Month: August 2016

China vows greater support for persons with disabilities

BEIJING: China aims to improve its support and protection of persons with disabilities by offering them more customized public services and products in the next five years, according to a State Council plan released Wednesday. China is striving for “Xiaokang” or a more all-round prosperous society by 2020. Wednesday’s plan for more disability-related development between… Continue Reading »

Learning through assistive technology

CHENNAI, INDIA: A computer, a tablet or a pair of headphones can actually help children with dyslexia. As much as we frown upon technology and its influence on our youth, we cannot dismiss that technology can make life easier in many ways. It certainly has found a way to kids with dyslexia. Difficulty in reading,… Continue Reading »

ISD workshop stresses inclusive education

MUSCAT, OMAN: Indian School Darsait (ISD) organised a workshop recently on inclusive education for teachers. The three-hour session was led by Principal Sridevi P. Thashnath and it was aimed at sensitising the faculty about the challenges and barriers that come up in inclusive education. Addressing the participants Thashnath said, “As compared to the traditional belief… Continue Reading »

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 ensure an all-inclusive society for all. The Federation said government, should in particular, implement Article 33 of the Convention that requires States Parties to designate one or more focal… Continue Reading »

VocaliD Launches First Personalized Digital Voices for Assistive Devices

BELMONT, MASS: VocaliD, Inc., a speech technology company that creates personalized digital voices for those living with voicelessness, launched its online BeSpoke voice studio.  The announcement was made at the Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) in Toronto. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism in Nepal – Sep 22 – Oct 8

Explore Himalayas: Wounded Heroes Trek to Nepal is to encourage “Tourism for All”.  The Wounded Heroes Trek is tied to the UN Year of Accessible Tourism and the first group, which will trek in September, an event in Nepal on World Tourism day to highlight the options for people with disabilities and, we hope, inspire… Continue Reading »

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 role modelling for such persons. World Vision, a charitable and humanitarian organisation has drawn children with hearing, vision, mobility and albinism disabilities from area programs across the country. This… Continue Reading »

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards – Deadline Sept 30

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recognize leaders who have helped improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. These international Awards, first bestowed in 2013, recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi… Continue Reading »

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, Ghana’s first paracyclist at the Olympics, Charles Narh Teye (powerlifting), and Yusif Amadu (high-jump), mostly sealed qualification to the multi-sports event through personal struggles and financial support from… Continue Reading »

Bill Tabled in Pakistan's National Assembly to Facilitate Persons with Disabilities

ISLAMABAD: An amendment bill has been tabled in the National Assembly to provide health care, education, employment and others facilities to approximately eight million persons with disabilities in Pakistan. According to documents available with Daily Times, there are about eight million people with disabilities in Pakistan and 45 percent of them are children under 18.… Continue Reading »