPD

    OTTAWA: The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is proud to… Continue Reading »

    Children with Disabilities in South Africa Cannot Wait

    JOHANNESBURG: A group of courageous moms of children with disabilities in Johannesburg has seized the run-up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 to launch a petition that calls upon South Africa’s Department of Basic Education to remove school fees for children with disabilities. Their goal is that their children can, “enjoy… Continue Reading »

    2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Announced

    NEW YORK, NY: The Viscardi Center — an Albertson-based non-profit organization providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities — announced nine recipients of the 2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards at a special ceremony held on December 4 at the Mutual of America building in New York City. First bestowed… Continue Reading »

    Remove physical, cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’: UN

    Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to ‘leave no one behind’ all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere,… Continue Reading »