Africa

Government urged to come up with strategy on rights of persons with disabilities

GHANA: The convention is an international agreement between the United Nations (UN) and signatory countries with the intention of protecting the rights and dignity of persons Continue reading the story...

Ghana government urged to implement CRPD

ACCRA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) have called on government to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to Continue reading the story...

World Vision holds first-ever national conference for children with disabilities

MALAWI: About 104 Malawian children with disabilities are banging heads at their first-ever national conference that seeks to see how best to promote disability inclusion through Continue reading the story...

Athletes with disabilities ask for support ahead of Paralympic Games

GHANA: Three Ghanaian athletes billed for next month’s Rio Paralympic Games have called upon the government for support as they prepare for the quadrennial event. Alem Mumuni, Continue reading the story...

University of Botswana study finds rights of persons with disabilities not adequately addressed

BOTSWANA: A new research conducted by the University of Botswana is advocating for the enactment of disability specific legislation to redress inequality of exercising rights. Professor Sourav Continue reading the story...

TCRA aims to boost accessibility for persons with disabilities

LINDI: The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is preparing regulations that will oversee the use of communication equipment to persons with disabilities. TCRA Consumer Affairs Manager Isaac Continue reading the story...

Assistive devices still out of reach for persons with disabilities

RWANDA: High cost and unavailability of assistive devices & technologies such as wheelchairs, prostheses, hearings aids, visual aids on the Rwandan market is still a major Continue reading the story...

HRC to assess rights of persons with disabilities

DURBAN: The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will this week visit KwaZulu-Natal to assess human rights issues affecting older people and persons with disabilities, it Continue reading the story...

Disability organizations develop standard protocols

ACCRA, GHANA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) has developed national standards for determining disabilities in the country to ensure services provided by agencies sufficiently Continue reading the story...

Ghana reaffirms its commitment of protecting persons with disabilities

It is obvious that, Persons with a Disabilities often faces inequalities in the society as a result of inadequate support and services . In order to ensure Continue reading the story...

90% of public buildings not accessile for persons with disabilities in Ghana

GHANA: Less than 10 percent of all public buildings in Ghana are accessible for persons with disabilities. This means, most buildings (90%) in the country are Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities seek economic inclusiveness in Ghana

GHANA: Christiana Nkrumah, a person with disabilitiy speaking at the launch of the ‘National Campaign on Disability Friendly Public Places’ held by the Ministry of Gender, Continue reading the story...

Al-Makura pledges free education to persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa state said the three premier model schools for persons with disabilities established by Nasarawa state government,will offer free education Continue reading the story...

FCTA to empower Nigerians with disabilities

NIGERIA: The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has said the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) would develop entrepreneurship training program for persons with Continue reading the story...

NGO launches Disability Achievers Awards

ACCRA, GHANA: The Talented Multimedia Company, an NGO has launched its maiden Ghana Disability Achievers Award, to recognise the hard work of persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

NGO urges House of Representatives to pass Disability Bill

NIGERIA: The Centre for Citizens With Disabilities (CCD), a non-governmental organisation, has urged the House of Representatives to pass its Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Continue reading the story...

Electoral Commission of Zambia prints Braille ballots

ZAMBIA: The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says the move it has taken to print tactile folders or Braille jackets to help people with vision disabilities Continue reading the story...

Three Million Children With Disabilities Out of School in Nigeria

NIGERIA: Among an estimated 10 million children reported out of school in Nigeria by the UN Children’s Fund, more than 3m of them are children with Continue reading the story...

NGO calls political parties to draft inclusive development plans in Ghana

GHANA: Voice of People with Disability Ghana (VOICE GHANA), a disability rights and advocacy organization is calling on political parties to draft an all-inclusive development plans Continue reading the story...

Democratic Alliance launches braille manifesto

SOUTH AFRICA: The DA will launch the Party’s Manifesto for Change in Braille and audio form at Worcester in the Boland on Tuesday. DA leader, Mmusi Maimane Continue reading the story...

Electoral Commission of Zambia starts voter education training for persons with disabilities

ZAMBIA: The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has commenced a voter education training program for persons with disabilities. ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna said the training Continue reading the story...

Ghana to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities

Ghana is working to adopt and gazette standard designs to ensure that all public places become accessible for persons with disabilities this year, the Chief Director Continue reading the story...

NDCN Launches Database for Persons with Disabilities

NAMIBIA: The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) has established a national database system for people living with disabilities, Head of Research and Development at NDCN, Continue reading the story...

New legislation to improve services for Egyptians with disabilities

The Egyptian parliament is currently discussing a first-of-its-kind bill in support of people with disabilities submitted by the Solidarity Committee on May 24. If passed, the Continue reading the story...

East Africa Legislative Assembly passes bill on persons with disabilities

ARUSHA, TANZANIA: The East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed a crucial legislation granting Persons with Disabilities with full protection to enjoy their rights as enjoyed Continue reading the story...

Limited Educational Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Namibia

The number of children with disabilities aged from zero to four who are not attending early childhood development programs increased from 3 359 in 2001 to Continue reading the story...

Ghana launches inclusive education policy

ACCRA: Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched the Inclusive Education (IE) Policy, which defines the strategic path of government for the education of all children with Continue reading the story...

MPs debate bill on accessibility in Angola

LUANDA: The specialized committees of the National Assembly began this Tuesday, until May 6 in Luanda, the discussion on the bill of accessibility, from a legislative Continue reading the story...

“Zambia has the potential to become a disability champion in the African region”: UN expert

LUSAKA: “There are good opportunities to achieve the realisation of rights of persons with disabilities in Zambia,” said United Nations Special Rapporteur Catalina Devandas, while urging Continue reading the story...

Nigeria set to establish disability fund

LAGOS: As part of the effort to achieve an all inclusive governance with a level playing field for all citizens and residents of the State,  the Continue reading the story...

GFD launches expanding participation for persons with disabilities project

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organization (GFD) has launched a project called Expanding Participation for persons with disabilities. The project is to support and build the capacity Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to sue AMA over school buildings accessibility

ACCRA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations has threatened to sue the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for failing to make the Millennium City Schools buildings in Continue reading the story...

UN rights expert to assess the situation of persons with disabilities in Zambia

LUSAKA: United Nations Special Rapporteur Catalina Devandas-Aguilar will carry out her first visit to Zambia from 18 to 28 April 2016. She will be examining the Continue reading the story...

University Hosts First Disability Conference to Create Inclusive Society in Egypt

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo hosted its first “disability conference” on Wednesday to create an inclusive society for those with disabilities by shifting focus to Continue reading the story...

African Disability Forum (ADF) Executive Council approves 46 African DPOs for ADF Membership

The first meeting of the 9-member Executive Council of the African Disability Forum (ADF), the membership organization of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Africa, took place Continue reading the story...

Kenya’s President Pledges Reform in Education for People with Disabilities

THIKA: President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday made a surprise visit to Joytown Secondary school for people with disabilities where he reiterated that the government will look into Continue reading the story...

Disability summit closed with draft rights declaration

SOUTH AFRICA: The National Disability Rights Summit closed on Saturday with delegates discussing the draft National Disability Rights Summit Irene Declaration. The declaration acknowledges that persons Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities denied primary education

ACCRA: Research conducted by the Sweb Foundation, a Non-governmental Organisation shows that 90 per cent of children with disabilities in the country are out of school. According Continue reading the story...

South Africa collects data on disability

PRETORIA: The Department of Social Development says it has started a project to collect more data on disability in the country. The project includes tracking statistical disability Continue reading the story...

Egyptian NGO enhancing skills and mobility of persons with disabilities

CAIRO: An award-winning initiative by an Egyptian NGO is enhancing the mobility of persons with disabilities. The initiative is being implemented by Helm, which started out Continue reading the story...
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