• Misc.

    ‘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 »

    India’s President Presents ‘National Awards for Persons with Disabilities Empowerment 2017’ on IDPD

    The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the “National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2017” at a function organized by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On this occasion, Minister for Social… Continue Reading »

    Mongolia focuses on challenges of persons with disabilities

    MONGOLIA: The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection organized a meeting to share successful practices of providing jobs to persons with disabilities on Sunday, in observation of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The annual observance was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the rights and well-being of persons with… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities are being left behind, says World Bank/GPE report

    WASHINGTON: Children with disabilities are being left behind by global efforts to improve education opportunities for all, as gaps between children with and without disabilities have increased dramatically in developing countries, according to new research from the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) released ahead of the International Day of Persons with… Continue Reading »

    New book explores the history of disability

    A new book ‘The Routledge History of Disability’ co-edited by a University of Manitoba professor is exploring the role persons with disabilities have played throughout history in cultures across the world. The book explores the shifting attitudes towards and representations of persons with disabilities from the age of antiquity to the twenty-first century. Taking an international… Continue Reading »