New WHO Department to include disability issues

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, has announced the creation of a new Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI). This new Department, which results from the merger of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP) and the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases… Continue Reading »

Disability rights organizations urge government to improve access to information

COMBODIA: A coalition of disability rights organizations has called on the government to provide more sign language on television for people who are deaf and radio services for people who are blind. The Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization yesterday conducted a workshop with the Ministry of Information and various disability advocacy groups on how to improve… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities get government support

NIGERIA: EDO State government has provided financial assistance to 18 people with disabilities and less privileged persons in the state as part of efforts towards alleviating their sufferings. Presenting the cash to the beneficiaries on behalf of the State Government, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Blessing Maigida expressed appreciation to the… Continue Reading »

World Summit on Tourism and Transportation for Persons with Disabilities

MONTREAL: World Summit on Destinations for All, addressing the themes of tourism, culture and transportation for persons with physical disabilities will be held in Montréal on 19 to 22 October 2014. The number of international tourist arrivals is expected to climb to one billion in 2012. Persons with physical disabilities account for roughly 15% of… Continue Reading »

Right To Education should be an equal right for children with disabilities

As we know, RTE (Right To Education) is a basic right to all. But still, children with disability are left behind from the Right To Education. Why? Many (if not most!) disabled persons are hidden away, stigmatized, and hardly exist in any official way, according to statistics and the community. Needless to say, they face… Continue Reading »

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications… Continue Reading »

Texas A&M University provides resources for families and children with disabilities

The Family Support Network at Texas A&M University provides information, training, and resources for families with children who have disabilities. For families raising a child with a developmental delay or disability, information and emotional support are critical. In addition to the emotions and concerns regarding their child’s future, parents also have to face the challenging… Continue Reading »

Kyrgyzstan to ratify UNCRPD in 2012

Kyrgyzstan will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2012. The member of the interdepartmental working group, Mirbek Asangariyev, reports. According to him, a package of measures to implement the document based on the Strategy for Population Social Protection for 2012-2014 is being developed at present. “The working group… Continue Reading »

Call for applications to join WFD expert working groups

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) seeks expressions of interest from individuals desiring to serve as WFD experts together with other specialists in different fields of expertise. A co-ordinator will be appointed to each of the expert groups to lead the group’s work, guided by Terms of Reference based on the WFD Congress. Resolutions… Continue Reading »

U.S. and Russia work together to assist Russians with disabilities find employment

Lori Golden and the U.S. Business Leadership Network have shown impressive leadership on this issue through programs that help people with disabilities find meaningful employment. USAID has also done a fantastic job in partnership with the Russian NGO Perspektiva to bring Russian society and business together to identify creative solutions to this pressing problem. Since… Continue Reading »