Month: August 2016

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 Moukhopadhyay and Emmanuel Moswela undertook the study in partnership with the Disability Support Services Unit, Law Department and support from the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA).… Continue Reading »

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. “On this 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am pleased to honor Congress’ promise… Continue Reading »

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 Mruma, speaking at Ngongo’s Nanenane exhibition grounds here over the weekend, said the authority aims at enabling persons with disabilities to benefit from the use of communication technology.… Continue Reading »

Only 13% of night-tube route is accessible, warns disability charity

UK: Transport for London (TfL) is set to launch the first phase of the night-tube this weekend, on the Central and Victoria lines. Ahead of the launch, a national charity is warning that with only seven of the 52 stations (13%) on these lines accessible to disabled people, they will continue to be excluded from… Continue Reading »

Mobile app launched to empower women with disabilities

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly with the Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC) launched a powerful accessible mobile app ‘Azadi Ki Udaan’ (Flight of Freedom) and voice message service at a national convention of women with disabilities held here on Friday. The mobile app and voice message service would be available… Continue Reading »

New Zealand proposes Data-driven disability plan

The New Zealand government is planning to develop a Disability Plan that would ensure that government agencies have the data necessary to make informed, evidenced-based policy decisions on New Zealand’s disabled community. Improving the availability of quality information about New Zealand’s disabled community will lead to better decision-making by government agencies, Statistics Minister Craig Foss… Continue Reading »

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 challenge for people with disabilities. For instance, prostheses cost between Rwf220,000 and Rwf360,000, crutches between Rwf20,000 and Rwf40,000, while wheelchairs cannot be found for less than Rwf 250,000. Even… Continue Reading »

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 said in a statement on Sunday. The five-day visit, which was expected to take place between August 15 and 19, would be led by Commissioner Bokankatla Malatji, who is… Continue Reading »

Make a difference – become a Red Cross Braille transcriber

FAIRFIELD, NJ: The American Red Cross New Jersey Region Jane Bente Braille Center is currently seeking volunteer Braille transcribers and is offering a free training course this September. The Jane Bente Braille Center, established after World War I to help soldiers blinded by mustard gas, is one of the largest volunteer run Braille production centers.… Continue Reading »

Orbit Research and APH Announce the World's First Affordable Refreshable Tactile Graphics Display

WILMINGTON, DE: Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) announced the introduction of Graphiti, the world’s first affordable tactile graphics display. Based on revolutionary Tactuator technology from Orbit Research, the Graphiti refreshable tactile graphics display represents a breakthrough in non-visual access to graphical information such as charts, drawings, flowcharts, floorplans, images… Continue Reading »