Month: August 2016

Persons with disabilities urged to share their stories ahead of enquiry on adult social care

UK: A leading disability charity is urging persons with disabilities to share their experiences of adult social care ahead of a government enquiry. Recent research by Leonard Cheshire Disability found thousands of persons with disabilities and older people in England are still facing undignified and unsafe care in 15 minute slots, despite official guidance against… Continue Reading »

Festival of short films focuses on disability

NEW DELHI: A series of 19 films, most of which are less than 5 minutes long and directed by filmmakers from nine countries and focussing on prevalent stereotypes about disability and persons with disabilities were recently awarded here. Films from Iran dominated the 13th edition of the 3-day ‘We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues’ that… Continue Reading »

Al-Makura pledges free education to persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa state said the three premier model schools for persons with disabilities established by Nasarawa state government,will offer free education when it commences academic exercise. The schools are scheduled for commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking after he inspected works on the Lafia school, Governor Almakura said it would… Continue Reading »

Government provides exciting opportunity for youth to share their vision for an accessible Canada

The Government of Canada is inviting youth to take part in a national conversation to discuss what accessibility means to them and to share their vision of an accessible Canada. Youth with disabilities and youth who have life experience, work experience or academic experience related to disability can apply to be part of a day-long… Continue Reading »

KNPD to carry out accessibility audit in 170 pharmacies in Malta

MALTA: Next year the National Commission for Persons with Disability (KNPD) will be carrying out audits on 170 pharmacies in Malta and Gozo to inspect how accessible they are for persons with disability, especially those whose mobility depends on wheelchairs. KNPD Chairman Oliver Scicluna said that it is unacceptable that certain public places are still… Continue Reading »

Advocates demand inclusive education for students with disabilities

MYANMAR: A consortium of organisations advocating for people with disabilities has urged the Ministry of Education to form an Inclusive Education Department. “We ask to have an Inclusive Education Department because if there is not a specific department responsible for helping people with disabilities, then any plans won’t be prioritised,” said U Tha Uke, secretary… Continue Reading »

New bill to give persons with disabilities greater access

IRELAND: A new copyright bill will give people with a disability greater access to copyrighted works. The bill was announced by Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. It will allow the reproduction of multiple copies of copyrighted works, in formats that are suitable for disabled people. An individual will be able to make a personal copy… Continue Reading »

HC allows woman with disabilities plea for allocation of civil

The Delhi High Court has allowed a plea of a woman with disability, who cleared all rounds of civil services exam of 2012-13, for allocation of either Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Foreign Service (IFS) under physically handicapped category. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Najmi Waziri modified the order passed by Central… Continue Reading »

Nepal plans to make public infrastructure accessible

KATHMANDU: The government has announced to make all state infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities. The budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has a program to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities but it falls short of spelling out the operational timeframe. The budget has also doubled social security allowance for senior citizens,… Continue Reading »

Pennsylvania Libraries partner with Benetech/Bookshare to expand accessible reading opportunities for people with print disabilities

PALO ALTO, CA: In a mission to expand more meaningful and accessible reading experiences for Pennsylvania residents who cannot read standard print, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia have entered into a partnership agreement with Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that manages Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible library for individuals… Continue Reading »