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Braille signs on EVMs for people with vision disabilities

CHANDIGARH: People with mobility disabilities will not have to wait in the queue for casting their vote on October 15 legislative assembly elections because the election commission has made special arrangements made for them. Haryana chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad said on Tuesday that polling booth staff would assist people with mobility and vision disabilities … Continue Reading »

National Convention on Inclusive Education of Children with Disabilities Held

NEW DELHI: The National Convention on Inclusive Education for Children with disabilities was held in New Delhi. The Convention focused on evolving strategies that will further the right of children with disabilities to free and compulsory education within an inclusive system. The Convention came up with certain suggestions for realization of right to education of children… Continue Reading »

Transaero Airlines and Sledge Hockey Federation Arranged Flight of Young Sportsmen to the USA

MOSCOW: On September 22, 2014, Transaero Airlines arranged a flight from Moscow Vnukovo airport to New York with special passengers onboard. The airline carried a children’s and youth sledge hockey team Ladoga. The young sportsmen took a transatlantic flight to take part in the friendly matches against the US team South Jersey Wings of Steel.… Continue Reading »

Training workshop on “Inclusive Publishing” held for the first time in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Training workshop on “Inclusive Publishing” was conducted during 15 to 17 September 2014 at the BASIS Auditorium, Dhaka. This program was conducted by the DAISY Consortium with support from WIPO and Accessible Books Consortium. The partner organizations from Bangladesh were Access to Information program, Prime Minister Office (A2I), Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Association of… Continue Reading »

NGO conducts hospitals accessibility survey

CHENNAI, INDIA: A recent survey of city hospitals for their accessibility to people with disabilities received mixed response. While private hospitals seemed to be receptive to the exercise, government hospitals seemed unwilling to allow audits. According to Smitha Sadasivan of the Disabilities Legislation Unit (DLU), hospitals are the first and basic unit that a person… Continue Reading »

New center aims to offer training to people with vision disabilities

MALTA: Justyne Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging, paid a visit to the new Outlook center for people with vision disabilities in Qormi this morning. The new premises, one of ten day centres operated by Aġenzija Sapport, is the only one specialised for  needs of people with vision disabilities. The day… Continue Reading »

New smartphone app gives sight to people with vision disabilities

SAN FRANCISCO: Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone.… Continue Reading »

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 »