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Study Reveals Shortage of Educational Technology for Children with Disabilities

UNITED KINGDOM: An ‘astonishing’ deficit of data about how the global boom in educational technology could help pupils with disabilities in low and middle-income countries has been highlighted in a new report. Despite widespread optimism that educational technology, or ‘EdTech’, can help to level the playing field for young people with disabilities, the study found… Continue Reading »

European Space Agency Announces Recruitment Drive for Greater Diversity

The European Space Agency says it wants to recruit someone with a disability as part of its call for new astronauts. Esa will be accepting applications in March to fill four-to-six vacancies in its astro corps but it wants this draft process to be as inclusive as possible. The search for a potential flier with additional functional… Continue Reading »

Syria: Guidance Note on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the COVID-19 CCCM Response

SYRIA: This guidance note provides an overview of the risks that persons with disabilities face in the COVID-19 response regarding accessing humanitarian services and proposes actions to address these risks within the CCCM response specifically. This note draws on the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, CCCM chapter, applying these to… Continue Reading »

Rights and Renewal: Inclusion Scotland’s Manifesto for the 2021-2026 Scottish Parliament

SCOTLAND: Announcing its own manifesto for the upcoming elections to the Scottish parliament, Inclusion Scotland said disabled people wanted to “go forwards to a more inclusive future”. Its Rights and Renewal manifesto focuses on five key areas: incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into Scottish law; social care; equal access to education and… Continue Reading »

New Report by New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) Highlights Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities During COVID-19 COVID19

NEW ZEALAND: A new report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) highlights the realities and challenges disabled people faced during the COVID-19 emergency. The report, Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic, Te Whakatinana i ngā Tika Hauātanga i te wā o te Urutā, examines New Zealand’s adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights… Continue Reading »

Ministry of Education in Peru Set to Deliver Accessible Educational Materials

PERU: Texts adapted to the braille system will be delivered this year, reported the Ministry of Education. During 2020, the Ministry of Education, through the Directorate of Special Basic Education (DEBE), produced more than 1,100 accessible audios and about 500 educational materials adapted to the Braille system for girls, boys, adolescents and young people with… Continue Reading »

New Unit to Enhance Communication with Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

MALAYSIA: The Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Communication Unit which will be launched next year is aimed at improving the delivery of service and information to the community nationwide. Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the unit will work closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in various joint-efforts including providing explanations, aid… Continue Reading »

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Employment Initiative for Inclusive Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor on December 16 announced a new initiative designed to assist states in aligning policy, programs and funding across multiple state agencies to increase competitive integrated employment for people with mental health conditions. Led by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment (ASPIRE)… Continue Reading »

Fiji Becomes First In The World To Validate Target E On Sendai Framework

A major milestone has been achieved today as Fiji takes lead in the world to validate the Target E data of the 2015 Sendai Framework. “Target E is a measure that estimates the number of countries and local actors that have Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies in place. Its goal is to: Substantially increase the… 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 »