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Improving Social Skills in children with Autism

Waving goodbye and blowing kisses — no parent wants to miss out on those special moments. Among the 1 percent of the population of the United States who are diagnosed with autism, however, these small but important gestures often are missing from their behavior. Researchers at the Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center (AARTS) Center at Rush […]

Accessibility Act to Make Province More Accessible

Nova Scotia has set a goal to be accessible by 2030 under the Accessibility Act, passed today, April 27. Nova Scotia is only the third province in Canada to pass accessibility legislation. The passage of Bill 59 will start the process of removing barriers for persons with disabilities. “We are proud to have worked with […]

Disability Rights Activists Slam Indian Government’s Plan for Central University for Persons With Disabilities

NEW DELHI: Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar’s recent announcement  about the government’s decision to set up a special central university to cater to the needs of students with disabilities across the country has not gone down well with disability rights activists. They believe that this is an “an exclusionary move which will further segregate […]

UN disability rights expert announces first visit to North Korea

GENEVA: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 3 to 8 May 2017 to learn about the situation of persons with disabilities in the country, with a particular focus on children with disabilities. Ms. […]

Nigeria to support for persons with disabilities

LAGOS: Nigeria on Wednesday said it was committed to providing welfare support and dividends of democracy to persons with disabilities. Samuel Ankeli, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters, disclosed this in Abuja, the country’s capital city. He said government was promoting disability inclusive policies to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable […]

Australian government announces working group to expand Audio Description service

The Turnbull Government has announced the formation of an Audio Description Working Group to examine options for increasing the availability of audio description services in Australia, following the ABC’s recent trial on iview. Audio description is a verbal commentary that complements the underlying soundtrack of a television program, film, DVD or live performance. It aims […]

New drive to distribute books to children with vision disabilities

SHARJAH: The Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment (KF) has launched ‘Ara’, an initiative that aims to promote awareness about children who are blind or have low vision. The Sharjah-based non-profit organisation launched the campaign during the ninth edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), which ends on April 29 at Expo Centre. The project […]

Make city buses accessible for persons with disabilities: Minister

NAGPUR, INDIA: On May 6, 2016 NGO Pandit Deen Dayal Institute of Medical Science, Research and Human Resources, along with PN Andhare, an activist working for the cause of persons with disabilities submitted a plan to ease the commute of persons with disabilities on Nagpur’s red city buses to union minister for road transport and […]

Books to make classroom inclusive

NEW DELHI: To allow students with disabilities to read a book along with regular students in a classroom, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) unveiled a series of 40 booklets on Friday. The council will study the impact of these books to determine if the technology used in these booklets can be […]

Call for pro-disabilityeducation policy

HARARE: Students with disabilities have called for the formulation of an education policy tailored for their needs. According to the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT), disabled students are “the most neglected and forgotten”, and public schools must offer a special education program sensitive to their requirements, which enables their academic progress. DZT official Barbra Nyangairi said […]