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    World Book Day an occasion to raise awareness of people with vision disabilities: SIGI

    AMMAN: World Book and Copyright Day, marked every year on April 23 should be an occasion to minimise hindrances facing people with vision disabilities, especially women, SIGI said in a statement released on Sunday. Initiated in 1996 by UNESCO, World Book Day seeks to acknowledge the fundamental role of books in promoting cultural heritage and… Continue Reading »

    New feature to help bank customers with hearing disabilities in Dubai

    DUBAI: Earlier in the year, the bank also began distributing Braille currency for its customers with vision disabilities. Emirates NBD has introduced sign language system for its customers with hearing disabilities at its Jumeirah Emirates Towers branch. The bank will roll out the revolutionary technology ‘KinTrans,’ that enables two-way communication between sign language communicators and… Continue Reading »

    ESCWA Strengthening social protection for persons with disabilities

    BEIRUT: The UN Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA) will hold an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 11-12 April in Beirut, Lebanon to discuss its forthcoming publication entitled “Disability in the Arab Region 2017: Strengthening Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities”. The EGM will provide an overview of the draft publication and review with participants the… Continue Reading »

    Qatar 2022 volunteer program to include persons with disabilities

    DOHA: The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has taken the first step towards the integration of people with disabilities in the Volunteer Programme of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, by organising the first ever Accessibility Forum workshop to identify the training requirements and opportunities for a truly diverse volunteer workforce. Qatari Paralympic silver… Continue Reading »

    Mada launches e-accessibility program

    DOHA: The Mada Centre has launched a comprehensive year-long project with the aim of increasing the e-accessibility of all government websites. The project includes training web developers and designers, audits of e-accessibility of government websites, and putting in place remedial steps as part of a comprehensive consultation process. In the first quarter of 2017, the… Continue Reading »

    Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities considers initial report of Jordan

    The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluded its consideration of the initial report of Jordan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mired Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, President of the Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities of Jordan, introducing the report, said that Parliament… Continue Reading »

    UAE Unveils first National Strategy for Children with Disabilities

    ABU DHABI: The UAE Cabinet approved a national strategy to promote the rights of children with disabilities and maximise their well-being, and a strategy for motherhood and childhood, as part of the Strategic Plan for the Rights of Children with Disabilities 2017-2021, and the National Strategy for Motherhood and Childhood 2017-2021. Both Strategies were prepared… Continue Reading »

    UAE National Archives Launches Sign Language Documentaries

    ABU DHABI: The UAE National Archives has released a series of national documentary films in sign language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, in co-operation with the UAE Deaf Association. The films, produced as part of an initiative to promote national heritage, culture and patriotism and project the history of the UAE,… Continue Reading »

    Lebanon launches hearing aid project

    BEIRUT: The Beirut Freedoms Lions Club of Lebanon, in collaboration with some Lebanese companies in the country, has initiated a project to provide hearing aid devices for people with hearing disabilities in Ghana. The first batch of 60 hearing aid devices has been fixed for people with hearing disabilitiesat a cost of $222,000 (about GH¢999,000),… Continue Reading »