Africa

Students with Vision Disabilities Learn Through Technology

THIKA, KENYA: Until recently, students who are blind or have low vision in Kenya were still using Braille books for their studies. But Kenyan schools for Continue reading the story...

ILO Launches Red Sea Accessible Tourism Competition 2016

CAIRO: In order to attract visitors who have disabilities to the Red Sea and raise awareness on the value of employing persons with disabilities in the Continue reading the story...

UCT Students with Disabilities Demand Access

Students with disabilities gathered at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to speak about the difficulties of operating in an environment built primarily for abled students. Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand own ministry in Zimbabwe

MARONDERA,ZIMBABWE: Persons with disabilities demanded a separate ministry that will cater for their own specific needs like in the case of the war veterans. Members of the Continue reading the story...

Disability welfare to become 2016 election issue in Ghana

VOICE-Ghana, a disability interest think-tank based in Ho in the Volta Region, says it would make disability issues an important topic to be discussed in the Continue reading the story...

MUB calls for wide use of Braille in Malawi

Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB) has asked the government to encourage the wide use of the braille technique that is used to assist people who Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities call for prioritization of screen reading software

UGANDA: People with vision disabilities have asked government to prioritize the procurement of Jose screen reading software to allow people with vision disabilities use computers. Jose screen Continue reading the story...

NGO urges inclusion of people with disabilities in Nigeria

NIGERIA: A non-governmental organization, Walk Beyond Freedom From Restraint Initiative, has called on government, civil society and the global community to provide laws and policies which Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities welcome braille ballot papers

ZAMBIA: Persons with Disabilities goodwill ambassador Elijah Ngwale has commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for including braille ballot papers for the forthcoming tripartite elections. Professor Continue reading the story...

Negative attitudes towards persons with disabilities in Ghana

GHANA: The desire to avoid whatever is associated with evil has affected people’s attitudes towards people with disabilities, simply because disability is erroneously associated with evil. Continue reading the story...

UK implores Nigeria to pass disability bill

The British High Commission has implored Nigeria to pass into law the Nigerian Disability Bill with a view to addressing the plight of those with special Continue reading the story...

University organizes workshop about rights of persons with disabilities

KHARTOUM, SUDAN: The Faculty of Law at Khartoum University, in collaboration with the Open Community Initiative of East Africa and the Sudanese Human Rights Watchdog organized, Continue reading the story...

Children with hearing disabilities need schooling in Botswana

MAUN, BOTSWANA:  Love Botswana Outreach Mission co-founder, Ms Jana Lackey has urged parents to take their children with hearing disabilities to school instead of neglecting them. Speaking Continue reading the story...

94% of Children with Hearing Disabilities Out of School in Zimbabwe

HARARE: Deaf Zimbabwe says more than 94 percent of children who are deaf in Zimbabwe are out school due to lack of qualified teachers and resources. A Continue reading the story...

New project to address needs of children with disabilities in Rwanda

RWANDA: The Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) has rolled out a project that seeks to help children with disabilities to access education and healthcare. The ‘Special Needs Education Continue reading the story...

NGO urges equal opportunities for persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: A Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Disabled Persons Care Foundation, on Friday, called for equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the country. The Coordinator of the group, Continue reading the story...

African Disability Forum (ADF) holds First General Assembly

NAIROBI: Delegates from 30 organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in Africa, members of the African Disability Forum (ADF), held their first General Assembly meeting, 31 Continue reading the story...

New resource center to support children with disabilities

RWANDA: A new resource centre has been opened at Munege Primary School in Kibeho Sector, Nyaruguru District, to support children with disabilities at the community level. The Continue reading the story...

HRW calls on Morocco to amend draft law on persons with disabilities

RABAT: A draft law before Morocco’s parliament on disability rights conflicts with Morocco’s obligations under an international treaty, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Continue reading the story...

People With Disabilities Abused, Neglected in Somaliland

People with intellectual disabilities in Somaliland are increasingly forced into institutions, where they face serious abuses and poor conditions. The Somaliland authorities should provide oversight for Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities Demand Sign Language Interpreters

NEBBI, UGANDA: Lack of sign language interpreters in Nebbi District is affecting the wellbeing of people who are deaf in the district. The executive director National Union Continue reading the story...

DESA Forum on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development

NAIROBI, KENYA: On the occasion of the 2015 World Cities Day (Designed to Live Together), the UN Division for Social Policy and Development of Department of Economic Continue reading the story...

Ghana Education Service to expand inclusive education program

GHANA: The Ghana Education Service (GES) with the Ministry of Education (MoE), would this year expand the Inclusive Education (IE) policy from fourteen 14 Metropolitan, Municipal Continue reading the story...

National Electoral Commission called on to empower voters with disabilities

DARES SALAAM, TANZANIA: The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has been called upon to ensure that sign language interpreters are available at various ongoing campaign rallies by Continue reading the story...

Strengthen Inclusive Education, UMU Official Urges

LIBERIA: The Chairman for Social Affairs of the United Methodist University (UMU) is calling for the strengthening of inclusive education in schools to empower children with Continue reading the story...

Somalia Introduces Persons with disabilities Bill

Somalia’s Federal government on Thursday introduced a bill protecting the rights of Persons with Disabilities, which will improve the lives of people with disabilities, their families Continue reading the story...

Kenya facing shortage of skilled sign language teachers

KENYA: The country faces a shortage of trained personnel to teach the overwhelming number of studetns with hearing disabilities, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Continue reading the story...

Malawi mainstreams 90,000 children with disabilities under inclusive education

Malawi government has managed to mainstream about 90,000 children with disabilities in schools under the Inclusive Education programme, Ministry of Education has revealed. The figure has doubled over Continue reading the story...

Expert wants inclusive education for children with disabilities

NIGERIA: Inclusive education system where all students regardless of the nature of their disability receive total education within the regular education environment is the best way Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities denied education in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: An estimated half-a-million children with disabilities have been shut out of South Africa’s education system, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today at Continue reading the story...

NCPD, stakeholders discuss draft Accessibility Standards for Public buildings

GHANA: The National Council on Persons with Disability, NCPD and other stakeholders are discussing a Draft Accessibility Standards for Public buildings. The draft, when it becomes law Continue reading the story...

NGO seeks unhindered access to justice for people with disabilities

LAGOS, NIGERIA: Centre for Citizens with Disability, an NGO, on Saturday urged government to close all barriers impeding people with disabilities access to justice in the Continue reading the story...

Communications Authority of Kenya to launch broadcast content and accessibility guide

KENYA: The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) plans to release a program content code in September to guide broadcasters, KBC reported. CA Director General Francis Wangusi Continue reading the story...

Former Ghana President Calls for Use of Sign Language at Workplaces

GHANA: Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says Ghanaian institutions must begin to appreciate the use of sign language at at their workplaces to close the gap Continue reading the story...

Workshop to improve services for persons with disabilities held

GHANA: Participants at a one day stakeholders’ workshop on improving conditions for Persons with Disabilities organized by the Human Rights Advocacy Centre in conjunction with the Continue reading the story...

Malawi government offers scholarship to persons with disabilities

Malawi Government has established a free scholarship for persons with disabilities to train them in various vocational skills. Persons with disabilities holding the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) Continue reading the story...

Teacher urges government to subsidize education for students with vision disabilities

LAGOS, NIGERIA: Mr Winful Clement, a teacher with vision disability, has appealed to the government to subsidize education for students with vision disabilities in the country. Clement, an Continue reading the story...

NGO launches education program for people with hearing disabilities

SEKONDI, GHANA: The International Network for Deaf Empowerment (INDE), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), seeking the welfare of people with hearing disabilities, has begun organizing a nationwide Continue reading the story...

Malawi’s First Lady pledges more support for children with disabilities

MALAWI: The First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika has called on people in the country to give a lot of support to people especially children living with Continue reading the story...

MACOHA trains media on disability reporting

MALAWI: As one way of promoting the rights of people with disabilities through awareness, Malawi Council for The Handicapped (MACOHA) in Ntchisi on Friday organized a Continue reading the story...
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