Africa

South Africa: Process to Make Sign Language 12th Official Language Begins

South Africa: The long-awaited process to amend the Constitution so that the 12th official language can be included has finally got under way. This was revealed by Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa during his response to parliamentary questions by IFP MP Siphosethu Ngcobo. Ngcobo asked about plans to include sign language as one of… Continue Reading »

Ghana: Government Provides Over 20,000 Wheelchairs to Persons With Disabilities

GHANA: Government, in partnership with the World Bank, has handed over twenty thousand (20,000) wheelchairs to the Ghana Federation of Disabilities Organisations as part of ongoing interventions to improve their livelihoods and wellbeing. The manual and powered wheelchairs, to be distributed by the Ministry of Health through the various District Health Directorates, will enhance personal mobility,… Continue Reading »

Jamaica: Move to Increase Access to Copyright Works 

The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) is looking to further amend the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2015 to increase access to copyright works by members of the disabled community. The objective is to bring the law into alignment with the provisions of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)-administered Marrakesh Treaty, which aims to make the production… Continue Reading »

2020 South African Health Review Focus on Healthcare for Persons with Disabilities

SOUTH AFRICA: The Health Systems Trust’s annual health review has been released. The 300-page document focuses on the challenges peoples with disabilities face when accessing healthcare services. Health24 has summarised some of the most important points of the report: A transformative approach to disability awareness driven by persons with disabilities The report says that persons with disabilities have… Continue Reading »

New Organization in Ghana to Support Teens and Young Adults with Hearing Impairment 

GHANA: Most Def Foundation, a Ghanaian organisation that exists to support deaf teens and young adults was officially launched at the Antique Lemonade Art Space in Accra on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch, Founder, Franka-Maria Andoh described the launch as “one of the new beginnings for this year.” According to her, she drew her inspiration from… Continue Reading »

Disaster Survival Guide In Braille Released for Persons with Visual Impairment in Jamaica

JAMAICA: A survival guide produced in Braille for persons who are blind or living with vision impairment was unveiled at a handover ceremony recently as part of an effort to ensure that they are not left behind when disaster strikes. The ceremony at the Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired marks the beginning… Continue Reading »

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech Invites Startups 

Startups with solutions addressing barriers to digital inclusion faced by people with disabilities have been invited to apply for up to US$325,000 in grant funding from the latest GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, is looking for startups, small and medium enterprises… Continue Reading »

Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 Seeks to Promote Access to Digital Resources for Persons with Disabilities in Africa

inABLE.org is set to host the first ever virtual Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 on October 8 – 9, from 9 – 11:30 am EAT. Sponsored by MasterCard Foundation, Safaricom, Facebook, Ford Foundation and Google, the theme of the conference is promoting digital accessibility in Africa.  At least 500 attendees from across Africa are anticipated to join in… Continue Reading »

Proposal for a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria

NIGERIA: The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the establishment of a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu who stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister,… Continue Reading »

Disability Accessibility Standard in Namibia Aims to Make Progress in the Built Environment

NAMIBIA: Imagine every day and every activity being a challenge or simply not being able to take part in everyday life. People with disabilities face this prospect daily, simply because buildings and infrastructure have not been made with them in mind. Leaving buildings, offices, schools, shops and infrastructure inaccessible to them because of lack of wheelchair… Continue Reading »