Month: August 2016

NISH set to launch course in sign language in India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  Sign language, a relatively unexplored domain, will now have an exclusive course in the city. National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) in Akkulam here is all set to launch a diploma course in sign language from October 1. The course is aimed at training students in the core elements of Indian sign language… Continue Reading »

'Through My Lens' new movement that helps people with disabilities create films

LOS ANGELES, CA: Reid Davenport and Dan Lee are proud to announce their new film-based movement called “Through my Lens.” The project was started by Reid and Dan as a way to bring awareness to the general public about disabilities. By encouraging filmmakers with disabilities and non-disabled filmmakers to create films from the perspective of disabled… Continue Reading »

Over 100,000 children with disabilities out of school in Kenya

KENYA: More than 100,000 children with disabilities are out of school in the country, it has been revealed. Statistics indicate that one in every 10 Kenyans below the age of 21 is disabled. The revelation by Special Schools Heads Association of Kenya (SSHAK) has put doubts on the Education assessment resource centres at the Ministry… Continue Reading »

Entrepreneur follows heart with sign language interpretation business

INDIANAPOLIS: Armed with an ASL/English interpreting degree and a passion for sign language that goes back to her youth, a former Purdue University student is creating a business to interpret pre-recorded content into sign language for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Jessica Robinson is the founder and CEO of TERP2GO LLC, an… Continue Reading »

Fiji’s Disability bill to be enacted as a law next month

The Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons is hopeful that the new Disability Bill 2016 will be enacted as law next month. FNCDP’s Executive Director – Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa says the bill has already been presented in parliament. Yanuyanutawa says the bill captures a number of features of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons… Continue Reading »

Teaching the teachers about students with disabilities

As an education development specialist, Indrani Singh often hears from teachers who aren’t sure how to accommodate students with disabilities. What the teachers don’t realize, Singh says, is that improvements made for those students benefit all students. “Captioning, for example, isn’t only beneficial for students who are hard of hearing, it’s good for students for… Continue Reading »

Office 365 makes digital environments more accessible for persons with disabilities

Office 365 is even more accessible now for persons with disabilities, with several key improvements released. Narrator, the built-in screen reader, has new voices that can speak as many as 800 words a minute with six levels of verbosity, so you can get varying indications of text properties and control over how much punctuation you… Continue Reading »

Niagara University Bringing Disability Awareness Training to First Responders in Missouri, Montana

Niagara University is set to deliver disability awareness training to first responders in Missouri and Montana. Contracts with the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services will allow the university to deliver training programs similar to the ones it administers in New York, New Jersey and Arkansas. David… Continue Reading »

GFD launches guidelines on inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities

ACCRA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), has launched guidelines on inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in election 2016 in Accra. The aim is to promote full inclusion and effective participation of persons with disabilities in the society as well as empower organisations with such persons. Mr Joshua Makubu, Elections Project Coordinator,… Continue Reading »

CBSE to include needs of children with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organised a two-day conference on exam reforms to consult different stakeholders from Tuesday. The Board at the end of the conference will come out with a document towards incorporating various academic and examination reforms. One of the highlight of the conference is to deliberate on inclusive… Continue Reading »