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    Myanmar Opens First Cafe Accessible for Persons with Hearing Impairment

    MYANMAR: A first-ever private eatery run by staff with hearing impairment was opened in Myanmar’s Yangon earlier this month, creating a deaf-friendly environment. “The Able,” a sign language book cafe, is entirely staffed by six hearing-impaired persons from service staff to chef, to encourage disabled yet differently abled people to work. “There are some sign… Continue Reading »

    WHO: 8.5 Million Nigerians Experiencing Hearing Impairment

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that 8.5 million Nigerians have a disabling hearing loss. In the same vein, an audiologist, at the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, Prof. Dele Owolawi, has revealed that most Nigerians are losing their hearing abilities gradually due to noise from power generating set. Owolawi, who disclosed this recently… Continue Reading »

    United Nations Calls for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Climate Change Debate

     A line of elderly citizens unable to board a bus to evacuate a senior home. People with limited mobility sitting helpless by the side of the road. Wheelchairs buried in mud after a flood. Scenes and accounts like these became the norm in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the deadliest natural disasters in… Continue Reading »

    UN Secretary-General Reports on Empowerment, Inclusiveness, Equality

    The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on the 2019 theme of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ The report seeks to inform ECOSOC’s annual High-level Segment, which will take place from 16-19 July 2019 and serve as the culmination of the 2018-2019 cycle of ECOSOC meetings.… Continue Reading »

    UN Security Council Calls for Protection of Persons with Disabilities in War Zones

    The UN Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts. The appeal follows moving testimony in April from Nujeen Mustafa, a young Syrian with cerebral palsy, who trekked with a wheelchair from her homeland all the way to Germany as a refugee. She urged the council to… Continue Reading »

    UN Launches New Disability Inclusion Strategy

    Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday. “When we fight to secure those rights, we move our world closer to… Continue Reading »

    [OPEN] Call for Submissions for Accessible Tourism Destination 2019 Edition

    Accessible Tourism Destination, 2019 Edition The creation of the international “Accessible Tourism Destination” distinction arises from the joint commitment of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the ONCE Foundation, to recognize and promote accessible tourist destinations. These aims are served by the recognition and dissemination of tourist destinations that make an important effort so that their destination can… Continue Reading »

    Turkey’s First Mayor with Disability Aims to Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

    In 2005, the ruling Justice and Development Party adopted Turkey’s first Disability Law as a part of its European Union accession process. In 2007, Turkey signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, which it ratified in 2009. Yet due to poor implementation and enforcement and a lingering social stigma,… Continue Reading »

    Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’: How Sports is Making SDGs a Reality

    UNITED NATIONS: The power of sport can help make global sustainable development a reality, and such power transcends cultural, linguistic and even physical barriers. In recent years, disabled athletes have gained greater visibility—an essential step in recognising their talent, abilities, and importance. In December, the United Nations General Assembly formally recognised the power of sport as… Continue Reading »