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◆2013/10/01 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Portray Disability Positively - Kavetuna
◆2013/10/01 AllAfrica.com Sierra Leone: Deaf and Dumb Lament Government Neglect, Societal Discrimination
◆2013/10/02 Nigerian Tribune 22-year-old rapes 3-year-old deaf and dumb girl
◆2013/10/02 Nyasa Times Fedoma angered with Malawi gov’t delays to gazette disability Bill
◆2013/10/03 BusinessGhana Takoradi celebrates International Week of the Deaf
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◆2013/10/03 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Man Spared Jail Over Rape of Disabled Girl
◆2013/10/05 Ghana Business News Director dismisses misconceptions about deaf persons
◆2013/10/06 Sudan Tribune S. Sudan’s new labour bill to protect physically disabled: official
◆2013/10/08 The Star Online District welfare head rapped for not meeting disabled
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◆2013/10/18 AllAfrica.com Malawi: 'Light of the World' Demands Rights for the Disabled
◆2013/10/21 Osun Defender Gov. Ibrahim Shema abandoned deaf and dumb 1st child from a secret lover ready for DNA test to proof paternity claim
◆2013/10/21 Awoko Sierra Leone News:Stakeholders meet to popularize Disability Act
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◆2013/10/24 New Vision UK minister hails Uganda on disability action
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■International Rehabilitation Review, December 2007 - Vol. 56, No. 1, SPECIAL EDITION
This annotated bibliography lists a selection of 130 novels, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, materials from philosophy, anthropology and folklore, and literary criticism, in which disability, deafness or mental disorders play some significant part, from East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, available mostly in English or French.
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13, 626 pupils are visually impaired -Commissioner
17, 572 screened in one year
At least 13, 626 pupils in Lagos State suffer from one eye problem or the other even as the state government has stepped up plan to mitigate cases of child preventive blindness and address issues of refractive error.
According the state government, out of the 17, 572 pupils screened across the state through its blindness prevention programme, over 13, 000 pupils have poor vision.
This, the state government said, could increase the poor academic performance of the pupils, if their eye problems are not timely addressed.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, made this disclosure while briefing journalists on the efforts of the state government to address the growing rate of children with visual impairment.
He said a total of 1, 304 teachers had been trained on eye screening while about 501 schools in the state had been equipped with vision screening kits to carry out eye screening programmes for the pupils.
He said: “Poor vision and eye health significantly affect the capacity of children to learn and succeed academically. Not seeing clearly means being less able to learn as fast or as well as children with good vision leading to lower marks, demoralisation, social and emotional problems frequently accompany educational problem.”
He added that the initiative recorded success as it has reached out to over 65, 587 pupils, adding that the scope of the programme had also been extended to include the training of teachers and the installation of vision corridor in all the schools.
To mitigate the problem, the commissioner said corrective eye glasses had been given to those whose eye problems could be checked with corrective glasses.
“The methodology we have adopted to reduce childhood blindness include: training of two teachers in each school; installation of vision corridor in each school complex; distribution of information education communication materials; referral of pupils with red eye or eye emergency condition to the nearest public secondary eye clinic within the catchment areas,” he added.
Tanzania: IMF Supports Disabled Children
Bagamoyo - THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has donated 10,000 US dollars (about 16m/-) as a joint support for various programmes carried out by Sathya Sai Society of Tanzania and Tanzania Resource and Assessment Centre for Children with disabilities (TRACED).
The IMF Resident Representative, Mr Thomas Bounsgaard believes that the donation will help the said non governmental organizations to implement their programmes of awareness seminars, training to support parents and guardians of children with disabilities.
"We hope that the fund will be used to buy teaching and learning materials as well as construction of two classrooms for Frora centre and Inclusive Day care centre," said the IMF representative during a short handover ceremony in Bagamoyo over the weekend.
Mr Bounsgaard noted that part of the funds will be used to support Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School in Ilala Municipality, a school for children with disabilities supported by the Sri Sathya Sai Society of Tanzania (SSST).
"I do encourage you to focus on implementing the project with the intention to delivering result so that you can continue to make a difference to the lives of so many. "But keep in mind those financial resources as scarce so you must be very prudent and cautious in ensuring that all money spent really benefits the selected beneficiaries," he said.
He added that IMF was looking forward to see the concrete results of the support that the International Institution civics programme is providing to TRACED and SSST to help children born with disabilities.
The chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Society of Tanzania, Brother Nathumal Sajnani said his organization had rebuilt and renovated Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School by providing new furniture at between 20 and 25m/-.
Tanzania Resource and Assessment Centre for Children with disabilities (TRACED) is a non - governmental organization established by the parents of children with disabilities and professionals in the field of education, health and community development.
Rwanda: Disabled People to Be Categorized
For people with disabilities who require specialized equipment such as prosthesis, wheelchairs, crutches, obtaining it is a real headache since it is expensive and most of them use the public health insurance (mutuelle) which does not cover such tools. Yet the National Council of Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with the ministry of health is now setting up mechanisms to come to their aid.
Wensislas Nsabikunze has been disabled since childhood, and requires leg frames and two crutches to walk. The frames cost Frw 270,000, and he says that in case the current ones get damages he wouldn't be able to afford a replacement.
"Even if I am not poor, it is very difficult to get that sum of money. Yet, if I don't have these tools I wouldn't be able to walk. It would be better if the public health insurance covers this", Nsabikunze says.
Jacques Mugisha, who is blind, had the chance to receive a white cane from Minisante's disabled persons' education program. If that weren't the case, he would have to live without this vital aid. "In the past, mutuelle covered such equipment, but it stopped. You ask assistance from the ministry, but only a lucky few get it," he explains.
Gastone Rusiha, the president of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) explains that it became impossible for the health insurance to cover such items. "For example, if you would have ten disabled people in one sector who need things like prosthesis, it would require the total contribution of mutuelle there," he explains.
However, Rusiha remarks that durable measures are being taken to solve the problem. The measures include a tariff revision where the prices for prosthesis and similar equipment have been harmonized in both private and public business so that the price can be reduced. There has also been a reduction of taxes, and soon such aids will be imported free of charge.
In the same context, the NCPD is also planning to categorize disabled people according to the severity of their condition and economic status, and for those in the first category prosthesis will be covered by public health insurance.
The PCPD president explains that this categorization will be conducted with the assistance of specialized doctors in order to make sure that it reflects the realities of the disabled people's degree of disabilities and economic status. Rusiha remarks that those in the first category will not only get support to obtain equipment, but also get other privileges which they are entitled to by law.
"For instance, they are allowed to travel in public transport like Onatracom for free, but that is currently not possible because they have no document to show," he says.
Rusiha says that the exercise will start with the new fiscal year and should be completed within 12 months.
Gambia: Disabled Man Grateful to Yagana World Foundation
A visually impaired 33-year-old man has expressed his gratitude to the Yagana World Foundation - a charitable organization based in Holland - for assisting him with a special walking stick for the blind.
According to Mamud Saine, who lives in Latrikunda Sabiji, the new stick helps him walk alone without any person's support.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter at his residence, Mr Saine pointed out that the support from Yagana World Foundation has changed his life.
"The foundation has been so supportive of me since I started suffering from this blindness sometime late in 2009; they have come to my aid several times," he said.
"In November 2012 the foundation took me to the hospital to scan my brain to see weather my eyes can be seeing like a normal person and they paid a lot of money for that scanning; unfortunately the result proved that my eyes are no longer able to function correctly as I am completely blind."
Since then, Saine disclosed, in all of their trips to The Gambia, the foundation members usually bring something for him, and even plan to assist him more.
"Recently I was taken by them to the Gambia Organization of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) to offer me some skills training at the school. Now I am appealing to the main sponsor, Mr Derek Kent of Power Flower NCC based in Holland, to assist me to shape my life further," he said.
Bechem School for the deaf appeals for assistance
Ms Veronica Ayeh, Headmistress of the Bechem School for the Deaf, at the weekend appealed to individuals, philanthropists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come to the aid of educational institution.
He said the school, which had 461 students, made up of 289 boys and 180 girls, including the visually impaired, urgently needed boy's dormitory, classroom block and teaching and learning materials.
Ms Ayeh made the appeal when the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG)Team of the Entrepreneur Action in Us (ENACTUS), a student group, presented some items to the school at Bechem.
This is to enable 210 of students, who were trained by the team in the production of habiscus drink to start producing the drink.
Ms Ayeh explained that government subvention was not enough for the running of the school as student enrolment continued to increase.
She appealed to the public to assist the school with rice, cooking oil, maize and clothing.
Mr Kennedy Kwasi Amenu, President of the team, said the group was linking up with both local and international NGOs to solicit assistance towards the upkeep of the students. Source: GNA
Security officer remanded for defilement
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A Sunyani Magistrate’s Court has remanded a 44-year-old private security officer, Kwame Joseph, into prison custody for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old junior high school deaf and dumb pupil at Odumase near Sunyani.
The plea of the accused was not taken and would re-appear on Thursday, July 4.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Christopher Tawiah, Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani on Wednesday.
He said the accused was a private security officer at a filling station at Odumase while the victim lived nearby.
ASP Tawiah said on May 26, this year, the accused proposed to the victim, took her home and defiled her after which the accused gave her three Ghana cedis.
He said the accused defiled the victim again and offered her three Ghana cedis.
After sometime the victim fell sick and during interrogation she informed her parents that the accused had defiled her on several occasions.
ASP Tawiah said the accused was confronted and he admitted the offence adding that the parents of the victim demanded 150 Ghana cedis from the accused to send the victim to hospital but he could not afford and the matter was reported to the police.
He said a medical form was issued to the victim to attend hospital and the accused was arrested and charged with the offence after investigations.
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Namibia: Portray Disability Positively - Kavetuna
THE Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Juliet Kavetuna, has called on the media to portray people with disabilities positively.
Kavetuna, who was speaking at the congress of youth with disabilities yesterday, said writing positive stories about people with disabilities and publishing or broadcasting them would help such people. She asked young journalists to change their reporting language so that they can change the mentality and attitude of the community at large. Kavetuna wants the Unam Disability Unit to be equipped so that it becomes effective.
"We need to see more students with disabilities enrolling at Unam as a result of an enabling environment," said Kavetuna.The four-day congress will discuss unemployment among youth with disabilities.
She urged potential employers to consider engaging more people with disabilities.
Kavetuna blamed some government institutions for discrimination against those living with disabilities even if they have necessary qualifications. Brian Prince of the NYS said the government should empower people withdisabilities.
The Governor of Oshana Region, Clemence Kashuupulwa, responded to Prince's outcry by saying that the government wishes to improve the living con- ditions of the disabled but the problem lies with the policymakers and not with the politicians.
"There is a policy in place that assists people with disabilities to improve their living conditions and involve them in politics. Do not blame the government but the policy makers," said Kashuupulwa.
Sierra Leone: Deaf and Dumb Lament Government Neglect, Societal Discrimination
The president of the Deaf and Dumb has expressed great consternation that his members have been denied their basic right in many learning institutions in the country.
Mrs. Ramatu Sesay in an exclusive interview with Concord Times said Sierra Leone lacks note takers or sign language interpreters in colleges to help with communication for students with hearing and speaking disabilities.
She said the country does not ensure equal education for people with disabilities since many institutions remain inaccessible. She lamented that there are neither a Junior secondary and Nursery schools for the deaf in Sierra Leone, nor a college for special needs education, which she said makes learning very the deaf and dumb in this country.
Sesay further revealed there was marked discrimination against the deaf and dumb in many circles in Sierra Leone, including in leadership. She also called for tougher sanctions for persons who impregnate teenage deaf and dumb girls.
Sesay said the deaf and dumb are the most vulnerable of people with disabilities in the country as many in society consider them only to perform menial jobs, even if they are relatively educated, and accord them little or no respect. She said people make mockery of them and they are taken seriously.
She said she oftentimes feel like dying as a result of the deplorable status of deaf and dumb people in Sierra Leone. She said the Sierra Leone National Union of the deaf has no subvention from government to enable them implement most of their activities.
Consequently, she said they are left to rally round well-wishers and humanitarian groups for assistance, like the sports betting company Mercury International.
She appealed to both the government and development NGO for assistance, and implored the government to provide them a state land to construct a National Institute for the deaf and dumb, which she expressed confidence would be funded by development organizations like the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. She also appealed to development NGOs to create a budget lines for the welfare of the deaf and dumb in Sierra Leone.
22-year-old rapes 3-year-old deaf and dumb girl
EVEN the police officers who arrested the suspect could not but betray their emotions when Mrs Kafayat Abiola came to report at the police station that her three-year-old daughter (names withheld) was raped by a 22-year-old Uche Chukwu last week.
According to the mother of the three-year-old girl who resides at Baba Isale Compound, Kudeti area, Ibadan, the suspect took advantage of the little girl’s’ condition to perpetrate the evil act. She added that when the girl’s behaviour was abnormal, she tried to confirm her strange reaction where the girl was able to narrate what happened.
On sensing the development, Mrs Abiola was said to have raised the alarm and reported the matter to the police. The victim was then taken to the Adeoyo Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan, where medical examination was conducted on the girl and penetration was confirmed.
The suspect, Chukwu, sources informed, is currently undergoing interrogation at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Iyaganku, Ibadan.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Commnad, DSP Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, said the incident was a sad and unfortunate one.
“The suspect committed a crime against a minor and a physically challenged person. He will be charged to court after preliminary investigation has been conducted and if the court finds him culpable, he has to face the music.” Meanwhile, according to a survey conducted by the News agency of Nigeria (NAN), incidence of rape has taken a serious dimension in Ibadan, Oyo State, with over 20 new cases reported monthly.
The survey revealed that the menace was fast assuming a dangerous dimension with reported abuse of minors.
James Ajibola, the legal adviser to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State chapter, one of those polled in the survey, said that rape was one of the social vices currently ravaging the society.
Ajibola, said that aside the fact that it is an aberration, underage girls are now major targets of rapists, leaving their victims with horrible experiences.
The legal practitioner said that the Nigerian constitution defines rape and spells out penalties for culprits, which range from two to 14 years jail term, depending on the severity of the crime or court’s discretion.
He said that it was very difficult to give an accurate statistics of rape cases, because of a number of factors.
According to him, the intervention by various people to settle rape cases out of court had contributed to seeing rapists go unpunished and thus encouraged more rape cases.
“Over 20 new rape cases are recorded on a monthly basis in Ibadan alone, with only one out of 100 per cent rape cases receiving diligent prosecution,” he said.
Intimidation and poverty on the part of the victims, he noted, were other reasons why rapists go free.
In his own submission, Dr Benjamin Olley, a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, described rapists as insane.
Olley wondered why the quest for power and materialism should result into the destruction of innocent and underage girls.
“The situation in which men have sexual intercourse with underage girls is abnormal,” he said.
Olley also noted that the act had many negative implications for the victims.
“They are exposed to various sexually transmitted diseases and more often than not, they lose their self-esteem or could even become promiscuous,” he said.
A rape victim, who gave her horrible experience in court during a cross examination, felt dejected in her account.
The victim, a 25-year-old undergraduate student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, said that the rapist threatened to behead her if she refused to allow him.
The two-month old pregnant lady narrated that the culprit had other men who collaborated with him to ensure that the illicit act was carried out on her in spite of her plea.
“When I was shouting, some men were there, but did not help me,” she said.
Another Ibadan-based legal practitioner, Jelil Rufai, explained that the Nigerian society is in a serious immorality crisis with different degrees of disintegration in social values and norms.
Rufai, added that unemployment was one of the root causes of rape, which had conversely led young men to drugs and their uncontrolled urge for sex.
“I also suggest that men who are of age should get married,” he added.
A human rights activist with the Child Protection Network, an NGO based in Ibadan, who preferred anonymity, linked the menace to the high divorce rate in the society.
According to him, many couples had abandoned their vulnerable children to be raped by idle men.
“I will also advise our girls to shun provocative dresses,” he said.
He called for the collaboration of all stakeholders, urging them to be vigilant and to report suspected rapists.
He also called on the police and the courts to urgently tackle the numerous rape cases on ground.
“If we have quick dispensation of rape cases, it would discourage the offenders,” he said.
Grace Akinsehinwa, prosecutor and an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who has prosecuted many rape cases in Ibadan, blamed many parents and guardians, whose children and wards have been defiled or raped, for not pursuing their cases to logical conclusion.
She added that those parents and guardians would rather prefer to keep mute than expose those involved, all in the name of protecting the minor ’s future.
She noted that the Nigeria Police had been educating parents, guardians and women on the readiness of the police to assist them in the prosecution of cases.
DSP Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, condemned the act, saying that men who engaged in the act had fallen below the animal level.
Clet-Ilobanafor, however, said that the command would soon begin a Police community outreach programme against rape.
She said, “The programme, when it starts, would aim at enlightening girls on how to avoid being raped by men.”
Fedoma angered with Malawi gov’t delays to gazette disability Bill
Federation for Disability Organization in Malawi (Fedoma) is not amused by government tactics not to gazette the disability Bill and has since pleaded for speedy gazetting of the disability bill which was passed by parliament in May last year.
Fedoma boss Mussa Chiwaula
He said the institution has so far engaged the Ministry of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly, the Malawi Human Rights Commission and is currently talking to the Ministry of Justice so that there is expeditious enactment of the Bill.
Takoradi celebrates International Week of the Deaf
The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan branch of Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) is implementing an economic empowerment programme.
Mr Remy Kayang, Metropolitan Chairman of GNAD made this known at this year's celebration of the International Week of the deaf on the theme: "Bridging the gap between the Deaf and the Hearing through sign language," in Takoradi.
He said the empowerment programme aims at creating sources of livelihood for unemployed members of the association.
He said projects being implemented include welding, spraying, barbering and trading.
Mr Kayang said it is imperative for GNAD to support vocational training and sustainable livelihood projects for the deaf in order to reduce unemployment among them.
He urged financial institutions not to shy away from giving the deaf micro-credit since most of them are in the informal sector.
The association is also implementing family planning projects to educate the deaf on reproductive health, family planning, responsible parenthood and gender-based violence.
Mr Joseph Ewusi-Ntenah, Western Regional President of the GNAD, said it is difficult for the deaf in the country to access healthcare partly due to communication barrier.
He said there are no sign language interpreters in the country's health care system and urged the authorities to train and assign sign language interpreters at regional and district hospitals, the courts, police stations and in the public service.
Mrs Dinah Deborah Kwabie, Metropolitan Director of the Department of Social Welfare, advised the deaf to learn the sign language because they cannot do away with it.
Bong District Assembly reject project that is not disability friendly
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Bongo (UE), Oct 3, GNA- Mr Alexis Adugdaa Ayamdor, Bongo District Chief Executive (DCE), has rejected a three-unit classroom block at Nayorigo because the contractor failed to add disability-friendly designs.
Mr Ayamdor pointed out that the Assembly would only accept disability friendly projects, and advised the Bongo-based construction firm Robert Aboor’s Enterprise, to design rambles within the project, to include classrooms, urinals and toilet facilities, to make them accessible to PWDs.
He warned contractors that the Assembly would not accept any project that failed to consider disability friendly designs.
Mr Ayamdor, however, accepted two other projects at separate functions at Gorogo ?Soe, Zorko-Atenseka and Nayorigo all in the District.
They were a 6.3-kilometre spot improvement of the Gorogo?Soe feeder road, executed by Lampoher Engineering Company Limited at the cost of 297,716.13 Ghana Cedis, with funding from the Ghana Social Opportunity Project (GSOP), and the construction of a three-unit class room block with its ancillary facilities at Zorko-Atenseka, with Al-Aras Enterprise, a Bolgatanga based construction firm as the executor of the , 96,902.23 Ghana-Cedi project, with funding from the District Development Facility (DDF)..
Mr Ayamdor warned that the Assembly would not tolerate contractors who executed shoddy works, adding, “Value for money is one of the cardinal principles of this government, and the Assembly will not hesitate to blacklist any contractor whose work does not meet specifications, standards and schedule”
The DCE expressed satisfaction at works executed by the other contractors and commended them for their good work.
He tasked the Works and Physical Department of the Assembly to ensure that the three-unit class room block with its ancillary facilities at Zorko-Atenseka constructed by Al-Aras Enterprise, was adopted as a model and replicated in other communities.
He, therefore, entreated other contractors to visit the site and learn from the contractor.
He impressed upon the Ghana Education Service, (GES) Assembly and Community members, to monitor on-going projects in their communities, and to offer feedback to the Assembly for redress if the need arose.
Mr Ayamdor assured the Works and Physical Department of the Assembly that his administration would give it the needed support to embark on regular monitoring, to ensure that projects were properly executed..
The Chiefs, communities, Assembly members and the GES expressed their appreciation to the leadership of the District Assembly and appealed to the Assembly to furnish the classrooms with furniture.
Tanzania: Man Spared Jail Over Rape of Disabled Girl
LEGAL technicalities have spared a resident of Shinyanga Region, Shilinde Bulaya, from spending 30 years behind bars for allegedly raping a five-year-old deaf and dumb girl.
A panel of justices of the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal lodged by Bulaya to challenge both conviction and sentence imposed on him by Meatu District Court on May 25, 2004 and subsequently confirmed by the High Court on March 3, 2010.
"The appeal has merits and is allowed. As such, conviction is quashed and the sentence is set aside. We order his (Bulaya) immediate release from prison unless he is otherwise lawfully held," Justices Mbarouk Mbarouk, William Mandia and Batuel Mmila ruled.
They agreed with the prosecution's position in support of the appeal in question that the testimony of the alleged rape victim, who was deaf and dumb, was received by the trial court without following the procedure as proved for under the law.
According to Section 128 (1) of the Evidence Act, the trial magistrate was required to record whatever transpired when a witness of deaf and dumb testifies and the signs, if any must be made in open court. In the case in hand, the justices noted, such procedure as provided for under the law were not followed.
The justices further noted the evidence produced by the victim's sister, who allegedly witnessed the sexual intercourse between Bulaya and the young girl, was not corroborated by any other evidence and did not prove the penetration, the essential ingredient in rape cases.
They said that even the evidence on PF-3, which was another piece to prove penetration, vanished because the document in question was admitted in evidence contrary to the law, which required the trial court to give an opportunity the accused person elect whether the doctor to be called to testify.
It was alleged that on September 11, 2003, at around 11am, the victim's sister noted her younger sister's disappearance and began looking for her. The search for her took the sister to the home of Bulaya.
On entering the house, she found Bulaya and the young girl lying in bed, both of whom, according to the evidence on record, were naked and were engaging in sexual intercourse. Upon such discovery, the sister raised alarm, which seemed to have riled Bulaya, who allegedly ran away.
At the end of it all, the sister told her brother of what she had seen who then helped to send the young girl to hospital for treatment. The matter reached the police who commenced investigations, leading to the arrest of Bulaya.
In his defence, Bulaya flatly denied involvement and was categorical that he did not rape the young girl as alleged. Charges were preferred against him and upon being satisfied by the prosecution's evidence, the trial court convicted him of the offence and sentence him to 30 years in jail.
Director dismisses misconceptions about deaf persons
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Mr James Sambian, Executive Director of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf has dismissed misconceptions people commonly have about deaf persons.
“In fact, we need to remove the misconceptions that deafness is infectious or a curse, such negative feelings about deaf persons only seeks to reinforce their denial from total inclusion in society and alienation from participating fully in social and economic activities.
Mr Sambian, who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency on misconceptions about deaf persons in Ghana on Friday, said deaf people want to be called “Deaf” and not “hearing impaired” or “hard of hearing or hearing challenged.”
He added: “Deaf people are deaf. They are not Deaf and dumb…terms like deaf and dumb or deaf mute is considered offensive by most deaf people.”
He also explained that speech reading or lip reading is a skill that some deaf persons are good at but some also have difficulty mastering it.
“While good speech reading skill can help in communication, only 26 to 30 per cent of speech is visible on the lips, and even the best speech readers can’t speech read everything that is said,” he added.
He said “deafness is not contagious,” but added: “there is a type of deafness that is genetic and that explains why some deaf people have deaf children.”
However, 90 per cent of deaf people were born to hearing parents and most have hearing children, he said.
According to Mr Sambian, approximately 70 recognised sign languages exist in the world; all of them are incredibly distinct.
He said deaf people in Uganda for example drive, adding that some studies had shown that deaf people are actually better drivers than hearing people, due to the fact that Deaf people have enhanced peripheral vision.
“If you stop and think about it, nothing about driving really requires you to be able to hear. After all there is a reason why emergency vehicles have both sirens and lights,” he added.
Mr Sambian called on policy makers and legislators to chart a new policy direction to address challenges deaf persons encounter in education, jobs, healthcare, justice, politics recreation and their daily activities.
S. Sudan’s new labour bill to protect physically disabled: official
October 6, 2013 (JUBA) - The labour bill currently before lawmakers will protect physically disabled persons in South Sudan from work place discrimination, a public service official said.
Hellen Achiro, the undersecretary in the ministry said the transitional constitution of South Sudan prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
A section of the labor law, she stressed, provides for equal employment opportunities for all.
“When enacted, the labour bill will facilitate the participation of the disabled in nation building, legislative organs and access to employment opportunities”, Achiro told reporters in Juba on Friday.
South Sudan has ratified the International Labour Organisation’s equal remuneration convention, as well as the discrimination in employment and occupation convention.
However, while the equal remuneration convention guarantees equal pay for equal work, the other prohibits discrimination in employment.
Sebut Khablu Ebibon, who chairs the disabled persons union in the country, cited the private sector as the main discriminator in the country.
He said most private sector job adverts allegedly call for physically fit applicants, making them ineligible.
The physically disabled people, officials say, constitute up to 15% of South Sudan’s population.
District welfare head rapped for not meeting disabled
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ALOR SETAR: State executive councillor Datuk Suraya Yaacob has taken Kulim district welfare head Rohana Yusof to task for not receiving a memorandum by a group of disabled persons.
The incident on Sunday took a painful turn when a disabled man, biting the memorandum in his mouth, decided to crawl up a flight of stairs to the welfare office to deliver the note.
Some 50 people from the Persatuan OKU Setia Daerah Kulim, many of them more able-bodied than wheelchair bound Gnana Pragasan, 53, had gathered at the municipal council building at around 1.30pm to meet Rohana.
Rohana had reportedly refused to receive the memorandum and remained at the department’s office on the first floor of the municipal building.
After waiting for about an hour, Gnana took the memorandum and climbed the stairs on his hands and disabled legs, watched by the others.
Suraya, the state Women Deve-lopment, Community Welfare, Agri-culture and Agro-Based and Entre-preneur Development committee chairman, said she regretted the incident and apologised to the group.
“There was a misunderstanding because the officer was ill-advised not to go down to meet the group and accept the memorandum,” Suraya told reporters during a visit to a site of a fire in Pendang, about 20km from here, yesterday.
She added that she and state welfare department director Zulkifli Ramli will meet the group soon.
“The state government has also agreed to re-look into the location of the welfare office, to make it more accessible for the disabled,” she said.
Nigeria: Gov Peter Obi Failed the Disabled in Anambra
When Governor Peter Obi reclaimed the mandate given to him by the people of AnambraState, all the good people of the state rejoiced and celebrated. Unfortunately,People's Democratic Party (PDP) controlled state house of assembly contrived an impeachment proceeding to truncate the young administration that had barely settled down to govern the state. Many were amazed at the audacity with which the house was going about its impeachment threat.
Many people and groups criticized the impeachment move but unfortunately none took any concrete step to save Peter Obi's Government except persons with disability. Association for Comprehensive empowerment of Nigerians with disability (ASCEND) rose to the occasion. As the national president of the association, this columnist contacted Mr. Peter Obi and told him the intentions of ASCEND to protest against his impeachment threat, based on the fact that we were convinced that he had not committed any impeachable offence.
On October 31, 2006 this columnist mobilized over 1,500 disabled from Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia and Lagos states, for the peaceful protest against Obi's impeachment threat. And during the match, some of our members crawled, some walked with crutches, while some were hopping under a scorching sun for about a kilometer just to register our displeasure at the planned impeachment of a man we thought we could trust.
I personally funded the peaceful protest. I hired buses and vehicles that conveyed our members from various states and back. At the end of the protest I gave every participant money for any incidental expenses they may have incurred while taking part in the protest. Governor Peter Obi did not contribute a kobo to the cost of the peaceful protest and I did not expect any contribution from him. I did what I did because I wanted to support a man I thought could be trusted.
The interest of our group was to ensure that Governor Peter Obi was not impeached, to enable him serve the people who elected him as their Governor and to send a signal to politicians that persons with disability will no longer sit on the fence and watch the politicians toy with our faith. This message was sent to the politicians,and thus we were happy that we accomplished our mission.
Though Peter Obi was impeached, he eventually reclaimed his mandate through the court and once again, we all rejoiced. Determined to help the governor succeed, I approached Mr. Peter Obi with a proposal to work with his government to develop a model for caring for persons with disability and the aged, which will serve as a model for the entire country. He sounded impressed and interested. I also informed him that we could start with a legislation to protect the rights of persons with disability in the state. He asked me to prepare a draft for him, promising to make it an executive bill as soon as he received a draft. I prepared and submitted a draft bill within two weeks of our conversation. This draft bill never saw the light of the day.
Mean while, I was reliably informed that if I wanted to make any head way with Governor Peter Obi on any project, that I should ensure that it did not involve him spending Government funds. I wondered what the government funds were meant for, if it cannot be invested in a project that can transform about 500,000 persons with disability in the state from unproductivity and dependency to productivity and independence. However, I listened to the advice and designed the partnership in such a way that we would not need any funds from the state but rather rely on funds from sponsors and partners. I promptly communicated this to Governor Peter Obi and he was happy.
In line with my proposed partnership with Mr. Peter Obi's Government, I sourced for sponsorships and made personal contributions to the provision of mobility aids and appliances to persons with disability in the state. On five occasions, my organization, Mobility Aid and Appliances Research and Development Centre (MAARDEC) organized mass distribution of mobility aids and appliances to persons with disability in Anambra state, and Governor Peter Obi attended all the events in the state without contributing a kobo. I was glad that he could find time to attend the events and hoped that he would one day borrow a leaf from the projects. Unfortunately, Governor peter Obi's response to my gestures was ignominious and criminal neglect of persons with disability. He treated disabled persons in Anambra state as if they had committed a serious offence against him.
The last haul that broke the Camel's back was when I personally appealed to Governor Peter Obi at a public function to donate a bus to the disabled in Anambra state, he accepted and publicly announced the donation of a bus to the disabled in Anambra state.Unfortunately, he failed to donate the bus or do anything to address the transportation needs of persons with disability in Anambra state. I have realized that I was dealing with a man who could not be trusted.
Malawi: 'Light of the World' Demands Rights for the Disabled
It has been discovered that people living with disabilities and households with disabled members experience higher rates of deprivations. These include food insecurity, poor housing, lack of access to safe water and inadequate access to healthcare.
According to Lord Joel Joffe, South African and UK former Human Rights lawyer, though such people encounter many problems in their day to day lives, it will soon be history.
"This is why Light for the World has embarked on programmes aimed at demanding dignity and rights for persons living with disabilities In developing countries based on their goal marginalization and discrimination, common practice since time began shall soon be history," said Joffe.
The Human Rights lawyer who is also one of the Ambassadors of the organization also added in press statement that the outstanding work that Light of the World does in a field of desperate need is an inspiration to all who care about justice. The organisation sees itself right in the middle of the joint concert of many international initiatives, all striving towards the same goal 'an inclusive society'.
"Advocating the rights of persons living with disabilities from the micro-level such as in villages is also a job done by the organisation," said Joffe.
The committed and sustainable advocacy and involvement by Light of the world is valued and supported by seven highly regarded members of the international board of ambassadors of the organisation namely Joel Joffe, South African lawyer representing Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial in 1963/1964 and Austria former Commissioner of the European Union, Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner.
Others include Haile Gebr Selassie, Ethiopian running legend and multiple Olympic medalist and world champion, Prince Maximilian von and zu Liechtenstein of Liechtenstein Group Foundation, Yetneberch Niguisse , Director of Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development and Kenyan gold medalist at Paralympics 2000/2004, Henry Wanyoike.
Declaration of support for the international Board of Ambassadors called into life by the European development NGO 'Light for the world' was first signed by Waldner.
The UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into effect five years ago and has since been ratified by 137 states.
Gov. Ibrahim Shema abandoned deaf and dumb 1st child from a secret lover ready for DNA test to proof paternity claim
Katsina State Governor Dr. Ibrahim Shema is a professional in politics. A trained lawyer, in the mid-80s he was the Chief Legal Executive of the National Fertilizer Company (NAFCON) and in the line of duty, then a 30 years old young man who was single and exploring, he met a beautiful and promising police woman, Felicia Udeh in Ibadan in one of his official visits (pictured both with Shema holding a microphone and a man looking)
Evidently there was sexual spark between the cop and the young Shema and they struck up a yummy relationship, and had a baby girl in 1987. A bundle of joy to both she was named after Shema’s maternal grandmother, Amina, and when she was 2 years old, her father took her to Mecca for pilgrimage.
FELICIAThe two lovers may have been put asunder by the fact that Felicia who retired from the police as a Deputy Commissioner had had five children in her broken marriage to one Mr. Udeh and is a Christian from Cross Rivers State. She later died on February 17, 2005.
Ibrahim-Shema-Katsina-Stat-Endowed with the fine physical attributes of a Fulani woman, which she inherited from her father’s genes(Shema pictured left), Amina is naturally beautiful. However, her speech and hearing defects have both conspired to hamper her pursuits of happiness and knowledge.
Now 26 years old, Amina who lives with a relation at Ikotun in Alimosho Area of Lagos State has had a baby girl for a man who promised her marriage but later fled when he impregnated her. She was also cheated out of her own share of her deceased’s mother’s estate.
SHEMAIn a chance encounter, Amina who spoke to orijoreporter through an interpreter said she got to know from her mother that her father is the present Katsina Sate Governor before she died, and would not mind to prove it by submitting herself to a DNA Test.
Armed with joint picture of Dr. Ibrahim Shema and her mother in January this year, Amina who is desperate to meet her father went to NTA Abuja believing that her matter would be brought to light and she would get help.
According to her: “I was at NTA Abuja, and they reached my father by phone, telling him they had a deaf and dumb girl in their office, who claimed to be his daughter.
“He sent his Aide-de-camp, Usman Mohammed to NTA to come and identify me and when he came after discussing with the governor on phone he admitted that am his daughter.
“But that was the last I heard.”
The ultimate search also took her to Katsina Governor’s Lodge at Asokoro in Abuja where she was turned back by gun wielding police manning the gate. She also wrote a letter (a copy made available to orijoreporter and published below) that was infested with errors and sent it through DHL to Dr. Ibrahim Shema but got no response.
Sierra Leone News:Stakeholders meet to popularize Disability Act
Presidential Lounge at the National Stadium was the venue where multi-stakeholders met to deliberate on issues inherent in the Persons with Disability Act of 2011. They focused particularly on those aspects bordering on the welfare of the visually impaired, handicap, the deaf and dumb and other forms of disabilities in the country.
The one day stakeholders’ dialogue which was organized by the National Commission for Persons with Disability in collaboration with the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, saw the convergence of both local and international NGOs dealing with disability issues. In the final analysis, they were to proffer recommendations on how to solve the many problems of persons with disability.
In her opening remarks, a visually impaired, Madam Emma Parker noted that disability issues have over the years been downplayed by stakeholders. She said that as a result, there have been strong stigmatizations among persons with disability. She observed that the disabled have been deprived of so many facilities available for the abled members of the population, ranging from transportation and access to public buildings.
She pleaded for support to the disabled so as to feel part of the general population and help in the reduction of the rate of stigmatization against them.
Representative of the Mayor of Bo City supported the fact that disables “face serious social marginalization” and that their contributions to nation building have been stifled because of lack of opportunities of easy access in academic institutions and public places. “There are no facilities to aid our access and enhance our movements in those buildings,” the Mayor’s representative stated.
Speaking on behalf of OHCHR, Frenanda B. Guimaraes gave an assurance of the OHCHR’s commitment to move the agenda of persons with disability. She said that Sierra Leone is part of countries that are signatories to many Acts, treaties and conventions on persons with disability. Therefore, she noted, as part of human rights agenda, promoting disability remains on top of their agenda as UN family.
The Chairman of the National Commission for Persons with Disability, Frederick Kamara re-echoed the need for stakeholders to pay more attention to issues relating to disability. He said that over the years, “disability has been treated on a charity model” and that everybody needs to be onboard to adopt the development model by initiating development projects.
He noted that provisions made in the act are very good but if they are not well implemented they will not yield any fruit.
By Poindexter Sama
Namibia: Visually Impaired Demand Dignity and Equal Opportunity
Usakos - Close to 150 visually impaired people held a demonstration in Usakos in the Erongo Region during the commemoration of 'White Cane Day' with First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba last week.
The visually impaired travelled from as far as the south of the country for the day's event that took place under the theme "Controlling own life through self-determination and independent living."
They entertained residents with their artistic talents, including poetry recitals, role-playing and singing. Madam Pohamba said the theme is admonishing visually impaired people on the need to control their own destiny and not allowing opportunistic people to use them for their own selfish gain. "The visually impaired should be able to control their lives.
Therefore I would like to urge our fellow Namibians to help people living with disabilities to make their own decisions and shape their destinies. Only then would we be able to significantly contribute to their wellbeing," she explained.
Madam Pohamba went on to say that education and training is one of the many challenges faced by the visually impaired and said more should be done to complement government efforts to assist the visually impaired through continuous life-long learning and skills development.
"We have so many institutions that provide different courses to many Namibians, but 99 percent of these institutions do not have training programmes to accommodate visually impaired people.
I am requesting the Namibian Training Authority to look at this critical matter and put in place some measures to improve the situation," she said. According to the First Lady both the government and the private sector should undertake efforts to employ people living with disabilities.
"The United Nations Convention on the right of persons with disabilities, says that both parties should recognise the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others," she said.
The white cane is a symbolic tool that serves as a guide and is used by the visually impaired when moving around. A white cane can sometimes indicate that the user is blind or has poor vision and can be effective when visually impaired people request information in shops, from bus or taxi drivers or even the general public.
Disabled former rebels vandalise Libyan parliament
TRIPOLI // A number of disabled former rebels from the war that toppled Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, broke into the parliament building and vandalised some of it yesterday, a parliamentarian said.
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The incident came on the eve of the second anniversary of the rebels’ declaration of victory over Qaddafi’s forces, three days after he was captured and killed outside his hometown Sirte.
MP Mohammed Al Khalil Al Zarruq said the protesters came from the town of Ajdabiya, a key crossroads between the capital and eastern Libya which was a major battleground in the 2011 war against Qaddafi.
“They got into the Congress chamber and smashed some fittings,” Mr Al Zarruq said.
The MP said the chamber was empty at the time but deplored the “new assault on a state institution”.
This was the latest in a string of security breaches at the General National Congress building and came less than two weeks after the brief abduction of prime minister Ali Zeidan from his Tripoli hotel by disgruntled former rebels.
Diplomats and analysts have voiced mounting concern about the inability of the post-Qaddafi government to assert its writ over large swathes of the country.
Former rebels units, some of them sympathetic to Al Qaeda, have refused to surrender their arms.
Desperate to forge a new army and police force to replace those crushed or discredited by the rebellion, the government has given some of the militia units varying degrees of official recognition, but its control over them is nominal in many cases.
One such unit made a string of arrests in Libya’s second city Benghazi on Monday evening that an army source said lacked legal authority.
The Libya Martyrs’ Brigade rounded up 10 people, three of them from neighbouring Chad, joint security operations room spokesman Colonel Abdullah Al Zaidi said.
Sources close to the brigade said those arrested were accused of involvement in a recent spate of assassinations in Benghazi of security and judicial officials who served under Qaddafi.
But an army source in the eastern city, which was the cradle of the 2011 uprising, cast doubt on the legal basis of the arrests.
“Those seized were just part of the migrant workforce ? the announcement of the arrests is a bid to cover up the real perpetrators of the killings,” the source said.
The three Chadians were paraded on Libya’s privately owned Benghazi-based Al Hurra television yesterday and accused of having fought as mercenaries for Qaddafi during the uprising.
The Qaddafi regime did recruit personnel for its armed forces from abroad, particularly from Sub-Saharan Africa, where Qaddafi built up a network of alliances during his 42-year rule.
But rights groups say many migrant workers unconnected to the old regime suffered abuses in a misplaced vendetta by the victorious rebels that is still continuing.
* Agence France-Presse
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Gambia: Disaster and Living With Disability
The Gambia has just joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction under the theme "Disaster and Living with disability". This year's celebration came at a time when the government of The Gambia has stepped up efforts to this end, with the establishment and enhancement of a National Disaster Council with a view to improve community conditions so as to reduce risk and mitigate the impact of disasters.
As the world takes stock of disaster risk reduction, we hope that such constructive initiatives continue. We also hope that stakeholders would also without delay ensure the implementation of the theme of this year's IDDRR celebration.
The theme is very fundamental as the common catch phrase has it that disability does not mean inability. These wise words are widely accepted and respected across the world; The Gambia is not an exception. The plight of people with disability throughout the globe are to a great extent the same in terms of discrimination at homes, work places and access to other basic social amenities. When conditions of disaster add to this social exclusion, the results are absolute traumatic.
Nothing therefore in this field can be more appropriate than mitigating the impact of disaster for people living with disability.
After all, people with disability are our own brothers and sisters and the need to see them as part and parcel of us cannot be overemphasised, as far as efforts geared towards achieving sustainable economic, human and political developments are concerned.
The disabled could have the same potentials like the abled; after all, we are all the same human beings, sharing that unique bond of humanity.
It is also befitting to once again reiterate our call for a people-centered approach to disaster risk reduction because the principal resources of any community are its inhabitants and local stakeholders, who play an important part in the development processes.
It is certain that disasters, particularly those brought about by nature, are unavoidable. However, this does not mean that humanity cannot do anything about them. Through activities geared toward disaster risk reduction, the serious catastrophe and impediment to national development that would have otherwise been brought about by disasters can be mitigated. Stakeholders in disaster risk reduction should therefore commit themselves more to adopting sound strategies to that end and ensure their implementation without delay.
Liberia: Senator Wants Support for Visually Impaired
The senior Senator of Margibi County, Clarice Alpha Jah has launched a campaign seeking government's support for visually impaired persons.
She said support of the visually impaired is intended to provide better living conditions for them through better health care, food, and shelter as well as housing facilities.
The Margibi County lawmaker said visually impaired persons are humans like any other person and depriving them of their social and economic needs do not mean well for their wellbeing.
She lamented that Liberia's visually impaired persons are living below the poverty line because family members have abandoned them.
Serving as keynote speaker at the World Sight and Safety Day celebration in Kakata, Margibi County recently, Senator Jah made a passionate call to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other non-governmental organizations to help people with physical disability.
"This is a shame for us to see blind citizens of this country standing at street corners begging," Senator Jah noted.
She believes that the visually impaired can play a major role in the development process of the nation just as those who can see.
In a special statement stressing the importance of the "white cane", a visually impaired 7th grade student of the Bible Way Mission School, Elijah Menyon said the white cane used by blind people as an instrument to find a pathway is important.
He wants the government to recognize their safety through the passage of the white cane bill.
He reminded government of the significance of the bill because visually impaired persons lack access to many public facilities including government ministries, hospitals and universities.
Uganda: We Must Maintain Disability Momentum
Uganda: We Must Maintain Disability Momentum
It is estimated that more than one billion people in the world live with some kind of disability - that is one in every seven people.
For too long, the world has been guilty of turning a blind eye to the challenges, discrimination and prejudice that people with disabilities can face every day. Too often, they have been left behind when it comes to development.
As a consequence, they are disproportionately some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world. We simply cannot say we are tackling poverty if we aren't addressing the needs of people with disabilities.
Uganda is at the forefront of the disability movement in Africa and I particularly wanted to come here to get a picture of what works, and what the real challenges and opportunities are for making a difference in people's lives. Over five million people in Uganda have a disability. That's one in every six people. And poverty and disability in Uganda are impossible to disentangle.
According to recent surveys, more than two thirds of people with disabilities in the Northern region of Uganda are living in a state of chronic poverty. Uganda was, of course, one of the first countries to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
It has also been a frontrunner in making some incredibly important commitments to people with disabilities including: putting a reference to the rights of people with disabilities in the Constitution; recognising sign language as an official language; and setting out electoral processes to ensure that people with disabilities are represented from parliamentary to village levels.
Uganda also has a very strong disability movement which is fundamental in driving many of the improvements in respecting the rights of people with disabilities. But there is some way to go in Uganda, as there is in the UK and other countries of the world, before we can say that all people with disabilities can live their lives with equal choices and opportunities and free from discrimination.
You can often trace the challenges people with disabilities face back to school, where many people with disabilities, especially girls and women, simply find there are too many obstacles in their way to completing their studies. Without the necessary skills, they then struggle to get a job that would give them an income.
Throughout their lives, many of them will encounter prejudice, ignorance and hostility, sometimes even from their communities and families. I've seen some brilliant examples here in Uganda of how services can be tailored to fit the particular needs of people with disabilities.
I visited Wera primary school where a local partner of WaterAid Uganda has built a separate latrine for pupils with disabilities. This has made a big difference to pupils including one ten-year-old girl I met who cannot walk by herself and was subject to inconvenience and even bullying when she had to use the general latrine. She is now happier at school and socialising better.
It is small actions like this that can make a real difference to a child staying in school. Of the 57 million children currently out of school in the world today, it's no surprise that over a third have a disability. It's not sufficient just to place these children in a school without considering their specific needs.
That's why last month I announced that the Department for International Development would ensure that all of the school construction we directly support is designed to allow disability access.
We also committed more funding to the Disability Rights Fund - the only grant-making organisation solely and directly to support disabled people's organisations in developing countries.
These are only the first steps and we know we all need to do more. This is a global challenge and it needs a global response to tackle it. Many of you will have heard of the internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goals for tackling global poverty.
The 2015 deadline for the MDGs is now fast-approaching and the international community is starting to shape a post-2015 development framework. This is a once-in-a-generation chance finally to put disability on the agenda and we cannot afford to let it go.
Let's keep the momentum building and keep working to fight discrimination. We all have a role to play - families, communities and leaders - in ensuring that no one is left behind and everyone has a chance to reach their potential.
Lynne Featherstone is the minister responsible for disability in the UK Department for International Development.
UK minister hails Uganda on disability action
Publish Date: Oct 24, 2013
Lynne Featherstone talks to Edith Mukasa of HIV/AIDS Initiative.
newvision By Taddeo Bwambale
Lynne Featherstone, the visiting UK minister for disability, has hailed Uganda’s efforts to address challenges of people with disabilities.
In her keynote address at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, the diplomat said Uganda had played a key role in the promotion of disability rights in the country and Africa.
“Uganda was one of the first countries anywhere to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. You have enshrined the rights of people with disabilities in your constitution, which also recognizes sign language as a national language,” she stated.
She noted that persons with disabilities were well represented right from Parliament to village levels and commended the strong disability movement.
Featherstone, however, said there were challenges in addressing the welfare issues of persons with disabilities as well as discrimination.
“Despite this progress, Uganda still faces a number of challenges when it comes to giving people with disabilities a chance to earn a living and building their own lives,” she said.
She noted that majority of persons with disabilities, especially girls, are faced with unique challenges that hinder their education.
Featherstone is on a three-day visit to see the efforts of Uganda and NGOs in the empowerment of people with disabilities. She is MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. She is also UK's international violence against women champion.
Featherstone noted that disability was a global challenge, including in her own country where disabled persons are discriminated against and lack access to basic services.
She pledged UK’s support for disability programmes in Uganda and said all schools built with her country’s support will be designed to ensure they are accessible to persons with disabilities.
With the end of Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), she rallied Uganda to take part in the post-2015 framework that seeks to include disability as one of the next global targets.
British Paralympic star, Ade Adepitan, who accompanied her for the visit, appealed to Government to promote sports for persons with disabilities.
“Sports helped me to become independent because I did not want to rely on anyone. Sports can break down barriers to success for persons with disabilities,” he said.
The state minister for the elderly and disabled, Sulaiman Madada said Government was committed to improving the welfare of persons with disabilities by enacting disability laws, establishing social grants, political representation and community rehabilitation programmes.
The MP for people with disabilities (central region), Alex Ndeezi urged Government to integrate disability in all government programmes.
Malawi: Deaf Week Activities Slated for Kasungu
Kasungu - The Municipality of Kasungu is set for this year's Deaf Week activities from 26th October.
The purpose of the week is to give awareness on the challenges and possibilities that are there in as far as deaf people are concerned.
Unlike in the past years, this year's deaf week activities will be carried out in four days due to financial constraints.
In an interview with the Executive Director of Malawi Network for the Deaf (MANAD), Bryson Chimenya told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that initially they wanted to have activities for the week in September from 22nd to 27th, but due to other drawbacks they decided to shift.
"We will commemorate this year's deaf week in Kasungu in the month of October from the 26th. We have money for the activities to be carried out but the problem is we don't have enough and we still need addition funds,
"We are looking for other sources of the money for the activities," said Chimenya.
The Deaf week which is also commemorated internationally, will be used as awareness tool to let people know the problems, aspirations and possibilities that deaf people have.
"We have many problems that are there, and we need to bring them to the people but at the same time, we also want to show that if given support we can also achieve something," added Chimenya.
During the week some, of the activities lined up will include an open day, sign language training, career talk, sports day, youth focus group discussion and a prayer service.
This is the first time the activities are being done at the Municipality, as all the other activities were held in cities.
Registered in 1996, MANAD has offices in almost all the districts of the country and is in the forefront encouraging the use of sign language.
Kenya: Disabled Pupils Are Equally Intelligent
EDUCATION Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi wants disabled pupils to get an extra two years on top of the mandatory eight years of primary education.
He also said that government should consider giving disabled pupils extra time in exams.
We have to be very careful not to actually discriminate against disabled pupils under the guise of helping them.
Deaf, blind or physically disabled pupils are not stupid. They just have special problems that make school difficult for them.
They do not need extra years at school. What they need are extra facilities to compensate for their disabilities.
Ideally deaf and blind children should go to special schools where they can get the dedicated teaching they need.
Physically disabled children do not need special schools but they may need special facilities at school like ramps and disabled lavatories. They may also need financial subsidies to get to school if they cannot walk there.
So let us not patronise disabled pupils by giving them extra time while denying them the special facilities that they genuinely need.
Government needs to find the resources to make Kenyan schools friendly to disabled pupils who will then show us that they are just as intelligent as any other Kenyan.
Quote of the day: "Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels was born on October 29, 1897
Eritrea: Workshop Aimed At Reinforcing Activities of Eritrean War-Disabled Women Conducted
2 NOVEMBER 2013
Asmara - A workshop aimed at reinforcing activities of Eritrean war- disabled women has been conducted from 31 October to 1 November at the Hall of National Confederation of Workers (ENCW).
At the opening ceremony in which war-disabled women representatives from all regions took part, Mr. Gebrebrhan Eyasu, Chairman of the Eritrean National war-disabled Association, said that the workshop was sponsored by the National Union of Eritrean Women's branch office in Germany, and that the objective was to assess the living condition of Eritrean war disabled women and discuss what measures should be taken to improve their livelihood.
He further indicated that the negative perception of the society as regards disabled citizens has faded away, and that the disabled citizens are engaged in different economic activities through the assistance they receive from the Government and the people.
Ms. Abeba Tiku'e, Coordinator of women's affairs at the Eritrean War- disabled Veterans Association, explained that from 32 sub-branches and 77 groups 670 disabled women have received assistance with bakery, mill, cereal, livestock, water pump and shop as well as other facilities, and that their livelihood is improving.
Representatives of the workshop presented reports regarding the assistance they receive from the Association, the activities they have been conducting,challenges encountered and the efforts they made to tackle them, and that constructive ideas were raised that could help future activities.
They also called on sustainability of the workshop so that other disabled women citizens could become beneficiaries.
Danaa excellence awards for the disabled on dec. 8
Emperor Gaza International Foundation (EGIF), in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), will be hosting the maiden Danaah Excellence Awards to acknowledge the efforts of persons who have worked for the betterment of the lives of Persons with Disability (PWD).
Named after Dr. Henry Seidu Danaa, Ghana’s Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, who is the first visually impaired to be called to the Bar in Ghana, the annual awards would take place this year on December 8 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra with Dr. Danaa as Special Guest.
The ceremony, which was recently launched in Accra, would gather dignitaries, PWDs and other stakeholders who have excelled in their various fields of endeavor to celebrate excellence and encourage others to give off their best to unfortunate ones.
EGIF has contributed significantly to the disability sector, sponsoring some activities of the Ghana National Team, the Black Challenge, and recently organized the Fusion Games, a game that seeks to bring together able-bodied and PWDs together to compete on the same platform in sporting activities as a means of integrating PWDs into mainstream society.
According to Mr. Prince Charles Sackeyfio, President of EGIF, the awards seek among others to encourage society to appreciate the challenges PWDs face in their daily lives, in order to lend their hand of support to them.
Referring to the story of Dr. Danaa who made it to the top in spite of his disability, he is of the view that, when PWDs are given the right training and support, the incidence of begging on our streets would reduce drastically and PWDs would also contribute their quota to national development.
He regrets the devotion of few resources to activities of the disability fraternity, questioning the rationale behind giving more to the privileged when the under-privileged need more to break even in an unfair world.
The Foundation is seeking collaboration with the corporate world to implement projects and programmes that would transform PWDs and erase the wrong impression that the disabled are parasites on the rest of society. Mr. Sackeyfio is calling for support to institutionalize the awards to serve as an encouragement to those already working for the disabled and change attitude towards PWDs.
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Ekiti completes school complex for the deaf at Ikoro
Ekiti completes school complex for the deaf at Ikoro
Written by Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00
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Ekiti State government has completed construction works at the School for the Deaf, Ikoro Ekiti and commenced arrangement to relocate the 160 deaf students currently at the Special School for the Blind in Ikere-Ekiti to the newly completed school.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Kehinde Ojo, who made this known during a media chat in Ado-Ekiti, said the students would be relocated immediately the perimeter fencing of the new complex was completed.
Mr Ojo explained that with the proposed relocation of the students, the Government Special School at Ikere which had hosted both blind and deaf students since its establishment in 1998 would now become an exclusively Special School for the Blind.
He disclosed that the state government has expended over N30 million on maintenance of facilities and feeding of students at the Government Special School for the Blind and Deaf at Ikere Ekiti this year.
Noting that Ekiti was the only state in the federation that offered free accommodation, feeding and clothing for physically challenged students, the commissioner expressed pleasure that several alumni of the school had secured admission to higher institutions.
He assured that government had resolved the minor miss-understanding that recently occurred between the blind and deaf students of the school, emphasising the commitment of the state government to the welfare of the physically-challenged.
The Special School for the Blind, Ikere-Ekiti, as at present has 160 deaf students and 60 blind students.
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