Africa

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...

Disability Rights Summit Held in South Africa

PRETORIA: Children with disabilities to attend mainstream schools by 2021. Government is aiming to ensure that children with disabilities are accommodated in their local schools by Continue reading the story...

First ever beauty pageant for persons with disabilities held in Nairobi

NAIROBI, KENYA: The first ever beauty pageant for persons living with disability was held at the Kenyatta international convention centre in Nairobi on March 5, where Continue reading the story...

Nigeria introduces national draft policy on inclusive education

NIGERIA: The Federal Government on Monday unveiled a national draft policy on inclusive education in Nigeria. Mrs Anne Okonkwo, Director Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Continue reading the story...

Kenya to Host All Africa Deaf Games in April

Kenya will host the first All Africa Games for People who are Deaf between April 18 and April 26, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya. Announcing this yesterday, the Kenya Continue reading the story...

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...
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