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* 主としてアジア経済研究所の「障害と開発」メーリングリストで紹介された記事を収録しています。
  アジア経済研究所 森壮也
◆2012/10/01 The Swazi Observer Vuyisile Masangane is Miss Deaf
◆2012/10/01 Nigerian Tribune NASS, presidency urged to enact law on election for disabled
◆2012/10/01 Ghana News Agency GFD engages political parties to address disability issues
◆2012/10/01 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Sh25 Million Spend On the Disabled, Says Official
◆2012/10/03 bikyamasr Ghana must take steps to improve plight of mentally disabled
◆2012/10/03 The Swazi Observer Early days to budget for Miss Deaf Africa 2014
◆2012/10/04 Ghana News Agency Architect calls on Government to ensure strict adherence to Disability Act
◆2012/10/04 AllAfrica.com Swaziland: Art Invigorates Academic Work of Disabled Children
◆2012/10/05 Daily Nation When disability is used against candidates
◆2012/10/05 Mmegi Online How ICT can empower youth and disabled in Botswana
◆2012/10/05 AllAfrica.com Ugandan Wins Seat on UN Disability Body
◆2012/10/07 UKZAMBIANS Disabled Zambians seeks donations for wheelchairs
◆2012/10/07 Al-Arabiya Mauritania’s handicapped children ostracized by families and society
◆2012/10/07 The Zimbabwe Standard Zaoga pastor accused of raping disabled woman
◆2012/10/09 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Education Plea for the Disabled
◆2012/10/09 AllAfrica.com Somalia: Blind Somali Man Graduates With Masters
◆2012/10/09 GhanaWeb The promise of disability for national development
◆2012/10/09 P.M. News Nigeria: Deaf accused stalls trial for subsidy scam
◆2012/10/10 AngolaPress Over 200 disabled people appeal for support
◆2012/10/10 Osun Defender Fuel Subsidy Scam Suspect Hard of Hearing: Judge Advises Him To Obtain Device
◆2012/10/12〜 IDE-JETRO+東大「人間の安全保障」プログラム 講演会「TICADVのためのアフリカ開発講座」
◆2012/10/12 Fifa.com Disability takes a back seat to ability in Africa
◆2012/10/13 ZimEye Zimbabwe Mugabe targets the disabled
◆2012/10/15 Ahram Online Egypt's disabled accuses Morsi's guards of assault
◆2012/10/15 Egypt Independent Disabled protesters continue sit-in at presidential palace
◆2012/10/15 IPPmedia Govt: Rights for persons with disability guaranteed
◆2012/10/15 Mmegi Online Wheelchair for disabled Phikwe man
◆2012/10/15 Ahram Online Egypt's disabled accuse Morsi's guards of assault
◆2012/10/16 WorldStage FCTA to provide more special schools, teaching aids for the deaf
◆2012/10/16 Sierra Express Media Will President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity consider Persons with Disability and Aging Populations?
◆2012/10/16 Egypt Independent Disabled protesters file complaint against Morsy
◆2012/10/16 Sowetan Deaf Couple's Ears
◆2012/10/16 The Citizen Daily Disabled want govt help
◆2012/10/17 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Government urged to increase current disability fund
◆2012/10/17 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Parenting a Mentally Disabled Child-a Mother's Revelation
◆2012/10/17 AllAfrica.com Liberia: Disabled Community Cries Neglect
◆2012/10/17 Ghana News Agency EC jobs also for the Disabled
◆2012/10/18 Nigerian Tribune Subsidy scam: ‘Deaf’ suspect takes plea with hearing aid
◆2012/10/18 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Khorixas Hosts International White Cane Day
◆2012/10/18 Ghana News Agency MP advocates special remunerations for teachers in special schools
◆2012/10/18 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Visually Impaired People Need Community's Help
◆2012/10/19 国際開発学会「障害と開発」研究部会 第3回勉強会『アフリカの障害』を「障害と開発」の立場から研究するということ
◆2012/10/19 AllAfrica.com Zimbabwe: MP Textbooks Donation to Emerald Hill School for the Deaf
◆2012/10/19 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: What 'Disabled' Want in the New Constitution
◆2012/10/20 Hisayo Katsui 新書のお知らせ "Disabilities, Human Rights and International Cooperation: Human Rights-Based Approach and Lived Experiences of Ugandan Women with Disabilities"
◆2012/10/20 Ghana News Agency Visually Impaired celebrate White Cane Day in Bolga
◆2012/10/20 AllAfrica.com Rwanda: My Disability Does Not Affect My Academics - Deaf University Student
◆2012/10/20 Daily Nation End this bias against the disabled people
◆2012/10/20 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Illiteracy Affects Disabled People in Kagera
◆2012/10/22 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Corporates Urged to Help the Needy
◆2012/10/22 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Don't Give Up On Your Dream - Benson
◆2012/10/22 New Era Disabled athletes equally awarded
◆2012/10/23 Zambian Watchdog Deaf Zambians demand driving licences
◆2012/10/23 Ahram Online Disabled council chief praises Morsi's rejection of violence against protesters
◆2012/10/23 AllAfrica.com Gambia: GMG Donates to St. Therese U.S, Others
◆2012/10/23 Daily Nation College grants plans for disabled students
◆2012/10/23 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Safaricom Treat for Mentally Handicapped Kids
◆2012/10/24 The Bostwana Gazette Constitution excludes disabled -BIDPA
◆2012/10/24 The Zimbabwean Disability rights crucial
◆2012/10/25 The Swazi Observer Speech impaired want higher learning institutions
◆2012/10/25 Myjoyonline.com NDC must compensate Okaikoi; disabled federation demands
◆2012/10/25 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Mutula Calls for New Plan for Disabled
◆2012/10/25 AllAfrica.com Rwanda: Only 10 Percent of Visually Impaired Have Access to White Cane
◆2012/10/25 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Organisers Stand Their Ground On Award Saga
◆2012/10/26 Ghana News Agency Politicians urged to state view on inclusive education for disabled
◆2012/10/27 Daily Nation What to consider in choice of cellphones for the deaf
◆2012/10/29 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Benson Shines On Golden Night
◆2012/10/29 New Internationalist (blog) Gambian Paralympians: where are they now?
◆2012/10/29 P.M. News Disabled beggar donates ”widow’s mite” to flood victims
◆2012/10/29 Mmegi Online P86,000 for disabled
◆2012/10/30 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Politicians urged to play more roles on education for disabled children
◆2012/10/30 AllAfrica.com Liberia: Intensive Training for Disabled Farmers, a Laudable Initiative
◆2012/10/30 Times of Swaziland Ratification of disability Convention a milestone
◆2012/10/31 The Nation Disabled man donates N30,000 to Anambra flood victims
◆2012/10/31 The Standard Digital News Group claims funds for disabled misused
◆2012/11/02 GhanaWeb STMA disburses funds to the physically challenged
◆2012/11/05 AllAfrica.com Angola: Disabled Association Welcomes Independence Day
◆2012/11/06 日本障害フォーラム(JDF) 国連障害特別報告官シュアイブさん・議連との院内集会のご案内(11月6日)
◆2012/11/07 The New Age Premier praises the disabled
◆2012/11/07 ioL news Tender conning via disability claim slated
◆2012/11/11 日本福祉のまちづくり学会・関東甲信越支部研究会 『アジア・中近東・アフリカのバリアフリー環境整備の現状と国際協力について考える』
◆2012/11/11 Barre Montpelier Times Argus Visiting Ghanaian works to help disabled
◆2012/11/11 IPPmedia 65 Moro disabled children get wheelchairs from miner
◆2012/11/11 開発メディアganas ベナンの障がい者が「石油」をナイジェリアから密輸?
◆2012/11/12 New Vision Called to preach to the deaf
◆2012/11/12 New Vision Wasige overcame disability to shine in education
◆2012/11/13 MARCA.com Pepe plays football in Gabon with deaf-mute children
◆2012/11/13 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: SCB Unveils Music School for the Blind
◆2012/11/14 Manawatu Standard Sign language citizen
◆2012/11/14 Sierra Express Media Sierra Unite Donates Scholarships to the Disabled
◆2012/11/14 AllAfrica.com Namibia: The Deaf Launch Own Beauty Pageant
◆2012/11/14 The New Age Summit to help the disabled
◆2012/11/14 AllAfrica.com South Africa: Hope for Disabled As Sheltered Employment Factories (sef) Are to Undergo Major Facelift to Revive Its Business
◆2012/11/15 AllAfrica.com Ghana: TDC Donates to School for the Deaf and Dumb
◆2012/11/15 Myjoyonline.com Ninety percent of deaf and dumb children could regain hearing
◆2012/11/15 Sowetan Professor accused of raping mentally disabled foster son
◆2012/11/15 AllAfrica.com South Africa: N West Legislature to Host Persons With Disability
◆2012/11/15 Myjoyonline.com Ninety percent of deaf and dumb children could regain hearing
◆2012/11/26 GhanaWeb Deaf and dumb appeal for interpreters at public places
◆2012/12/03 Angola Press Welfare Minister chairs main event of disabled people's day
◆2012/12/03 Mmegi Online Make full use of disability centres
◆2012/12/07 AllAfrica.com Zimbabwe: Man Denies Fathering Disabled Kid
◆2012/12/07 Bahrain News Agency HH Shaikh Nasser’s Creativity Award for the Disabled Attains Considerable Concern
◆2012/12/07 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Bagamoyo Removes All Obstacles to Cater for Disabled
◆2012/12/09 ioL news Single bullet kills deaf man
◆2012/12/10 New Vision Plan for the blind, deaf on HIV prevention
◆2012/12/10 Vibe Ghana Ghanaians asked to support handicapped children
◆2012/12/10 The Guardian Nigeria Insecurity leads to high rate of disability, group tells govt
◆2012/12/11 AllAfrica.com Liberia: Bankers Identify With Disabled Institutions
◆2012/12/11 AllAfrica.com Gambia: 'Change Your Perception About Disability'
◆2012/12/12 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Official - Mentally Disabled Need Fair Deal
◆2012/12/12 New Vision Ashamed of her disability, Achieng’s husband left her
◆2012/12/13 AllAfrica.com Uganda: A Chance for Ugandans to Fly
◆2012/12/13 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Oracle Remains Vigilant On Java's Future U.S., Canada and Africa
◆2012/12/13 Times of Zambia Zambia hopes for a time-tested Constitution
◆2012/12/13 AllAfrica.com Kenya: State Officials Snub Disability Event
◆2012/12/14 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Disability Activists Reinforce Global Call for Inclusive, Accessible Society for All
◆2012/12/16 Namibia Sport Another first for Johanna Benson
◆2012/12/16 Leadership Newspapers Boy Battles Meningitis Induced Obesity
◆2012/12/16 Intellectual Property Watch WIPO Visually Impaired Treaty: Voices From Africa On Dire Situation
◆2012/12/16 AllAfrica.com Uganda: Disabled Want Govt Funding
◆2012/12/16 Foreign Policy (blog) closed book WIPO treaty visually impaired
◆2012/12/17 Times of Zambia Disabled want broad-based polices
◆2012/12/17 Ghana News Agency Project To Address Political Exclusion Of Persons With Disabilities Launched
◆2012/12/18 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: A Lift for the Disabled
◆2012/12/18 Ppmedia NGO spearheads campaign to help persons with deaf blindness
◆2012/12/19 AllAfrica.com Liberia: Disabled People Get X-Mas Gift
◆2012/12/19 BusinessGhana Bridge Of Hope Donates To GAPA
◆2012/12/19 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Disabled Jailed for Fraud
◆2012/12/20 AllAfrica.com Uganda: Teacher Gives Ears and Voice to Deaf Pupils
◆2012/12/21 BBC News Can disabled police officers change Sierra Leone?
◆2012/12/21 Nigerian Tribune Unemployment: Ekiti youths give govt, NDE headache
◆2012/12/21 Ghana Business News Ghana Society of Disabled wants special schools abolished
◆2012/12/22 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Low Interest Loans for the Deaf in Tanga
◆2012/12/22 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Malaika Tribute - Awarding Angels
◆2012/12/24 Nigerian Tribune Akin Alabi Foundation rehabilitates classrooms, offices in Ibadan
◆2012/12/24 Myjoyonline.com Deputy Minister encourages Ghanaians to reach out to the poor and vulnerable
◆2012/12/25 Sudan Vision In Cooperation with Shurooq-Alamal Charity Organization: MTN-Sudan sponsors World Disability Day

■Child-friendly text of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Word/PDF)
■International Rehabilitation Review, December 2007 - Vol. 56, No. 1, SPECIAL EDITION
■アジア太平洋/中東/アフリカ地域における障害関連の資料(小説、論文等)のリスト www.independentliving.org/docs7/miles200807.html(html)
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.
■WHOから途上国の車椅子ユーザーのための新ガイドライン http://www.who.int/disabilities/publications/technology/wheelchairguidelines/en/index.html
■「アフリカ障害者の十年」事務局 ニュースレター「Human Rights Africa」2008年第2号 http://www.africandecade.org/humanrightsafrica/newsletter.2008-10-21.3303788528/view
■Downside of the Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability in Development
■座談会「視覚障害者が高等教育機関で学ぶ スーダンと日本の経験を語る」(2007年8月9日)
■座談会「大学における視覚障害者支援の現状と課題 スーダンで今求められていること」(2008年6月21日)

【Related Sites】
○スーダン障害者教育支援の会 http://capeds.org
○アフリカNOW 78号 特集:アフリカ障害者の10年〜アフリカの障害者の取り組みは今
2007年10月20日発行 一部500円(送料実費) 必要な方はAJF事務局こちらへ
内容 ○アフリカNOW第83号 特集 アフリカにおける民主化の課題

* アフリカにおける平和の定着と民主化の課題  武内進一
* ケニア:2007年選挙後暴力を裁く特別法廷の設置  永岡宏昌
* 【資料】ケニア選挙後暴力究明委員会報告(要旨)


アフリカの現場から−ガーナにおける障害者の社会参加促進活動  南口美佳

* 「POP AFRICA アフリカの今にのる?!」参加して考えたこと  茂住衛
* 【映画紹介】エンタングル・イン・トーキョー パート1:罪の報酬  川田薫

○アフリカNOW第85号 特集 在日アフリカ人・コミュニティと共に生きる
頒価500円(+送料) 必要な方はAJF事務局(info@ajf.gr.jp)に連絡下さい

特集1 在日アフリカ人・コミュニティと共に生きる
小島美佐さんに聞く 在日アフリカ人ファミリーとして誇りを持って生きてい
在日アフリカ人コミュニティへのHIV/AIDS予防啓発活動に取り組んで 川田薫
特集2 アフリカの障害者と障害者運動の現状
The situation of disabled people in Zimbabwe by Alexander M. Phiri
The situation of youth with disabilities in Uganda by Aggrey Olweny
アフリカの現場から:ガーナ 小中学校における性教育とエイズ予防啓発 宮本
書評:小倉充夫著「南部アフリカ社会の百年」 近藤帝
ひとつの結び目として・活動日誌 AJF事務局

○障害と開発 途上国の障害当事者と社会
森壮也編 アジア経済研究所



○『アジア経済 Vol.49, No.2』 「貧困のミクロ経済分析−貧困の罠を用いた文献理解」
伊藤成朗 ¥1,050 B5判 平均104頁 2008年2月



○アジア経済研究所叢書4 貧困削減戦略再考
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○アフリカと政治 紛争と貧困とジェンダー

戸田真紀子著 御茶の水書房 2400円+税 A5判 212p

天理大学の戸田さんが、新著「アフリカと政治 紛争と貧困とジェンダー」を送ってくれました。

序章 アフリカを勉強する10の理由
第1部 アフリカの「民族紛争」の神話と現実
 第1章 アフリカの「民族」とは何か
 第2章 アフリカの民族紛争の「神話」
 第3章 突出する紛争犠牲者
 第4章 選挙民主主義が紛争を生み出す矛盾
 第5章 ナイジェリアの宗教紛争
第2部 ジェンダーから見るアフリカ
 第6章 アフリカの女性と「人間の安全保障」
 第7章 女性だけが背負う重荷
終章 立ち上がる草の根の人々とその声


Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa




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○亀井伸孝(2009)「第5章 言語と身体の違いを超えて関係を構築する−アフリカ のろう者コミュニティにて−」
箕浦康子編著『フィールドワークの技法と実際II 分析・解釈編』ミネルヴァ書房所収

○亀井伸孝(2009)「第17章 アメリカ手話とフランス語の接触が生んだ手話言語−フランス語圏西・中部アフリカ−」
梶茂樹・砂野幸稔編著『アフリカのことばと社会 多言語状況を生きると言うこと』三元社所収

亀井伸孝著  岩波書店 2009年6月19日  日本語  819円 (税込み)  新書判/縦組/240ページ ISBN978-4-00-500630-4 C0236

○「理解と進歩のためのアフリカ言語学: 第6回世界アフリカ言語学会議(WOCAL 6)参加報告」
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亀井伸孝・米田信子著 2009


Vuyisile Masangane is Miss Deaf

The Swazi Observer
01 October, 2012 12:08:00 Stories by Eddie Abner

AFTER a three month grooming process, the curtain fell on Saturday night as Vuyisile Masangane was crowned Miss Deaf 2012.

The glittering event was held at the Royal Swazi Spa Convention Centre.

Masangane had stage presence from the word go and not only did she win the hearts of the judges but also that of the audience.

She took the crown from four other contestants competing for the title.

Her runners-up were Lindokuhle Mamba and Nelsiwe Dlamini respectively.

The event was fairly attended.

Some came through in traditional regalia whereas others opted for formal wear.

Notables spotted included Senator Khephu Cindzi, Lobamba MP Majahodvwa Khumalo, Senator Tom Mndzebele, and DPM Themba Masuku, amongst others.

The event started off with an auction sale of paintings, followed by a performance by local hip-hop artist Diba Diba.

The contest kicked off with the contestants parading in casual wear which was followed by a brief introduction of themselves to the audience.

Thereafter, the ladies then showcased their talent as they danced ‘ ingadla’.

Soon after that TOTI rendered a performance and the group later made way for the contestants’ last catwalk in formal wear.

Later in the evening, the winners were announced by the programme director Nelsiwe Motsa and the audience didn’t voice their discontentment, therefore, signifying that they agreed with the judges’choice.

...SD has potential to host Miss Deaf Africa

Miss Deaf Africa organiser Maria Sivertsen believes the country has the potential to host the Miss Deaf Africa 2014.

Sivertsen said the country was capable of hosting any contest, adding that the country should start preparing to host the event in 2014.

“Next year, the contest will be held in Seychelles and then the following year, it is coming to Swaziland, I hope the country will be ready by then,” she said.


She thanked the government for the support it has shown towards the deaf community, further noting that in other countries the disabled community was sidelined. Furthermore, the DPM said the country would host the pageant and also produce a queen for the deaf community in the world.

“We have sent two girls to international contests, one (Simphiwe) was crowned the first princess in the Miss Deaf world while Nosipho Zwane made it to the top 20. Now, we will have a world queen,” he said.

Nosipho Zwane a no show

Former Miss Deaf Nosipho Zwane’s absence was noticed during the Miss Deaf contest.

Zwane, who was reported to have had a tiff with the Pageant Director Nokthula Mbatha, was meant to be present to crown her successor during the event.

The last time Zwane and Mbatha communicated was after the latter returned from her trip to the Czech Republic where she represented the country during the Miss Deaf World contest.

However, no comment could be obtained from Zwane with regard to her absence.

Mbatha, on the other hand, said she sent her an invite to come through for the event.

...Q & A tough for contestants

The audience expressed their discontentment at the questions posed by the judges to the contestants during the Q & A session.

This concern was first raised by Senator Khephu Cindzi when he was introducing the Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku.

Cindzi told the judges that comprised of Chantelle Anderson, Phinda Jele, Slindile Bhembe and Khula Mkhabela that the questions they were asking the girls were very tough.

“Honourable deputy prime minister, I should state that the questions asked by the judges were tough and some of us here had problems even answering them amongst ourselves,” he said.

The audience concurred with him while others clapped their hands.

Audience pleased with verdict

The audience was pleased with the panel of judges’ verdict during the Miss Deaf contest.

Those present felt Vuyisile Masangane deserved to be announced as the winner because of her confidence as opposed to the other girls who had stage fright.

When the programme director was about to announce the winner, the audience shouted number two which was Masangane’s contestant number.

After Motsa called out her name, they screamed while others clapped their hands.

“She was confident as she modelled or danced. She also smiled throughout which made it seem she was at ease with herself and in what she was doing. For me, she was the queen even before she was crowned,”

Mpumi Zwane said. Mpendulo Mamba said he thought Lindokuhle Mamba was going to win because of her height and beauty. However, Masangane was a cut above the rest when it came to confidence. Miss Deaf Africa organiser Maria preferred not to comment.

“I cannot comment on this because I will be biased. But the overall contest was good,” she said. Ncamiso and Lindiwe Cele reiterated Zwane ’s statement, adding that Masangane was a queen even before her crowning.

They also agreed that she was a marvel to watch on the stage.

Some of the questions asked

If you were the deputy prime minister of the country, what would you do for the deaf community?

If you were the minister responsible for the youth and culture in the kingdom, what would you to integrate the deaf community?

Suppose you are the Miss Deaf Swaziland director, what changes would you bring about? If you were the queen mother of the country, what three things would you do for the deaf community? Assume you are the headteacher of the deaf school, what would you do to help improve the place?



NASS, presidency urged to enact law on election for disabled

Nigerian Tribune-2012/09/30
Written by Tunde Ogunesan
Monday, 01 October 2012

THE National Assembly (NASS) and the presidency have been advised to enact disability policies which will provide for people with disabilities to partake in future elections in Nigeria.

This plea was made through a communiqu? released by participants at the end of a three-day residential knowledge sharing workshop, organised by the Lagos Civil Society Disability Policy Partnership (LCSDPP) and the State Accountability and Voice Initiative(SAVI) for stakeholders in the South-West states on “Inclusive friendly laws and policies,” held at the Orchid Hotels, Lekki, Lagos State.

The communiqu?, signed by the chairman and the secretary, drafting committee, Mr Laolu Omosilade and Miss Oluwatoyin Agboola, respectively, called on the Federal Government and NASS to consider policies which would make People With Disabilities(PWD’s) participation in future elections more comfortable.

“The National Assembly and the presidency should accelerate the enactment of the Nigerians with disability Act,” it stated.



GFD engages political parties to address disability issues

Ghana News Agency
1st October 2012

Kumasi, Oct 1, GNA - The Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD) has initiated a project to engage all political parties contesting the December elections to include key issues affecting the welfare of persons with disability (PWDs) in their manifestoes.

The project, funded by STAR Ghana, is meant to assess the level of commitment of the parties towards addressing some of the challenges facing the PWDs when voted into power.

These include legalizing the PWDs share of the district assembly’s common fund, their appointment to higher offices within the political parties, the district assemblies, and promotion of job opportunities for them.

There is also the issue of the promotion of inclusive education at all levels and access to public buildings.

Briefing members of the Ashanti Regional branch of the GFD on the progress of the project in Kumasi on Monday, Ms Rita Kusi, Executive Secretary of the Federation, said apart from advocacy, they needed to adopt effective strategies to ensure that their concerns were heard and to get the political parties to commit themselves towards tackling them, when they win power.

She said even though they had not yet succeeded in influencing the parties to include key disability issues in their manifestoes at the national level, it was important for those in the districts and constituencies to engage and demand that aspiring Members of Parliament had them in their election plans.

Ms Kusi said the GFD had created awareness among the PWDs on how to participate actively in all the processes leading to the elections and ensure that members voted on the polling day without any difficulty.

Mr Alexander Williams, the GFD Election Project Coordinator, said their members formed a significant proportion of registered voters and there was the need for political parties to appreciate them as a strong constituency.

He said it was not about begging the parties but to demand from them accountability in the governance of the nation.




Kenya: Sh25 Million Spend On the Disabled, Says Official

Tagged: Business, East Africa, Education, Kenya BY NICHOLAS WAMALWA, 1 OCTOBER 2012

THE National Fund for the Disabled has spent Sh25 million on improving livelihoods of people living with disabilities at 10 institutions. The institutions have been funded by the organisation under its Big Grants programme. The chairperson of its board of trustees, Kristina Pratt, said the money is part of the Sh100 million grants it received from the government this year.

Pratt said this at the weekend in a speech read by her deputy, Nyakemo Nyakiamo, during the commissioning of a dormitory at the St Vincent De Paul Special School for the Mentally Handicapped. The organisation used Sh2.5 million to put up the dormitory. "We have used the rest of the money in assisting individual people living with disability as well as institutions with smaller grants," she said.

She said the money has boosted the organization's need to complete its projects countrywide. In western Kenya, Pratt said her organization funded several projects which include four classrooms at Lwanya special school, a dormitory at St. Vincent's De Paul and Mumias primary school for the deaf.

She added NFDK will continue supporting institutions for and of persons with disabilities which each can be awarded up to Sh200, 000 in support of infrastructural development or income generating activities. "The organisation is also ready to help individual persons with disability where they are provided with mobility aids, rehabilitative equipments and vocational tools of trade" she added.

Nyakiamo on his part warned parents to desist from hiding their children with disabilities to help them in accessing assistance. The function was attended by NFDK senior staff, area government officials among others.
NFDK was set up in 1980 in the National year of the Disabled Persons and integrated as a Trust Fund under the Trustees act in 1989.



Ghana must take steps to improve plight of mentally disabled

Human Rights Watch | 3 October 2012 |

At Heavenly Ministries Spiritual Revival and Healing Center, some people with presumed mental disabilities lived in buildings with cubicles for each resident and were chained to walls. They could not leave the cubicles without permission of the staff at the prayer camp.
People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers in Ghana, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Ghanaian government has done little to combat such abuse or to ensure that these people can live in the community, as is their right under international law.

The 84-page report, “‘Like a Death Sentence’: Abuses against Persons with Mental Disabilities in Ghana,”describes how thousands of people with mental disabilities are forced to live in these institutions, often against their will and with little possibility of challenging their confinement. In psychiatric hospitals, people with mental disabilities face overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. In some of the spiritual healing centers, popularly known as prayer camps, they are often chained to trees, frequently in the baking sun, and forced to fast for weeks as part of a “healing process,” while being denied access to medications.

The report also highlights the challenges of people with mental disabilities who live in the community, who face stigma and discrimination and often lack adequate shelter, food, and healthcare.

“The government needs to take immediate steps to end abuses against people with mental disabilities in institutions, prayer camps, and the community,” said Medi Ssengooba, Finberg fellow at Human Rights Watch.
“The conditions in which many people with mental disabilities live in Ghana are inhuman and degrading.”

The report is based on more than 170 interviews with people with mental disabilities in the country’s three public psychiatric hospitals, and in eight prayer camps and the community; family members; healthcare providers; administrators and staff of prayer camps; government officials; and staff members of both local and international organizations working in Ghana.

The World Health Organization estimates that close to 3 million Ghanaians live with mental disabilities and 600,000 of these have very severe mental conditions.

Ghana’s three public psychiatric hospitals - in Accra, Pantang, and Ankaful - house an estimated 1,000 people with mental disabilities. In all three institutions, Human Rights Watch found filthy conditions, with foul odors in some wards or even feces on the floors due to broken sewage systems. The hospital in Accra was severely overcrowded and many people spent all day outside the hospital building in the hot sun, with little or no shade.

Human Rights Watch found that at least hundreds - and possibly thousands - of people with mental disabilities are institutionalized in prayer camps associated with Pentecostal churches. Managed by self-proclaimed prophets, these camps operate completely outside of government control.
People with mental disabilities at these camps do not receive any medical treatment - in some, such treatment is prohibited even when prescribed by a medical doctor. Instead, the prophets seek to “cure” residents through miracles, consultation with “angels,” and spiritual healing.

The report found even worse conditions in prayer camps than in psychiatric institutions. At the eight prayer camps inspected, nearly all residents were chained by their ankles to trees in open compounds, where they slept, urinated, and defecated and bathed. Some had been at the prayer camps for as long as five months. As part of the “healing process,” people with mental disabilities in these camps - including children under age 10 -are routinely forced to fast for weeks, usually starting with 36 hours of so-called dry-fasting, denied even water.

Doris Appiah lived both in prayer camps and psychiatric hospitals for a total of over 10 years, but is now living in the community. While in prayer camps, Appiah was tied with ropes for over two months, and forced to take harmful local herbs, which caused side effects to her tongue.

“As soon as you get a mental disability, you nearly lose all your rights, even to give your opinion,” she told Human Rights Watch. “We call on government to ensure that services are available to persons with mental disabilities as close as possible and that prayer camps are monitored to guard against abuse of those admitted.”

Ghana ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in July 2012. Under this convention, countries must undertake steps to ensure that people with mental disabilities can make important life decisions for themselves, including choosing their place of residence and with whom they live, and that they are not forced to live in institutions.

Ghana’s 2012 Mental Health Act, which went into effect in June, creates a system through which people with disabilities can challenge their detention in psychiatric hospitals. However, the law does not apply to prayer camps, leaving residents without legal remedies to seek release.
In most prayer camps, residents may only leave when the prophet deems them healed.

The act also allows forced admission and treatment in psychiatric hospitals and promotes guardianship as opposed to supported decision- making, which limits people with mental disabilities from making their own decisions. Both are inconsistent with the Disability Rights Convention.

The government should create community-based support services, including housing and healthcare that enable people with mental disabilities to live in the community, Human Rights Watch said. Facilities where people with mental disabilities are admitted or treated, including prayer camps, should be carefully regulated. The government should also ensure that people are not forcefully detained in these facilities or in psychiatric hospitals and that they have access to mechanisms to challenge any violations of their rights.

“Ghana deserves credit for ratifying the Disability Rights Convention, ” Ssengooba said. “Now it’s time for some real changes to both policy and practice for people with mental disabilities in Ghana.”




Early days to budget for Miss Deaf Africa 2014

The Swazi Observer
03 October, 2012 12:20:00 By Eddie Abner

it is too early to determine how much the country will need to host the Miss Deaf Africa contest in 2014.

This is the view of Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture CEO Stsnley Dlamini. He further confirmed that a number of African countries would be participating.


Dlamini said they were now waiting for a template from Miss Deaf Africa organiser, Maria Sivertsen who has hosted the event on numerous occasions.

“Maria needs to guide us on what to do when preparing for the contest.

We will need to find partners for accommodation and transport,” he said.

Dlamini added that the girls would have to visit different tourism and cultural sites and would need transport.

He said although some thought 2014 was far, it was better to start preparing as early as possible.

He then invited interested business people to come forward and sponsor the event as it would boost tourism.

Dlamini said what was more important in the contest were the resources available, more than hard cash.

They will engage the ministry of tourism and environmental affairs to assist in hosting the contest. Sivertsen announced over the weekend that she was approached by Miss Deaf director Nok’thula Mbatha who expressed her willingness to host Miss Deaf Africa 2014.



Architect calls on Government to ensure strict adherence to Disability Act

Ghana News Agency-
4th October 2012

Accra, Oct. 04, GNA - The Government was on Wednesday urged to establish an Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board that would ensure strict adherence to sections in the Person with Disability Act 2006 (Act 715).

Mr Richard Cofie, an International Ghanaian architect, made the suggestion at the third day of a weeklong 50th Anniversary celebration of the Ghana Institute of Architects in Accra.

The event is on the theme: “Integrated Development in Ghana-The Architects’ Focus”.

Mr Cofie said such a Board should be tasked to review all government facilities to bring them to par with the standards and legislations governing the built environment.

He expressed worry that some sections of the Disability Act were not being observed in the construction of modern public spaces and these included section three which deals with living conditions in specialised establishment; Section seven which details what should be done to enable Persons with Disability (PWD) to gain access public services; as well as Section 25 which talks about PWD as a pedestrian.

Mr Cofie said the Board should also ensure that access to public spaces, changing levels, sanitary provision and seating places for public spaces and buildings were compliant with the Disability Act.

He called on the Government to show leadership by ensuring that government buildings were compliant with the legislation saying such a move on the part of Government would encourage owners of restaurants, offices and other private buildings to comply.

A key provision in the Persons With Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715), which requires public buildings to provide appropriate facilities to make them easily accessible to persons with disability is yet to be enforced, six years after the passage of the law.

The law requires owners or occupiers of public structures to provide appropriate facilities to make them easily accessible by persons with disability.

Unfortunately many government buildings including that of the Attorney- General’s Department and Ministry of Justice, Parliament House and the Judicial Service still lack adequate facilities to enable such access.




Swaziland: Art Invigorates Academic Work of Disabled Children

Tagged: Entertainment, Education, Southern Africa, Swaziland
4 OCTOBER 2012

Mbabane - Art programmes have widely been considered unaffordable luxuries by Swaziland's public schools, but one school has broken from the pack, using art to improve academic performance and economic prospects for students with disabilities.

Children with disabilities are often overlooked by government services, leading to disadvantages in the classroom that carry into adulthood. The government lacks a designated education budget for deaf and blind students, for example, and disabled children are generally integrated into underfunded mainstream schools, which have little capacity to cater to their special needs.

At Swaziland's High School for the Deaf, near the eastern provincial capital Siteki, the government provides money only for teachers' salaries, not for students' special needs. All other expenses are funded by school fees.

Even so, the school has found an innovative way to improve students' learning. It recently launched a pilot art project for 50 underperforming leaners, meant to equip them with the skills necessary to produce indigenous handicrafts, for which Swaziland's tourism industry provides a market.

The programme has yielded unexpected benefits. Thabsile Kunene, a teacher at the school, told IRIN that since the art classes began, "the students are focused more on their studies because the art lessons have made them like school. The students originally put in the arts programme were students who were failing in the classroom; they were put into vocational studies so they might earn livings with their hands.

Making art teaches a student much more: individual thinking, creativity and socialization by cooperating in a group

"The art project made us realize that the problem may be with the curriculum for children with disabilities and not the children themselves, because after the art classes, their new fondness for school, a place that had previously frustrated them, is showing up in their other work," she said.

Reaching alienated youth

"It is true that art, as we are teaching it, as a vocational subject, can offer students a real means to make a living, but making art teaches a student much more: individual thinking, creativity and socialization by cooperating in a group," Peter Armstrong, one of the founders of the Yebo ArtReach, which is coordinating the pilot programme through a grant from the US government, told IRIN.

"Access to art education and creative enterprises is severely lacking in Swaziland, while the number of disenfranchised youth is forever on the rise. Over half of the population is now under the age of 18. Some of the serious issues currently facing Swaziland include youth unemployment of 53 percent," Armstrong continued. About 70 percent of country's 1.2 million people live in poverty.

The problem is even worse for youth with disabilities, said Information Minister Winnie Magagula, at the recent opening of a Braille book section at Mbabane Public Library. "Lack of education and training for people with disabilities has led to a knock-on effect when it comes to accessing employment. The unemployment rate for the disabled is 83.5 percent, which is a terrible waste of human resources." The unemployment rate in Swaziland is estimated at about 40 percent.

The art programme has discernibly motivated its participants. The project's launch earlier this year coincided with strikes and school closures as teachers demanded a below-inflation wage increase. "Because of the strikes, all the students were sent home. But they all came back for the two days of art instruction. They were given hands-on instruction in painting, printing, mosaic and paper work. The response was amazing. You could see the students get more involved and excited by the day," said Dane Armstrong, a project coordinator and the son of Yebo ArtReach's founder.

Pholile Malaza, a faculty member involved in the initiative, saw it as a safety net for underperforming students, but has seen it improve behavior as well. "Most of the students were short-tempered before. They would get frustrated in class and start fighting. But now they are less frustrated. It is as if their spirits are at peace."

The school's principal, Zodwa Thwala, said that since the art classes started, discipline has improved. "What I notice is that the students really enjoy the arts. They showed a love for what they are doing."



When disability is used against candidates

Daily Nation
By MWAURA ISAAC mwaura.isa@gmail.com
Posted Friday, October 5 2012 at 01:00

The first time I vied for a popular elective post was during my undergraduate days at Kenyatta University.

Before that, I had only been a prefect and head student in high school, positions whose occupancy had to be vetted by the teaching body over and above selection by fellow students.

At the university, my participation in elective student politics had started as a result of cajoling by fellow students in the Special Education Department.

The class had elected me secretary and when the elections were called after the ban on the Kenyatta University Students’ Association (Kusa) was lifted, they urged me to vie for an executive position and volunteered to nominate me.

Within no time, I had garnered the requisite signatures for my application to go through. That was the easy part.

I had to come up with a campaign structure, manifesto, the required resources, my key messages, posters, fliers, and all that is required for a fully-fledged campaign.

To begin with, being a First Year “greenhorn” was a disadvantage. How could a First Year lord it over older, more experienced students?

This is the first hurdle that the youth face in their quest for leadership in this country. The older generation usually feels that young people do not know enough to exercise leadership.

Second, I realised that I did not have enough resources to run my campaigns. This put a strain on my plans.

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However, there were those who were willing to help, especially the university administration.

I remember the then dean of students telling me to go to see the academic registrar for assistance. Had I done so, I would have become a puppet of my financiers and lost my objectivity.

The youth are vulnerable to such machinations by powerful forces despite their immense leadership potential.

If there is to be a fair game in politics, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission needs to put in place measures to de-monetise the electoral process so young people can meaningfully participate.

Money has consistently been used to corrupt the will of the people in our country’s politics, hence denying it good and visionary leadership.

Part of the reason my campaign budget was higher than other contestants ’ was that, as a candidate with albinism, my black-and-white photos were not as appealing, yet this was the point of contact between the potential voters and I.

Clearly, the camera was not designed for my skin pigmentation. This meant that I had to print all my posters in full colour, which cost me Sh250 and Sh30 for every A3 and A4 size poster respectively. It too expensive, considering that my competitors were paying Sh10 and Sh2 for similar posters.

The cost of disability needs to be factored in during campaigns for such leaders.

For the visually impaired, for example, one has to have an assistant at all times to help him/her attend to personal issues before he/she can engage with the electorate.



How ICT can empower youth and disabled in Botswana

Mmegi Online-2012/10/05

The Ministry of Transport and Communications recently held an ICT Pitso at GICC. Mmegi correspondent LERATO MALEKE highlights recommendations of the conference on how youth, women and people living with disability can be empowered through ICT applications and service

The ministry has assisted various institutions for people living with disabilities with ICT equipment, applications and services. There is a need for the ICT sector to take into account the needs of the people living with disabilities in the development of ICT programmes, applications and services.

At the Pitso, there were questions posed on how the ICT sector can ensure full participation of people living with disability in the mainstream of the economy through the use of ICT? How should these people participate in the various ICT structures in place now? What should be created to help the situation?

The conference resolved that what is currently lacking in the country is collaboration of institutions and lack of coordination between supporting individuals, and that there is a need to approach LEA for instance, and ask for support. It was resolved that the e-government strategy must have room to incorporate issues of youth development, especially at curriculum level, so that it is all encompassing. This must be done such that youth benefit and are ushered into economic independence, in the process reduce the number of school youth roaming the streets.

There was a suggestion that the youth must participate in innovation and acquire the necessary information needed. Also highlighted was that youth, women and people living with disabilities are not a homogenous group, as each group has got its uniqueness and needs to be treated separately. The was a suggestion that government and institutions need to collaborate and disseminate information in those constituents as a larger group.

Government too needs to use a vocational approach towards drawing up an ICT syllabi so as to foster awareness and practical skills to enable innovation. There is need to move away from a system of just delivering specific software packages such as Microsoft office. It was agreed that Botswana needs to learn from countries such as Japan and India to infuse practical skills in the learning of ICT from grassroots level.

There is a need to have ICT fairs and stimulation packages for youth and people living with disabilities so as to develop and nurture ICT skills and innovation among them. A deliberate policy to do away with mainstream mentality that usually sidelines or out-casts people living with disabilities should be in place. The policies must stimulate innovation to address the ICT needs of the target group and create an enabling environment for people living with disabilities to be part of the ICT innovation and use.

Among other things the conference resolved that the Maitlamo National ICT policy must be packaged in such a way that it is easily accessible to youth and the disabled from an early age (e.g. in the form of a pocket book), so as to ensure that they are fully aware of its requisites. There is need to improve areas of research so as to understand what government is doing with regards to youth, the disabled, ICT and economic empowerment. There is need too, to set up a policy to ensure seed capital for youth, disabled and ICT initiatives/innovations.

In financing and seed funding, it was resolved that government should set up a platform where youth and the disabled are able to generate original innovations rather than a restrictive environment where they are directed on what to do in terms of ICT innovation. There is need to have a fora and platforms where youth and disabled are able to air their needs and concerns. These include voice activated devices and other assistive technologies.

Policies to cater for the disabled should be updated and made explicit.

Whenever there are fora, with disabled case studies and assistance projects, there should be efforts to follow up on them to ensure that they are continuously helped and catered for. There should be legislation that will address priority areas for youth, the disabled and ICT. Efforts to develop and help youth and the disabled should not only be a government issue, but a collaboration with the private sector. It was recommended that the disabled should be taken on board from grassroots level in all panels that are geared towards human development.

Bench marking should be done in countries catering for the disabled like Ethiopia. The pilot resource centre in Gaborone Block 8 should reach out to the nation with assistive technology for the disabled.

Young people need to be appointed at Parliament/decision making levels so as to better capture and ensure the needs of youth and the disabled are addressed as happens in Rwanda. Also identified was the need for youth and disabled mentors at Botswana National Youth Council. Youth to be involved in the Innovation Board so that they can participate and shape direction in decision making. The disabled should collaborate to share their challenges, needs and bring about awareness and solutions to their problems.

Youth and disabled should take advantage of social and community structures such as churches and other gatherings to collaborate and create awareness and canvass support in their local communities for the purpose of innovation support/funding. There should be networking among the youth and disabled at a wider scale than small groupings and localities.

It was resolved that women should move away from the mentality of technophobia and relegating ICTs to men. A generation of young hackers rather than breed users should be developed. The country should move away from user mentality of close end products such as MS and explore open source (freeware), which helps people to build knowledge base of designing their own programmes. There is need to avail infrastructure for ICT development at primary school level. Youth, the disabled and women should form interest groups to facilitate fora at high levels such as meetings with the President. Youth and the disabled should be involved in the budget and planning process rather than at implementation stage and NDP 10 should be reviewed to emphasise relevance of ICT.



Ugandan Wins Seat on UN Disability Body


Ugandan Wins Seat on UN Disability Body
Tagged: East Africa, External Relations, Human Rights, International Organisations, Uganda BY ALON MWESIGWA, 5 OCTOBER 2012

For the next four years, Martin Mwesigwa Babu will be Uganda's representative to the committee of experts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Babu was recently elected in New York, during the fifth conference of states parties - countries that are signatories to the convention. Babu is the Programme Manager - HIV & Aids, at the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU). Members to the committee are elected for a four-year term.

"Committee members serve in their personal capacity and may be re- elected once if nominated," NUDIPU said in a statement.

Of the 18 persons that were elected on the committee of experts, Mwesigwa was the only person from Sub-Saharan Africa.The Observer earlier reported how Mwesigwa was struggling to find money to fund his campaigns for the slot. (See: Disabled persons representative stranded over Shs 28m funding)

"I was lucky; I competed with people from countries with more resources than me, but I managed to go through," Mwesigwa said this week.

To the disabled persons, a representative on UN Convention is an opportunity for exposure.

"People with disabilities (PWDs) in Uganda at least will have the opportunity to be heard at the international level; even Uganda as a country has the chance now to showcase the good that it has put up to uplift the plight of PWDs."

Preparing for the elections, Babu found it hard to get the funds for the election although he was the official candidate for Uganda.

"I used personal resources up to the tune of Shs 32.7m; I also got support from the NUDIPU secretariat and also support from friends," he says. "Efforts to reach the government for support were worthless."



Disabled Zambians seeks donations for wheelchairs

by Website Editor - on Oct 7th 2012

THE Handicapped and Disabled People’s Association of Zambia (HDPA) on the Copperbelt has appealed to donors to help it with wheelchairs to alleviate the suffering of members.

The appeal was made by HDPA official, David Maimba in Kalulushi during the week, saying the majority of his members who relied on wheelchairs needed Good Samaritans to come to their rescue.

“I am appealing to international and local donors to come to our aid in Kalulushi and Lufwanyama and donate wheelchairs because we have so many disabled persons who just craw,” he said.

Mr Maimba, who is Lufwanyama and Kalulushi districts HDPA acting coordinator, said the association had many members from Kalulushi and Lufwanyama who had different types of disabilities but the most disadvantaged were the ones who relied on wheelchairs.

He said the situation was sad because some of the people were confined to their homes as their disabilities were so severe that they could not walk at all.

“Disabled people are also persons who want to move and meet other persons within their communities to chat and share views and issues but due to lack of wheelchairs that could help them in mobility, they are confined to their homes,” he said.

Mr Maimba said being confined to one place had mental effects on the affected.

He said the situation was even more saddening to those of school-going age who could not be enrolled in schools because of lack of wheelchairs.

And Mr Maimba has called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies that sensitise communities on HIV/AIDS issues to consider targeting his members.

“In most cases these people have scanty knowledge on HIV/AIDS, the reason being that they are left out on some forums where issues of the pandemic are discussed,” he said.

The other reason why the disabled in many cases did not have information on HIV/AIDS was that they feltshy to ask questions when in the company of able-bodied persons.

“When these people are in these forums they could be free to ask any question,” he said.

Lufwanyama and Kalulushi districts have more than 650 disabled persons who need support from all stakeholders.

Times of Zambia



Mauritania’s handicapped children ostracized by families and society

Sunday, 07 October 2012

Many families in Mauritania hide their handicapped children, barring them from social activities for fear they will be mocked or exposed to awkward situations. (Al Arabiya)


Handicapped children in Mauritania are being marginalized by both their families and society, and specialists warn of the possible repercussions and call for a change of attitude.

Many families in Mauritania hide their handicapped children, barring them from social activities for fear they will be mocked or exposed to awkward situations.

This attitude has led to a general tendency to avoid handicapped people in the country, whether in everyday situations, education, jobs or marriage.

Researcher Mahmoud Ould Lemrabet said that marginalizing the handicapped is against the principles of social justice upon which Mauritanian society is supposedly based, he adds that it is also against religious teachings.

“This attitude towards the handicapped is mainly driven by shame as well as ignorance of the rights of handicapped people and the services they can offer to their community,” he told Al Arabiya.

Lemrabet said that some families even go as far as to leave their handicapped child in the custody of relatives living in remote villages.

“These families need to be held accountable for the wrong they do to their children, and rights organizations have to work hard to expose such practices.”

Lembrabet believes the initial shock that families get when they realize their child’s condition is a reflection of how they will come to treat the child as they grow older.

“They are so shocked that they can’t think straight and the first reaction is hiding and secluding this child,” he explained.

For this reason, families must be educated as to the correct manner of dealing with handicapped children.

“They need to know all the medical, educational, and social options available and they also need to realize the negative impact their cruelty would have on the child.”

Lambrabet believes this forced isolation of handicapped children is facilitated by the culture in Mauritania, and as it is imperative that awareness campaigns, promoting the proper treatment of handicapped children, be targeted at the entire society.

“Special attention needs to be given to handicapped females who are more marginalized than their male counterparts,” he adds.

About 7 percent of the Mauritanian population is handicapped, with women constituting the majority.

Handicapped women receive fewer opportunities in education, employment, marriage, and financial independence than handicapped men.

Misconceptions about handicapped people have also led to the increased marginalization of girls, as families see that a handicapped daughter will negatively affect the marriage prospects of her female relatives.



Zaoga pastor accused of raping disabled woman

The Zimbabwe Standard-2012/10/07
October 7, 2012 in Community News

CHIHOTA - A Zaoga church pastor is suspected to be on the run after he allegedly raped and impregnated a 25-year-old disabled woman from his church.


The pastor, who could not be named for legal reasons, was confronted by elder women from the church in Chitandara Circuit in ward 18 under Chief Chihota. He allegedly acknowledged responsibility for the pregnancy before vanishing from the area.

Police said they were keen to interview the pastor, so he could assist them with investigations.

Narrating her ordeal to Standardcommunity, the visibly pregnant woman alleged she was raped by the man of cloth on March 10 this year but that he convinced her not to report the case to the police.

“He had become part of our family because he was a pastor in my church and stayed close by,” she said. “Sometimes he would volunteer to come and push my wheelchair whenever I was coming from Chitungwiza or when I had been dropped off at a bus-stop, about one and a half hour walk from my home.”

On the fateful day, she alleged, the pastor asked her to escort him to the shops but diverted the route and went with her into the bush where he forced himself on her.

“His attitude changed in the split of a second and I watched helplessly as he lifted me from my wheelchair and placed me on the ground before raping me,” said the woman.

After the incident, the pastor took her home and confessed to her sister what he had done.

The trio agreed to keep the matter under wraps, she said. Her parents later quizzed her after they noticed signs of pregnancy.

Elders in the community tried to resolve the matter through a traditional court held on July 31 this year.

Her father told Standardcommunity when he was summoned to the traditional court the accused acknowledged that he was responsible for the pregnancy. “My appeal is that he should come forward and take care of his unborn child because her condition needs special attention and I am not in a position to foot her bills,” said the father.

The matter was reported at Dema Police Station, but the case was later transferred to Mahusekwa Police Station for further investigation.

Mashonaland East police spokesperson, Inspector Bulisani Bhebhe confirmed receiving the report.

“I urge the public to report such matters urgently to avoid unnecessary obstruction of the course of justice,” said Bhebhe.

He said the police were working flat out to assist the woman and investigations were underway to establish the pastor’s whereabouts.



Tanzania: Education Plea for the Disabled

Tagged: East Africa, Education, Governance, Tanzania
9 OCTOBER 2012

SPECIAL Seats Member of Parliament, Mrs Alshaymaa Kwegyir, has said that educating people with disabilities in the country is a viable investment that will help in national development.

Mrs Kwegyir made the comments when closing a 14-day assistive technology training for people with visual impairment at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) that was sponsored by Sightsavers Tanzania.

She said that providing people with disabilities proper education will make them independent and be able to support themselves and their families.

"By giving people with disabilities handouts it only makes them dependent and appear like a burden to society but if we invest in educating them then we will be making progress in efforts to bring development to our country," she said.

Speaking at the same occasion, Sightsavers Tanzania Project Manager, Mr Enock Mangasini, said that the training this year follows a similar session last year where 15 people with visual impairment were trained on how to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) assistive technology.

He said that it is heartening to see that this year 27 people were able to receive the training, noting that even more promising is the fact the trainers this year were those who themselves graduated in last year's training.

"This is promising and we hope that those who benefitted from this year's programme will go and spread the knowledge acquired far and wide, " he said. Mr Mangasini was speaking on behalf of Sightsavers Tanzania Director, Dr Ibrahim Kabole.

Sightsavers plans to train between 200 and 300 people with visual disabilities to be able use computers in the next four years. The not- for-profit organisation has pledged to continue supporting people with visual impairmant by financing and providing equipment for three resource centers at Makalala Primary School in Mafinga, Iringa region, OUT and Tanzania League for the Blind (TLB) premises.

Graduates of the training programme were also handed with laptops fitted with assistive technology that best suit their needs as people with visual impairment. Sightsavers promised to continue supporting similar training and called for other stakeholders to support the initiative.

OUT Vice Chancellor, Prof Tolly Mbwette, said that the training and that of last year have been an eye opener to many individuals that ICT is possible for visually impaired individuals. "I am calling upon both national and international organisations to facilitate training like this one.

"Training like this have far reaching implications as they keep disability and persons with disabilities high on the agenda," he said.

In a speech read on his behalf by the OUT Deputy Vice Chancellor (Personnel), Prof Martin Victor, said such training helps society widen knowledge and understanding of disabilities and persons with disabilities in both training and using ICT services as well as get rid of stigmatization and negative attitudes towards people with disabilities. The training was also supported by Tanzania Education Authority, OUT, TLB and Freedom Electronics dealers of Samsung products in the country.



Somalia: Blind Somali Man Graduates With Masters

Tagged: Africa, East Africa, Education, Human Rights, Somalia
9 OCTOBER 2012

Having a disability in Africa can limit the chances of receiving an education, however one Somali man has proved to his fellow countrymen that having a disability does not limit the mind's capabilities, Garowe Online reports.

A blind Somali man, Mohamed Ahmed Mohamud, completed his Masters degree in African Studies from the International University of Africa in Khartoum the capital of Sudan.

Mr. Mohamud, who was born blind in southern Somalia, came from a humble family. He was lucky enough to have received an education despite conflict in Somalia.

He studied at Mogadishu's Shaafi secondary school during his adolescence in Somalia. He was amongst the foremost group of his class and graduated with honors.

After graduating he received a scholarship to attend the Islamic University in Mogadishu and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education.

Born blind, Mr. Mohamud always had a keen interest for education and always thought of himself as blessed even with his disability.

"I put my trust in God, and I always looked at my disability as my test from God to overcome and persevere. I didn't want my disability to affect my future so I strived to receive an education," said Mr. Mohamud who spoke to Garowe Online from Sudan.

Mr. Mohamud a strong minded man said that he didn't want to feel like he needed assistance from others to survive.

"Throughout my life I tried to be independent and always competed with my age group. At one point I had my own business, however I felt that I needed an education and gave up that business to further my studies,"
said Mr. Mohamud.

After receiving his Bachelors, Mohamud applied for a scholarship at the International University in Africa however they were hesitant in accepting his request as they had never had a blind Masters student.

"I asked if they had blind Bachelor students and they responded yes. So I told them, the Bachelors degree is 4 years the Masters is half of that.
They reviewed my case and after lengthy discussions they finally accepted me," said Mr. Mohamud.

Pursuing his Masters in Sudan wasn't easy since he was the only one. But Mr. Mohamud graduated at the top of his class and he was the first blind man to receive a Masters from the University paving the way for others like him.

Mr. Mohamud told GO that he will return to Somalia to take part in rebuilding his country that has been torn by conflict.

"Education is extremely important, and I want to help build my people's education. In this life education is the means to development and this is what Somalia needs," said Mr. Mohamud.

The inspiring story of Mr. Mohamud comes at a time when Somalia has a new sense of hope. With the announcing of a permanent government, Somalis both in Somalia and abroad have a new found resurgence in developing a better future for the country.



The promise of disability for national development


The recently held Paralympics in London laid bare the ridiculousness of tagging some individuals as disabled. Disabled in what sense? They flipped, turned, tossed ? with strong arms, legs; they won medals ? gold, silver, bronze! Seeing the amazing feats performed by these competitive athletes created many jaw-dropping moments across the world. Any time I ’ve witnessed such spectacular feats, I’ve wondered: are they really disabled, or it is rather those of us who claim to be able-bodied who are disabled? I’ve never and can never perform a fraction of the awesome things many disabled people accomplish. I can’t climb stairs on clutches! I can’t walk into the toilet with my eyes shut, visionless.

If you should search your own heart, you might also admit that you as an individual do not really do amazing things and that you are probably just an average human being ? normal. Unfortunately, for the most part, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, a certain three per cent of our population (737,743) remain on the silent sticky edge of society as people who are disabled in one form or the other.

Regular readers of this column by now know that I’m touring the eastern half of Ghana to observe and report on issues associated with the December Elections. A fellow Columnist, Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, who writes for the Mirror newspaper, is touring the western half of the country. I ’m currently in the Volta Region and have just had a humbling opportunity to bear witness to the aspirations of the disabled at close range.

I accompanied the staff of VOICE Ghana to some party constituency offices to present position papers, a memorandum of understanding and an agreement of some sort to political parties and aspiring parliamentarians who are contesting the December elections in the Kpetoe township. The agreement is couched like a promissory note with clear statements on what the disabled community requires of the political parties and aspiring parliamentarians if elected into office.

Specifically, they require inclusiveness, and that development plans must have the needs of the disabled in focus. In effect, to borrow the parlance of revolutionary days Ghana, they ‘no go sit down’ make we cheat them every day. Yes, the traditionally voiceless in society must and are speaking out to stop the tendency of being ignored.

The stated demands of the disabled are in four thematic areas: health care, education, employment and community development projects. For instance, on education, the disabled request the MP to influence the appropriate authorities ‘to pass a bye-law to make basic education totally free for children with disabilities so that they no longer pay PTA dues and other charges…’ On community development projects, they demand that the rights and needs of persons with disabilities are considered ‘when planning/implementing community development projects such as community WC toilets, bore-holes, etc.’

VOICE Ghana is an NGO located in Ho that seeks to support people with disabilities to support themselves. STAR-Ghana is supporting a number of this NGO’s initiatives to bring up the issues of the disabled in the area to the fore. For reasons I cannot fathom, the Volta Region ranks highest in the number of people living with some form of disability in Ghana (4.3 per cent).

It’s true that the current national concern seems to be about peaceful elections. But then, there are people who will have a hard time voting this December because voting centres are not even accessible to them.

One woman I met explained how in both the 2008 National Elections and the 2010 District Assembly elections, she had to walk away after standing in a queue for a couple of hours, waiting her turn to vote. She was effectively ignored although she has a visible physical disability.

She wonders if she can vote this year and not be deprived of her civic rights as an adult citizen with voting rights.

Politicians must sign Promissory Notes:

This innovative idea of making politicians sign promissory notes has obvious utility benefits. The intent behind this tactic is that since ‘ book no lie’, once the aspirants and their party representatives have signed the paper, they can be held accountable if they flout their own promises should they win the elections. During our rounds, we didn’t get anyone to sign the document; they asked for a week or so to study it before signing. This brilliant idea is against the sad backdrop of mountains of unfulfilled promises of politicians across party lines and throughout the country.

Two weeks ago, I reported on the deprived village of Porpornya, depicting electricity poles that were dumped by the roadside just before the 2008 elections with a promise to wire up the community for electricity. Since the gentleman won that election and went to Parliament, the village folks alleged that he has not even stopped by or passed through the town. Those electricity poles are waiting to be erected to snatch the village out of pre-colonial darkness into 55-year old post-Independent Ghana.

The perception of unimpressive performance and frustration with politicians go deep and wide. So it’s probably time for various communities to adopt the promissory note tactic. It will go like this:

when politicians enter a town, community, district or constituency to hold a rally at which venue they normally vomit out promises, the citizenry should appoint recorders to capture all the promises. In either typed or handwritten format, they should chase down the promisor with the statement and demand for him/her to sign. The ‘promisee’ (the community, town, village) will keep the promissory note and wait…..

When the election results are announced, the ‘promisees’ will pull out the promissory note of the winning promisor, and wait, and keep track ? to cash the promise! Periodically (e.g. annually), the ‘promisees’

will assess progress of fulfilment. With the facts in hand, the community will summon the promisor for a durbar/meeting to discuss progress made, disappointments and satisfaction chalked, as well as challenges encountered and then map out the various ways forward.

As a country, we keep talking about enhancing transparency and accountability in our national life. If villages, towns, districts and constituencies demand the signing of promissory notes by politicians, it will be an act of promoting accountability and deepening our democracy.

Once a politician says s/he will do something, you record it and play it back to him/her at a future date and demand the fulfilment of the promise. Once politicians know that we the electorate are not just passive but active citizens, they will begin to sit up. After all, good citizenship is about being alert and reminding those we bestow our powers to through the casting of votes, of what they promised us they will do. Idle citizenship gives room to be taken for granted and weakens the act of governance.

You see, people living with disabilities are showing us the way forward as a country. So who are you to assert that they are disabled? Next time you look down on the disabled, remember that no one is perfect. Everyone has one form of disability or the other. What are yours? Find the strength in your own disability and use it to make the world a much better place than you found it.


Doris Yaa Dartey

The WatchWoman Column
September 29, 2012



Nigeria: Deaf accused stalls trial for subsidy scam

P.M. News-2012/10/09
Published on October 9, 2012 by pmnews Nnamdi Felix/ Abuja

The planned arraignment of two persons and two companies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an Abuja High Court, was stalled because one of the accused was deaf.

His lawyer had to appeal to the court to allow his client have access to medical attention and obtain hearing aid to enable him follow the proceedings of his trial.

The accused person, Alhaji Saminu Rabiu, is said to have hearing problems and requires a hearing aid to hear the charges brought against him and the others, to enable him understand the charges and to make his plea.

Indication that the arraignment may be aborted emerged as the court started proceedings at the trial. Every thing had to be severally repeated to Saminu Rabiu without comprehension on his part, owing to his impaired hearing ability.

His lawyer, Ms. Blessing Omaghe subsequently applied for a short adjournment to enable her client access medical attention and acquire hearing aid facility before his trial can commence.

The court acquiesced to this request and adjourned the matter to 17 October for the arraignment of the accused persons.

The accused persons and their organisations were indicted in the fuel subsidy scam. They are Saminu Rabiu, Jubril Rowaye, Alminnur Resources Limited and Brila Energy Limited.

They were slammed with a 17 count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraudulently obtaining the sum of N1.051 billion, from the Petroleum Support Fund as payment for the purported importation of 10,000 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS.



Over 200 disabled people appeal for support

10月10日 AngolaPress

Luanda - Two hundred and eighty nine war disabled citizens residing in the commune of Lombe, Cacuso Municipality, in Malanje Province, have asked for support for agricultural instruments, in order to prepare about 600 hectares of land distributed by local authorities.

This information was presented Tuesday by the coordinator of the project dubbed “Vem Comigo”, Silva Lopes Etiambulo, who stated that this land is aimed for the cultivation of maize, cassava, peanuts, sugar-cane and banana.

According to the coordinator of the project, who paid a visit to the place, about 20 kits of agricultural instruments were already handed over to the beneficiaries, an amount which is considered insufficient due to the extension of the plot of land and objectives of the officials in charge of the project.

Silva Lopes Etiambulo informed also that it is intended the inclusion in the project of demobilised soldiers from the extinct FAPLA (government) and FALA (UNITA party), since they go through the same difficulties as other disabled soldiers.



Fuel Subsidy Scam Suspect Hard of Hearing: Judge Advises Him To Obtain Device

10月10日 Osun Defender

Saminu Rabi, a fuel subsidy scam suspect appearing before an Abuja High Court, was today advised by the judge to obtain a hearing aid following his complaint that he could he could not hear what was being said in the court room.

Rabiu, along with Jubril Rowaye of Alminnur Recourses Limited and Brila Energy Limited, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on 17 counts of fraudulently claiming over N1.05 billion from the government.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko, presiding, told Rabiu to procure a hearing aid that would enable him hear properly in the court and directed the EFCC to re-arraign the suspects on October 17.

The Commission last Friday arraigned another set of 13 suspects before a court in Lagos on similar charges.






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Disability takes a back seat to ability in Africa

(African Football Media) Friday 12 October 2012

When 14 African countries gathered in the town of Phokeng near Rustenburg in South Africa recently to compete in the Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup, football was not the most important thing on their mind - even though at stake was a place at next year's 2013 Special Olympics Unity Cup in Rio de Janeiro. Instead, feelings of togetherness and stories of self-belief helped along by sport were on display.

“My disability does not make me a lesser person,” said Namibian Deon Namiseb, who shared his emotional life story at the opening ceremony.
When he was born in 1978, doctors said that he had several disabilities, and he was literally placed in a corner to be forgotten. He was taken in by an aunt, and since then, he has not looked back. As an International Global Messenger, the Namibian represents millions of athletes with disabilities, and he hopes to raise awareness by speaking out about the power of sports.

This has allowed him to leave his difficult past behind him, and he only looks ahead, saying: “Both my present and future are full of hope."
Namiseb, who is a coach at the FIFA Football for Hope Centre in Katatura, is also full of praise for the Special Olympics. “It is a passion, a big passion. Tears are running, full of happiness, full of sadness. This organisation has changed my life through football."

'It has to start with us and it has to grow with us'
At the Unity Cup in South Africa, Namiseb said that when the teams entered the opening ceremony, they were all standing together. “You could see them uniting. And the thing that made this possible was our shared love for the game of football. This has helped us unite our beautiful cultures, our African drum beat and our singing and dancing.
We are all one. Coming here to play football together will ensure that we learn to accept each other, irrespective of any disability.”

Namiseb went on to say that it was vitally important that people should get to know each others' cultures, should know where they come from and understand that people with disabilities can do many things that others can't do. “It is all about the youth - it has to start with us and it has to grow with us, so that we can change the mindset of people. It is not the disability that counts, it is abilities. This understanding will help us become the leaders of tomorrow, to spread the word of the Special Olympics and to make a change in our communities. It is important that all people - irrespective of their disability are treated equally, the way they deserve to be treated and the way you would like to be treated.”

The competition (3-6 October) was run as a seven-a-side tournament, with both male and female events. The participating countries were South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Burkina Faso, C?te d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia.
South Africa qualified for the final after beating Kenya on penalties in the round of the last four, while Tanzania beat C?te d'Ivoire in the other semi-final. In the championship match the hosts then managed a 3-2 win against Tanzania, while the Ivorians took third place after hammering Kenya 4-0. South Africa, Tanzania and C?te d'Ivoire will thus represent the continent in Brazil next year.

The competition follows on from the Football for Hope festival, which was held in Johannesburg during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa?.
On that occasion 32 teams, made up of players from disadvantaged backgrounds, travelled from all corners of the globe to compete in the Football for Hope festival (see link on the right for more information).

A lasting feeling
Along with the football, there were several youth initiatives held to celebrate the Special Olympics and continue the legacy of the founding member, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who started the movement in 1968. Since then, the organization has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million, who participate in year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs in some 170 countries.

One of the highlights of the programmes was the Youth Activation Summit, which was attended by people with, and without intellectual disabilities.
The theme of the event was 'Dignity Revolution', which focused on respecting and treating everyone as equal. Opportunities were given to athletes and their parents to do presentations, to share their experiences and show what the Special Olympics has done for them.

Another highlight of the tournament was a Special Olympics Celebrity Challenge, which allowed Special Olympic athletes to compete against celebrities and footballing legends such as former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, Desiree Ellis, who captained South Africa's women's national team and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo.

The 2012 Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup will be remembered for providing a platform for African nations to discuss and hopefully address the needs of over 20 million African people with an intellectual disability in the areas of sport, health, education and leadership, creating life-changing opportunities. And with such worthwhile goals, it is hardly surprising that football was not the only thing that got people talking.



Mugabe targets the disabled

ZimEye Zimbabwe-2012/10/13
By Gift Kugara
Published: October 13, 2012

The regime of Robert Mugabe plunged to the lowest depths this week when his police force arrested Elton Mangoma, the Energy Minister in Zimbabwe ’s increasingly shaky coalition government, amid several concerns which have seen the Mugabe led government taking advantage of and ignoring the plight of its disabled citizens.

More evidence has emerged of how the government has used a heavy hand on disabled people and to this date, disabled people have still not been granted the right to ballot privacy and recently the nation’s paralympic team was forced to travel a grueling 8 kilometres outside the city of London for their party with no valid explanation coming from the government.

This week Elton Mangoma, another disabled man who belongs to the MDC-T, the party led by Mugabe’s chief political challenger, Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested under unjust circumstances.

A disabled Mangoma, is also one of the MDC-T’s lead negotiators in the constitution-making process where he sits in Copac’s Management Committee, along side Secretary General Tendai Biti.

Mangoma is the latest in a long line of people who have been arrested under the Criminal Law (Codification) Act for insulting Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe passed a law a few years ago punishing any person who insults Mugabe. The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, a non-profit group of lawyers who provide free legal assistance mainly to victims of politically motivated charges estimates that about 45 people have been charged with offences involving alleged insults against Mugabe.

However, concern has been raised over the continued arrests of Mangoma on various unproved allegations in the last three years. He is the only Cabinet minister who has been repeatedly arrested by the police on spurious charges. Observers have raised concern that this is tantamount to bullying a vulnerable member of society on account of his disability.

“Why do they always target Mangoma? He is surely not the only minister or politician who has said unkind things about Mugabe. We are beginning to think that he is seen as a weak target because he is disabled. We live in a society in which disabled people are marginalised and treated with contempt and this persecution of Mangoma is not only political but also very sensitive” said an observer who preferred to remain anonymous.

Another observer added, “The conditions in which arrested persons are kept are harsh for able bodied people and are worse for disabled persons.
We think that Mangoma is being used as an example of what can happen to opponents but this deliberate targeting of a disabled person is deplorable. It shows how heartless these people can be.”

Mangoma was later released after signing a warned and cautioned statement.

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Egypt's disabled accuses Morsi's guards of assault

Ahram Online

Protesters with special needs who are demonstrating at the presidential palace file reports against presidential guards accusing them of assault Ahram Online, Monday 15 Oct 2012

Egyptian disabled played a key role in the January 25 uprising, near Tahrir (Photo: Randa Ali)

On Sunday evening, Egypt's presidential guards reportedly attacked a sit -in by citizens with special needs, who are demanding to present their grievances to President Mohamed Morsi.
"Guards attacked us, broke a number of chairs and filed reports against us at Heliopolis police station," claimed Ashour Hamouda, one of 30 protesters who have been demonstrating at the presidential palace in Cairo since Wednesday.

Protesters are demanding that Morsi implement a clause in the 1971 constitution which reserves 5 per cent of all vacant government jobs for the disabled; in addition, they are asking for implementation of housing rights, provision of a LE1,500 pension and to be exempted from customs duties on their cars.

The attack came as protesters took off for a march from Gate 4 to Gate 5 of the palace to raise their demands; they were later accused of blocking the road.

Hamouda added that protesters have filed a number of reports against the presidential guards at Gate 4, accusing them of beating and injuring some of them.

This is the second such attack on special needs protesters reported in five days, as guards reportedly beat up members of the crowd last Thursday.

In response to the attack, the Egyptian Communist Party, which supports the sit-in, issued a statement on Monday to condemn the reported assault, calling on Egyptian officials to acknowledge the role that handicapped played during the January 25 uprising.

According to the statement, two of the protesters were arrested and sent to Heliopolis police station before they were released hours later.

Last Thursday presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said that the presidency is committed to increasing the budget for the National Council for Disabilities (NCD).

Furthermore, President Mohamed Morsi on Monday met with head of the NCD to discuss the demands of Egypt's disabled, reported privately-owned Al- Shorouk newspaper.

People with special needs make up around 12 million of Egypt's population, according to rights organisations.



Disabled protesters continue sit-in at presidential palace

Egypt Independent
Al-Masry Al-Youm Mon, 15/10/2012 - 15:22
Hossam Fadl

Dozens of disabled individuals are continuing their sit-in for the sixth day on Merghany Street, in front of Gate 4 of the presidential palace.

Security officers set up iron barriers and cordoned off the protesters.

Protesters refused to negotiate with Mohamed Fouad Gadallah, legal affairs adviser to the president, and demanded a meeting with President Mohamed Morsy.

The protesters had been attacked by security officers Sunday when they blocked a road in attempt to pressure authorities to respond to their demands.

The protesters demand the right to work within the 5 percent that should be allocated to them, in addition to their right to housing and a pension of LE1,500 for those who cannot work. They also want authorities to fully exempt them from paying customs fees on their cars.

The demonstrators raised banners saying that Morsy has the same policy as former President Hosni Mubarak, and chanted, “O people, the government has beaten the disabled.”

Sobhy Abdel Maqsoud, one of the protesters, said they would file a complaint to the public prosecutor against Morsy, because he failed to meet their demands and punish presidential palace security after officers had beaten them several times during their sit-in.

He added that they have already filed a complaint against the palace security.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm



Govt: Rights for persons with disability guaranteed

BY CORRESPONDENT 15th October 2012
Dr Hussein Mwinyi

A total of 3,444,360 people, equivalent to ten per cent of the population of 34,443,602 in the country according to the census of 2002 are identified as persons with disabilities.

Also, according to a 2008 research a total of 2,421,276 people, equivalent to 7.8 per cent were identified as persons with disabilities in the country.

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi revealed this in his speech when opening a one-day training of the stakeholders on the deaf blind held recently in Mkuranga district in Coast region.

The training was organised by Deaf Blind Within the Teachers Forum(DBWITEFO) based in Kisarawe district in the region and financed by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

The speech which was read on his behalf by the District Commissioner, Mercy Silla said more than half a billion of the world population were persons with disabilities due to mental ill health and disability and that according to World Health Organisation (WHO), one person out of ten people in the society was disabled.

He said efforts are being made by the government to enable persons with disabilities including deaf blind persons to do away with poverty by enjoying opportunities similar to those accessed by able-bodied persons such as education and employment.

Dr Mwinyi said: “There are efforts made internationally and nationally aiming at enabling a person with disability, including deaf blind person to do away with poverty.”

He said that, for example, the agreement of the Salamanka declaration of 1994 aimed at making sure that education is imparted to all children with disabilities as equal as other able children. That, if teachers are well prepared for the children with the special needs, a gap which was found between the inclusive education and special education disabilities, would disappear.

He said that the syllabus for the teachers should consider issues of persons with disabilities while teaching should consider special needs of the trainees. Education provided should be compatible with the needs of the children.

Universities and colleges should conduct adequate researches in preparing the teachers of the inclusive education, teaching equipment programmes for the children in order reach the target.

The stakeholders included the district executive director, district education officers, school education inspectors, social welfare officers, community development officers, ward executive officers, representatives of organisations of people with disabilities and non-governmental organisations of the people with disabilities in the district.

He said the government was implementing the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in March 2007.

On April 23, 2009, the government through his ministry in parliament ratified the convention which urges member countries to protect the rules and various rights of the persons with the disabilities.

In 2004, the government approved the policy on development services for persons with disabilities and their participation in various economic, political, social and cultural programmes.


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Wheelchair for disabled Phikwe man

Mmegi Online

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Finally, Elijah Mosweu is able to move around freely after a wheelchair was donated to him by the World Community Counselling Center Church of Tlokweng.

Speaking at the handing over of the wheelchair, Selebi-Phikwe Town Mayor Godfrey Mbaiwa observed that there are many people in need of wheelchairs in his town. He raised concern that despite the council's willingness to assist people living with disabilities, their family members hide them.Mosweu lives in Botshabelo. When he was born to Basinyi back in 1983, he seemed like a normal child until it was noticed that something was wrong with him.

One of his family members realised that he was disabled long before he could start learning how to walk. Elijah does not walk and one of his hands does not function. He crawls if he wants to move around the yard.

His mother said she never enrolled Elijah in school and instead went with him to the cattle post which is where they are currently staying:"I have been trying all these years to register my child for government social programmes but that has not been possible. Social workers are throwing me from pillar to post..." Mosweu is unemployed and her husband has long passed away. Basinyi has 12 children. She says since her family is not getting any assistance from the council, they live under difficult conditions. She appealed to well wishers to assist them with clothing and food.



Egypt's disabled accuse Morsi's guards of assault

Ahram Onlinex

Protesters with special needs who are demonstrating at the presidential palace file reports against presidential guards accusing them of assault Ahram Online, Monday 15 Oct 2012


Egyptian disabled played a key role in the January 25 uprising, near Tahrir (Photo: Randa Ali) Related Egyptian Coalition for Handicapped lashes out at parliamentary candidates On Sunday evening, Egypt's presidential guards reportedly attacked a sit -in by citizens with special needs, who are demanding to present their grievances to President Mohamed Morsi.
"Guards attacked us, broke a number of chairs and filed reports against us at Heliopolis police station," claimed Ashour Hamouda, one of 30 protesters who have been demonstrating at the presidential palace in Cairo since Wednesday.

Protesters are demanding that Morsi implement a clause in the 1971 constitution which reserves 5 per cent of all vacant government jobs for the disabled; in addition, they are asking for implementation of housing rights, provision of a LE1,500 pension and to be exempted from customs duties on their cars.

The attack came as protesters took off for a march from Gate 4 to Gate 5 of the palace to raise their demands; they were later accused of blocking the road.

Hamouda added that protesters have filed a number of reports against the presidential guards at Gate 4, accusing them of beating and injuring some of them.

This is the second such attack on special needs protesters reported in five days, as guards reportedly beat up members of the crowd last Thursday.

In response to the attack, the Egyptian Communist Party, which supports the sit-in, issued a statement on Monday to condemn the reported assault, calling on Egyptian officials to acknowledge the role that handicapped played during the January 25 uprising.

According to the statement, two of the protesters were arrested and sent to Heliopolis police station before they were released hours later.

Last Thursday presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said that the presidency is committed to increasing the budget for the National Council for Disabilities (NCD).

Furthermore, President Mohamed Morsi on Monday met with head of the NCD to discuss the demands of Egypt's disabled, reported privately-owned Al- Shorouk newspaper.

People with special needs make up around 12 million of Egypt's population, according to rights organisations.



FCTA to provide more special schools, teaching aids for the deaf

By Press Release
October 16, 2012 13:51:51pm GMT

Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will provide more special needs schools and specialised teaching aids for the deaf in the nation’s capital, the Honourable Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, said on Tuesday.

She made this known in Abuja during the celebration of the International Week of the Deaf held at the National Human Rights Commission.

Akinjide, who was represented by her Special Assistant on Social Development, Mrs. Uche Nwafor, said FCTA was working assiduously through its Education Secretariat to build more special schools to meet the increasing number of children with special needs in the FCT.

She said, “The FCT Administration has carried out deliberate actions towards providing an all inclusive society that provides sufficient attention to the physically challenged in our mist. Our recent survey of special needs children in the FCT shows a total number of 3,257 pupils and students who have one form of impairment or the other. Out of this, 1,657 are male while 1,600 are female. “The survey further showed that there are 89 Special Education Teachers distributed in the regular and special schools. Out of this number, 24 teach at the School for the Deaf which was established in 1991 with 60 pupils. By 2008, the enrolment increased to 361. The Administration has equipped the school with specialised teaching aids such as audiometers, thermoform machines, brailing machines, embossers and hearing aids, among others.

“The Administration through the Education Secretariat is providing more special needs schools, more teaching and learning aides for the deaf in our schools and deploying teachers with background in Special Education to areas of need.”

Speaking on the theme of the international week of the deaf titled “ Sign Bilingualism and Empowerment are Human Rights of the Deaf Persons”, the minister said it was a clarion call to everyone to recognise the basic rights of persons with any form of disabilities.

She stressed the need for Nigeria and Nigerians to strive towards building a more inclusive society where the benefits for the deaf and persons with disabilities were guaranteed.

“Sign Bilingualism provides solutions to challenges which are being faced by persons with hearing impairment. The deaf people principally depend on sign language for understanding the concepts; this is same for the students too. But, the quality of education given to our deaf children has been poor because of the limited number of teachers available in sign language.

“Our society has yet to understand the cultural and linguistic needs of the deaf community. It has been seen that deaf children learn best in sign language. They should be given the opportunity to develop sign language. A sign bilingual approach encourages the involvement of deaf as well as hearing people,” Akinjide explained.



Will President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity consider Persons with Disability and Aging Populations?

Sierra Express Media
By: SEM Contributor on October 16, 2012.

In Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma’s Agenda for Change, according to many people. including members of the international community and major opinion-leaders worldwide, is delivering social democracy in a way that is very uncommon in Africa.

He is very confident that the health sector of his Agenda for Change is impacting more on the carefully selected vulnerable groups; pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five, the targets of his Free Health Care initiative. In his closing of parliament statement on the 25th of September 2012, President Koroma stated that “My Government listed Health amongst its first priorities in the Agenda for Change, developed a 5-year National Health Sector Strategic Plan, the Free Health Care Policy; and several other health care policies.”

Authorities at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation are proud that because of the Free Health Care programme, maternal and infant mortalities have been halved. Indeed, recent publications of health care statistics in the Ministry clearly agree with the foregoing assertion. One periodical reads that “The Free Health Care implementation has resulted in a 250 per cent increase in the number of under-five outpatient consultations compared to the period before the launch of the initiative.”

I learnt from one of the many brochures on general health care and Free Health Care initiative in the minister’s waiting room that immunization coverage for children increased from 67 per cent in 2006 to 82 per cent in 2011, and that children sleeping under insecticide treated bed nets have increased by threefold.

A senior member of one of the CSOs in the business of monitoring healthcare delivery service in Sierra Leone explained that “There is rapid improvement in nutritional status of children with 30 per cent increased coverage of vitamin ‘A’ supplementation.” I was entreated to travel into the remotest places in Sierra Leone by the CSO operative, “But Karamoh, all you have to do is to take a tour of the country in the remotest places; like before now, you will hardly see malnourished children or emaciated children with marasmus and kwashiorkor,” the CSOs worker said.

The fact is I am often in these remotest places my civil society operative was entreating me to visit to see for myself. And I must agree that the present picture here in Sierra Leone is quite different from the picture photojournalists compete over in the past with the aim of winning awards for the most egregious photos of suffering Africans in countries like Sierra Leone.

At the PCMH, a key referral maternity hospital, I was informed that ante natal care attendance increased by three-fold as a result of the Free Health Care initiative, and that there is more than 50 per cent reduction in the number of women dying from pregnancy related complications at public hospitals.

The Deputy Health Minister, Tamba Borbor Sawyer said “Between April 2010 and March 2011, the Free Health Care initiative led to nearly 2 million additional under five consultations, over 39,000 more women delivered their babies in a health facility and 12,000 maternity complications were managed in health facilities with a 60 per cent drop in the fatality rate in these cases.” Figures at the Ministry however indicate an increase of 800 to 12,000 admission cases in the hospital in the same period.

The Government of Sierra Leone has also commenced a free treatment of malaria programme for all age groups in all public hospitals. Malaria is a killer disease that is responsible for the sharp increase in infant mortality in Sierra Leone, health officials stated. They also stated that with the free malaria treatment programme; infant mortality will be dented seriously.

With all of these programmes geared towards the improvement of the well body bisness here in Sierra Leone, President Koroma has increased salaries of health workers astronomically and has also increased their numbers by 1,282 from 7,164 in 2009 to a total of 8,446 in 2011, and still counting.

There has been an over 100 per cent increase in the availability, accessibility and affordability of safe and effective drugs. The Government of Sierra Leone has also embark on massive health care facility infrastructural projects such as the construction of new medical stores in all the 14 districts in the country, the construction of ultra-modern health care facilities, renovation of all existing health care facilities across the nation, etc. Medical workers confirmed that there is a total of 1,190 fully functional health care facilities compare to 843 in 2006. Now, basic emergency obstetric care centres, each in all the 13 districts were established and garnished by a school of training of mid-wives in Makeni city about 140 km from Freetown, to make child-delivery less difficult for expecting mothers in remote places.

There is a growing sentiment here amongst members of the disable and the ging populations that they have been left out for now. But now that the President is gearing up to an Agenda for Prosperity in his new manifesto for second term the governing-All Peoples Congress (APC) is expecting to win, the disable and aging populations are very hopeful and encouraged by the projected 32.5 GDP growth on the horizon. These two vulnerable groups believe that their compassionate President Koroma will find a way to fund health care for them fully or at least partially, especially now that the President is about to introduce the Sierra Leone Health Insurance Scheme.

By Karamoh Kabba



Disabled protesters file complaint against Morsy

Egypt Independent
Al-Masry Al-Youm Tue, 16/10/2012 - 16:09
Ahmed Hayman

Dozens of disabled protesters outside the presidential palace have filed a complaint against President Mohamed Morsy, accusing him of failing to respond to their demands.

The protesters also accused Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin, palace security chief Ahmed Hendy, and Heliopolis Police Department Deputy Chief Wael Ali of assaulting them and threatening to disband the sit-in.

The protesters, whose sit-in has entered its seventh day, demand housing, jobs, and health insurance, as well as representation in the Constituent Assembly, Parliament and the presidential administration.

Sobhy Abdel Maqsoud, one of the protesters, said they are considering a hunger strike if their demands are ignored or if security assaults renew.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm



Deaf Couple's Ears

2012/10/16 | VICKY SOMNISO |

A THREE-YEAR-OLD Pretoria girl has become a blessing to her deaf parents.
This is because Sfundo Mbuyazi is their indispensible "ears" when it really matters.

SIGN LANGUAGE: Deaf father Khetha Mbuyazi plays with his two daughters Sfundo and Smangele at their home in Pretoria. Photo: Vicky Somniso

HANDY: Deaf mom Samora Mbuyazi prepares dinner for her family.
Sfundo gives her mother Samora and father Khetha Mbuyazi signals when there is a knock at the door, or when the phone rings.

Samora says: "Sfundo understands a little bit of sign language. She tries to tell me if there's some noise. Sometimes she would wake me up in the middle of the night when her little sister Smangele, who is 18 months old, becomes unsettled."

The 30-year-old mother adds: "I am very happy and I knew before they were born that they would be able to hear and it would be easy for them to help us."

Samora, who sets her phone to vibrate, says her daughter tells her when it rings and it's not on her.

"If it's her grandmother, I would ask Sfudo to communicate with her.

"But, if it is a serious family matter, I normally use an SMS to communicate." She says communication was difficult when her children were still very young.

Their grandmother, Thabile Mbuyazi, who took care of them, died in 2005.
They had since employed a child minder for the children. The minder is not fluent in sign language, but tries very hard, says Samora.

The couple met six years ago and have been married for 21 months.

"My husband is caring, he loves joking and accepts me for who I am,"
says Samora.

Hubby Khetha, 32, says: "I love my wife. She is a brave Xhosa woman, who speaks her mind. Her beautiful smile attracted me to her, and has helped change my life, correcting me when I do something wrong."

Communication at home is easier thanks to Sfundo, but when Samora and Khetha step outside their home, it gets harder to communicate. At the shops, they communicate through notes. Writing on pieces of paper makes communication easier, says Khetha.

Samora works for the Deaf Federation of South Africa as a job placement officer, and Khetha at the Hatfield CCTV Review Centre that assists deaf job seekers, and helps them in disciplinary hearings.

The Mbuyazi family say they enjoy watching music videos, soapies, especially Rhythm City, Scandal and Isidingo because of the full subtitles.

The family also enjoys trips to the zoo or to local entertainment resorts. And, on those trips, the couple says Sfundo is their ears and helps to bridge the language divide.



Disabled want govt help

The Citizen Daily-2012/10/16
Send to a friend Tuesday, 16 October 2012 23:05
By Daniel Msangya,
The Citizen Correspondent

Dodoma. The Dodoma Urban District Disabled People Association (Chawata) has urged the government to establish favourable infrastructure for people with disabilities.

The executive secretary of Chawata, Reverend Kaleb Mhawi, told the Dodoma Urban District Commissioner, Mr Lephy Gembe, during the inauguration of the disability law enacted in 2010 that suitable infrastructure would enable the disabled to be independent and participate in different activities.
He noted that in a bid to create a friendly environment for people with disabilities, buildings and other facilities should be designed to cater for the group.

Rev Mhawi, who is also the coordinator of the Sh44,999,000 capacity building project aimed at facilitating the disabled people and funded by the Foundation for Civil Society, said people with disability have been facing unnecessary challenges.
He said the challenges included social, economic, political and psychological and were due to poor understanding of the architects, designers, decision makers and constructors on the importance of the group.

He also revealed that the disabled people have been denied their rights as human beings, particularly in essential needs such as basic and advanced education, health services as well as access to security services.

He further noted that the surrounding community was unaware of human rights violations and regretted that a majority of the disabled people were ignorant of their own basic rights because they lacked access to legal services as well as government institutions with the mandate to monitor and provide social services.

He said due to such challenges CHAWATA in collaboration with other stakeholders and its target group conceived an idea to establish a project aimed at supporting the disabled people to understand the disability law and the opportunity of the disabled people in the new reviewed constitution.

In his remarks the Dodoma Urban District Commissioner Mr Lephy Gembe urged the disabled people to adhere to the law of the land when conducting their daily activities and continue to protest for their rights because there were no body determined to play somebody’s role but the disabled people themselves should steer the fighting to demand their rights.

Mr Gembe said there was no specified reasons for the people with disability to be denied their basic rights because they are human being like others and they must be given all essential needs as the basic human rights.“Currently, the government and other institutions are required to understand and recognize that the premises constructed should be equipped with friendly infrastructure to the disabled people in order for them to use them smoothly.



Government urged to increase current disability fund

10月17日 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

Government has been asked to consider increasing the current disability fund from two to five percent since the current allocation is inadequate to meet the needs of persons with all forms of disabilities.

This way, persons with mental illness who have recovered from their conditions will have the opportunity to benefit from the fund.

In an interview with GBC's Radio Ghana in Bolgatanga, the Programmes Coordinator, Presbyterian Community Based Rehabilitation Project, Maxwell Akansas, said the District Assembly Common Fund is of immense help to persons with disability.

Mr. Akansas explained that funds given to beneficiaries are sometimes under utilised though they are supposed to ensure the proper use of the fund through investment activities capable of improving their livelihood.
Moreover, beneficiaries are not thoroughly educated by the Assembly as to how the funds should be utilised.

Also contrary to Article 42 of PWDs 2006, which mandates the various Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), disbursement of the allocated percentage is properly not disbursed with elements of impersonation distracting the course of disbursement.

The funds, he indicated was created to help empower PWDs through income generating activities including the acquisition of all necessary tools and equipments needed to enhance their respective jobs.

Mr. Akansas advised beneficiaries to use the fund to venture into long term business activities that can sustain their livelihood and not otherwise.

Whilst commending government for increasing the disability component of the common fund from two to three percent in the 2012 national budget, Mr. Akansas appealed to government to consider increasing the present percentage to enable beneficiaries maximize the full benefit to improve their lives.

Mr. Akansas equally appealed to the international community, particularly the WHO to help provide financial support for activities on mental health embarked upon by NGOs and agencies working in that regard.




Kenya: Parenting a Mentally Disabled Child-a Mother's Revelation

ChildrenEast AfricaHuman RightsKenya

Parenting a disabled child goes beyond 'ordinary' parenting. It requires emotional strength and flexibility. Many communities however shy away from such families and are in certain instances isolated. This can be difficult and can be disheartening to a family which is already struggling to cope.

We recently met a group of women who are parents to mentally disabled children. Under different self-help groups, these mothers come together to share ideas and give emotional support to each other. It is estimated that 3 per cent of the Kenyan population are people with intellectual disability which is subjected to serious stigma and misunderstanding.

Among the women is Pauline Matinde, mother to a 9-year-old mentally handicapped child. Pauline remembers the excitement she and her husband had when they conceived their first baby. "We were a young couple in 2007 and getting a baby was a priority," she remembers. Their baby Josphat Chacha was born in 2008 and was received with joy by both families.

The excitement was however short lived because at six months, they realised that Josphat was not well. They sought medical attention from different hospitals including KNH but got mostly the same response.
"They told us to be patient with him since he was mentally slow," she said.

This was what broke her family. "My husband developed an attitude towards the baby. He could beat him up, abuse and even threaten to kill him saying their family cannot bear such a child," she says amid tears.

Pauline was blamed for bearing a mentally disabled child. With time, the situation at home degenerated from bad to worse and and violence became the order of the day. "It was clear he wanted us out of his life and I decided to do just that; we separated and I was left to take care of Josphat on my own," she remembers.

Having come from a poor back ground, Pauline struggled to raise her son and would sometimes get overwhelmed by various medical responsibilities.
She has also been struggling with 'the why' question. In January this year, Pauline enrolled her son to a primary school in Kuria to help him get basic education. Though he was slow, Pauline said she could notice some improvement in him.

He went to school until second term when one day the head teacher called her and ordered her to go for her son and never take him to school again.
"That day, Josphat lost bowel control and left a mess in class," said Pauline.

Pauline says the head teacher cited the incident as the reason to expel the nursery school pupil for good. According to Pauline, the teacher said the school could not take care of such children and asked her to employ a helper if she wanted her son to be retained. "I was left with no choice than take my son home with me," she said.

According to her, acquiring education is almost impossible for children like Josphat no matter how mild their condition may be. This is so especially for the poor families who cannot afford specialised facilities and help.

Pauline, who has since left her son under the care of her mother is currently working as a casual labourer in Nairobi's Kayole estate to make ends meet.

Most of the parents who had turned up were urging the government to introduce free vocational training for such children. "The government introduced compulsory free primary education and as parents of children the same age we feel left out," said Rosalia Wambui who is a mother to a 17-year-old mentally disabled girl.



Liberia: Disabled Community Cries Neglect

Human RightsLiberiaWest Africa

The disable community in Liberia has accused the government here for being insensitive to the plight of less fortunate people. The group, which includes visually impaired and physically challenged, noted that government seems to take pleasure in seeing people with disabilities, languishing in the streets, begging for alms.

Grouping themselves under the umbrella body, Activists for the Restoration of Disable Dignity, they described government's posture as reckless and ill responsible.

The head of the group L. Samuel Allen said the sole responsibility of government to its citizens is to hold up to the tenants of the constitution, but in doing it seems to have automatically abandoned the disabled people.

Samuel said the disables are not Charles Darwin's theory, though he did not explain the meaning of his statement, but added "How can someone, who is looking into the affairs of persons with disability is mute and sleeping, while disables are dying one after another daily."

He explained that the plight of persons with disability was ignored in the government's 150-day deliverables, noting "Even at the UN 67th General Assembly, while discussing the many priority issues that Liberia is faced with, ranging from youth and women empowerment, disable issue was not talked about, even in her government vision 2030 consultation throughout the country, [we] were not involved."

Samuel noted that some of their colleagues who have gained economic status cannot find jobs both in the public and private sectors.



EC jobs also for the Disabled

Ghana News Agency-
EC jobs also for the Disabled
17th October 2012

Agortime-Kpetoe, Oct. 17, GNA - The disabled in Ghana is not barred from pursuing careers in the various areas of the electoral process.

Eligibility would however be based on competence only, Ms Regina Tackey, Gender and Disability Desk Officer at the Volta Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), said on Tuesday.

She was addressing of a colloquium of the disabled, aspiring Members of Parliament or representatives in the Agortime-Ziope and Adaklu constituencies, EC officials, Social Welfare Officers, among others at Agortime Kpetoe.

Ms Tackey said all that the disabled needed to do was to pursue those jobs, stating and demonstrating their skills and credentials not wait on the sidelines.

According to her, what the EC could do was to take into consideration the level and type of disability of the person recruited, when processing the postings, to enhance their performance.

She said electoral officers would be available to help the disabled during voting, and that where necessary, ballot boxes could be lowered for a disabled person without the reach to use it.

Ms Tackey said there were specially crafted ballot papers to facilitate the voting of the visually impaired even without an aide, if so desired.

She said arrangements at the polling stations would be disability- friendly.

The meeting was under the aegis of Voice of the People with Disability (Voice- Ghana) a disability-interest advocacy group based in Ho, working under the sponsorship of a Strengthening Transparency, Accountability in Ghana (STAR) programme.

Mr Francis Asong, Director of Voice-Ghana, said the project was to stimulate the interest of the disabled in politics in the two- constituencies and across Ghana as the December general elections approached.

He listed access of the disabled to polling stations, party rally grounds and low interest of politicians in affairs of the disabled as some of the organization’s concerns.

Citing a Voice-Ghana base-survey in the Agotime-Ziope and the Adaklu constituencies, Mr Asong said while around 60 per cent of persons with disabilities were interested in political activities and had the desire to participate, 27 per cent had never attended any political party activity because of poor access.

Mr Moses Kwao Gati, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Agotime-Ziope Constituency Chairman, said his party was disability friendly as showed in the current fluid release and disbursement of the 2 per cent of the District Assemblies Common Fund for activities of the disabled.

Mr John Amenya, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Agotime-Ziope Constituency Secretary, said his party’s stance on the issue of the disabled, reflected in the many social intervention policies initiated while in office from 2000 to 2008.

Mr Mawunya Akunya, Youth Leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP), in the same constituency said his party would actively pursue the interest of the disabled.

Madam Susan Akortia, Agotime-Ziope District Director of the Department of Social Welfare, urged the EC to make electoral officers disability- interest conscious through training.

Mr Kofi Gbedemah, a Board Member of Voice- Ghana said politicians should continually show interest in the welfare of the disabled at all times and not only during elections.




Subsidy scam: ‘Deaf’ suspect takes plea with hearing aid

Nigerian Tribune
Written by Tunde Oyesina, and Evelyn Yankyaa
Thursday, 18 October 2012

Determined to prosecute all the suspects in the alleged fuel subsidy scam, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, arraigned a suspect, Saminu Rabiu, before an Abuja High Court, who took his plea with a hearing aid.

The accused, alongside Jubril Rowaye, ought to have taken their plea last week but Rabiu’s counsel, Blessing Omoghae, informed the court that her client was having a hearing problem.

This necessitated the trial judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, to order that the accused be taken to the hospital for medical attention and later adjourned the matter till Wednesday.

Rabiu and Rowaye were arraigned alongside their companies, Alminiur Resources Ltd. and Birla Energy Ltd. which government alleged were used to falsely obtain N1, 051, 030, 434.63 from the Petroleum Support Fund as payment for the purported importation of 10,000 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit.

At the arraignment on Wednesday, the 17-count charge was read to the suspects and they both pleaded not guilty.

However, counsel for the accused, prayed the court to admit them to bail, adding that they would neither jump bail nor interfere with the trial.

In a short ruling on the bail application, the court admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in like sum, adding that one of the sureties must be a serving director in the Federal Civil Service who must show evidence of three years tax payment to be verified by the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Justice Banjoko also gave an order that the accused be remanded in Kuje prisons in the event they are unable to meet and perfect their bail condition.

The court adjourned till October 29 and 30 for trial.



Namibia: Khorixas Hosts International White Cane Day

Human RightsNamibiaSouthern Africa

MORE than 100 visually impaired people commemorated International White Cane Day at the Herbert Conradie stadium at Khorixas in the Kunene Region on Monday where various speakers spoke about the challenges facing blind people. The day was celebrate under the theme ‘I am not blind, I am out of sight’.

“The Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired has a responsibility to promote understanding and the use of the white cane in Namibia,”
Doreen Sioka, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, said in a speech read by her special advisor, Tonata Itenge-Emvula.

A white cane is a tool used by visually impaired people to move around independently.

Sioka called upon citizens to acquaint themselves with the daily struggles of blind people and to rid themselves of their stereotypes of people who have no sight.

The Namibian constitution as well as the United Nations Convention On The Right Of Persons With Disabilities address equality and non- discrimination against people with disabilities and Article 19 talks about the right to independent living for people with disabilities, said Sioka. The minister stressed that the human rights of each person must be respected, and visually impaired people should be given the opportunity to fully participate in society.

She applauded the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired for playing a key role in providing rehabilitation training to blind people.

Itenge-Emvula gave a personal cash donation of N$1 000 to the Northern Association for the Visually Impaired (Navi). Navi operates in the Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Oshana and Kunene regions.

Navi regional chairperson Tobias Mwaudingekange thanked Itenge-Emvula for the donation and promised that the money would be put to good use.

Navi national coordinator Donald Trum said members appreciated the donation and called on other government institutions to come to the aid of blind people too.

He advised regional government officials to consult the visually impaired about their development projects. Government must keep in mind blind people when they build office blocks, as these buildings are not accessible to the visually impaired, Trum said.

“Consult us [visually impaired] when development takes place so that we can tell you our needs when new developments happen,” Trum stressed.

A lack of educational opportunities was also raised at the event.

More than 60 000 people in Namibia are visually impaired, according to Josephine Lazarus of the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired (NFVI), which is based in Windhoek.

Khorixas deputy mayor Tryposa Moloto said some school principals and teachers are not informed about issues affecting the visually impaired and discriminate against them by turning them away from school.

Moloto urged the government to expose more teachers to special education programmes and to give more visually challenged and disabled people access to education for a better life.



MP advocates special remunerations for teachers in special schools

Ghana News Agency-
18th October 2012

Cape Coast, Oct.18, GNA - Mr Ebow Barton Oduro, a Deputy Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, on Thursday advocated that teachers in special educational institutions such as school for the deaf and blind, should be given special remunerations and allowances to motivate them to give off their best.

He said it was unfair for teachers in such schools to receive the same salary as that of teachers in ordinary schools, and asked the Ministry of Education to address the issue.

Mr Oduro, who is also Member of Parliament for Cape Coast, made the call when he donated items to the Cape Coast School for the Deaf, at Cape Coast.

The items included 10 bags each of rice, maize and beans, plastic cups, plates, buckets and basins, 10 cartons of soft drink 10 bales of used clothes.

Mr Oduro supported Lion’s Club with 6,000 Ghana cedis towards the construction of a hearing assessment centre for the school.

He said government was commitment to providing quality education for children disabilities, especially the deaf and blind, and stressed that everything would be done to address their needs.

Mr Oduro asked the schools authorities to assess the disability fund which forms part of the district Assembly Common Fund to enable them solve some of their essential needs.

He commended teachers and staff of the school for their efforts at training children with disabilities to become useful to society.

Madam Baaba Enim, Headmistress of school, received the items on behalf of the school and thanked Mr Oduro for the gesture.

She appealed to the MP to help the school to register inmates under the National Health Insurance Scheme, provide computers for the institution, a playing field and sporting equipment, assembly hall and rehabilitate the road leading to the school.




Tanzania: Visually Impaired People Need Community's Help

East AfricaGovernanceNGOTanzania

"WE do not wish for more people to go blind, but if that were to happen to anyone then we would gladly welcome them to join our league," joked Mr Greyson Lazaro, the National Chairman of Tanzania League for the Blind (TLB), during a brief graduation ceremony for graduands of assistive technology training for people with visual impairment.

Mr Lazaro's joke was by no means misplaced, for as a league, they have been receiving support from various institutions that has helped to redefine the lives of many people with visual impairment in the country.
With support from various partners and stakeholders, he noted, people with visual disability no longer feel incapacitated.

He added that people with visual impairment function just like any other able bodied individuals provided they get equal opportunities. But equal opportunities for people with disabilities also mean access to gadgets that aid them to create a level playing field.

Of late, Sightsavers Tanzania, a not-forprofit organization which closely works with TLB, started assistive technology training programmes for people with visual impairment in the country. The first training session was held in 2011 and fifteen (15) people graduated. And lessons were learnt as well. During the maiden programme, Sightsavers had to hire a trainer from Kenya.

It was costly, admitted the Sightsavers Projects Manager, Mr Enock Mangasini. To redress the matter, this year they sponsored another training session where 27 people were taught how to use assistive technology, but instead of hiring an expensive trainer from abroad, they used two from among those who graduated the previous year to train the new students.

Mr Batista Mgumba, the coordinator of the training and a lecturer with the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE), said that the aim of the training is to ensure that people with visual disabilities are not left behind at a time of increasing technological advancements.

"It is our sincere hope that this training will change the lives of all participants and help improve their welfare and efficiency in what they because it has been proven that technology is also becoming user friendly to people with visual impairment," he said. The 27 students who partook in the assistive technology training programme held at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) graduated in early October, 2012.

Among other things, they were also awarded with laptops fully equipped with software to assist blind people or those with low vision to use computers independently. The laptops fitted with the special software were bought at reduced prices from Freedom Electronics, a representative of Samsung in the country. Freedom Electronics' boss, Mr Abdullah Rahim, was so moved by the training programme that he said they will continue to work with Sightsavers and other stakeholders to ensure that the initiative is sustainable.

He also said that Samsung South Korea has promised to reduce the cost of the software for people with visual impairment in support of the initiative. To grace the occasion was Special Seats Member of Parliament (CCM), Mrs Alshaymaa Kwegyir, who said that educating people with disabilities in the country is a viable investment that will help in national development. She said that providing people with disabilities proper education will make them independent and be able to support themselves and their families.

"By giving people with disabilities handouts it only makes them dependent and appear like a burden to society but if we invest in educating them then we will be making progress in efforts to bring development to our country," she said. So what is assistive technology and how does it work for people with visual impairment? Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating and using them.

The technology for people with visual impairment enables them to learn and ultimately use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications independently. A screen reader is a software application that attempts to identify and interpret what is being displayed on the screen (or more accurately, sent to standard output, whether a video monitor is present or not). This interpretation is then represented to the user with text-tospeech, sound icons or a Braille output device.

Screen readers are a form of assistive technology (AT) potentially useful to people who are blind, visually impaired, illiterate or learning disabled. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.

Speaking at the graduation, Mr Mangasini said that it is promising that they could use students from the previous year to train others and expressed hope that those who benefited from this year's programme will go and spread the knowledge acquired far and wide. Mr Mangasini was speaking on behalf of Sightsavers Tanzania Director, Dr Ibrahim Kabole.
The programme is sponsored by Sightsavers and supported by Tanzania Education Authority (TEA), OUT and TLB.

Ms Janeth Bushiri of Sightsavers added that they have plans to train between 200 and 300 people with visual disabilities to use computers in the next four years and promised to continue supporting similar training and called for other stakeholders to support the initiative. Beginning next year, she said, they plan to have 10 people trained in how to use assistive technology for people with visual disabilities in 10 districts of the country where TLB operates, who will be assisting others to learn how to use the technology.

OUT Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tolly Mbwette, said that this year's training and that conducted last year have been an eye opener to many individuals that ICT is possible for visually impaired individuals. "I am calling upon both national and international organisations to facilitate training like this one. Training like this have far reaching implications as they keep disability and persons with disabilities high on the agenda," he said.

In a speech read on his behalf by the OUT Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Personnel), Prof Martin Victor, said such training helps society to widen knowledge and understanding of disabilities and persons with disabilities in both training and using ICT services as well as get rid of stigmatization and negative attitudes towards people with disabilities. Mr Cosmas Mnyanyi, Coordinator of the Assistive Technology Unit at OUT, noted that the country's education system has for many years not taken into consideration people with visual disabilities in terms of teaching methods.

"Pupils and students who cannot see suffer a lot because they are in many instances regarded like ordinary students, this affects their performances and that's why we are keen to ensure that assistive technologies get to as many disabled people as possible," he said. TEA Director for Finance and Administration, Mrs Esther Abayo, vowed to continue supporting the initiative through various fundraising activities to ensure its sustainability. She observed that it is imperative that more and more people are reached and empowered as a matter of implementing education for all policy in the country.




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Zimbabwe: MP Textbooks Donation to Emerald Hill School for the Deaf

EducationSouthern AfricaZimbabwe
19 OCTOBER 2012

Hon. Jessie Majome, the MP for Harare West today made a donation of textbooks worth thousands of dollars to the Emerald Hill School for the Deaf.

Hon Majome said the donation was necessitated by the acute shortage of reading material at the institution. "I am saddened by the lack of reading material for the deaf at this school," she said.

"I hope the children will utilise these books so that they can improve and widen their understanding on issues that they have to learn," she said.

Hon. Majome said it is difficult to get books for primary schools as there are few writers for children's books in the country but she had the privilege of shipping them from the United Kingdom. "Emerald Hill School is special because when children who have hearing impairment get books they forget about their condition and are just like any other children. It is therefore important to ensure that they have sufficient material to use."

Hon. Majome said she was pleased that the draft Constitution contains special rights on the disabled and promised to continue assisting the school.

Meanwhile, the 13 MDC members who were arrested in March this year on charges of holding an illegal meeting in Beitbridge were acquitted by a Beitbridge magistrate yesterday after the magistrate ruled that there was lack of evidence to link them to the charges.

The 13 spent one week in remand prison after the State had invoked the draconian Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, which denies an accused person who has been granted bail his or her freedom for one week.

Those acquitted are; Farai Chinovha, Kimberly Bhebhe, Patricia Ndlovu, Elliot Mavesa, Daniel Danganyika, Wellington Chidzingwa, Win Mutasa, Mafios Macheka, Hope Mleya, Grace Runesu, Islam Samadhosi, Gibson Ndou and Philemon Kwinika.



Tanzania: What 'Disabled' Want in the New Constitution

East AfricaHuman RightsTanzania

FORTY-year-old James Mkwega is the councillor for Gumanga ward, Mkalama district in Singida region. He wants an article in next Katiba dedicated to the rights of people living with disabilities.

Mkwega also wants councillors and Village Executive Officers to be renumerated for the job they do because they are closest to the wananchi and play a significant role in running local communities. To him, without them, that concept on local government loses meaning. Those are some of the considerations he wants in the new constitution. But that is not Mkwega's only highlight. Councillor Mkwega is a Person Living with disability (PLWD), and true to his liking for leadership, he suggests that the next constitution should provide for allocation of more leadership posts for them majorly because they are a minority group but have untapped talent in many ways.

"Let us be given more chances in Parliament, but let the constitution also pronounce that PLWDs have free given access to social services," he said. "The system and way of life is complicated for us. I am here as a councillor because I fought my way through even with the foul language during campaigns of opponents focusing their wrath on my disability," he said, adding, "So how many potential good leaders are out there but we are missing them because they are afraid of coming out because of the rough environment for them to reach the top?" he queried.

Mkwega highlighted his perspectives when he was giving his views to the Constitution Review Commission when it went to Ibaga village, Gumanga ward to collect wananchi's views on the new constitution. He said it should contain rights of People Living with disabilities along issues of employment and access to social services. He also suggested that they should scrap special seats in Parliament for women and instead give them to People living with disabilities, noting that it should be entrenched in the Constitution in response to the demand for equal opportunity for them, given the prejudicial attitude that have been held about PLWDs in many parts of the country for years.

His view was also shared by Ladislaus Massawe, a 22 year old teacher at Kinampanda teachers college,who said that special women's seats in Parliament should be scrapped and instead given to People Living with Disabilities. The idea of free social services for PLWDs continued to have more support with Augustine Bunda,a 39 year old farmer at Ibaga village,Gumanga ward in Mkalama district, joining Ignus Gota, 45, a farmer at Ibaga village that they should receive free health care and special seat in the Parliamant be allocated to them.

The concern for PLWDs went on with Shaban Malise, a 34 year old teacher saying that the health sector should be asked to plan to change physical structures of hospitals for easy PLWD access. He said the Katiba should give them right to access educational institutions and facilities, and the right to reasonable access to all places and public transport.
"Involving People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) in hospital design is important to offset the current situation where many more still don't access health facilities because of the unfriendly nature of the designs of many public health centres," he said.

He said that making building designs accessible to People Living with disabilities is important for their education institutions as well, because it is inline with the policy on inclusive education. He said that due to the topographical nature of some rural areas, the health facilities situated on hilly points should have these adjustments. "This makes it difficult for People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) to access such facilities and many of their services thus in a way marginalizing them," he said.

It was raised that hospitals (both private and public) should be welcoming places, and disabled people should not expect difficulties when using a hospital's facilities. He told the Commission that there are still a large amount of buildings that are hard for such a group of people to access. "We have to get this right. Funding for many district councils may not be able to support this but the next dispensation has to see what works best to meet their needs and to get feedback about the accessibility of existing hospital structures," he said.

He said that for example, the deaf have learnt to compete and succeed in harsh environments where authorities don't effectively implement policies that concern PLWDs, which in turn would have accorded them equal rights in schools, hospitals, colleges or other institutions. He said that if their circumstances are recognized, they would be able to shatter barriers and seek leadership positions in various fields. He said there is a need to feed more sign language interpreters in more institutions such as hospitals and schools.

"How do doctors attend to deaf people when they do not understand sign language? Isn't it high time the Government employed interpreters in hospitals. This should be a right entrenched in the constitution." he said The electronic media, he said, have also alienated the deaf. "There are no sign language experts in the studios to help the deaf people follow news on television," he charged, adding his group is calling for more schools for the deaf across the country.

There are about only 40 schools for the deaf across the country. "We need to establish more modern school for the deaf in every district because there are many children with hearing disabilities who cannot attend normal schools," he said. He added: "Some schools do not even have deaf teachers while those employed either by government have to endure frequent intimidation, mistreatment especially those who raise issues affecting the deaf pupils." He said most special teachers including the principals cannot even use sign language fluently yet they are expected to serve deaf pupils. "Some education inspectors assigned to monitor special schools, he said, do not even know Sign Language.

"Then how can our children's (living with disability) concerns be addressed,?" he queried. He added, "Considering the huge need we have here, I think more health practitioners should be trained especially in sign language so that they can comfortably communicate with PLWDs when they come to access hospital services," The line of contribution however extended to other issues. Saidnali Rajab, a farmer at Guwanga said political leaders should be treated in local hospitals, a practice he argued would compel them to make decisions that would improve local social services. Edward Mangesa, an electrician at Mwangeza village said state organs should be non partisan and with no political inclination, especially those that deal with security like the Police. Another farmer, Richard Manjano, 35, suggested that students should be able to tour tourism sites in the country at no cost, since it is the same generation that would have to promote the sector at the international level.

Speaking for the health sector, Emmanuel Mlambo, 40, an electrician said that ordinarily, doctors are not questioned when a patient dies in their hands and it is the same person who writes the death certificate. He opined that the next Katiba should provide that if relatives of the deceased are not satisfied with the doctor's report on the cause of death of their relative, they should be provided to get another independent doctor to prove the exact cause of death through post mortem.

Denis Petro,



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Visually Impaired celebrate White Cane Day in Bolga

Ghana News Agency-2012/10/20 20th October 2012

Bolgatanga (UE), Oct.20, GNA- People with vision impairment on Friday commemorated the International day of the White Cane in Bolgatanga with a call on all to respect the dignity of people with vision impairment.

Mr Moses Ayorka, President of the Upper East Branch, noted that the vision impaired continued to suffer discrimination at workplaces while the public regarded the use of the White Cane as an obstruction to their movement.

He said drivers, riders and pedestrians found the use of the White Cane an obstruction and also the public frowned on them and regarded them as beggars.

On a route march with placards with inscriptions “Blindness is not contagious”, “respect the blind” and “we need peace”, Mr Mark Akubire Atia, who is a member of the association indicated that the White Cane was important to the vision impaired because it helped them to move about and also served as a supportive tool for identifying obstacles and detecting lost items.

He said the blind could also play any leadership role as any other person and called on the general public not to discriminate against them.

He also enumerated other challenges such as members’ inability to procure the White Cane and called on benevolent organizations to come to their aid.

He added his voice to the message of the President of the Republic, Mr John Mahama in an address to the nation that Ghanaians should avoid character assassination but rather be engaged in discussing positive issues that would bring development to the country.

“When there is conflict, the blind would have no place to go”, he added and called on all to let the 2012 election be a successful and peaceful one.




Rwanda: My Disability Does Not Affect My Academics - Deaf University Student

Central AfricaEast AfricaRwanda

Since engineering is nowhere as easy as the alphabet, some people find themselves in class, absent minded or unable to keep up. Others get lost and still choose not to ask when they don't understand the lesson. One can't help but wonder how the visually impaired manage to keep up, if able-bodied people face challenges.

Some people think that disabled people cannot perform at school as much as their able-bodied counterparts. Philbert Nshutiyabose, who is deaf and dumb strongly disagrees with this. According to him, someone shouldn't get different special treatment because he is disabled. He believes that success is within our grasp, whether we're disabled or not.

Born in 1992, the humble Nshutiyabose grew up with a strong urge to achieve all his goals despite being handicapped. With education on his mind, he went to the Institute Filippo Smaldone pour Sourds-Muets in Nyamirambo, a school for the deaf, for primary school and then joined the Centre des Jeunes Gatenga for his secondary schooling.

"In primary school, mathematics was my favourite subject because I found it quite easy. I loved it and scored really good grades all the time. By P6, I knew I wanted to be an engineer. That determination drove me through secondary education, each day bringing a stronger desire to deal with electronics," he says.

Nshutiyabose adds that during high school, he never sought nor indulged in self pity even for a second. He loved the challenge of competing against able bodied students nationwide.

"Knowing that my hearing was non-existent, I make sure I make good use of my time outside class. A friend of mine helps explain things more clearly to me after classes," he recounted.

When results of the national exams came back, he had scored 42 points and won an engineering government scholarship. He applied to KIST.

"I didn't want any special consideration or pity so I applied with other students. I didn't want to be admitted because I was handicapped, but because I was qualified.

"I was admitted on merit and given the course I'd dreamed of pursuing since primary school, Electronics and Telecom Engineering. I was blessed to have met someone in my class familiar with sign language and this really heightened my excitement."

"I really don't have any difficulties in class. I take time off to read by myself and also ask my friend to explain to me where I don't understand," he asserts.

He thanks God for the gift of understanding math. He hasn't yet figured out his life after university but hopes that all will go well.

Professor Etiene Ntagwirumugara, the Head of the Electronics and Telecom Department at KIST, says the institute is more than willing to support anyone who needs its help.

"In these cases, the first thing we do is talk to a student and see how much help they need as many associations join hands to render aid where it is needed," he says.

He adds that Nshutiyabose is the exceptional story of a man who doesn't rely on the benefits availed to the disabled. He wants to do everything as a normal and able bodied student.

Philmone Dusabe, Nshutiyabose's primary teacher who has also helped disabled students, especially the deaf, for the past nine years says disabled people usually have a remarkable rate of learning from the blackboard.

"Many of them give up before reaching the higher education level but this year, 15 deaf students joined institutions of higher learning and we are here to offer them as much support as possible. We always monitor their progress and make sure they are well facilitated, just like all other students," Dusabe concludes.



End this bias against the disabled people

Daily Nation-2012/10/20
Posted Saturday, October 20 2012 at 18:32 IN SUMMARY

Despite meeting all the requirements for the position of member of the commission, applicants with disabilities were not accorded equal opportunity as the law demands None of them among the 49 shortlisted candidates Why did the selection panel deliberately choose to violate this schedule in favour of “who is who” in the public service?

Disabled people are disturbed by the open discrimination meted against them by the Public Service Commission selection panel.

Despite meeting all the requirements for the position of member of the commission, applicants with disabilities were not accorded equal opportunity as the law demands.

None of them among the 49 shortlisted candidates.

The selection panel contravened Articles 10, 27(4) and 232 in the Constitution which deal with national values and principals of public service. Was this an oversight? Certainly not.

Further, the Public Service Commission Act Schedule (5) states that “In nominating or appointing persons as members of the Commission, the panel and the President shall ? (a) observe the principle of gender equity, ethnic and other diversities of the people of Kenya, and shall ensure equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities; and (b) take into account the national values and principles set out in Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution.”

Why did the selection panel deliberately choose to violate this schedule in favour of “who is who” in the public service?

As we demand for equal opportunity and five per cent representation by one of our own in the Commission, we call upon the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution and Law Society of Kenya to come to our aid, in case the selection panel does not re-consider.

Their employment in the civil service is at stake. The five per cent employment quota for the disabled risks non-compliance.

Japheth M. Musee, Nairobi.



Tanzania: Illiteracy Affects Disabled People in Kagera

East AfricaEducationHuman RightsTanzania BY MEDDY MULISA, 20 OCTOBER 2012

Bukoba - OVER 90 per cent of people living with disabilities in Kagera region do not know how to read and write due to various reasons, including being marginalized by the society.

The Regional chairperson of the Association for People with Disabilities (Chawata), Laurian Pancras, said here some parents and guardians are to blame their pathetic situation by hiding the disabled children and fail to register them at school.

Also, uncalled for norms of regarding disabled children as useless had negative impact on efforts to affect their future.

He appealed to members of the society to give priority to disabled children. He said Chawata has a total of 900 paid up members in the region.Meanwhile, district councils in Kagera region have been asked to set aside funds to enable re-opening of the Vocational

Training College for People with Disabilities located at Migara in Bukoba Rural district.

The college was established in 1995 with financial assistance from the Swedish Embassy. It was closed in 2008 due to lack of funds. Mr Pancras said during its operation the college offered various courses to disabled people in carpentry, joinery and tailoring.He said some of the disabled who were studying at Migara College had been abandoned forcing some of them to go on streets begging,

He appealed to the Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC) to intervene so that funds are available to enable the college to re-open next year.He noted that district councils should also provide village Committees with subsidies, to enable them to cater for disabled people.

Chawata has organized a four day seminar for people with disabilities in Misenyi, Biharamulo, Muleba and Karagwe districts to enable them be conversant with the law governing people with disabilities 2010.

He said after attending the seminar, the disabled people will be able to understand and demand their rights.

The seminar has been funded by the Foundation for Civil Society.
Meanwhile, residents in the region have been cautioned to be vigilant and report strangers.

Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC) Philip Kalangi said this here following increased incidents of child kidnapping.



Tanzania: Corporates Urged to Help the Needy

Aid and AssistanceBusinessEast AfricaEducationICTTanzania
22 OCTOBER 2012

PUPILS at the Buguruni School for the Deaf have appealed to various stakeholders and the people in Tanzania to continue supporting the school to secure teaching aids and other equipment for their special needs through Airtel.

Airtel in collaboration with the Tanzania Association for the Deaf operates a special programme used for procurement of books and equipment used for learning at the school. The pupils made the appeal at the weekend during the visit of Airtel officials and the firm's Special Envoy, Ms Ambwene Yesaya, at the school.

Apart from ordinary subjects, pupils at the Buguruni School for the Deaf of learn various skills including handicraft and tailoring. The Airtel Social Welfare Manager, Ms Hawa Bayumi, said that the firm would continue supporting the school and others that require special needs.

Airtel Envoy, Mr Yesaya thanked Tanzanians for responding to the call and supporting the school. He said people should continue making contributions through number 15626 for as low as 200/- for a single SMS or Airtel Money through number 0788 041361 putting a password 'VITABU'.
The School's Headteacher, Ms Winfrid Jeromia, thanked the community for supporting the school.



Namibia: Don't Give Up On Your Dream - Benson

NamibiaOlympicsSouthern AfricaSportSport BY SHEEFENI NIKODEMUS, 22 OCTOBER 2012

THERE should be no limit to your dreams if you work hard at achieving them, says double Paralympic medallist Johanna ‘Nunu’ Benson.

Benson was honoured for her achievements at the London Paralympic Games with a Special Recognition award at the annual Disability Sport Namibia Award ceremony on Thursday.

During her acceptance speech, Benson said she had never lost track of her dream to one day become a household name in sport.

Apart from her physical limitations, Johanna had to contend with naysayers plus the concern of her mother Adelheid ‘Baby’ Johnson, who feared for her safety and initially barred her from running.

But a determined Johanna stuck to her guns which ultimately led to her winning an historic first-ever Olympic gold medal for her country.

-“I love running. It was my dream to go to the Olym-pics and be like Frank Fredericks. To the youth, you must believe in your dreams. Dreams come true. To the disabled athletes, disability is not inability,”
Johanna said.

“In school I used to run against able-bodied athletes and win.
Sometimes I lost but it motivated me to keep trying my best. I want to keep doing my best and win more medals for my country.”

South African guest speaker Ernst van Dyk - winner of the the 2006 prestigious Laureus Award - supported ‘The Golden Girl’s’ sentiments.

Van Dyk, who competes in endurance wheelchair races, said it took him a challenging 25 years to reach his current level.

“It’s all about will power. If it’s not coming from inside and you don’t believe in yourself then it’s not gonna happen,” said Van Dyk, the nine-time Boston Marathon winner.

“Life knocks you down so you can get back up and grow stronger. To be the best in the world is not to be ordinary, it’s to be extra-ordinary.”

According to DSN President Charles Nyambe, the awarded athletes had all earned their spurs during the period under review.“We do not have an overall award because they are the best in their class. You cannot compare them because you would be discriminating. They are all unique and must be recognised as such,” Nyambe said.

The full recipients of the 2012 DSN Awards are: Athletes: Thomalina Adams, Anna Shilunga, Moricha Job, Theressa Hendricks, Isabella Mopahepo, Beauty Kharugas, Joanie Mckay, Hannelie Oranje, Sally-Anna September, Elvira !Goagoses (all from Football), P J Balhoa (Wheelchair racing and discus), Louise Popyeni Sagaria (Athletics), Johanes Nambala (Athletics), Albertina Johannes (Athletics), Ananias Shikongo (Athletics), Lihandra Van Zyl (Boccia), Reginald Benade (Discuss & Shotput), Martin Alousoius (Athletics), Simson Kariseb (Athletics) David Teofulus (Javelin) Gideon Nasilowski (Swimming), Elias Ndimulunde (Athletics), Even Tjiviu (Athletics (Athletics guide) and Ruben Soroseb (Powerlifting).

Coaches - Shama Gure, Eliaser Amuthitu, Gilroy !Xoagub, Maina Mckay, Michael Hamukwaya, Barbara Fernandes, Norbeth Chaune, Tertius Beukes, and Zikzee Mutenge.

Special recognition ?Deon Namiseb (Special Olympics International Global Messenger) and Namibia’s Johanna ‘The Golden Girl’ Benson.



Disabled athletes equally awarded

New Era
22 Oct 2012 - Story by Otniel Hembapu
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WINDHOEK - Disability Sport Namibia (DSN) held its 3rd annual sports awards, where 24 athletes and nine coaches were awarded for their achievements at a prestigious ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek last Thursday.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, DSN long-serving President Charles Nyambe said it was decided to exclude the Disabled Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year categories in this year’s awards, saying DSN had this year resolved to award the athletes equally.

Nyambe emphasised that awarding athletes based on who won gold or silver would in all likelihood be discriminatory against other disabled athletes.
So, after some serious considerations, DSN decided to award all its athletes for their efforts and determination without looking at individual achievements. He added that all disabled athletes are winners in their own right and should be rewarded as such.
“The willpower and the determination from each athlete is what really matters to us. The efforts and hard work that these athletes put in when competing continentally or internationally is really incommensurable when put in monetary terms - that’s why I earlier said all the athletes are champions in their own special way,” added Nyambe.

Officiating at the well-attended ceremony was Namibia National Olympics Committee (NNOC) President Agnes Tjongarero, who in her short speech strongly dismissed the highly debated issue of discrimination and inequality among sport organisations and society in general.
Tjongarero also urged the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and DSN to forge possible ways and try to come up with criteria that will create one platform where all able-bodied and disabled athletes can be rewarded from the same pot.
“I know there are rules and regulations of how able-bodied and disabled athletes are rewarded, but in the case of Namibia this year, who else disserves the sportswoman of the year award other than Johanna Benson?.
Unfortunately, she will not be recognised for her efforts because of the so-called rules and regulations in place, that’s why I’m urgently requesting both the NSC and DSN to find new ways and criteria on how we as a nation can acknowledge the achievements of our athletes in a fair way.”

The event was also graced by the presence of South Africa’s most decorated wheelchair racing athlete Ernst van Dyk, who has for the last couple of years won the gruelling Boston Marathon ? nine times in a row to become the first wheelchair racer in this particular event to break the 1-hour and 20-minutes world barrier. He currently holds the world best time of 1:18.27-seconds.
In his motivational speech, Van Dyk advised the recipients to always dream big and not to let disability limit their success, adding that disabled people have more to offer to society. He also urged all aspiring disabled athletes to believe in themselves and in whatever they want to achieve in life.

Here are the names of the beneficiaries: Thomalina Adams (Football), Anna Shilunga (Football), Moricha Job (Football), Theressa Hendricks (Football), Isabella Mopahepo (Football), Beauty Kharugas (Football), Joanie Mckay (Football), Hannelie Oranje (Football), Sally-Anna September (Football), Elvira !Goagoses (Football), P J Balhoa (Wheelchair Racing & Discuss), Louise Popyeni Sagaria (Athletics), Johanes Nambala (Athletics), Albertina Johannes (Athletics), Ananias Shikongo (Athletics), Lihandra Van Zyl (Boccia), Reginald Benade (Discuss & Short-put), Martin Alousoius (Athletics), Simson Kariseb (Athletics), David Teofulus (Javelin), Gideon Nasilowski (Swimming), Elias Ndimulunde (Athletics), Even Tjiviu Ananias’ guide (Athletics), Ruben Soroseb (Powerlifting).
Coaches: Shama Gure, Eliaser Amuthitu, Gilroy !Xoagub, Maina Mckay, Michael Hamukwaya, Barbara Fernande, Norbeth Chaune, Tertius Beukus, Zikzee Mutenge.

Special Recognition: Deon Namiseb (Special Olympics International Global Messenger) and Johanna Benson (The golden girl).



Deaf Zambians demand driving licences

Zambian Watchdog-
October 23, 2012 | Filed under: Breaking News | Posted by: Mwansa

The Zambia Deaf Youth and women (ZDYM) has bemoaned the continued tendency by Zambian authorities to give driving licences to deaf people.

Speaking of behalf of ZDYM, Frank Musukwa deafness does not in any way limit a person’s ability to drive a car or other vehicles.

Musukwa argued that a deaf driver does not therefore constitute a risk for safe traffic and pedestrian movement ‘what so ever since there is no evidence that deaf drivers due to their in ability to hear are involved in more car accidents, or are at any bigger risk on the road than those with normal hearing.’

The ADYM youth activist noted with sadness that ‘since most deaf persons lack access to driving permits in Zambia, when deaf persons are denied access to driving licenses and permits, it restricts the already limited employment prospects open to deaf people, and deprives them of the mobility that gives them access to essential services’.

Musukwa said that ‘many deaf persons work as car technicians or mechanics or are employed by transport companies. As a practical example, deaf car mechanics can identify defects by sense of touch. Having a driving license is a necessity for these jobs’.
He said according to studies conducted in Finland as well as in several countries across the world, it is well known fact; deaf drivers have been involved in less car accidents compared to the average driver with no hearing impairments.

According to Musikwa, the research also notes that the ability to hear is not necessarily the only sense that can permit safe driving.

He said it is possible, for example, to check by sense of touch whether the car horn functions or not, and that it is possible to use visual means during driving, and seeing the ambulance or police vehicles’ lights flashing with the help of the hind mirrors.’

He explained that most adaptive technology of today has enhanced driving with the availability of video relay machines that can be connected in the car in such a way that the driver can monitor the hind of the car, the surrounding as well as the safety of the car when he/she is driving.

He said in countries like Uganda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia and European Union countries deaf people are able to obtain driving licenses while in other, such as in some parts of Asia, Arab region and Africa, deaf people are not allowed drive at all.

‘Instead of introducing restrictive measures, the authorities and driving schools should make it certain that deaf persons receive driving lessons in sign language, which is the language a deaf person uses as his or her first language,’ he said.

Musukwa through ZDYW called upon the ministry of justice and transport to demonstrate strong leadership in protecting, defending and promoting human rights of persons with disabilities as enshrined in universal human rights declaration, national constitutional laws and united convention on the rights of persons with disabilities by placing up mechanisms to reduce the restrictions deaf people are facing as they strive to enjoy their fundamental human rights of which free movement such as in form of legalized driving is inclusive.



Disabled council chief praises Morsi's rejection of violence against protesters

Ahram Online

Head of Egypt's National Council for Disabled Persons commends President Morsi after he vows to investigate last week's violence against disabled demonstrators by presidential guard Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

Head of Egypt's National Council for Disabled Hala Abdel-Khaliq (Photo: Aram Arabic News Website)

Hala Abdel-Khaliq, secretary-general of Egypt's National Council for Disabled Persons, praised the decision of President Mohamed Morsi to launch a fact-finding committee to investigate the recent use of violence by Morsi's presidential guard to disperse disabled protesters in a demonstration last week.
Early last week, members of Morsi's presidential guard reportedly used force to disperse a sit-in staged by citizens with special needs. It was the second such incident in five days involving special-needs protesters, as presidential guards had reportedly beaten up disabled demonstrators the previous Thursday.

According to Abdel-Khaliq, Morsi met with the head of the council on Monday and promised that the presidential office would directly oversee Egypt's disabled persons file and establish provincial offices for the council throughout the country.

Abdel-Khaliq also said that Morsi had promised to cut LE1 million from the presidential office's budget and allocate it to the council, while also ensuring that three representatives of disabled persons would attend the plenary session of the country's Constituent Assembly - tasked with drafting a new constitution - next Tuesday.

People with physical disabilities had staged frequent protests, even before last year's Tahrir Square uprising. They have continued to stage demonstrations to demand equal access to employment and housing, and the setting of a 10 per cent employment quota for those with special needs.



Gambia: GMG Donates to St. Therese U.S, Others


Gambian Makoi Gafoo (GMG), a charitable organisation based in Switzerland on Monday donated 70 computers and 10 laptops to three schools within the Kanifing Municipality.

The beneficiary schools included St. John's School for the Deaf, St. Therese Upper Basic School and Vital Nursery and Lower Basic School. The donated items were received by school heads at a ceremony held at St.
John's School for the Deaf grounds in Kanifing.

Receiving the items on behalf of St. John's School for the Deaf, Daniel Mendy, the principal of the school, commended the donors for the gesture, saying that the importance of the items cannot be overemphasised. Mendy pointed out that in the Information Technology era, students would find these items useful to improve their skills on IT and make learning easier for them. He assured them that the items would be wisely utilised.

For his part, Basiru Mbenga, the principal education officer of Region 1, expressed delight and thanked the donors for the kind gesture, noting that, technology is crucial in the development of any nation. He said that, it is one thing to receive but another thing to make sure that it is used crucially and equally ranging from the administration down to the student. He urged the beneficiary schools to make good use of the donated items in order to enhance their communication skills.

For his part, Amodou Touray, the honorary life chairman of St. John's School, described the donation as timely. He urged them to continue to help the deaf, as helping them means connecting them to the world, as they cannot talk or hear but through computer they can communicate and be connected to the world.

Giving out the items on behalf of GMG, Agnest Charty, the vice president of the Association, said they hope to do more for the children of The Gambia, most especially to the deaf.

The adviser of the GMG, Ebrima Chatty, said that the donation is meant to complement the efforts of the government of The Gambia. He assured them that the partnership in nation building between them would continue forever.

Other speakers included Rita Saffie Kuroma, the head girl of St. Therese Upper Basic School; Endren Mendy, student at St. John's School for the Deaf; and Sophie Gomez, the headmistress of Vital Nursery and Lower Basic School, thanked the donor and assured them that they will put the materials into good use.



College grants plans for disabled students

Daily Nation
By SAMUEL SIRINGI ssiringi@ke.nationmedia.com Posted Tuesday, October 23 2012 at 22:46 IN SUMMARY

The Bill, which Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo has handed over to Attorney-General Githu Muigai for possible publication, also opens the door for children with special needs to be taught at home if their parents and guardians so wish.
The minister would be required to vet applications from parents and guardians who want their children to be home-schooled.
But the education that will be received at home “must meet the minimum requirements of the curriculum at special education institutions and be of a standard not inferior to the standard of education provided at special education institution,” the Bill says.

Disabled college students will be eligible for full government scholarships if a new Bill becomes law.

Those enrolling in post-secondary public or private institutions will also be entitled to fee subsidies, loans and other assistance, the Bill proposes.

The Bill, which Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo has handed over to Attorney-General Githu Muigai for possible publication, also opens the door for children with special needs to be taught at home if their parents and guardians so wish.

The minister would be required to vet applications from parents and guardians who want their children to be home-schooled.

“The minister will approve the application for home teaching if he/she is satisfied that it is in the interests of the learner,” the Bill says.

But the education that will be received at home “must meet the minimum requirements of the curriculum at special education institutions and be of a standard not inferior to the standard of education provided at special education institution,” the Bill says.

According to the Bill, a Special Education Trust Fund will be established to administer disbursements to the students.

The fund will determine allocation of grants appropriated by Parliament to meet the needs of special educational institutions.

It will also mobilise and manage resources for learners with special needs.

Currently, students with disabilities in mid-level colleges are not eligible for any special fee subsidies or government loans.

However, those enrolled at universities can apply for support from the Higher Education Loans Board, although they have to compete with all the other students.

Population census

The proposed fund would plan and provide for the financial needs of special educational institutions relating to education and research, including material development and equipment.

The fund’s resources would consist of allocations by Parliament.

The Special Education Trust Fund shall be run by a chairman, deputy chairman, a secretary and not less than seven or more than 11 other members appointed by the Education minister.

According to the 2009 national population census, persons with disabilities constitute 3.5 per cent of Kenya’s population.



Kenya: Safaricom Treat for Mentally Handicapped Kids


Over the weekend, the Niko Na Safaricom Live artistes visited the St Vincent De Paul School for the Mentally Handicapped in Lugari, Kakamega, where they presented sports equipment to the school.

Speaking at the event, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said the donation was part of activities by the Safaricom Foundation to complement government efforts in promoting education for all children.

He explained, "With this donation of sports kits, balls and other equipment, we do hope that there are children who will move a step closer towards nurturing their talent in various sports disciplines and realising their dreams."

The artistes - Jaguar, Jimmy Gait, Camp Mulla, Sauti Sol and comedian Jalang'o - performed on Saturday night at the Eldoret ASK Grounds.

They were joined on stage by guest artistes Micah Maritim, Pastor Kimetto, Emmy Kosgei, who are the most popular musicians in the region, and Wahu.

The next concert is scheduled for Mombasa on November 10 and another one in Nakuru on December 1. The final concert will be held in Nairobi on December 15.



Constitution excludes disabled -BIDPA

The Bostwana Gazette
WEDNESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2012 16:16


The eighth African Governance Forum, hosted by Botswana last week, was told that while Botswana is often described as a shining example of democracy in Africa, its constitution is not user friendly for people with disabilities.

According to Dr. Molefe Phirinyane, a researcher at the Botswana Institute of Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) on the progress towards good governance, a study they conducted revealed that people with disabilities, such as the visually impaired, feel excluded by the constitution, first and foremost because a Braille version does not exist for them to read it on their own; and simple amenities such as Braille ballot papers are not available during elections so that some of them feel that there is no point in voting.

“People with disabilities feel excluded as they have to depend on able- bodied ones to interpret the constitution for them,” Phirinyane observed while making a presentation at the Forum. But he added that the study also showed that the majority of Batswana view the constitution positively as it enables them to elect parliamentary representatives who come from their areas. “That way people feel truly represented as their representatives originate from their own areas. The minority ethnic groups also have representatives in national institutions such as the House of Chiefs,” Phirinyane said.

The study showed that the use of English disadvantages people who do not understand the language, hence BIDPA called for the constitution to be translated into Setswana as most ethnic groups understand the language; the institute also urged the government and civil society to hasten the debate on the language policy so that eventually all primary school children could be taught in their mother tongue.

“Teaching children in their first language plays a massive role in giving them a strong foundation of what they are taught; at times using a foreign language disadvantages the children as they struggle to grasp what they are taught,” Phirinyane said.

BIDPA also recommended that government should reserve special seats for people with disabilities in institutions such as councils and Parliament.
To strengthen civil society in the country, he advised that the private sector should be encouraged to make financial donations to non- governmental organisations (NGO’s) by not taxing their donations.



Disability rights crucial

The Zimbabwean-2012/10/25

The government and other stakeholders should ensure that the rights of people living with disabilities be prioritised, an official has said.


In an interview with The Zimbabwean, Moffat Gwadi, the chairperson of Madanhi village, a rehabilitation centre in Rusape, said there were many issues that needed to be addressed to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.

He said people with disabilities had to understand that their rights were not negotiable as they were enshrined in international conventions and the Disability Act.

“People with disabilities have rights and these rights must not be asked for,” he said.

People with disabilities, he said, must be given free access to health and education, among other critical services, to ensure that they lead normal lives.

“We cannot have people going to the Department of Social Welfare every time to be given letters so that they can access health services,” he said.

Gwadi said the absence of a law binding a specific ministry to take care of the needs of the disabled was disadvantaging them. This resulted in the people being forced to move from one government department to another to have certain issues attended to.

He, however, noted that there was need for people living with disabilities to speak with one voice so that issues affecting them can be seriously addressed.

“You have to be united despite the difference in disability so that your wishes can be addressed.” He called for serious activism among members so that issues affecting them could be heard and addressed.



Speech impaired want higher learning institutions

The Swazi Observer
25 October, 2012 12:06:00 By Joseph Zulu

CHAWULA Nhleko, a disabled teacher at the school for the deaf said that government should establish colleges for deaf pupils.

Nhleko is a teacher at the school for the deaf at Matsetsa, where he teaches English and is one of the many people with disabilities, who have received aid in various forms from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office.

He was speaking during a press briefing called by DPM Themba Masuku, who invited the teacher to his office.

Nhleko completed his studies at the William Pitcher College and is one of the many people across the country whom the DPM’s office has been assisting.

He told the DPM that it was saddening that deaf children could not further their studies after completing school as there were no colleges.

Nhleko further lamented that deaf children hadbeen let down in that there is no programme to educate teachers on sign language.

“It’s not easy especially considering the way the children learn,”
said Nhleko.

He said that when he first arrived at the school to teach, he did not have a good command of the sign language and was forced to learn it from the pupils.

The teacher said that he also discovered that the children did not have the sign language equivalent of some of the words.

He told the DPM that this made learning very difficult and further said that the pupils couldn’t read siSwati as the sign language only made it possible for them to learn in English.

The DPM was shocked at Nhleko’s statement and urged him to make contributions to the disability Policy bill which is still being debated in parliament. Noteworthy is that during last year’s final exams, pupils at the school obtained 100% fail.

DPM urges journos to embrace sign language

THE Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku said it was imperative for journalists to learn the sign language.

Masuku, speaking during a press briefing said that his office had so far helped train a lot of professionals including nurses and police officers.

He told journalists that considering that they advanced information, they should learn the language so that they could also be able to communicate with people who are speech impaired or deaf. Masuku said that he knew of a situation where a child, sitting in the lounge with his family watching TV could not laugh like they did because he couldn’t hear anything.

He further said that some of the programmes should be interpreted for the deaf just as it was done by Mbongwa Dube for the Swazi TVnews.

The DPM said that his office was open to media professionals regarding the sign language.



NDC must compensate Okaikoi; disabled federation demands

From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com |Isaac Essel
Published On: October 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

Andrew Okaikoi is going Independent

The Ghana Federation of the Disabled is highly disappointed in the ruling National Democratic Congress, for the raw treatment it meted out to one of its members Andrew Okaikoi.

Mr Andrew Okaikoi, chairman of the National Disability Council, who was elected as the NDC’s candidate for Okaikoi North constituency in November last year, was replaced just a week to the filing of nominations on technical grounds.

The incoming president of the federation, Mr Yaw Ofori Debrah told myjoyonline.com the only thing the party can do to appease Mr Okaikoi is to compensate him for all that he has committed into his campaign since his election last year.

“We are asking his political party, that is the NDC, to actually find a way of addressing his issue, even though registration is over, we think that he has invested so much and if anything, they should find a way of compensating him, because he has already printed a lot of paraphernalia and T-shirts which have caused him so much.”

Mr Ofori Debrah, who is visually impaired, said Andre Okaikoi's elimination also makes nonsense of calls on persons with disability to go into politics.

“Persons with disability were asked to do their best to take part in political activities in the way that they could, and we also encourage that they should try and take part in the governance of this nation. And the best way to do it is to join political parties and also do the best they could to secure candidature of political parties and to also find their way to parliament.

“So when Okaikoi was able to do that we were very much happy until we heard the disappointing news that he has been eliminated technically and that was not our expectation at all…they way he was treated was not the best.”

Mr Ofori Debrah described the party’s action as discouraging and frustrating.

“We believe that the way he has suffered could be a disincentive for other persons with disability to tread the same course,” he observed.

When the party fielded a different candidate other than him, Mr Andrew Okaikoi decided to contest the 2012 parliamentary election as an independent candidate.

This decision, according Mr Ofori Debrah, was borne out of “frustration, it is not his desire to actually quit the party or ignore the party in this wise, but it appears that he did that out of frustration”.

He said the failure of the party to even contact him to explain matters to him after the disappointing incident makes Mr Okaikoi “feels isolated, and feels left out”.

The federation, he said, has instructed its advocacy officer to formally write to the National Democratic Congress to ensure that Mr Okaikoi is adequately compensated.



Kenya: Mutula Calls for New Plan for Disabled


Education minister Mutula Kilonzo has requested the Teachers Service Commission to develop a special scheme of service for special education teachers.

Speaking at the Thika School for the Blind, Mutula said the constitution recognises persons with disabilities and there was need to have a legal platform to cater for people with disabilities.

The minister said a new law has been created to make to transform the Kenya Institute Education to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development which will be mandated with developing a friendly digital content for the blind.

Noting that the school was dogged with myriads of problems due to the high cost of facilities like Braille machines and text books which are very expensive due to their voluminous nature, Mutula called on wealthy people from the region and leaders to join hands with his ministry to equip the schools.

Citing the case of one of the pupils from the school who uses her lips to write, Mutula called on leaders to ask themselves how they not only use their lips but other senses to change the country saying it was unfortunate that majority of them use their lips to disrupt the country.



Rwanda: Only 10 Percent of Visually Impaired Have Access to White Cane


Of the over 64,000 visually impaired people in the country, only 10 per cent have white canes, their union has said.

The White Cane is a custom made stick that helps people with visual impairment to walk without assistance from anyone.

The visually impaired yesterday joined the rest of the world to mark the White Cane Day yesterday. The day is globally marked on October 15 every year.

This year's national celebrations were held at Kayonza District.

The event was preceded by a march by the blind to sensitise motorists about their plight.

The canes normally have deflectors that can be easily noticed by motorists driving at night.

The visually impaired called on the government to address their plight as most of them lack white canes which are expensive.

"I have no white cane because it is very expensive. I cannot afford it and we have been told that even when someone gets the money, it requires sending for it out of the country," says Alphonse Mugema, who comes from Gahini Sector in Kayonza District.

The cane costs as much as Rwf 30,000.

According to Donatille Kanimba the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Union of the Blind, the white cane is a signature tool for people with visual impairment and no other person should use it.

She also used the occasion to air out some of the challenges the visually impaired face, among them, the need for the blind to be considered at zebra crossings and traffic lights.



Namibia: Organisers Stand Their Ground On Award Saga


THE Namibia Sport Awards organisers yesterday finally broke their silence on the Johanna Benson saga, maintaining their stance that the Sportswoman and Disabled Sportswoman of the Year categories should be kept separate.

The chairperson of the Namibia Sports Commission, Vivienne Katjiuongua, said they had separate awards for able-bodied and disabled athletes so as to give equal recognition to all. The Sportswoman of the Year award represents all able-bodied sportswomen and the Disabled Sportswoman of the Year award represents disabled sportswomen.

However, this distinction is not reflected in the Sports Act.

Katjiuongua said it was difficult to compare able-bodied and disabled athletes because they competed in different competitions with different standards, but in the commission’s view, the awards were on a par and the winners received the same prize money.

“In the past the sportsman and sportswoman awards have been put in the limelight, especially by the media, but it was never our intention to make the one sound more important than the other,” she said.

Katjiuongua added that they had decided to revive the Special Achiever award to recognise an exceptional achievement.

“We have revived the award for a top achiever this year, and for us we see that as the highest achievement,” she said.


Tim Ekandjo of MTC said that Johanna Benson was not excluded from the Sportswoman of the Year award.

“If you say she was excluded, it means that she was eligible for that award, which was not the case,” he said.

Ekandjo said the controversy was unfortunate. He felt that it is good to discuss issues that allow one to see how others perceive certain issues, but said it was disappointing that the debate had become a political issue.

“Unfortunately leaders in sport have resorted to public debate [on the topic]. One would have liked them to come together and debate the issue so that they can speak with one voice,” he said.

Ekandjo reiterated that the awards carry the same prestige.

“The sportsman and sportswoman awards are for able-bodied athletes, but the disabled sportsman and sportswoman awards are exactly the same, they just cater for people with different abilities.”

Ekandjo added that Deputy Minister of Sport Pohamba Shifeta’s assertion that he had instructed the organisers to revive the Sport Achiever of the Year prize was false and had ruined a pleasant surprise.

“That is absolute nonsense. We decided long ago that the Sport Achiever of the Year award will be given for the top achiever this year, because we had an excellent performance this year. It was meant to be a surprise, but now that has been spoiled,” he said.

Ekandjo said there had been discussions about combining the Namibia Sport Awards and the Disability Sport Awards into one national ceremony, but they would still have to have different categories, otherwise it would be discriminatory.



Politicians urged to state view on inclusive education for disabled

Ghana News Agency
26th October 2012

Ho, Oct. 26, GNA - Mr Ransford Tay, Deputy Chairman of the New Horizon Foundation of the Blind (NHFB), a disability welfare and rights support group has urged politicians to come out boldly on the issue of inclusive education for the disabled.

He said while the parties went into frenzies variously in defense of free-SHS education now, as against quality education now and free SHS later, they (parties) should come out clearly on educational opportunities for the disabled and their funding.

Mr Tay was addressing the Annual General Convention (AGC) of the NHFB in Ho on Friday.

He said the wellbeing of the disabled, especially their educational needs, must attract more attention from politicians than it was having.

Mr Tay said the policy for inclusive education currently was not backed by adequate budgetary allocations.

The Foundation, which is based in Ho, was founded three years ago.

Besides advocacy, it is in networking, skills training, and social support schemes for the disabled.

Miss Ellen Alai, Volta Regional Director of the Department of Women, wondered why politicians kept experiencing disability interest policies during their many travels to other countries, but would not implement same in Ghana.

She said whereas public buses in those countries were able to let in the wheel chair and the occupant through a mechanism, buses in Ghana would carry but charge for the wheel chairs separately as luggage.

Miss Alai expressed dismay at the general lack of concern for the disabled in the planning and management of the towns and cities as seen in the packed walkways, markets, access to buildings and lavatories.

She said the state could give priority to the disabled in job employment like ticket vending and even HIV/AIDS counseling, where the visually impaired would encounter the carriers without knowing their identities.

She called for a free and compulsory eye and ear test of all kids before they start school.

Mrs Nancy Anku, an educationist, said it appeared the public was too numb over serious issues of state, such as matters affecting the interest of the 20 percent disabled population.

He said individuals and groups must nudge politicians to work in the interest of the people.




What to consider in choice of cellphones for the deaf

Daily Nation-2012/10/27
Posted Saturday, October 27 2012 at 16:36 IN SUMMARY

Loud phones or amplified phones have been specifically designed for people who are deaf Amplified telephones for the deaf amplify the receiver volume in the phone. This is the part of the phone that is held up to the ear to hear during conversations In general, there are a number of features to consider when selecting a cell phone for the hearing impaired: Compatibility with hearing aids if they are worn, volume control or additional amplification, cell phone and earpiece design and texting capabilities

Deaf people often face the struggle and frustration of finding an efficient way to convey what they want to say and to talk to other people without difficulty. The situation is aggravated even more when the parties are far apart and can only communicate via a telephone.

For a long time, deaf people had hearing friends or assistants to make phone calls for them. Later, they started using a teletypewriter, commonly known as TTY.

This is a device required to be present at both ends, and communication can be transmitted over the phone line by typing messages back and forth, which show up on a screen at the other end.

Fortunately, there is now an abundance of telephones specially designed to be used by deaf people in order to give them more independence. Those phones are not commonly available in local shops but one can order.

But there are even more choices for the deaf. Instead of using the telephone regularly, many of them use e-mail or text messaging extensively. Given that textual communication is becoming popular among people regardless of disabilities, deaf people are much more able to communicate to the hearing people.

Loud phones or amplified phones have been specifically designed for people who are deaf.

Amplified telephones for the deaf amplify the receiver volume in the phone. This is the part of the phone that is held up to the ear to hear during conversations.

The GeemarcAmplipower 50 loud phone has a receiver volume which is adjustable and can reach 60 decibels, making it one of the loudest phones available on the market.

A receiver volume of up to 60 decibels in an amplified telephone is approximately six to seven times louder than a standard phone, making it the ideal extra loud telephone for those who are deaf.

The AmplicomPowerTel 49 Plus phone is one of the most popular on the market. This loud phone for the deaf has a handset volume four to five times louder than a standard phone.

It also has a an extra loud ringing volume of 90 decibels, making the phone ideal for those who are hard of hearing, who struggle to hear the phone ringing in the house.

The Amplicom 49 Plus amplified telephone comes with large buttons so it is also a suitable phone for those who are visually impaired.

In general, there are a number of features to consider when selecting a cell phone for the hearing impaired: Compatibility with hearing aids if they are worn, volume control or additional amplification, cell phone and earpiece design and texting capabilities.

Other important features to consider include video chat/video conferencing capabilities if sign language is used, vibration alerts and clips to avoid missed calls and features to reduce interference such as back light control and neck loops.

When a cell phone and hearing aid are in close proximity, there is possibility of interference; creating a buzzing sound that makes hearing voice on a cell phone difficult, or in some cases, virtually impossible.

However, many cell phones are designated as being compatible with hearing aids.

Compare ratings

Both cell phones and hearing aids have an “M” (microphone) and/or a “ T” (telecoil) rating. Users should compare ratings based on which setting they use on their hearing aid while on the cell phone. The higher the rating, the better the phone should work with their hearing aid.



Namibia: Benson Shines On Golden Night

29 OCTOBER 2012

ON a golden night at the MTC NSC Namibia Sport Awards on Friday, Johanna Benson walked away with Sport Achiever of the Year award, while Paulus Ambunda won the Sportsman and Helalia Johannes the Sportswoman of the Year awards.

All the acrimony and tension that had built up in the weeks before the awards dissipated as a capacity crowd of more than 400 people gathered to honour Namibia’s sport stars at the Windhoek Country Club.

Benson was the big winner, as she walked away with N$35 000 after winning N$20 000 for the Achiever of the Year award and N$15 000 for the Disabled Sportswoman of the Year award.

Benson was crowned for her exceptional performances at the 2012 Paralympic Games where she won a gold medal in the Women’s T37 200m and a silver medal in the T37 100m.

Boxer Paulus Ambunda received N$15 000 for winning the Sportsman of the Year award, after improving his professional record to 19 wins from 19 fights and moving up to number three on the WBO bantamweight rankings.

Marathon runner Helalia Johannes won N$15 000 for the Sportswoman of the Year award after some excellent performances on the international stage.
Amongst others, she won the Dublin Marathon, came third in the Vienna International Marathon and came 12th at the Olympic Games.

Ananias Shikongo received N$15 000 for winning the Disabled Sportsman of the Year award. Shikongo won three gold medals at the Nedbank South African Disabled Championships and competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where he failed to win a medal.

Tennis player Tuki Jacobs received N$10 000 for winning the Junior Sportsman of the Year award. Jacobs competed in Africa and abroad on the International Tennis Federation’s junior circuit and was ranked 310 in the world according to the latest ITF rankings.

Waterskier Natascha Rottcher received N$10 000 after winning the Junior Sportswoman of the Year award. She won two gold medals a the All-African Championships, while she was ranked 11th in the world in the Under-17 age group.

Sprinter Globine Mayova won the Most Improved Sportsperson of the Year award after she broke the national 100m and 200m records on several occasions during the year.



Gambian Paralympians: where are they now?

New Internationalist (blog)
By Sulayman Colley |

The Gambian Paralympic team with Eva Loeffler. Photo reproduced with permission from the GNPC.

Each morning, Demba Jarju and Isatou Nyang beg for money on the streets of the Gambia. In the afternoon they do sports training. For the last two months they have been getting fewer handouts. Jarju and Nyang competed in the 100-metre and 800-metre races at this year’s Paralympic Games, and people who have seen them on television and in the newspapers think they must be well off now. But this is not the case.

The fact that there is no social support makes life very difficult for 90 per cent of people living with disability in the Gambia. Gambia Disability Sports was first introduced in 1983 by the Swedish Emmaus Foundation. It was hoped that wheelchair basketball would bring disabled people together and give them respite from the everyday need to survive.
A team first took part in a tournament in Kawlack in Senegal in 1984, then in Dakar in 1986. Wheelchair basketball remains the game loved most by our athletes. Unfortunately, in 1998 the Emmaus Foundation had to pull out and support now comes from philanthropists and sympathizers, to whom we are very grateful.

I was elected president of the Physically Disabled Sports Association (GPDSA), now the Gambia National Paralympic Committee (GNPC), on 2 February 2002. My first task was to take the wheelchair basketball team to a tournament in Senegal, in which we came third.

In 2003 we took part in another tournament, organized by JAPHAF, a Senegalese organization for French-speaking countries. On arrival we were told we could not participate because we had not paid our event fees. We decided to go to the Gambian embassy to solicit support, but were told there were no funds. The National Sports Council promised to support us, but at the last minute pulled out, also due to lack of funds.
The little we did raise was used to hire a bus and cover other logistics.

We have had a variety of projects over the years funded by individuals and institutions, including the British Embassy. For example, we received funding for wheelchair tennis and now have some great players.

In March 2007 we took part in a tournament in Mauritania sponsored by the country’s president. The Terence Mills Trust met the costs of hiring a van and part of the logistics. We took part in three disciplines, including wheelchair basketball, but our medals were never given to us because we could not afford to pay the participation fees, which are still pending.

At the Paralympic Games’ welcoming ceremony I was very proud to see my country’s flag raised, and to hear the national anthem. It was a great achievement for the athletes to participate in the Games despite the lack of support from Gambian sports authorities. Delivering her welcoming speech, Eva Loeffler, mayor of the Paralympics Village, said that everyone participating in the Paralympics games was a champion.

Despite the plight of sportspeople like Jarju and Nyang, who must still beg on the streets, I believe that impressive performances from the athletes can help improve the lives of disabled people in the Gambia.
People need to be able to participate fully and see sport as an important component in their lives ? not just for fun, but as rehabilitation, employment and motivation. Moreover, sport could make a contribution to national development ? with the support and commitment of the government.

As long as there is life there will be disability, whether from birth, sickness or accident. We need to fully accommodate it and cherish it ? it could happen to any of us. Whether we like it or not, disability is everyone’s business.

Sulayman Colley is president of Gambia’s National Paralympic Committee.



Disabled beggar donates ”widow’s mite” to flood victims

P.M. News
Published on October 29, 2012 by pmnews

A middle aged Nigerian beggar, identified as Simon Ozoemena, has stunned government officials in Anambra state, eastern Nigeria, by making a donation of N30,000 to the flood victims in the state.

Ozoemena, from Nibo in Awka South Local Government Area, of the state gave the “widow’s mite” during a joint meeting of the state flood disaster relief committee in Awka, the state capital.

The meeting was attended by officials of the state government, camp coordinating committees and the council chairmen of the affected areas.

The beggar, who said he solicited for alms in churches, said he was moved by the plight of the victims.

“They were better-off than me before the incident”, he said.

“I decided to make this humble donation because I was touched that people had to relocate to camps because of the flood, leaving the comfort of their homes. I heard the state government’s appeal on radio and called one of the contact numbers; the person responded very well to me and asked me to come to their meeting today.

“I beg for money mostly from churches and I decided to remove N30,000 from the proceeds to support government’s effort, to reduce their suffering,” Ozoemena said.

Prof. Chinyere Okunna, commissioner for Economic planning and budget who received the donation on behalf of the state government, described the gesture as “highly” emotional and a good omen for the flood victims.

“It is a very emotional moment; the state government is deeply moved by this singular act of charity, especially from someone who depends solely on charity.

“Honestly, a N30,000 donation from a physically challenged beggar is worth more than N1,000,000 donation from an able bodied person.

“We are really impressed and positively challenged to continue the good work we are doing,” she said.

Okunna reiterated the promise that the donations would be judiciously used.

Mr Chinedu Obidigwe, the Council Chairman, Anambra East Local Government, said the major problem facing the people displaced by the flood was their rehabilitation as flood recedes.

“The major tasks include the resettling of the victims, rebuilding their homes, providing soft loans for them to go back to farm and the revival of health facilities in the area.

“I must commend the proactive response of the state government in tackling this disaster, they have done really well,” Obidigwe said.

The chairman said that there were no reported cases of death, rape, robbery and outbreak of diseases in the five camps in his council area.

The camps are located in Umuede, Ifite Ogwari, Igbaku, Fr. Joseph Memorial High school and Unity Primary School.



P86,000 for disabled

Mmegi Online

Orange Botswana on Saturday witnessed the official groundbreaking ceremony of a community project in Mochudi it financed to the tune of P86,000.

Botswana Workcamps Association (BWA) has embarked on a greenhouse and nursery project to help the underprivileged and people living with disability.The company's head of corporate and legal affairs, Lepata Mafa said their journey with BWA started back in 2011 when they called for submission of funding proposals.

She explained that their intention was to help sustainable projects that can create job opportunities for other Batswana.She said out of the 80 proposals they received, BWA was among the 15 chosen because their mandate and objectives were in line with what Orange stands for.

She explained that the money will cover costs like water tanks. Project representative Baboloki Otisitswe said the initiative will equip young people with greenhouse skills, and further liaise with schools for people living with disability like Motswedi and Podulogong to transfer backyard gardening skills to them.

He further said the project will also create employment for at least five people in the community.For his part, Kgatleng East MP Isaac Mabiletsa said although he did not know about the BWA project before as he has never interacted with them, he is impressed with their work and objectives.

He said Orange Botswana should be commended for helping the Mochudi community, especially the youth. He pointed out that although BWA had structures, they needed much help with renovations to help them generate income to sustain themselves.

He said with help from other stakeholders, Botswana would be able to achieve the Vision 2016 pillar of a compassionate, just and caring nation by 2016.



Politicians urged to play more roles on education for disabled children

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

The Deputy Chairman of the New Horizon Foundation of the Blind, a disability and a right support group, Ransford Tay has urged politicians to play more advocacy role on the issue of inclusive education for the children with disability in the country.

Mr Tay made the remark at the Annual General Convening of the New Horizon Foundation of the Blind in Ho.

It was under the theme “Securing our Rights for an Inclusive and Accessible Society for all”.




Liberia: Intensive Training for Disabled Farmers, a Laudable Initiative

30 OCTOBER 2012

Last week, disabled farmers groups from Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties kicked off a three-week intensive training aimed at raising their profile and improve their capacity. The more than 20 disabled farmers, we are told, are currently attending the agricultural training in Bambo Town, Central Virginia, outside Monrovia.

We are further told that the participants are being trained in the productions of vegetable, rice and cassava as well as poultry and other livestock. For us, we enthusiastically embrace the ongoing intensive training for disabled farmers. We say hats off to the Ministry of Agriculture and partners for this capacity building initiative.

We believe the training offers the participants an opportunity to learn new skills to engage in short and medium scale agricultural projects in order to boost food production. Candidly, this capacity building initiative could not have come at a better time than now when the need for agriculture productivity cannot be overstated.

To this end, we encourage the participants to take the training seriously for the enhancement of our country.



Ratification of disability Convention a milestone

Times of Swaziland
By NONTOBEKO TSHABALALA on October 30,2012

MBABANE - The ratification of the UN convention on the rights of people living with disabilities (PLWDs)is a milestone for the country.

The process of ratifying the United Nations Convention has signalled a positive step towards the protection and promotion of the rights of people living with disabilities. Swaziland Disability Rights and Inclusion Project (SWADRIP) Advocacy Officer Dolly Shongwe explained that although the kingdom signed the convention five years ago the signature alone did not legally bind the country to comply with the provisions of the convention.

"All it was was a signal that the country intended to become party to the convention in future. Also by signing, the State agreed that it will not do anything inconsistent with the objectives and purpose of the convention; however, PLWDs have always been attitudinally and environmentally discriminated against," Shongwe said.


Save the Children applauded His Majesty King Mswati III and Parliament for what they coined a ‘great move’ and said they had also noticed that the Disability Unit had begun the process of drafting the Disability Policy.

"As an organisation that has a newly set up project (Swaziland Disability Rights and Inclusion Project- SWADRIP), which seeks to advocate for the improved quality of life for people with disabilities through increased inclusion and empowerment, we envisage that our advocacy work will be easier since these instruments are key to the protection and promotion of the rights of PLWDs," she said.


She made an example of a provision in the convention; Article 4(1) (b) which obliges state parties to take all appropriate measures including legislation to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitutes discrimination against persons living with disabilities.

"This then creates a duty for Swaziland as a state party to the convention to enact national laws that will give effect to the convention," she explained.

The convention will set out guidelines and directions for government to provide equal opportunities for PLWDs and non-disabled people and it will assist government in strengthening its capacity to address disability issues.

A critical role that now exists for the organisation, under the SWADRIP initiative, is to maintain a good working relationship with the various ministries and institutions that advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

"Save the Children has been the pioneer of the Children’s Protection and Welfare Act therefore we are of the view that with the experience and effort exerted in the Act will enable us to work efficiently as well.

This is because the issues of inclusions for people living with disabilities have been a challenge, hence the need for advocating for the mainstreaming of disability issues in all legislative frameworks is crucial," Shongwe said.



Disabled man donates N30,000 to Anambra flood victims

The Nation
Posted by: Nwanosike Onu, Awka Posted date: October 31, 2012 In: News | comment : 0

A gesture by a physically-challenged man, Simon Ozoemenam, yesterday evoked emotions in Anambra State.

The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Prof. Stella Okunna, could not hold back the tears when she collected N30,000 from Ozoemenam for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The commissioner collected the money on behalf of the state’s Flood Disaster Committee set up by Governor Peter Obi.

Prof Okunna, amid tears, said the donation would ginger the committee to work harder.

She said: “We do not know how to say this or how it will sound that such a person has donated to the displaced persons.

“With this kind of donation, we will be spurred the more to serve this state and make sure that these displaced persons are adequately catered for. This state will ever remain grateful to you.”

The commissioner urged the residents, especially the wealthy, to emulate Ozoemenam.

The donor, who hails from Nibo community in Awka South Local Government Area, said the money was his quota to Obi’s call for assistance to the flood victims.

He said: “It is not big, but anybody who worships God must be touched by the conditions of these our sisters and brothers from various communities. Nobody knows tomorrow. Everybody should rally round to save souls.”

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Oselloka Obaze, yesterday warned those in charge of the materials to avoid diverting them, or risk going to jail.

The SSG spoke on a local television programme, Face the Press.

He was answering questions on IDPs in the state.

Obaze said the government would jail anyone found to have diverted relief materials meant for the flood victims.



Group claims funds for disabled misused

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NAIROBI, KENYA: The Kenya Society for the Mentally Handicapped (KSMH) wants the court to order that a forensic audit be conducted to ascertain the use of funds meant for people with disability.

The KSMH has sued 50 officials of the National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPWD) organization, accusing them of corruption and mismanagement of funds worth millions of shillings.

The organisation avers that the respondents acting as trustees, board members and secretariat of NCPWD have misused funds meant for disabled people and should be held accountable.

They said the suit was informed by an expose aired by KTN titled Masters of deceit in July, which unearthed massive corruption in the organisation.

“We seek an order of review or setting aside any approval, appointment or short listing of the respondents,” they said.

KSMH expressed disappointment that despite their numerous appeals to Government to investigate their concerns, the allegations of corruption have been ignored.

“The respondents have failed to carry out their duties in an honest and transparent manner, failed to keep accurate records and have used the office to enrich themselves,” said KSMH.

They also want the first respondent Samuel Njuguna Kabue, barred from being appointed as a commissioner to the Kenya National Human Rights and Equality Commission.



STMA disburses funds to the physically challenged


The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) on Wednesday disbursed part of its Disability Fund to 59 physically challenged persons in the Metropolis.

Captain Anthony Cudjoe (rtd), the Metropolitan Chief Executive, said this was the second time the Assembly was supporting the physically challenged in the area with funds.

He said some able-bodied persons fraudulently secured financial support during the first disbursement of funds and this prompted the Social Services Committee to carefully screen all the 150 applications submitted.

He said the Disability Fund is to assist the physically challenged and is not meant for other purposes.

Captain Cudjoe advised the beneficiaries to put money allocated to them to good use to enable them enjoy good standard of living and urged them to take advantage of other government interventions including the Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP).

He said the Assembly has set aside funds to support the training and capacity building programmes of the Association of the Physically Challenged.

Mr John Davies, Chairman of the Social Services Committee of the Assembly, has embarked on a programme at lorry parks to educate the public about the disability law and urged drivers to reserve the front seats of their vehicles for the physically challenged.



Angola: Disabled Association Welcomes Independence Day


Luanda - The Angolan National Association of Disabled (ANDA) started Monday a series of activities to salute the 37th anniversary of the proclamation of National Independence to be marked on November 11.

According to the programme released by ANDA and reached ANGOP, the president of Association, Silva Lopes Etiambulo visited national driving school for people with disability, located in the Cazenga district.

Under the agenda of the activity, Silva Etiambulo will meet with disabled people located in surroundings of Luanda and Huambo cities.

Running until December 5, the programme also includes the launch of the "site" of ANDA among other activities also aimed at welcoming the Dec. 3 international disabled day).

Speaking to Angop, the leader of ANDA described November 11 as a date of great importance for the Angolan people, as this enabled Angola to achieve freedom of speech and thought and cultural identity.





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Premier praises the disabled

7 Nov 2012, The New Age

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale has applauded people living with disability for their continual inspiration and remarkable work they are doing in the society.

At the launch of Disability Awareness Month in the Capricorn district yesterday, Mathale said disabled people often do things that are extraordinary.

“As we prepare for the December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we ought to act in a manner that shows our true commitment to every initiative that is aimed at supporting people living with disabilities,” he said.

“The people living with disabilities continue to inspire us to appreciate life, regardless of its challenges. In most instances they do remarkable things which many able people may not do. The recent London Paralympics Games reminded us of the importance of people with disabilities”.

The premier said, despite challenges, disabled people continue to work hard for their achievements.

“Despite the limitation of the necessary resources to make things simple for them, they still strive to succeed, at times without the assistance from any person. We should always understand that no person ever chose to live with disability and it will be wrong to judge any person because of his or her disability,” he said.

He also congratulated the SA Paralympics Team for their recent London Paralympics achievements.

“Our Paralympics Team managed to secure more medals than their counterparts who participated at the games few days before their arrivals. In actual fact Oscar Pistorius became the first athlete to participate in both Paralympics and Olympics Games. This is a true living testimony of the miracles which can be done by people with disability.”



Tender conning via disability claim slated

November 7 2012, ioL news

Limpopo - Delinquent “tenderpreneurs” pretended they had people living with disabilities as their company directors so that they could win government contracts.

This emerged on Tuesday at the launch of this month’s disability awareness campaign in Polokwane.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, in a speech read out by Agriculture MEC Jacob Marule, described this as fraud.

“Some use people with disabilities to access such benefits in a fraudulent manner,” said Mathale.

He acknowledged that more efforts were still needed to ensure disabled people became active participants in the mainstream economy.

“Regardless of the fact that our procurement requirements are biased towards people with disabilities, many are not able to reach such benefits,” he said.

“Those who use people with disability to enrich themselves must be exposed,” Mathale said.

The launch was held at the Piet Joubert Special School. The principal, Nicolaas Pitersee, prided himself on his school’s practical-oriented curriculum.

“When we talk about Outcomes-Based Education, we have been implementing it for the past 60 years,” said Pitersee.

He said the school teaches motor mechanics, welding, electricity, woodwork, hairdressing, painting and needlework among others.

Pitersee said the school was negotiating with Further Education and Training (FET) colleges to offer their courses concurrently.

“Courses that FETs offer for three months, we will do them for the whole year, but [pupils] will write external exams with the FETs so that they can fulfil the standards,” he said.

The provincial government claimed that 2.3 percent of its workforce consisted of people with disabilities.

Tebatso Mabitsela, the provincial spokesman, said this had surpassed the national 2 percent target set by the Employment Equity Act.

There are 60 people with disabilities in the premier’s office.

One of them is Selaelo Makgato, the senior manager of special programmes, who is blind.

Makgato said the premier’s office had four senior managers living with a disability.

He cited inaccessible government buildings as one of the challenges confronting disabled people. “Especially the old buildings.”

Makgato said provincial government departments had Braille printers for blind employees.

Tukisho Serite, a 26-year-old woman, wants the government to improve working conditions for disabled people.

Serite walks with crutches. “In terms of assistive devices, it takes forever to get them,” she said.

The BA Communications graduate works as the communications officer in the provincial treasury. She has urged the government to employ more disabled youths.

“But also, the government seems to be concentrating on employing people with the same disability,” said Serite.

Speaking at the same event, Education Department official Matsobane Mabote said he had chastised public schools for refusing to admit disabled pupils.

“There is a misconception that a child with a disability must go to a special school,” he said.

Mabote indicated that special schools were meant for pupils with highly special needs.






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Visiting Ghanaian works to help disabled

Barre Montpelier Times Argus-2012/11/11
By Eric Blaisdell | November 11,2012

MONTPELIER - After polio paralyzed her below the waist as a child, Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie’s mother carried her on her back to school every day so she could get an education.

Komabu-Pomeyie is from Ghana and she is not letting that education go to waste as she is interning at the Vermont Center for Independent Living in Montpelier, a nonprofit organization that works to promote the dignity, independence and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities.

She came to the United States as a Ford Foundation scholar and is working toward her master’s degree in policy analysis from the School of International Training in Brattleboro.

Komabu-Pomeyie is an advocate for others like her who are physically disabled. She said in her native country, those who use wheelchairs or crutches because of a physical disability have hard lives. Taxis do not stop to pick them up, toilets, which are holes in the floor, are near impossible to use by someone who is paralyzed, and schools have stairs that are difficult to navigate in a wheelchair, she said.

Komabu-Pomeyie said Ghana has laws on the books to help the physically disabled by making buildings accessible. The problem is the government fails to implement these laws, Komabu-Pomeyie said. The government looks the other way when it comes to the physically disabled, Komabu-Pomeyie said, because they do not have any personal interactions with the physically disabled and treat them as though they don’t exist.

“People normally don’t (think) about disability unless it happens to them or unless it is close to them,” she said.

The actions the government takes to this day show that the physically disabled are not a priority in Ghana, Komabu-Pomeyie said.

“You said every building should be accessible, yet you the government build so many bridges without access (for the physically disabled),”
she said.

Ghana does not have a great track record when it comes to the physically disabled. Historically, people who had a physically disabled person in their family were considered cursed by the gods. And Kombau-Pomeyie said while today people do not openly call you cursed, the stigma is still there so the physically disabled feel like second-class citizens.

Komabu-Pomeyie said in the past those born with a physical disability, or who became disabled as children because of an accident, were dumped in the desert or a forest. Komabu-Pomeyie works with a woman who was born without a hand and dumped in the desert, but was picked up by a minister and is now a teacher.

Komabu-Pomeyie said her mother was ridiculed for taking care of her.
People would stare and tell her to stop wasting her time.

Things have improved in Ghana, as Komabu-Pomeyie appears on radio and television stations there ? something that a disabled person could never have dreamed of in the past ? to talk about the problems people like her face with accessibility challenges.

Komabu-Pomeyie’s mother instilled in her the belief that getting an education is the way to improve one’s life. Komabu-Pomeyie is a French teacher in Ghana and her main interest is improving accessibility in schools for the physically challenged. While the deaf and blind attend special schools in Ghana, physically disabled children are mainstreamed in the general student population, so she knows firsthand the hardship of trying to navigate the entrances to public schools.

To address this issue, Komabu-Pomeyie is working with the WaWa Project, a nonprofit organization that works with children with disabilities in West Africa, to retrofit a school in Ghana to make it handicapped- accessible with ramps and raised toilets. When finished, this school will serve as a model for renovation projects at other schools around the country.

Komabu-Pomeyie is also trying to get a handicapped-accessible van donated so that she can drive the physically disabled people she works with to the hospital, meetings, or for any other reason they may need transportation. She currently has to drive the people around in her own car, which she says is too small, and if three physically disabled people need to go somewhere then she has to make multiple trips.

When Komabu-Pomeyie came to the United States last year she expected the plight of the physically disabled to be much different here than in Ghana. She says the Americans with Disabilities Act does a good job of keeping those who break accessibility laws accountable, but she adds that people with physical disabilities still have a hard time.

Komabu-Pomeyie is currently staying with people who volunteered to lend her a room in their house because she has nowhere else to stay. The room was only supposed to be used for a couple days, but she has been there since September. Komabu-Pomeyie thought she had lined up a room that she could rent, but it fell through because the room wouldn’t accommodate her needs. The Vermont Center for Independent Living has been working to find an affordable, accessible room for her, but so far has been unsuccessful.

Ironically, the Americans with Disabilities Act is standing in the way of progress for the disabled in other nations, according to Komabu- Pomeyie. She is trying to get the United States to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a landmark treaty intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

Komabu-Pomeyie said the United States hasn’t signed the treaty because of concerns that doing so could undermine the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Komabu-Pomeyie said that is simply not true. She wants the U.S. to sign the treaty as an example to other countries to follow suit.

“If you ratify (the treaty) as a country, it has a reflection on those countries,” she said.

Komabu-Pomeyie is a recent recipient of the World of Difference 100 Award given by The International Alliance for Women. The TWIA each year honors 100 women from around the globe for their work. Komabu-Pomeyie was recognized for the work she has done on behalf of the physically disabled in her community.

She has also worked with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women In New York.



65 Moro disabled children get wheelchairs from miner

BY CORRESPONDENT 12th November 2012

Morogoro Urban District Commissioner Amanzi holds Fakiri Hamisi from Kisambwa in the district as his mother Aziza looks on. (Photo: Guardian Correspondent)

At least 65 special wheelchairs have been earmarked for Morogoro district by Montero Mining and Exploration Limited, of Canada and their Tanzanian joint venture company, Wigu Hill Mining Company Limited.

At least 26 of the chairs were handed over on at the weekend in Morogoro Urban District and the remaining 39 will be distributed across various wards in Morogoro Rural District.

The chairs, manufactured by Australian NGO, Wheelchairs for Kids are the latest design, for children living with disability and come with new improved features to provide easy mobility, a press statement issued by the miner has said.

“Montero Mining and Exploration Limited is extremely pleased, to be able to help an extremely vulnerable group, which is children living with disability. This programme, among others, is part of our social responsibility programme especially in areas where we operate from, namely Morogoro Rural,” said Country Manager Grant Pierce.

Officiating at the function was Morogoro District Commissioner Said Ali Amanzi, who expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the exploration company, which is engaged in social and community activities, ahead of production.

“We consider companies like Montero not just socially responsible but partners in development. Today the lives of these children and their careers are changed forever. Thanks to Montero, they have been given the joy of mobility,” added DC Said Amanzi.
The department of social welfare Morogoro assisted in sourcing the recipients. Rotary Club of Morogoro provided storage and other logistics.

A total of 160 wheelchairs were shipped in to the country this year, with 30 distributed in Zanzibar, 65 in Dar es Salaam Region and the remainder in Morogoro Region.




リア北部からカメルーンへラマダンの季節に「物乞い」の出稼ぎに来る 人々が



11月11日付ガーディアンによると、ベナンの貧困地域で暮らす、ポ リオで両足
50リットル缶に入れて購入。車いすを使って見つからない よう石油缶を隠し、

僕らを見て、国境警備隊は何も調べない。質問されることもない。だか ら簡単

復する。ナイジェリアは世界有数の産油国ということもあって、石油価 格は域
大きな差額を稼げるという。3晩で75ドル(約6200円)の 収益になる。


の石油が破格に安い限り、密輸は続くだろう。ベナン政府は、(正規に 輸入し

備隊の甘いチェックを背景に、これまでは、ココアや冷凍肉、古着な どが主な
たやすい。アフリカ中部にあるコンゴ盆地では、この地域の交通手段で あるコ

Benin's disabled smugglers

Wheelchair users living in poverty use adapted vehicles to cross the border loaded with cheap Nigerian fuel

Monica Mark in Cotonou
The Guardian, Sunday 11 November 2012 18.39 GMT

A childhood polio survivor, Isaac chose one of the few careers available to wheelchair users in Benin: smuggling.

When night falls, a host of ingenious home-made vehicles emerge on the sandy roads that connect this little lick of land with its giant oil-producing neighbour, Nigeria. From rusting trays on wheels to wagons cobbled together from spare parts, each is designed to lug as much fuel as possible.

Among the improbable vehicles are modified scooters designed to be driven by disabled people - and hide four 50-litre jerrycans at the same time. They provide a financial lifeline for thousands in a country where disabled people face social exclusion as well as one of the world's highest rates of poverty.

"Because of our handicapped condition, the border agencies don't bother us. Nobody asks us any questions, and we can cross the borders easily,"
said Isaac one recent evening as a friend helped him on to his Vespa near the frontier.

Tiny west African neighbours Benin and Togo have long been havens for smugglers, who slip easily through poorly policed frontiers and shorelines. Cocoa, frozen poultry and second-hand clothes are the main trafficked goods, border agencies say. But the trail is dominated by a network of illicit fuel traders. They fill up on cheap, subsidised Nigerian fuel before returning to sell it at a rate that undercuts official prices in Benin's filling stations.

"So many do it that recently the customs officers have started asking even [disabled people] for a cut of our profits," Isaac said as an uninterested border guard waved him through the first checkpoint.

Smuggling is rife across Africa, a continent of porous borders and import tariffs that are punitive for anyone trying to do things by the proper channels. In the Congo basin, many disabled people, who are exempt from ferry fares, smuggle goods across the waters dividing the nations' riverine capitals.

Most nights of the week, Isaac will make a two-hour round trip to a Nigerian border town, jostle his way to the front of large crowds at fuel stations and return with enough fuel to fill up four 4x4s. Three nightly trips brings in around $75 profit.

Periodic measures to tighten Benin's borders would have little impact as long as Nigerian gasoline remained cheaper, said Claude Allagbe, director of Benin's trade and commerce department. In Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, successive governments have for decades bent to populist demands and kept fuel prices the lowest in the region through heavy subsidies.

Aparliamentary inquiry in April found that Nigeria was subsidising nearly double the amount of fuel it consumed, with much of the excess simply smuggled abroad.

That also encourages big-time players to run far bigger risks. On a clear moonlit night, Isaiah and four other runners loaded a canoe with goods to exchange with a Russian oil tanker moored off the coast. A text message listing the items wanted in exchange for a tonne of fuel included "4 pk heineken, soap, 2 pack malboro cigiret, and a notebook".

Muddy streets in the neighbourhood, home to fishermen and smugglers, turn off to warehouses where stacks of 250-litre drums give off a permanent stench of gasoline. Burnt walls testify to the dangers of the flimsy stores. The biggest exchanges - including "female companions" - bring in enough tonnes of fuel to supply local stations, Isaiah said.

The elaborate smuggling network is a crucial prop of the economy. "Benin loses 40bn CFA francs [£50m] annually in revenue that could be gained through taxing legally imported fuel. But the reality is we face a conundrum in disbanding smugglers," Allagbe said. Smuggling provides thousands of informal jobs. Meanwhile three-quarters of the country's fuel consumption comes from roadside wooden tables bowing under stacks of jars filled with honey-coloured oil.

"I don't know why [the authorities] want us to stop doing this. We're really well organised. Everybody survives off us, even big businesses.
If anything, they should be integrating us," said Rodrigue, the owner of three tabletop "fuel stations" in the interior town of Ouidah.

Yards away from a genuine station, he used a huge funnel to fill up a car sagging under the weight of its occupants and market produce.



Called to preach to the deaf

New Vision-
Publish Date: Nov 12, 2012

Fr. Ssemakula preaching to the deaf children newvision By Mathias Mazinga After doing his S6 examinations at Kisubi Seminary in 2002, Simon Peter Semakula went to stay with his aunt, Rev. Sr. Immaculate Rose Namakula.

Namakula was a special needs educationist, who then manned a school for the deaf at Bwanda convent.

Inspite of his immense passion for children, Ssemakula could not communicate with the deaf kids, since he did not know sign language. In order to prevail over the communication barrier, Ssemakula started to have informal training in sign language He would get lessons from the deaf pupils, with whom he communicated through writing. A sign language manual, which his aunt provided him, made him a fast learner.

Within two weeks, Ssemakula could communicate well with the pupils. Even when he joined Katigondo Major Seminary, Ssemakula never lost interest in furthering his skills. By the time he was ordained a priest in 2011, Fr. Ssemakula could communicate comfortably using sign language.

God always has good plans for his people and He will always fi nd ways of equipping his ministers, whom He calls to deliver His plans to the people.

Today, Fr. Semakula is being used by God to minister to deaf children.

>From Old Kampala Catholic Parish, where he serves as a curate, Ssemakula has reached out to the deaf children in institutions like Mulago School for the Deaf, St. Mark’s School for the Deaf (Bwanda), Namirembe School for the Deaf and Wakiso Secondary School for the Deaf. He also interprets homilies during big church functions.

“I am happy that my bishops are supportive of this ministry. Truly, we have so many deaf children. For example, Bwanda alone has over 200 children. Interestingly, many of these children like their faith.

In fact when I fi rst went to Namirembe, the children there challenged me! They put me to task, to tell them why the Catholic priests were not visiting them, yet the evangelical pastors and priests of Church of Uganda were their frequent visitors,” Fr. Ssemakula said.

“I was also touched when some children visited me and expressed their discontent towards us. They claimed that we had neglected them, which turned them into mere spectators in the Church.”

Ssemakula also acknowledged the need for the Church to have ministers skilled in sign language. He nonetheless thanked Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and Bishop Christopher Kakooza for supporting the deaf children’s pastoral ministry.



Wasige overcame disability to shine in education

New Vision
Publish Date: Nov 12, 2012
By Suzan Aturo

Wasige on his graduation day.

Sunday Vision-While several Ugandan students drop out of school for reasons like lack of lunch, or lack of transport to school, Stephen Wasige beat all odds, including disability, to reach heights in education.

Wasige was born in Jami village, Kamonkoli, Budaka district, to Phillip and Ruth Nerima Tiibwa. The fifth among seven children, he was crippled in the legs at the age of three due to polio and has depended on crutches since then to ease movement.

All his school life, Wasige has attended day school, except for his S1, and this meant walking to and from school daily. His parents could not afford fees for boarding school after S1.

“For my O’ level studies, I used to walk for a distance of three kilometres to school. In order to get there in time, I had to be up by 5:00am to start the trek,” Wasige explained.

As if this was not enough, his parents could not afford lunch for him and he had to depend on sugarcane for lunch. He sold banana juice during weekends to meet some of his needs.

In addition to enduring the three kilometre walk and the hunger, Wasige also had to deal with unkind students who imitated how he walked and always made fun of him.

When he joined Bugwere High School for S.1, the bullies hid his crutches for two days and he was only rescued by a kind student who later showed him where the crutches were hidden.

All this nastiness made his heart bleed, but did not give him reason enough to quit school.

“I used to cry about it, but my mother, who is also crippled on one hand, kept comforting and encouraging me. She used to tell me that disability is not inability, explaining that she faced the same challenges and did not let them stand in her way.

I remember my mother telling me: 'I was able to train as a teacher and besides that, your father looked beyond my disability and chose me for a wife. So there is hope for a bright future for you too. I felt encouraged,” Wasige narrates.

Wasige paid heed to his mother’s words and persisted through school. He too eventually qualified as a teacher with a diploma and later a bachelor’s degree from Makerere University in 2009. He also plans to enrol for a master’s degree and looks forward to holding an administrative role in Uganda’s education sector.

He has taught in four secondary schools since 2001, including St. Tereza Girls’ School, Masindi and is currently teaching Mathematics in three classes of Rock High School, Tororo as well as being the class teacher for S3.

Ever jolly and outspoken, Wasige says he has not had a problem dealing with students. Instead he has been able to tame even the wildest of them.

“Students have not teased me. In fact, I have been able to handle stubborn students who have chased other teachers from their classes and the secret has been to talk sense into their heads.

They have listened and changed their ways,” he says.
Wasige started teaching in 2001, soon after he enrolled as a student at Nagongera National Teachers’ College. He did not wait to finish the course, but started right away commuting from Nagongera in Tororo district, to teach at Butaleja S.S, in Butaleja district.

He is happily married to Prossy Musanya Wasige, whom he wedded in 2011 in Kamomokoli, Budaka district. They have three children.

Wasige adds that he has not faced hardship in his social life. He says he has had only two girlfriends in his life and the second (Prossy) became his wife. He believes it was God’s special plan for him.

To others in a similar state, Wasige says they should not despair because disability is not inability.

He emphasises that they should embrace education, because it is a sure way for their wellbeing. He also tips disabled people not to opt for businesses which are unpredictable.



Pepe plays football in Gabon with deaf-mute children


Pepe said that "coming to play in Gabon is a great experience" for the players of the Portuguese national team on the eve of the friendly match Portugal will play against the country's national squad.

"No human being can help but be touched by a trip and game like this.
Being here in Gabon is a fantastic opportunity for all of us", asserted the centre-back from Real Madrid after visiting a school for deaf-mute children in the Gabon capital, Libreville, along with Bruno Alves and Silvestre Varela, the national team coach, Paul Bento and Gabonese international, Daniel Cousin.

In an initiative of the foundation supported by the First Lady of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo, Pepe, who was applauded by several hundred children from a neighbouring school, was happy to spend a few minutes playing football with the deaf-mute children.

"It's a very difficult situation they live in, but there's always hope and faith that these people can move forward and leave such a desperate situation behind them", Pepe said.

Born in a very humble town in north-east Brazil, Portuguese national Pepe explained that what he had seen in Gabon "is very similar to my experiences in Brazil. Gabon has the potential to develop in the future if the youngsters are given opportunities". Pepe thanked the Gabonese people for their amazing welcome.



Nigeria: SCB Unveils Music School for the Blind


Determined to provide better life for the blind and visually impaired in Nigeria, last week, Standard Chartered Bank commissioned a music school for students of the Vocational School of the Nigerian Society for the Blind, Oshodi, Lagos. About one million Nigerians are blind and three million visually impaired.

The school,first of its kind in the country, is equipped with state-of- the-art equipment tailored for the visually impaired.

Group Finance Director, Standard Chartered and Chairman of the "Seeing is Believing" Project Committee, Mr. Richard Meddings explained that the project is part of the Bank's Seeing is Believing initiative to help combat avoidable blindness in the country.

"In support of the SIB initiative, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited has held an annual fundraising walk for the last seven years, raising over of $740,000 which has helped to fund successful cataract operations for thousands of people between January 2006 and September 2012.

"We are very proud of what we have achieved with our Walk for Sight initiative in the last seven years in Nigeria. It is quite gratifying to see that the money we have raised from this initiative in has made a positive difference in the activities of our partner NGOs."

With the commissioning of the school, he said: "Children affected by this scourge can now look to other means of improving their lives through the art of music. For Standard Chartered, by pursuing initiatives such as funding corrective cataract surgeries, we are making a real difference to communities and the environment. The establishment of the school is just one of the several ways we reinforce our brand promise to our stakeholders that we are indeed here for good".

In a response, Chairman, Nigerian Society of the Blind, Mrs. Biola Agbaje said: We are grateful to Standard Chartered Bank for taking their partnership with us to the next level through the establishment of the school. The bank has supported many of our initiatives and continues to be at the forefront of raising awareness on the prevention of visual impairment in Nigeria while providing alternative forms of livelihood for people that have been affected by the scourge. No doubt, many of our students will always be indebted to the bank for this generous gift."



Sign language citizen

Manawatu Standard
Mohamud signs up to be a Kiwi
Last updated 06:22 14/11/2012

The smile said it all for Mohamud Omar as he became Palmerston North’s newest citizen.

The Somali refugee is deaf and made his citizenship oath yesterday using sign language at the city's Internal Affairs Department office.

Mr Omar had been practising his oath by watching a video of Deaf Aotearoa Service Co-ordinator Annette Scott signing the words.

He was helped yesterday by the services of interpreter Kerry Locker- Lampson.

Speaking through her, Mr Omar told the Manawatu Standard it felt ‘‘ wonderful’’ to become a citizen of New Zealand.

‘‘I wanted to feel more connected to Palmerston North.’’

Mr Omar said life in Somalia was not great but he had liked living in Palmerston North and before that in Hamilton.

After reading the oath, he was read a letter from Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain and joined in the singing of the national anthem by signing the lyrics.

Mr Omar has lived in New Zealand since 2007 and is hoping to find seasonal work in the central region, because he likes the area and has become part of the local deaf community.

He has been a regular visitor at the Manawatu Deaf Society clubrooms, getting to know the deaf community and communicating with them to strengthen his knowledge of sign language and New Zealand’s deaf culture.



Sierra Unite Donates Scholarships to the Disabled

Sierra Express Media-
By: Abu Bakarr S Tarawally on November 14, 2012.

Sierra Unite Australia has issued a widow’s mite according to its National Coordinator, to students with disabilities in the capital of Freetown. (Photo: Polio victims, beneficiaries of Sierra Unite Australia’s scheme)

Speaking on Friday, November 9, at the National Stadium, Brookfields, Alusine Osaio Kamara aka Scorpion said much as the NGO strives to ensure that children of school going age have access to education, they’ve looked at various factors responsible to ensure such basic rights. In this light, he said, school fees are one major component the students often lack the ability to pay in time.

He harnessed the fact that they owe a responsibility to promote education and literacy in Sierra Leone, upon their desire to see a country with active human resource capacity, which according to him, contributes to the overall development of the country. The NGO issued overboard, a total of 49 scholarships to various categories such as the amputees, the war wounded and polio victims who all comprised of the disability category.

Cross section of local volunteers of the NGO Sierra Unite Australia The Founding Chairman of the organization, Mr. Murray Kanneh, currently residing in Australia, is a visionary, according to Scorpion, in whose vision lies to see how much he can contribute to development of his country of birth.

Over the years under his watch, the NGO has a supply scheme of school equipment, including assorted items of computers, text books and general reading materials. He corroborated sometime back with another NGO, the Kanga School Project, according to Scorpion, which built several schools including libraries in the country. He said the NGO went as far as adopting some schools and equally donated gas generators to supplement the electricity supply in those institutions.

Separate from the Schools Supply Scheme (SSS), Sierra Unite Australia has also been handing out used clothes and valuable items to the various camp settlements across the country.

Scorpion said the special needs category - as in this case - the beneficiaries of the pilot project is not a coincidence of some sort, they were chosen above the fact that they need to benefit at this given time to share a country with optimal chances in terms of giving children of Sierra Leone the chance to access education.

He called on all those with special facilities to identify war victim children of school going age to do so and save them the burden of paying school fees as they will be equally awarded the scholarships.



Namibia: The Deaf Launch Own Beauty Pageant


Windhoek - The Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) will be hosting the first ever Miss Deaf pageant.

The pageant, to be held before the end of this year, will cater for deaf students who are willing to take part in the pageant. The initiative is a joint partnership between the NNAD and Be Inspired Magazine. "Our deaf people have been left behind and excluded from such events, and this is the platform on which they will be able to do the same as other people and inspire other young people. They have equal talent and its time that it is recognised by society," says Be Inspired Magazine's Ester Shikongo.

She adds that there is still a need for sponsorships as without sponsorship, hosting an event of this nature will not be possible "We should give every one a chance, I mean equal rights, we have Miss Namibia but then we see nothing for the deaf people and people with disabilities. We need to make them a part of society so that they don't feel left out," she says.

Shikongo adds that the contestants will be chosen from the three deaf institutions in the country, namely in Rundu, Ongwediva and Windhoek, where 15 young women will make the final cut. "For many years now we have never been included, that's why I feel this is very important, especially for me. We need sponsorship now to make this possible. Many things happen and we have challenges we can do what the hearing can yet we are always excluded," says participant, Sylvia Barthlomeus.

She says she this opportunity is a good platform for the deaf participants to show that they are capable of doing it, and partaking in events with the hearing. "We don't want to beg anybody here but as an individual you will feel good seeing that I have invested in individuals, even companies when they sponsor, it will be a good feeling to see these people go far in their lives from the little investment they would have made," says Shikongo.

She adds that this event could potentially inspire neighbouring countries to host such events and eventually have the like of Miss World for the deaf.

"This is very important and they must be given an opportunity, we disabled people are always looked at with pity and we don't want that.
We want to prove that we are just normal being like them," says NNAD Chairperson, Paul Nanyeni. He adds that this will be a way of creating awareness within society, "and through this event the nation will wake up and see our potential."



Summit to help the disabled

Nov 14 2012, The New Age

Having begun dealing with women abuse and water issues, the next target for Umkhanyakude district municipality is addressing issues of the disabled.

Speaking to The New Age ahead of the Umkhanyakude Disability Summit which starts today at Bonamanzi Game Reserve, the district’s mayor, Jeffrey Vilane, said the aim of the summit is to assist all stakeholders in facilitating the participation of persons with disabilities in the social, economic and political arena, especially in Umkhanyakude.

He added that the summit will also dentify emerging opportunities to enhance living, learning and earning for people with disabilities and establish new mechanisms and build upon existing ones to improve the coordination of disability policies, programmes, and advocacy efforts.

“Persons with disabilities, ‘the world’s largest minority’, often face barriers to participate in all aspects of society. Therefore, Umkhanyakude seeks to create a non-sexist, discrimination-free, equitable and inclusive society that protects and develops the human potential of its children, a society for all where persons with disabilities enjoy the same rights as their fellow citizens, and where all citizens and institutions share equal responsibility of creating such a society,” said Vilane.

Vilane also said the three day summit aims to highlight these challenges and focus on persons with disabilities being able to exercise their rights as equal citizens and enable them to participate in mainstream society.

“It will create an opportunity to think about, talk about and acknowledge people with disabilities positively and, more importantly, assist in breaking down the barriers with young people and build awareness and understanding of people with disabilities.”



South Africa: Hope for Disabled As Sheltered Employment Factories (sef) Are to Undergo Major Facelift to Revive Its Business

14 NOVEMBER 2012, allAfrica

After years of trials and tribulations, the Sheltered Employment Factories (SEF), an entity of the Department of Labour (DoL) is to undergo a corporate identity change, open two new factories and create a further thousands of jobs following its unveiling of a new turnaround strategy designed to stabilise the business operations.

SEF chief executive officer, Silumko Nondwangu said in terms of the name change SEF will soon be officially known as Protected Employment Enterprises (PEE). He said as part of the 'metamorphosis' - two new factories are to be opened - in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, a process that would ensure a national coverage of SEF business.

"The existing factories employ just 1 100 people and have a potential to hire 3 000 people. We want to elevate the Protected Employment Enterprises into first choice employer for people with disabilities.

"The next two year will be about stabilising the business operations of SEF by ensuring well administered and effectively run institutions. We want to achieve this by putting in place a coherent strategy in regard to securing long-term contracts from various government departments and marketing the business," Nondwangu said.

SEF was established in 1949 as a government intervention posts the Second World War to alleviate the plight of people with disabilities in the labour market. SEF operate as a non-profit organisation.

The SEF has 12 factories across South Africa operating in seven provinces.
The factories are located in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom and Pretoria. Collectively they employ some 1 100 people with disabilities, supported by 120 administrative, management and technical staff.

The factories have the manufacturing capability that produces furniture; textiles; metal work; leather work; canvas work; book binding; and screen printing. Its products combine the positive aspects of price competitiveness and quality that is compliant with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). SEF currently have 0.00459% market share in South Africa's multi-billion rand manufacturing sector and plan to grow their mark.



Ghana: TDC Donates to School for the Deaf and Dumb


The board, management and staff of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC), last Saturday, donated a cheque for GH???10,000 to the State School for the Deaf & Dumb at Adjei Kojo, near Ashaiman.

Also, the Tema landlord presented assorted items estimated to cost GH??? 5,000 to the State School.

The items include 50 pieces of high density student mattresses, 1,000 copies of specially branded TDC exercise books, industrial-sized gas cooking stove and cylinder with two giant cooking pots, bowls, cups, dustbins and food items.

The presentation forms part of programmes lined up for the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Corporation.

Presenting the items, the Managing Director of TDC, Mr. Joe Abbey, said the presentation was the Corporation's contribution towards the upkeep of the students in the school.

Mr. Abbey expressed the Corporation's profound appreciation towards the efforts the headmaster and staff of the school were putting in for the welfare of students in their care.

The Headmaster of the School, Mr. Michael Cudjoe, was grateful to the Corporation for remembering the school during the celebrations, and said the donation would go a long way to sustaining the students.

He appealed to companies, organisations, philanthropists and individuals to come to the aid of the school and help complete the boy's hostel, which is under construction, and had stalled for some time now, due to lack of funds.

Mr. Michael Cudjoe said the completion of the project would help the school accommodate the male students for full care.



Ninety percent of deaf and dumb children could regain hearing

From: Kwabena Owusu-Ampratwum-Luv Fm Published On: November 15,
2012, 13:50 GMT

Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital say many children with hearing and speech impairment could regain these abilities with proper care.

Dr. Joseph Opoku Boateng, the Head of the Dental Ear, Eye Nose and Throat Directorate, said that up to 90 per cent of such children have partial conditions which can be improved with hearing aids, adding that methodical screening can identify those who would respond to help or treatment.

Komfo Anokye Hospital is partnering with the Starkey Hearing Foundation of the United States to screen over 900 deaf and dumb children.

The beneficiaries, mostly from deaf schools in the Ashanti Region, will also receive free maintenance on their hearing aid kits for three years.

Dr. Boabeng tells Luv News the team hopes that the exercise will bring relief to many of the children.

He says a technical team will be trained in Ghana to service the hearing aids that will be supplied to the children.



Professor accused of raping mentally disabled foster son

2012/11/15 | SAPA | 3 COMMENTS

He is 68 and the former head of an education centre

A Western Cape professor has appeared in the Oudtshoorn Regional Court on charges of raping his mentally disabled foster son, the Daily Voice reported on Thursday.

The professor, 68, was granted R500 bail on Wednesday and told to return to court on December 7.

He was also ordered not to make contact with his 31-year-old son.

He has pleaded not guilty to raping and sexual assaulting the man between December 2010 and February this year.

According to the report, clinical psychologist Tjaart van der Linde told the court the son had poor communication abilities and the mental capacity of a 10-year-old child.

The professor was the former head of an education centre for adults.



South Africa: N West Legislature to Host Persons With Disability

15 NOVEMBER 2012, allAfrica

Pretoria ― More than 350 persons with disabilities in the North West will get an opportunity to raise issues affecting them when the North West Provincial Legislature hosts the annual Persons with Disability Parliament on Friday.

The event, to be held in the Legislature Chamber, will create a platform for them to make recommendations to relevant portfolio committees and to hold departments and all relevant structures accountable.

Themed "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all", the event aims to promote awareness about the capabilities and contributions of persons with disabilities as recommended by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by South Africa in 2007, recognises that the existence of barriers constitutes a central component of disability.

Under the Convention, disability is an evolving concept that "results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others".

Among the thematic areas to be discussed are breaking employment barriers and access to quality education for people with disabilities.

The event is also expected to be attended by relevant stakeholders ranging from Provincial Disability Forum, in which NGOs representing persons with disabilities are affiliated; different provincial departments and MECs, and the Legislature.

South Africa observes Disability Month in November, where the spotlight is focused on the daily challenges faced by people living with disabilities.



Ninety percent of deaf and dumb children could regain hearing

From: Kwabena Owusu-Ampratwum-Luv Fm
Published On: November 15,
2012, 13:50 GMT

Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital say many children with hearing and speech impairment could regain these abilities with proper care.

Dr. Joseph Opoku Boateng, the Head of the Dental Ear, Eye Nose and Throat Directorate, said that up to 90 per cent of such children have partial conditions which can be improved with hearing aids, adding that methodical screening can identify those who would respond to help or treatment.

Komfo Anokye Hospital is partnering with the Starkey Hearing Foundation of the United States to screen over 900 deaf and dumb children.

The beneficiaries, mostly from deaf schools in the Ashanti Region, will also receive free maintenance on their hearing aid kits for three years.

Dr. Boabeng tells Luv News the team hopes that the exercise will bring relief to many of the children.

He says a technical team will be trained in Ghana to service the hearing aids that will be supplied to the children.



Deaf and dumb appeal for interpreters at public places


A deaf and dump man in the Gomoa West District, Mr Issaka Obeng, has appealed to the government to provide interpreters for people with hearing and speaking disabilities to enable them to communicate with the public at places such as hospitals and schools.

Mr Obeng made the appeal at a debate for Gomoa West constituency parliamentary candidates organised by the Gomoa West District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at Apam.

All the three aspirants, Mr Francis Kojo Arthur for NDC, Mr Edwin Abakah Williams for NPP and Ms Leah Addison Simpson for PPP, participated in the debate.

Mr Obeng said the deaf and the dump found it difficult to attend hospital as they could not communicate with the nurses and the doctors in sign language.

He said this could be easier if they had interpreters to translate their messages to the health authorities and appealed to the aspirants to speak on their behalf on the floor of parliament.

Mr Cletus Abang, Central Regional Director of NCCE, said the Commission had decided to organise the debates for the constituents to know what the candidates could do for them when they elected them to parliament.

It is also to promote unity and cooperation among the aspirants.

Mr Arthur, the Member of Parliament, said the government had decided to build an irrigation dam at Gomoa Mprumem for farmers.

He said as a policy, the NDC would concentrate on improving conditions and facilities at the kindergarten, primary and the junior high schools to make them give quality education and extend access to education by constructing more senior high schools, polytechnics and universities and would also trained more teachers.

Mr Williams said his flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to make Senior High School education free would be pursued in earnest.

He said he would organise remedial classes for students who would fail their final examinations for them to benefit from the free SHS education.

Ms Simpson appealed to voters to vote for female candidates and reminded of what Dr Kwegyir Aggrey said about education of women that “if you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate a nation,” and said it would be in the interest of the nation if more women were elected to parliament.



Welfare Minister chairs main event of disabled people's day


Luanda - The minister of Welfare and Social Reintegration, Joao Baptista Kussumua, is heading this Monday in the northern Uige province the main event of the International Day of People with Disability.

This was said to Angop by the chairman of the Angolan Federation of the Associations of People with Disabilities

“A range of activities such as lectures, visits to technical and Professional centres, seminars and hearing to disabled community, are also activities that are being developed to mark the day”, he said.

International Day of People with Disability (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992 and it has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet.

The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.



Make full use of disability centres

Mmegi Online


The coordinator for people with disabilities in the Office of the President (OP), Thomas Motingwa is confident that there are adequate strategies in place to assist children facing developmental challenges.

He says that no child should be locked away in a home due to their disability because there are good rehabilitation centres around the country to ensure their full development. So if any child is struggling with any challenge of disability it is only because of the parents' lack of information on the many services government has put in place to help during child development.

Motingwa says it starts with early identification of the disability of the child at birth. Once the disability is identified, the Ministry of Health (MoH) working with a rehabilitation officer in whichever district the child would be from, ensures that there is proper intervention to correct the situation for the child.

There are cases that are corrected through surgery and the earlier that is done the better, he says. Also there are children who are born with cognitive challenges, but these are placed in stimulation centres available across the country. There is at least one in Mogoditshane, Sefhare, Mochudi and Maun, he says. Children are also sent to specialised schools that stimulate them and bring positive change in their lives."There are centres across the country. There are strategies in place. If children do not receive any help at an early stage it is only because of the parents' lack of understanding and knowledge of the services available," he reiterated.

Furthermore, Motingwa says that usually, when a child is born with a disability, there is shock in the family. In some instances, families often adopt tradition-implicated explanations for the condition.

"Children are taken to traditional healers. This further delays time for proper intervention by the government," he said. He appreciates that there is serious need for public education on child development issues and the strategies in place to ease the lives of the affected children and families. "There is need for campaigns and education. If children get early identification of the condition proper steps would be taken to help them," he said.

He adds that so far, as a department, they have come up with structures that would ensure easy access to services by those who need them wherever they are. "We have introduced disability committees in all the districts.

"These committees are at the district commissioner level, he said. Also government departments in the districts are encouraged to be members of these committees so that there is a coordinated effort in identifying children who need help and in rolling it out." There have been concerns that the government was not doing enough to help families with challenges of child development. Some argued that the lack of policies specifically tailored for child development was a violation of the child's human rights, as they never get to enjoy life. Children miss education because of disability, and their future robbed from them.



Zimbabwe: Man Denies Fathering Disabled Kid


A Harare man yesterday denied fathering a disabled child in court, saying it pains him to pay for his upkeep until paternity tests have been conducted.

Munyengwa Motsi told the court that he needed the paternity test to be done as soon as possible.

Eugene Madzikatire brought Motsi to court seeking an upward variation of the maintenance order from US$40 to US$100.

Motsi objected to the application indicating that he is not supposed to maintain the child.

"I can only give her US$10 to add to the US$40 while we wait for the tests.

"Besides I am married with three children," Motsi said.

"I doubt if this child is mine and I asked this woman to seek the truth from traditional healers and she refused.

"I want the paternity test desperately," he said.

In her response, Madzikatire told the court that she did not have any problems with the tests but needed money so that she could send her child to creche.

"The US$10 he is offering is too little and since he was ordered to pay maintenance some time back he is refusing to pay and only paid once," she said.

Magistrate Ms Vongai Muchuchuti increased the maintenance order to US$50 pending the tests to be conducted by December 31 this year.



HH Shaikh Nasser’s Creativity Award for the Disabled Attains Considerable Concern

08 : 27 PM - 07/12/2012

Cairo, December 7th (BNA) - HH Shaikh Nasser’s Creativity Award for the Disabled attained a considerable concern during the coordination meeting of the (40) for the GCC Council of Social Development and Affairs Ministers, held on the sidelines of the 32nd session of the Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers, where the Award was circulated among the GCC countries participating in the Award, which will be distributed next November 2013.

During the meeting, it was approved to enable the GCC Council of Social Affairs Ministers to benefit from the aids provided by the Arab Social Action Fund in the implementation of a social Gulf project, to be concerned with upgrading the unified directory for the terms of disability, special education, and rehabilitation.

The Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers also stressed the previous decision of the Secretary General of the League of Arab States concerning preparation for the third Arab, development, economic and social summit, that is to be held in Riyadh in 2013 on activating the role of Ministers of social development in the Council at the Arab summit.

During the meeting, they praised the proposal submitted by Kingdom of Bahrain concerning developing a general piloting legal framework for the member states where national legislation in the areas of social policy can be established, during the 32nd session of the council of Arab Social Affairs ministers held on December 4th with the participation of Bahrain’s delegation chaired by Minister of Social Affairs, Fatima Al Bulooshi. During that meeting, they agreed on Bahrain’s proposal to create an electronic website or an electronic link to market the products of the productive families.

In the same regard, the Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers thanked Kingdom of Bahrain for presenting its reports concerned with activating the Arab Strategy for reducing poverty, follow-up the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the International Convention for the protection of persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile and during the meeting, they also hailed Bahrain for the steps taken to implement the Arab Decade for disabled persons, as well as the Arab Day for disabled. The Council also commended Bahrain’s celebration of the Day of the Elderly, in addition to the adoption of the directory for the legal frameworks, policies and mechanisms to protect the Arab family to guide the other states when developing their own laws to protect the family.




Tanzania: Bagamoyo Removes All Obstacles to Cater for Disabled


FOR yet another time, the country's historic Oceanside town of Bagamoyo, with its ancient limestone buildings, a powerful reminder of the demeaning slavery days, hosted a meeting of children with disabilities in the company of their parents or guardians.

As children of the children of Froral Inclusive Day Centre and disabled ones from the district sat down enjoying confection at Mwambao Primary School, the chief guest Renatus Mongogwela, Bagamoyo District Administration Officer, reminded the gathering of the significance of handicapped people despite their numerical inferiority.

"They may be small in number, however, their group is one you cannot wittingly avoid to join," said Mongogwela. The Bagamoyo District's official explained that one may aspire to become a teacher or a doctor.
One can also plan not to be a doctor or a teacher.

But whether one would become disabled or not, was a mystery that lay in the hand of Fate. "It is different with this group. You never know how, when or what will someday make you a disabled person," said Mongogwela at the Bagamoyo charity gathering by Tanzania Resource Centre for Disabled (TRACED) last Monday. "It is a group that anybody can join anytime."

TRACED was reassuring the unfortunate children in the company of children of the Froral Inclusive Day Centre on the anniversary of World Day of the Disabled on December 2. A non-governmental organization, TRACED works in partnership with Erikshijalpen of Sweden.

"We are celebrating the World Day of the Disabled and taking this opportunity to discuss with parents and other stakeholder to see how best we can improve the welfare of those born with a disability, and where possible, to prevent a probable disability," said the Traced Managing Director, Mbonea Yahya.

Mongogwela called on parents and all stakeholders in the national endeavour to give children with a disability a better future to come forth and do all in their power to remove obstacles to promise the disabled a brighter future of independent life.

"Please do enable them to access services or facilities in their society,"
he said. By the comment, Mr Mongogwela merely endorsed Bagamoyo District Welfare Development Officer Erasto Aron Mfugale's call for parents and government leaders at all levels to have precise plans concerning the welfare, academic and professional development of the community's members with a disability.



Single bullet kills deaf man

December 9 2012, ioL news

Durban - Deaf couple Navin and Jessica Ragbeer, both aged 37, had known each other since their school days and no one was surprised when they married 12 years ago. They were inseparable, said Premmie Tholsi, Jessica’s mother.

But in the early hours of Thursday their loving marriage came to a tragic end at their Phoenix home when Navin was shot and killed by an intruder.

With blood oozing from his wound and paramedics still to arrive, Jessica prayed fervently for Navin as he lay helpless and dying on their veranda floor, but help came too late.

“Why, why him?” asked Jessica.

Tholsi related her grief-stricken daughter’s anguish when the Sunday Tribune called at the family’s home.

Jessica is a teacher at the St Martin’s School for the deaf, physically and mentally challenged in Port Shepstone.

Navin was an administrative worker at the VN Naik School for the deaf in Newlands.

Three intruders surprised the Ragbeers, who live with Tholsi in her modest home, just as Navin was about to drive Jessica to Durban station to catch a bus to work.

All the intruders took were a flat-screen TV and Jessica’s handbag with her cellphone and a small amount of cash.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that Navin was pronounced dead at the home in Phoenix after sustaining a single gunshot wound to the chest.

“Members of SAPS Phoenix are investigating a case of house robbery and murder, but no arrests have been made thus far,” said Zwane.

Tholsi, who usually saw the couple off as they left home each morning, realised something was amiss when she noticed a shadow outside her lounge window as Navin opened their front door.

“Two men with guns grabbed Navin as he stepped out of the house. Another grabbed me by my neck and pointed the gun at me,” said the 70-year-old woman.

“The guns looked like toys. Only when one of the men shot Navin, did I realise this was serious.

“One of the robbers asked me for money and jewellery. I said ‘Don’t harm us, just take whatever you want’,” said Tholsi.

Jessica, who was in her mother’s room at the time, was unaware that the intruders had entered their home and shot her husband.

According to Tholsi, two of the men grabbed Jessica in the room and made a gesture for money with their hands. They then fled with her daughter’s handbag and a television set.

“When Jessica got to the veranda, she realised what had happened to Navin.
I told her to pray.

“By the time neighbours had come to our assistance and called the paramedics it was too late. Navin died in his wife’s arms.

“I’ll never forget the shrill sound my daughter made when she realised her husband had died. I’ll never forget this incident. Such a harmless and humble man killed in that way.

“After they shot him, they threw him to the ground like a dirt-bin bag,”
said Tholsi.



Plan for the blind, deaf on HIV prevention

New Vision
Publish Date: Dec 10, 2012 newvision
By Abel Bizimana

JULIE (not real name) is a 14-year-old girl with hearing impairment.
Initially she was raped and later repeatedly coerced into sex with gifts and threats by a businessman.

She couldn’t communicate that to her parents and peers. Julie’s sign language teacher discovered the problem and assisted parents to seek for justice.

Her parents discouraged legal action citing double embarrassment. The medical report proved the man to be HIV positive and hence Julie’s future can be predicted.

Julie, like other people with disabilities is perceived to be sexually inactive; but like any other persons, Julie is not only sexually active but also attractive.

People with disabilities need knowledge and skills to enable them handle their sexual feelings, resist sexual coercion, negotiate for safer sex or postpone sex altogether.

According to WHO, 600 million people living with disability exist worldwide and 80% of these are in developing countries.

As we commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, and Disability day on December 3, we need to reflect on the impact that disability can have on the HIV epidemic.

People with visual and hearing impairment struggle to adopt alternative ways to paint a picture of sex life and its implications.

They face challenges of sexual abuse and risks to acquiring HIV infection due to inadequate knowledge and skills about the HIV prevention.

Stigma and discrimination disallows them to choose their sexual partners.
They are likely to have more sexual partners to exchange sex with acceptability in society.

HIV preventive messages are usually designed in audio and video forms which hearing and visually impaired people cannot use.

Alternative channels of communicating HIV preventive methods are not available.

The Uganda National HIV Strategic Plan (2011/12-2014/15), the 2008 UN convention on rights of persons with disabilities and the 2006 UNAIDS guidelines on HIV and human rights, provide for equal access to all services including people with disabilities.

The policy framework is favourable for HIV prevention but implementation remains poor.



Ghanaians asked to support handicapped children

Vibe Ghana-
December 10, 2012 | Filed under: Latest news | Posted by: VibeGhana

Twin-City Special School for Intellectuals and Disabilities (TCSSID) at Essipong in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, has appealed to Ghanaians to assist handicapped children to develop their talents.

Mr Wisdom Djokoto, Instructor at TCSSID, who made the call, also advised parents not to neglect their handicapped children but to assist them to develop their talents.

The Instructor made the appeal when the Joint Men’s Fellowship of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Evangelical Presbyterian and Methodist churches, presented quantity of items worth GHC1, 200.00 to TCSSID at Kwesimintim near Takoradi, on Monday for the upkeep of inmates of the facility.

The items included two maxi bags of rice, sugar, beverages, toiletries, detergents and cooking oil.

Mr Djokoto said TCSSIC is a government subverted institution, but feeding grant was irregular, and lack adequate resources to executive programmes.

He said this has also resulted in the limited intake of children and added that the present population of the institution stands at 110, with 18 teachers and 36 other staffs.

Mr. Djokoto appealed to parents of handicapped children at the facility to visit their children regularly, and complained that some parents fail to come for their children during holidays.

The institution, he said, admits children from six to 14 years and trains them to develop their potentials.

Mr. Djokoto commended the fellowship for the gesture and appealed to individuals and organisations to support the institution.

Mr James K. Dadzie, chairman of the group, said the gesture was to make the inmates happy during Christmas. GNA



Insecurity leads to high rate of disability, group tells govt

The Guardian Nigeria-2012/12/10

GOVERNMENT has been implored to tackle the high rate of crime and insecurity which has been blamed for the equally high rate of disability among Nigerians.

President of the National Handicap Carers Association of Nigeria (NAHCAN), Mr. Adewale Adeyanju who made the call during activities to mark the International Day for Persons With Disabilities in Lagos, pleaded with the federal government to do more in the area of ensuring security of lives by reducing crime since crime and insecurity lead to physical dangers, the results of which usually include disabilities such as loss of limbs or hands, sight or hearing.

He lamented the large number of Nigerians who have become disabled as a result of security challenges in some parts of the country as well as from armed robberies and unsafe roads, saying the time had come for government to take necessary action to save more Nigerians from being disabled.

Adeyanju bemoaned the present lot of handicapped and physically challenged persons which, according to him, include stigmatisation, rejection and human trafficking, exposure to ritual killers, abduction and sexual abuse.



Liberia: Bankers Identify With Disabled Institutions


In observance of this year's banker's week in Liberia, the Liberian Bankers Association (LBA) over the weekend identified with two disabled institutions.

The Group of 77 on Newport Street and the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home in Sinkor were the two beneficiaries. Items donated include, rice, toiletries, vegetable oil, medical supply and several cooking materials.

Presenting the items, a member of the Bankers Association Madam Beatrice N. Dennis said the gesture was the Association's commitment to identifying with the institutions during festival season.

Madam Dennis said the interest of disabled people remains the Bankers Association's key priority.

She noted that the association is committed to ensuring that the needs of physically challenged are catered to.

She told the two disabled institutions not to stigmatize themselves because of their condition, but should remain determined in speaking on issues that continue to affect their lives.

"Don't look at your condition and feel sorry for yourselves because God is the one who takes care of people. Remain determined and focused in facing the challenges in life," Madam Dennis urged the disabled people.

In separate remarks, the Program Officer of the Group of 77, Rev. Constance T. Kennedy and the Supervisor of the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home, Georgia S. Robertson thanked the Barkers Association for the continued assistance to their institutions.

Rev. Kennedy and Madam Robertson recounted the Liberia Bankers Association's support to the two disabled institutions.

They said the donation of these food and non-food items by the Liberia Bankers Association demonstrates its passion to identify with disabled people in the country.

"The Liberia Bankers Association's donation to our institutions is not a surprise because we are used to them; this is something that they do every year. It would have been disappointing if we have not seen you this year to do your usual thing. We want to appreciate your humanitarian gesture and wish you God's blessings," the two disabled institutions heads indicated.



Gambia: 'Change Your Perception About Disability'


The Director of Disability Africa, Mr. Ric Law, said society must change its perception of disability in order to improve the lives of persons with disabilities and ensure their inclusion into the mainframe society.

Ric made these remarks shortly after the celebrations marking World Disability Day held in Gunjur, Kombo South District.

"Disabled people are disabled twice by their physical impairment, the ignorance and the stigma the society has always attached to disabled people" he said.

"Not only do disabled people have the right to be included in the society but the society benefits from the process of their inclusion in very real ways", he opined

He added that he brought four people with disabilities with him from the Stepping Stones School in the United Kingdom who, he said, started a campaign called 'Smile at me not my disability.'

"When they did that I was struck by how powerful it was in changing the way people think about disability. They came here to talk to the people of Gunjur on World Disability Day, about disability which I hope will change the way people think about them", he stated.

Ric continued that the day was a great success, adding that his biggest impression was to see mothers of so many disabled children feeling proud of their children. "The fact that we have these people is a tremendous boost to Gunjur Inclusion Project. We were also honoured with the presence of British High Commissioner David Morley, Director of Social Welfare and Director of Tango", said Ric.

The Gunjur Inclusion Project, he maintained, wants to improve outcomes for persons with disability thus making somewhere for them and making them feel included in mainframe society.

"We have come up with a play scheme for children with disabilities in Gunjur which brings together 14-18 young people who come to learn about and be friends with disabled people. I have heard it said in The Gambia that play is a waste of time for kids and they should rather be working which I disagree with. It is during play that children develop communication skills, social interaction, physical coordination and confidence. I am moved that some of the non-disabled people are now saying to me they have realized that persons with disabilities are human beings. These non-disabled people will go back to their families and tell them their experience which I believe will potentially change the perception of society", he concluded.



Tanzania: Official - Mentally Disabled Need Fair Deal


Zanzibar - FOUL language and exposure the privacy of people with mental disability should be discouraged, the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Office of the First Vice-President, Dr Omar Dadi Shajak, said here.

"We need to protect privacy of people with disability. We should avoid discrimination," Dr Shajak said at the opening of a two-day media workshop on coverage of people with mental disorders. He said at the workshop held at the EACROTANAL hall in Maisara that not all issues are worth reporting or publishing.

"You need to report the plight of such people and challenges facing them, but you must also report their development," he stressed. The PS said that some of the developments which have been under-reported include inclusive education and promoting other development programmes aiming at uplifting people with disabilities.

"Inclusive education is helping many children with disabilities and we should therefore promote it. The advantages of inclusive education outweigh the disadvantages, we should encourage it," Dr Shajak said.

Presenting a paper entitled "conceptual framework and historical perspective of laws (local, regional and international) for people with disabilities," Mr Ali Uki from the Zanzibar University asked reporters to differentiate psychiatric patients and people with mental disabilities.



Ashamed of her disability, Achieng’s husband left her

New Vision
Publish Date: Dec 12, 2012

Achieng and her four children survive on the generosity of neighbours.
She is also a beggar in town newvision

By Moses Nampala

Florence Achieng tastes the depth of despair, rejection, and helplessness almost daily. She lives in Atapara trading centre, Paya Sub -county, in Tororo district.

She crawls because of a disability that left her legs twisted. Despite this, after nine years of cohabiting with the only man she knows as her husband, Padde, Achieng has to fend for herself and her four children.

Early this year, Padde, who was also the family bread-winner, abandoned her in their rented house when he found himself a new bride.

Achieng does not know the family of her now errant husband. She says he remained discreet about his people and never introduced her to them. All she knows is that they are in Budaka.

Achieng’s parents died when she was a baby. Her sister took on the responsibility of caring for her, even after she (Achieng’s sister) got married and moved from Kayunga to Tororo. Unfortunately, the couple died five years ago.

Achieng’s livelihood since Padde unceremoniously vanished has entirely depended on the kindness of neighbours. Destitute, she is compelled to travel 26km to Tororo town to beg for money.

With no money to begin a small business and no land to grow her own food, the single mother cannot stop worrying about the future.

She may have come to terms with the emptiness that her husband has left her with, but she cannot bear the torment of the new role she has since assumed ? sole bread-winner.

“My greatest challenge is feeding myself and the children and paying rent,” she says.
We found Achieng and three of her children gathering sorghum, which had been strewn earlier in the day to dry in their narrow courtyard.

“A kind neighbour gave this to me in the morning,” Achieng said of the meagre sorghum.
A few yards away, her eldest daughter, who is barely eight years old, knelt blowing at the fireplace with all her might.

A soot-coated saucepan rested on the hearth, plain green vegetables cooking in it. Nearby, on a plastic plate, was a small portion of millet bread still steaming. The girl soon announced that the meal was ready and Achieng crawled to the kitchen to serve her little ones.

Achieng struggled to contain herself as she narrated how the biting poverty forces her to travel to town every Friday to get financial assistance from a kind Muslim businessman called Malik. For years now, Malik has dutifully offered financial assistance to persons with disabilities every Friday.


The day Padde walked out on them is still fresh in Achieng’s mind. She remembers Padde returning home and packing some of his possessions.
Achieng says when she asked him where he was going, he exploded with words that cut her deep.

“I have always wondered what devil lured me into marrying a woman who is physically inadequate,” Padde reportedly said.

He added that seeing her crawling instead of walking was upsetting him, so he was leaving her for a woman who would not stress him.

Achieng remembers how she cried and pleaded with her husband not to abandon her, but in vain.

For Achieng, apart from the time Padde was wooing her, she does not remember living at peace with him, although she compliments him for dutifully providing for the family when he was still with them.

Achieng says what she is sure made Padde so uncomfortable was being seen with her in public.

Hope for business

Amazingly, none of Achieng’s children looks malnourished. With the kindness and love with which she looks at them, anyone can tell that she will do anything to fight for their wellbeing, but she wants to do more for them.

Inspite of her disability, Achieng says she is capable of doing a business and becoming self-reliant.
“If I could only get a helping hand in the form of capital, I would start a business. Maybe I could sell groceries or become a fishmonger,”
Achieng says.

The Tororo district officer in charge of Persons With Disability (PWDs), Moses Moize, confessed that he was not aware of Achieng’s plight, but promised to trace her and get her on board with some of the available empowerment programmes.

He, however, said the economic empowerment programme for PWDS under the community-based rehabilitation programme, no longer considers individual cases, but deals with groups.

Recipients would have to be mobilised in their communities and educated on a range of skills, before any funds are channelled to each group sharing the same economic activity.



Uganda: A Chance for Ugandans to Fly


In a country where most people will never cross the border because they have never had a chance or cannot afford to, an airplane flight is a distant dream.

In that regard, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is giving such Ugandans a chance to fly, in a show titled the Golden Jubilee Airshow.

>From the teacher to that primary school boy who is so eager to get a feel of being 32,000 feet in the air, everyone will finally get the chance to hear the words "welcome aboard and fasten your seatbelts."

Ignie Igunduura, manager Public Affairs CAA says celebrating this year's international Civil Aviation Week will be exceptional for the reason that CAA joins the country in commemorating its 50th independence jubilee celebrations, by offering flights around Kampala for only sh50, 000.

The airshow will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday 16, starting at 9:00 am and closing at 6:00pm. "CAA is bringing in the public to demystify the aviation industry, which has some myths about it,"
he says.

The nearest most Ugandans have seen planes, is far above in the sky.
This is to give such Ugandans a chance to fly. He explains that while some adults have been in planes, their children haven't. The flight will last about 21 minutes taking the passengers all over Kampala City, Entebbe, and over the Islands.

"You will get a perfect bird's eye view of not only the capital city, but you just might see exactly where you live," he assures adding that aircrafts have been got from Kenya and Tanzania to serve a big number of people.

This will be the first airshow in East Africa. But the airshow involves more than the in the air experience, as there will be exhibitors talking to people who want to learn certain aspects regarding aviation.

There will also be aerobatics, where air force and civilian aircrafts will be flying in different formats, similar to what we witnessed during the jubilee celebrations on October 9.

Bombing competition, flypasts, and entertainment from bands and contemporary musicians will make up part of the show. "Someone is going to win a return air ticket to London offered by Ethiopian Airlines,"
reveals Igunduura adding that this is largely a family fanfare, so bring the whole family.

"There is something for everyone." CAA wants to enhance awareness of the aviation industry. Although there are those who know about the aviation industry, there is a group that doesn't know much.

We intend to enhance people's knowledge of the industry through the number of activities throughout the day. He says specialists such as traffic controllers, engineers, and pilots will talk to the public, informing them about the design, development, production, operation, use of aeroplanes, and general information of how staff works in the aviation industry.

The other objective of the airshow is to help shape the careers of the young people, who might consider pursuing careers in aviation. "We have put together a team of eight lady pilots to talk to young girls, to inspire them to end up in the aviation industry not as waitresses but as pilots," stresses Igunduura.

They will be told what they need to study, what it takes to become pilots. Those who cannot fly will be given a static experience so that they can enter into the stationary planes, where they are to get the feel of its inside.

Preceding the airshow tomorrow, will be an exclusive experience for the media and special groups. According to Igunduura, the special groups include orphans selected from orphanages such as SOS Children's Village, Heart Ministries, TASO in Entebbe, School of The Deaf, Nkumba University, and Akwata Empola Blessed Youths.

"We are also picking; the longest serving midwives, special hire drivers who have dropped and picked passengers from the airport for years but have never had the chance. Likewise, some airport cleaners, four fishermen from Kigungu, and others will have a chance to fly for the very first time."

Airlines regain trust in Uganda aviation industry

By 1991, the aviation industry was in disarray. Following the manifold liberation wars, the aero infrastructure was in a sorry state. Also, the multiple management approach, where many ministries such as transport, defence and fi nance, managed the airport, brought so much disorganisation.

As a result, the Government decided to put the aviation sector under one management to achieve better results. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was thus formed to promote regular, effi cient, and orderly development of civil aviation in Uganda and outside.

The other objectives, according to Ignie Igunduura, manager Public Affairs, CAA were to develop, maintain, and operate aerodromes in Uganda.
"We were established at the recommendation of two UN agencies, International Civil Aviation Organisation and UNDP," says Igunduura.

At the time, there were only nine international airline companies operating in Entebbe and about 118, 000 international passengers. Most airlines had lost confi - dence in Uganda because of the poor security, unstable economy, and second-rate aeronautical infrastructure over the years.

"At the time, there were potholes on the runways." "We upgraded the equipment, retrained staff, worked on paved ways; runways, taxi ways, and aprons," recounts Igunduura.

He recalls that renovation had to be done urgently. Thanks to grants from Denmark and Spain totalling to $50m, they embarked on rebuilding the place. There were 327 staff members 20 years ago, and now CAA employs 904 people.

"International airlines operating in Uganda have grown from nine to twenty one, and international passengers per year are now 1.2 million from 118, 000 in 1991," reveals Igunduura.

He adds that CAA has been able to put confi dence back into international airlines, as passenger facilities and services, air navigation and communication equipment at present meet international standards. He argues that CAA has the grown economy to thank for the growth of CAA because people do not come to the airport but rather come to Uganda the country.

"We as a country have seen economic, social, security, tourism, and trade development, which are the things that bring people to the country."

The airport too has been expanded in many ways. In 2001 they adopted a new plan after repairing and renovating for expansion of services. They built the VIP facility, a new air traffi c control rector, passenger boarding, baggage rector belts and built the CAA building.

Aviation industry boosts Uganda's economy

CAA has signifi cantly contributed to employment opportunities as the number of its employees grew from 300 to 900. Both the employees and CAA are obviously paying taxes to Government which increases the country's revenue.

"In 2002 we were along 13, 000 metric tons of exports, last year we had done 46, 665 metric tons and our projections are growing especially if the country's agricultural sector develops," he explains. About 68% of the 1.2 million international passengers are tourists.

Looking ahead

"We are planning to put up an aircraft maintenance centre, a modern cargo centre, a facility where we have castors, and modern automated facilities." He says CAA intends to create a Dubai of sorts. Build an airport city- a free trade zone with a shopping mall and recreational centre.

People can then stay for long around the airport and have a good time around the airport. It is a different case from today, where people want to come right at the time of checking in because they don't have any reason staying around longer.

"We also intend to increase our fuel reservoir to accommodate more litres," he adds saying that plans are already under way to expand Gulu and Kasese to international standards as alternatives to Entebbe airport.
"Their master plans and engineering designs are already done."

Procedures are in place to introduce a departing passenger handling system, to enhance the speed of checking in passengers. We will expand our car parking facilities, we now know through research how many cars come at a time. So in the near future, a layered parking is possible."

"Of course our security too has been improved with more modern equipment,"
assures Igunduura.



Kenya: Oracle Remains Vigilant On Java's Future U.S., Canada and Africa

13 DECEMBER 2012

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On December 14, 2012, the U.S. Embassy's Charg? D'Affaires, Robert F. Godec, will preside over a swearing-in ceremony of 27 new Peace Corps Education Volunteers at his residence in Muthaiga.

The new volunteers have successfully completed ten weeks of in-country training, including pedagogical, cross-cultural, and language training in Loitokitok and Machakos. Upon swearing in they will be posted to rural Kenyan schools where they will serve for two years teaching math and science in secondary schools and deaf education in primary schools for the deaf.

Since 1964, the Peace Corps has assisted the people and the Government of Kenya in meeting their development needs by providing over 6,000 Peace Corps volunteers skilled in a variety of disciplines. Volunteers currently support the Government of Kenya's development efforts in three key areas: Education, Public Health (including HIV/AIDS prevention), and Community Economic Development.

The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Since that time over 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 host countries, working on development issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Peace Corps volunteers are American citizens who are qualified for service abroad and who commit to serving twenty-seven months in order to help peoples in developing countries.
Peace Corps volunteers currently serve in 75 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:

Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women;

Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and,

Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Note to Editors: Media are invited to cover this event. Reporters need to carry their national IDs and press cards for access into the U.S.
Ambassador's Residence, 93 Muthaiga Road. Assigned reporters should arrive at Ambassador's Residence by 9:00 a.m. tomorrow December 14, 2012.
For more information, please contact Philips Asusa at 363-6441 or 0735- 772-100.



Zambia hopes for a time-tested Constitution

Times of Zambia-
December 13, 2012 | Filed underFeatures | Posted by mitia

JEREMIAH Mutemo, a Grade Nine pupil of Ben Kapufi Basic School makes a contribution during the Constitutional Technical Committee sitting in Kabwe.


ZAMBIANS have over the years demanded to have a republican constitution which will stand the test of time and that is what they are now hoping for.

The move by President Michael Sata to appoint a technical committee to draft the new constitution on November16, 2011 brought about relief that this government is committed to ensuring that the people’s aspirations are met.

The team commenced its work on December1, 2011 and released the first draft constitution on April 30,2012.

After the release of the draft constitution report the technical committee embarked on a public consultative process which included commenting on the first draft constitution by the public, holding of district consultative fora and provincial conventions followed thereafter preceded by the national conventions.

The purpose of the consultative process is to ensure that the people of Zambia are involved in the constitutional making process in a meaningful way.

But this has also brought about anxiety from some quarters of the society as they are left to wonder as to when this piece of legislation will see its finality as there seems to be still many hurdles along the way.

This perception become apparent during the deliberations made during the just ended six days sitting held in at the Central Provincial convention based on a district resolution, delegates from all walks of life met in Kabwe to discuss the various clauses in the important document .

Some of the critical areas that the delegates looked at included the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation, the Death Penalty, Dual Citizenship, Freedom of Expression, Access to information, Press freedom, Economic and Social rights.

Other articles which were looked at in the document included the, Electoral system, whether losing candidates can be eligible for certain Appointments, Election Date for General Elections, the office of the Attorney General, Director Public Prosecution (DPP), Permanent Secretaries, Customary land, Official language and use and status of local languages, the controversial Bill of Rights, National values , principles and basis of State Policy among other articles which were retained with a few being amended.

However, the proposal that there should an establishment of a political parties fund as recommended in the First Draft constitution was rejected by delegates with many opposing it that it will just be a waste of national resources.

The delegates argued that establishing a fund would create laziness as political parties are supposed to have the financial muscle to sustain their activities while others stated that it was better to empower institutions such as councils to enable them rehabilitate roads instead of funding political parties which may have little or no effect on the well-being of Zambians.

The deliberations were subjected to voting and the majority of the delegates voted against establishment of this fund and ordered that it should be deleted from the draft constitution.

The delegates also deleted the clause of accounts and audit of political parties which are funded under the political parties fund.

But the delegates endorsed the section which talks about the need for political parties to disclose their source of funding to avoid money laundering concerns adding that the accounts should be audited as prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

The delegates also retained the death sentence as contained in the first draft constitution following an emotionally charged debate. Conveniently Kabwe town happens to be home to the infamous Mukobeka maximum prison as that is where it is situated and most offenders facing capital offences such as murder and aggravated robbery find themselves serving their punishment there.

However, some delegates who were against the death penalty submitted that the death sentence should be replaced with life imprisonment considering that Zambia is a Christian nation while those in support said the death penalty should be upheld and that those who kill others should also be killed.

Among other delegates who objected to the death sentence argued that the last President to sign an execution warrant was under the leadership of late President Fredrick Chiluba but after that late President Levy Mwanawasa and former president Rupiah Banda both declined to sign any death warrants.

And the argument was that perhaps that should be the more reason why it should be replaced with life imprisonment.

Another delegate Mrs Annie Kaongola in reinforcing the argument on this subject said that President Michael Sata had clearly stated that he would govern Zambia based on the 10 commandments and this he did in his inaugural speech.

She added that Christians should not avenge as stipulated in the holy bible just like Jesus Christ who did not revenge on all those who persecuted him even after his agonising death on the cross.

But those who were for the death penalty submitted that people should not use Christianity to commit crimes hence the need to put measures aimed at stopping such wicked acts.

Amazingly Ms Shalon Banda representing the deaf and dumb submitted in support of the death penalty saying that those who kill should also be killed.

Later the delegates were subjected to a secret vote with 79 endorsing the death penalty, 32 against while 12 abstained.

The delegates further up-held that a court shall not impose a death sentence on a convict who is pregnant with child or where there are extenuating circumstances relating to the commission of the crime.

However on the 60 years retirement age proposal for public officers was rejected but instead the delegates upheld the 55 years as being reasonable age for retirement as it was also contained in the current constitution.

Some delegates strongly opposed that extending the age to 60years as argued by others would deny the youth and other officers aspiring for the same positions to ascend to higher positions in their career acumen.

The deliberations on this proposal on retirement age was also heated with most delegates submitting that all those who have retire by virtue of age as prescribed in the constitution should take time to rest and give chance to the young people to rise to those positions.

“My fellow delegates as a senior citizen you know there was time for everything time to work and time to rest so when time to rest comes don ’t resist,” said Ms Salome Mwale.

Ms Mwale who was representing persons with disabilities said it was important to give young people chance to grow professionally.

Following the raging debate on the subject the delegates had to vote with the majority carrying the day and maintaining the 55 years as the agreed retirement age while the proposed 60 years was rejected.

On the other hand the delegates argued that there is nothing wrong with the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation to be included in the preamble adding that the declaration never meant that other religions would not be tolerated.

Most delegates felt that the declaration provides for up-holding of the rights of every person to enjoy the freedom of conscience or religion and retained the declaration in the article.

Earlier calls to amend the preamble to provide for inclusion stating that Zambia shall “forever” remain a free, unitary, indivisible, multi cultural, multi-racial, multi ethnic, multi cultural, multi-racial, multi-racial, multi religious and multi-party democratic was rejected and anonymously agreed to delete the word forever.

However, the delegates rejected the inclusion of the word Barotseland urging that the rationale for article four is that Zambia in its current state retains its status as a unitary state in which the supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives.

The delegates agreed in unison that there was no need to include Barotseland in the constitution because it was still part of Zambia anyway.

On the Access to media as they submitted that it shall remain as it is contained in the draft constitution but strongly challenged the media to be balanced in their reporting.

The delegates further upheld Article 38 which deals with Freedom of the Media and that the press is a pillar of democracy and that all legal and administrative mechanisms that tend to frustrate press freedom should be removed.

The delegates later retained Article 79 on access to the media as contained in the first draft constitution.

Meanwhile the delegates also endorsed Article 58 on persons with disabilities which states that persons with disabilities are entitled to enjoy all rights and freedoms as set out in the Bill of Rights and shall have the right to education and facilities that are integrated into society as a whole to the extent compatible with interests of persons with disabilities.

The delegates argued that the persons with disabilities have a right to access to psychical environment, information and communication, public facilities and service, places and transportation.

Delegates further, endorsed recommendation that a Minister, Provincial minister, Cabinet secretary and Parliamentary secretary should not carry out the duties of the office unless that person takes the oath of secrecy, prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

The rationale for the article is that it is necessary for people occupying offices of higher responsibility to take oaths and it is a common practice in many other countries.

After all has been said and done it is the hope of each and every citizen of Zambia that a good constitution will be one day become a reality despite this rigorous exercise that the process has been subjected to.



Kenya: State Officials Snub Disability Event


Disabled people in Isiolo yesterday complained of neglect following the failure by leaders and government officials to show up to mark the UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities last week.

Group spokesperson Rebuen Ayani said the day is an important occasion for everyone including those who are not disabled. He said they have been ignored despite the promulgation of the new constitution which caters for their rights.

The event experienced a low turnout. Kilimani assistant chief Yussuf Abdi was hurriedly invited to read the speech for the Minister of Special programme.

Isiolo social development officer Fatuma Adan assured them that the government is working to help them realise their dreams. She urged them to work hard to invest in small businesses to earn a living.



Gambia: Disability Activists Reinforce Global Call for Inclusive, Accessible Society for All


Scores of activists have reaffirmed the global call for removing barriers to an inclusive and accessible society for all during recent celebrations marking Word Disability Day in the coastal village of Gunjur, Kombo South, West Coast Region.

Held under the aegis of the Trust Agency for Rural Development (TARUD) Gunjur Inclusive Project and Disability Africa, the celebrants also used the opportunity to renew their commitments to the cause of persons with disability anchored on the strong point that their "disability does not mean inability".

The Gunjur celebration that was held at its pre-school ground attracted scores of dignitaries including the British high commissioner to The Gambia, David Morley; guests from the United Kingdom, representatives of the Department of Social Welfare, and a cross-section of The Gambian society.

Addressing the celebrants, the director of Disability Africa, Ric Law, said that their initiative that started in March 2011 had coincided with the publishing of the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on disability. That report, he said, demanded for key points and actions to improve the lives of the disabled.

"I have been dealing with many disabled and had worked on many projects in Africa, but whenever I asked what can be done for the disabled, the answer I got is nothing. It is through this that I met with Dr. Nick and he told me about the 30-year link he has had with the people of Gunjur, and this how it all started here," he stated further.

Law elaborated on the significance of the day, saying that if change is to be achieved, there is the need to get everyone on board including disabled people. "I think every World Disabled Day, we will celebrate, but then another thing is what do we do to make the lives of the disabled people better? What do we do to make our society inclusive so that disabled people have a better chance of going to school, a better health and employment," he queried.

The Disability Africa director concluded by urging people to get rid of prejudice and bad attitudes which forced disabled people to be stigmatized and isolated.

For his part, the British high commissioner to The Gambia, David Morley expressed delight being at the gathering, while disclosing that he has a cordial relationship with the people of Gunjur. He noted that the day is important and worthy of celebrating as "disability does not mean inability".

He urged parents to take great care of their disabled children and make them feel like they are the same with others, while emphasising that the disabled should be given equal rights and opportunities as the able.

The director of TARUD, Sandang Bojang, for his part, gave a brief background of Gunjur Inclusive Project, disclosing that the primary aim is to discover the obstacles facing disabled young people and their families in Gunjur. The aim, he posited, also seeks to gain a sense of existing services and provision for disabled young people in and around Gunjur and to meet 57 providers, potential partner and stakeholders in the region.

Bojang told the gathering that a national survey throughout the Gambia in 1998 revealed that 47.7% of disabled children have multiple impairments, 41% reported disease as general cause of disability among children against 31% who reported that children were born with the impairment; 57% of all disabled people reported that their families decided it was not necessary for them to attend school.

The report, he said, also recommended amongst others that health, education and social care policies should incorporate a section on disability and disabled, as well as the need to decentralize the existing institutions and services catering for the disabled.

Also speaking at the occasion, a representative of the Department of Social Welfare, Gabou Jarju said the day creates awareness and inculcate a sense of belonging in the lives of the disabled people, and a platform to express what they can do. He commented on the role of the Department of Social Welfare as a lined ministry taking care of disability issues with Gambia Federation of Disabled (GFD).

Disclosing that there are 225, 0000 disabled persons in the Gambia, Jarju informed the gathering that they have a unit at the Social Welfare with a rehabilitation centre that deals with persons with physical disability.

"We have been doing an outreach program for the past two years to screen persons with disability and a way in which they can be helped," he indicated, while revealing that a Disability Bill has been drafted by his department, the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and the Gambia Federation of the Disabled (GFD) for the National Assembly to ratify.

The event also witnessed a presentation by Stepping Stones School students from the UK who came all the way to celebrate the day with their fellow disabled children in Gunjur. The group used the opportunity to hint that they have launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of how the disabled community would like to be treated so that people smile at them rather that stare at them.



Another first for Johanna Benson

Namibia Sport
Disabled Sport Namibia
Submitted by editor on Sun, 12/16/2012 - 20:38. Disabled Sport Namibia

Johanna Benson’s exceptional performances at the 2012 Paralympic Games have received the highest recognition as she was nominated as a finalist in the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year category by the prestigious Laureus Awards.

The announcement, which was made in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, came as a huge surprise for Namibia’s Paralympic fraternity.


Johanna Benson選手


Boy Battles Meningitis Induced Obesity

Leadership Newspapers-
Sun, 16/12/2012 - 3:01am | NAJIB SANI Features

According to medical experts, Meningitis is a killer disease which affects both children and adults with up to 80 per cent fatality. Sagir Muhammed Adamu is a boy who has been ravaged by the disease. He needs the help of well-meaning Nigerians to survive as he continues to grow abnormally. NAJIB SANI, who visited the home of the embattled Sagir recently, writes.

Life for Sagir Muhammed Adamu is an on-going battle; the battle to survive the cruel ailment that struck him at a very early age. Living in AbujanKwata area along Gombe road in the Bauchi state capital with his parents,the story of this nine-year-old cannot but move you to feel anything but sad.

Meningitis has affected him so badly that he has become obese while his organs of hearing, speech and mentality have also been affected, making him grapple hard to live day by day.

Before the disease took its toll, Sagir used to be full of life. He was a slim, handsome and strong young boy, but the ravages of the disease left him obese to the extent that he is now fatter than his peers in his home town.

And although he is well known to all, including many prominent politicians and top government officials in the state, his plight is pitiful as his poor parents have not been able to properly cater for him.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, Sagir’s father, MalamMuhammed Adamu who sells livestock at Kasuwan Shanu (cattle market) behind the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Square, Bauchi disclosed that Sagir was normal until he was infected with Meningitis in primary two which compelled him to drop out of school.

“When we realised that he was infected, we rushed him to hospital and he was discharged after spending 50 days in hospital.

He started putting on a lot of weight and we thought it was due to eating too much food. But as his body size continued to increase, we discovered that it was not normal”, he said.

Adamu added that apart from being extremely obese, the boy became deaf but could still manage to talk to them.

“If he watches your mouth, he can understand what you say, but he does not hear voices or sounds. He, however, manages to speak and you can understand him. Sagir has always been a polite boy. But I am worried about his mental state, because I feel it is somehow affected as the way he talks has changed and it’s not in his character.”

He further explains that the boy eats too much now and has appetite for only foods such as rice, spaghetti, meat and fish which the family cannot provide daily due to their economic predicament.

“In fact, we cannot fend for him because he takes too much food and does not like to eat the regular native foods like ‘tuwonmasara’. He only prefers rice or spaghetti and if not for the little assistance we obtain from well-wishers and sympathisers, I don’t know what we would have done”, he pointed out.

Adamu, who said that he has 10 siblings to take care of, therefore appealed to the government and individuals to help and take the ailing Sagir abroad where experts can cure his illness.

Malam Muhammed Adamu noted that the former governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmed Muazu has come to their assistance before; he offered monetary assistance to the boy and even facilitated his travelling with him for further medical assistance. All to give Sagir a sense of belonging.

Also responding, the boy’s uncle, Abubakar Adamu who also lives in the same house, added that what makes him feel sad for Sagir is that often times he sits down and weeps, complaining that he feels pains in the inner recesses of his body.

“He often complains of back aches or pains in some other part of his body that is why we have to beg all those who can help to come to our aid because Sagir needs to be taken good care of. The present governor has recently promised to offer help but has not done so yet. We are still waiting.” He lamented.

Sagir Muhammed,who could not talk coherently told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY he can walk without the aid of a stick.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY also gathered that another boy, Hussaini Buhu of Bakaro Road in the Bauchi metropolis who also became obesed due to meningitis just like Sagir could not however, survive the ailment as his ever increasing fatness led to his death recently.

Commenting on the development, a medical doctor at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi, Dr. Abdulrahman Tahir described meningitis as a disease in which tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord become infected and swollen, as a result of micro- organisms such as virus, fungi and bacteria.

He explained that meningitis which is a communicable disease can be transmitted during dry season due to overcrowding or lack of adequate ventilation.

The physician who pointed out that the disease can impair hearing, vision, mental stability, speech, also explained that it can paralyse the patient and or cause the head to swell.

He enumerated the symptoms of the disease to include extreme fever, high temperature, severe headache, vomiting and diarrhoea; advising patients who notice such signs to rush to hospital for timely medical attention.

Dr. Tahir noted that meningitis can be prevented with vaccination and opined that if Sagir was taken to hospital immediately the symptoms manifested, he could have been possibly cured before it took the current turn fior the worse.

According to the medical expert, meningitis can affect both the children and adults, adding that 50 to 80 per cent of children infected risk death because it is a killer disease.

As his parents await assistance from government and well-meaning Nigerians, Sagir and his family continue to pray for a cure that would return him to a normal life.



WIPO Visually Impaired Treaty: Voices From Africa On Dire Situation

Intellectual Property Watch-2012/12/16
Published on 16 December 2012 @ 6:29 pm
By Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch

The World Intellectual Property Organization is on the verge of deciding on a high-level meeting paving the way for a new treaty to facilitate access to books to visually impaired people. Meanwhile, in Africa, far from plenary discussions, the situation on the ground reveals a dire need for change.

WIPO are expected to decide tomorrow on whether to proceed (IPW, WIPO,16 December 2012).

According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are visually impaired in the world, 39 million of which are blind, and about 90 percent of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries. African visually impaired people suffer from chronic lack of access to books in accessible formats. On the eve of the General Assembly that could launch the process to alleviate the problem, the African Union for the Blind depicts a dire picture of the situation on the ground.

Africa pays high tribute to visual impairment and blindness with an estimated 5.8 million out of the world’s 38 million blind people, and 20.4 million visually impaired, according to statistics found on the Vision 2020, a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness website.

Interviewed by Intellectual Property Watch, Peter Anomah-Kordieh, programme officer for disability rights and advocacy at the African Union of the Blind (AFUB), said the high prevalence of visually impaired and blind people in Africa is directly linked to poverty, the lack of healthcare to treat curable diseases preventing blindness or visual impairment.

“Some parents are poor, they have no money to go to the hospital to get a cure for their children,” he said, adding that poor sanitation conditions and lack of access to health, in particular in rural areas will continue to maintain a high prevalence of visual disability in Africa.

There is also a lack of awareness among parents of persons with visual impairment, he said, adding that the general public displays a lack of awareness, ignorance and poor attitude towards the needs of the visually impaired which are often viewed as secondary to those of the non- disabled population.

The lack of really reliable statistics on the number of visually impaired and blind people in Africa makes it very difficult for governments to plan for them, he said.

The AFUB is an umbrella organisation which does not deal directly with individuals but rather with member organisations, he said. “Our mission is ‘to strengthen member organizations and create unity of purpose among them, through capacity building and advocacy, in partnership with governments, international agencies and other stakeholders,’ as we envisage being ‘a continent where visually impaired persons enjoy equal rights, social inclusion and full participation in development.’”

Different Formats for Different Situations

Visually impaired and blind people need special formats of books, according to Anomah-Kordieh, and different formats are needed for different people and different situations.

“Me, for instance, I am visually impaired,” he said, ” I would prefer different formats, either soft copy of documents so that the software in my computer can read it for me, or an audio version that I can play from a CD and listen to get my information.” However, “when I relax, I prefer Braille.” Formats depend on who is going to use it, he said, so soft copies, audio version, Braille or large prints are needed.

(Note: in the current draft treaty text, the definition of works reads as: “means literary and artistic works within the meaning of Article 2.1 of the Berne Convention, in the form of text, notation and/or related illustrations, whether published or otherwise made publicly available in any media.” A footnote adds that “An Interpretative Understanding/ Agreed Statement will be drafted to clarify that audiobooks are included in the definition of “work”. Audiovisual works are not included.)

In Africa, Anomah-Kordieh said, most people do not have access to information and communication technologies (ICT), so the favoured formats would be audio, Braille, or large print.

“We need to empower our members to know how to use ICT so that they can access that facility, and be less dependent on Braille,” he said. In most schools, there is no computer-equipped with software that a blind person can use, he said. In rural areas, Braille or audio versions would be preferable, but each format has a challenge associated with it, he said. Most blind people did not go to school and Braille is very difficult for them to read. Some people do not have electricity so Braille might be better in this case.

No Access for Visually Impaired

Access to accessible formats is very difficult in Africa, he said, especially in rural areas, “but even in cities you go to most libraries where they don’t have a single document in accessible format.”

“People even do not prefer to go to those libraries because there is nothing they can access,” he said. “If you go to a big internet cafe, none of the machines have a software that would help visually impaired persons, in libraries there is not a single document in Braille.”

He said that persons who are blind do not need any special computers to access information on the internet. They only need special access software like the popular ones such as ‘Job Access with Speech’ [JAWS] or Magnification in Colour (MAGIC) to perform their duties.

However, one cannot find these access-enabling adjustments to even a single computer in internet or cyber cafes. In Africa, learners who are blind mostly depend on other learners and sighted guides to survive through the education system.

“Most blind and visually impaired people depend on friends who will read documents to get information, just like I did when I was at university. That is how we try to survive in Africa,” he said. “Some people listen to the radio but since there are no academic books in accessible format, people record their lessons and come back and write as they listen.”

“These days, it is a good solution to empower yourself with ICT, as do most educated people in order to get information from the internet,” he said. At university, some people would record novels for the benefit of visually impaired people, for literature purposes, he said. Some charitable institutions try to scan documents and put them in soft copies so that they can make them available for students, he said.

“You cannot get to a charitable institution and ask for a book in Braille, it is just not there,” he said. “We are supposed to find books in national or private libraries but they are not there,” he repeated, wondering where charitable institutions were sending books.
The problem is particularly acute in rural areas where people with visually impairment and blind people live, most of them never having attended school.

“I have been in Africa since I was born, that is where I attended school, and I know how difficult it is to get documents in accessible format,” he said. People from Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, “they all complain that they do not have their documents in accessible format.”

“It is probable that I could not find a Braille copy of a book like Harry Potter in Africa,” he said.

“We are trying to advocate for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and even that one we do not think will be implemented fully,” he said. “The African Union is also working on a disability protocol that will suit African needs.”

Commercial Availability Down to a Price Question

In Africa, most visually impaired and blind people are poor and cannot afford accessible format copies of books, according to Anomah-Kordieh .
“If I cannot afford a book, I will not buy it at all, but if someone is sending it to me for free or for a much cheaper price, I think I would prefer that one,” he said.

Usually, accessible format of books for visually impaired and blind people are expensive, and more expensive than normal print copies on the market. Publishers say that translating the book in Braille is very expensive, the documents are also very big, he said.

“If nobody can afford to buy accessible format books, publishers won’t probably continue providing them,” he said.

He ended by saying that if African governments want to reduce or eradicate poverty, then they need to bring on board persons with disabilities by fully implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with specific reference to articles 9, 12, 21, 24, 27 and 28 on accessibility, equal recognition before the law, freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information, education, work and employment and adequate standards of living and social protection respectively.

AFUB is a registered international non-governmental organisation in Kenya and has consulate status with the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. AFUB also has observer status in the African Union (AU) and has a mandate to operate in all African Union member states through OAU resolution CM/Res.944 (XL), where it seeks to initiate, promote and sustain development programmes to uplift the standards of living of blind and partially sighted persons in Africa, he said. Currently AFUB has a membership of 57 organisations for and of the blind in 51 countries across Africa, he added.



Uganda: Disabled Want Govt Funding

Uganda: NGOs Hit Back At President Museveni...

The National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (Nudipu) has asked the government for more funding as fears of a foreign aid freeze grow.

"Ninety-eight of the funds for disability projects come from donors.
What if they withdraw [their support]?" said Nudipu Board Chairman Francis Kinubi.

Kinubi was last week addressing the Nudipu annual general meeting at Pope Paul VI Memorial hotel in Kampala. The meeting was attended by representatives of persons with disabilities (PWDs) from all over the country at.

With the theme, Nudipu @25; Promoting PWDs' inclusion: Together we can develop, delegates thanked the Nudipu executive for bringing them together to fight for a common cause - PWDs recognition and inclusion in society, which to a larger extent has been realized.

Nudipu Executive Director Edson Ngirabakunzi said: "We (PWDs) have limited budgeting across the sectors. Funds allocated to PWDs in most government departments are miserably low."

Ngirabakunzi said Nudipu's biggest challenge remains reaching more disabled people across the country.

"Districts have become many in a short time and we can't reach everyone, " he said. "This year [2013], we hope to build capacity and extend our services to wherever we can reach."



closed book WIPO treaty visually impaired

Foreign Policy (blog) - Dec 16, 2012
Closed Book
Why won't the Obama administration back a treaty to make reading more accessible for the visually impaired?

In law school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thomas Alieu was smart, determined, and thwarted. "I wanted to become the first blind lawyer in this country," says Alieu, who was blinded by the measles when he was 5.
He'd survived the country's decade-long civil war and thrived at university -- he earned a bachelor's degree in history -- but when he got to law school, he couldn't find recordings of his specialized textbooks, and the classmates who had read aloud to him as an undergraduate were too busy to do the same in law school. "I was forced to be a dropout because the materials were not there."

So Alieu founded the Educational Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Freetown, where he runs Sierra Leone's only Braille printing press, a gift seven years ago from the Dutch. The books are expensive, the copies few, and the heavy paper needed to successfully emboss the raised dots of the Braille alphabet is scarce. The center is a bare- bones library, and even today, nothing here would help a guy like Alieu get through law school.

Theoretically, Alieu could use the same texts specially digitized in the United States, or Braille copies printed here and donated and shipped there; Sierra Leone's students study in English, after all. But sharing Braille books across borders is illegal. At least for the moment.

On Monday, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will decide whether to move forward with a treaty that would finally make it permissible to share accessible texts across borders. The proposed "VIP treaty" (for "visually impaired") would also provide, in effect, the same exception to copyright law that exists in the United States, allowing organizations to copy, in a variety of accessible formats, a copyrighted work without getting permission from or paying a fee to the copyright holder.

That's usually referred to as a copyright "exception," and only a third of all countries have one, according to Dan Pescod, a manager of accessibility campaigns for the Britain's Royal National Institute of the Blind and vice chair of the World Blind Union's Right to Read campaign. The proposed treaty "would get the remaining two-thirds to put into place a national exception, and it would make it legal for us to send accessible books from one country to another."

"Accessible books" includes Braille print copies, but the more important issue is digital files. Specially coded audio books allow the blind to navigate between chapters, bookmark their reading, and otherwise interact with a text as a sighted person might with a print volume.
There are also various text-to-speech programs that can adapt a book for a visually impaired reader. All of these are based on digital files that blind resource organizations say would be easy to share with visually impaired readers, if not for the current regulations.

"Let's say the United States produces the book," says Melanie Brunson, executive director of the American Council of the Blind. "Canada has to produce their own version; England has to produce their own version; Australia has to produce its own version, even though all of them are producing it in English Braille or an English talking book."

That's no small thing. Take Britain's most lately beloved literary export, Harry Potter. It cost the National Braille Press in Boston roughly $80,000 to set and print one volume of the series, though the work had already been done in other countries. Pescod says the resources his Royal National Institute of the Blind used to duplicate a single Harry Potter text could have paid for another four titles in Braille and another seven accessible audiobooks.

Current copyright regulations are contributing to a global "book famine"
for blind or visually impaired readers, who number around 285 million, according to the World Blind Union (WBU). The WBU estimates that less than 1 percent of all titles are available in accessible formats in the developing world, and only 7 percent in the developed world. Only 8,517 books are accessible to the blind in Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay combined, according to the WBU, yet Argentina has 63,000 accessible titles and Spain has 102,000. Spanish, of course, is a national language in each of those countries, but current copyright law doesn't permit Spain or Argentina to share its converted texts.

The publishing industry doesn't support the treaty, and so far, the Obama administration appears to be siding with them, if only by omission.
"The U.S. has never said no, but they also have never said yes," says Vera Franz, senior at the Open Society Foundation, which supports the treaty.

At previous WIPO meetings, U.S. delegates have pushed for non-binding recommendations, rather than a binding treaty. The European Union long supported that position but reversed itself in November, making the United States a lone but powerful holdout. "If they are not supporting this project, it cannot move forward," Franz says.

This week's conference is the final vote on whether to push ahead with a treaty, which could come to a general vote as early as June. WIPO's consensus-based decision-making means American support would be required to move forward, according to Franz.

The State Department declined to comment on the proposed treaty or Monday's meeting. Justin Hughes, who heads up the American delegate to the proceedings for the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, withheld specifics about the U.S. position but said in an email that "the U.S. is working with many delegations to ensure that Monday's meeting goes smoothly."

Advocates insist anything less than a treaty won't be smooth at all. "If it's some kind of recommendation, it will be seen as much less serious and less likely to be applied to governments across the world," says Pescod. "We haven't worked for many years on this issue to be fobbed off" with a softer agreement.



Disabled want broad-based polices

Times of Zambia
December 17, 2012 | Filed underBusiness | Posted by mitia By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA -

THE Disabled Entrepreneurs Association of Zambia (DEAZ) has said Government should formulate policies that will deliver broad- based economic empowerment of entrepreneurs with disabilities through diverse integrated socio-economic strategies.

The strategies should include preferential procurement of goods and services.

DEAZ chairperson Felix Simulunga said the Government should formulate policies that will deliver broad-based economic empowerment of entrepreneurs with disabilities through diverse but integrated socio- economic strategies.

Mr Simulunga said the measures would expand literacy and skills development and ensure preferential procurement and access to services from the Government and other institutions by entrepreneurs with disabilities.

He said in Lusaka that the Government should find a way of providing incentives for financial institutions which undertake to finance or develop a group or firm of entrepreneurs with disabilities to contribute to economic growth.

“Ensure that entrepreneurs with disabilities have equitable access to and ownership of land, associated resources and other property and resources either individually or in association with others,” he said.

Mr Simulunga said it was important for the Government to ensure that a person who enters into a business partnership with an entrepreneur with disability should be entitled to a tax rebate at a rate to be determined by Finance minister.



Project To Address Political Exclusion Of Persons With Disabilities Launched

Ghana News Agency
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:39

A project to address the political exclusion of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) from the decentralization system aimed at building their capacities to enable them contest for the 2014 district assembly elections was launched in Koforidua today. The objective of the project is to build the capacity of 25 PWDs to enable them contest the next district assembly elections.
This is to enhance their participation in the local government system and is part of measures to mainstream disability into the national development agenda and to achieve a quota representation for PWDs in the district assemblies.

The Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) is funding the one year project with a grant of $62,000 to the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) to ensure that the right of PWDs to take part in governance was not trampled upon because of their disability as required by the UN convention on the rights of persons with disability.

Mr Joseph Adu-Boampong, the National President for the GSPD, said the project would also focus on achieving a quota representation of PWDs in district assemblies by ensuring that the legislative instrument of the National Disability Act captures such provision.

He said there are 20 PWDs at the various district assemblies throughout the country whose technical capacity would be built to spearhead the participation and advocacy of disability rights in the district assemblies and to unearth the capacity of additional 25 prospective PWDs who are willing to contest the next assembly elections.

According to him, the State Protocol on the District Assemblies in respect to PWDs was that district assemblies should use a language that could be understood by all members of the assembly including the deaf.

Mr Adu-Boampong said to that end, sign languages required of such PWDs was a must to be provided by the various assemblies.

He said it behooved on the assemblies to provide a sitting arrangement that would suit PWDs who had to use wheelchairs at the assemblies.

Mr Charles Apiagyei, the Director of the OSIWA project, said the two percent set aside by the government at the district assemblies was to be used to train PWDs to acquire sustainable livelihood by training them in income generating activities whiles the OSIWA fund is to position them to contest the district assembly elections.

He urged the regional representatives of the GSPD to educate their members on their right to be in governance to ensure that many PWDs showed interest to achieve the purpose of the project.

Source: GNA



Nigeria: A Lift for the Disabled

18 DECEMBER 2012

Since he was born over 30 years ago, Joseph Musa has been crawling on the grown. He lost his legs to the polio virus and had to accept his fate. Like most people who are physically challenged, movement from one point to the other had been his greatest challenges, as he rolls on the ground in a desperate attempt to move from one place to the other.

Luck however smiled on him during the recent celebration of the World Disability Day. He was given a wheel chair along with many other of his colleagues by Total Nigeria Plc. Musa who was so elated about the wheel chair could only thank God for what the company had done to him.

"You can see my condition. My situation is so chronic that I cannot crawl; I roll on the ground to move from one place to the other every day. This wheel chair is God sent, I am very happy and I pray that God will continue to enrich them" he added during the presentation of the 30 Wheel Chairs at the Kakuri Plant of the company in Kaduna.

Several of Musa's physically challenged colleagues who spoke in an interview with THISDAY were equally excited with what some of them described as their own "limousines." One of the beneficiaries, Sani Tanko said he never dreamt he could afford a Wheel Chair, adding he was surprised when he was informed of the gift.

Tanko said who said he just graduated from the Kakuri Rehabilitation Centre, said the Wheel chair will greatly enhance his movement for his livelihood. "I pray that God will continue to uplift them and help them. I pray too that other companies will emulate them by coming to assist more people who are physically challenged. I attended the Kakuri Rehabilitation Training Centre where I learned tailoring.

Lami Sunday is also another physically challenged person whose condition evoked emotion as she rolled on the ground to the event. Barely without legs and hands has life been easy for her. She beamed with smiles as she was assisted to climb the Wheel Chair, overwhelmed with excitement, the 25 years lady simply said God has answered her prayers.

One of the most interesting people during the occasion was Awal Mohammed Rabiu (popularly known as Comrade), though physically challenged has two wives and two children. His arrival added fun to the event as shouts of Comrade rent the air as he crawled into the venue of the presentation.

Rabiu exudes so much confidence in himself, displaying the character of a comrade. He too, attended the Kakuri Rehabilitation Training Centre where he learns how to wield. His wives are also physically challenged.
He said in spite of his disability, he has never beg in his life and he has been fending for his two wives and children.

"I joined the association for the physically challenged people in Kaduna state and I attended the Kakuri Rehabilitation Centre to learn wielding.
That is what I have been doing to take care of my family. "We are grateful to total for their kind gesture and we will continue to pray for their success" he said.

Rabiu also called on the Kaduna state government to assist the physically challenged people by providing those with skills with some soft loans to start their businesses.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Kaduna state Chairman of the association of the Disabled and Physically Challenged People, Mallam Riwan Mohammed Abdullahi applauded the presentation of the wheel chairs to his members saying it will go a long way in facilitating their movement from one point to the other.

According to him, "one of the greatest challenges we faced as people who are physically challenge is mobility. By providing these wheel chairs to us, it will go a long way in facilitating our movement to school, market and to our places of business. So the wheel chairs will greatly ease our movement. I appeal to other companies to emulate Total Nigeria Plc by assisting people with disability. Community leaders from Kakuri and Makera areas who attended the ceremony applauded the company for living up to its social responsibility by not only providing wheel chairs to the physically challenged but for empowering unemployed youths in the area.

In an interview with THISDAY shortly after the occasion, the District Head of Kakuri, Alhaji Shehu Tijani, said so far, the company has been the only one assisting his community a lot. "So far so good, around this industrial area, it is only total that has been assisting us. They have not only provided our physically challenged brothers and sisters with wheel chairs, but they have established a skill acquisition centre where our children who are unemployed are trained. " After training them, they give them some capital and provided some working tools like computers, tailoring machines and they give them money to pay for shops for two years to start a business. The company is helping the youths to start business in wielding, carpentry, Hair Dressing and so many other trades.

"Total has helped our community so much and there is nothing that we can say than to thank them and may God continue to help them.

Also in his comment, the District head of Makera, Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, noted the company's contributions in providing skills to unemployed youths. "Just like what my colleague (the District Head of Kakuri) said, our communities have benefited so much from Total Nigeria Plc, especially in the area of providing training unemployed youths in skill acquisition and we commend the company for that" he said.

According to him, the idea of purchasing wheel chairs for the physically challenged people was initiated by a young boy sometimes last year when the company donated HIV kits at one of its Filling Stations at Ungwan Rimi area of Kaduna. "It was after the occasion that one of small boy, who is physically challenged, came to me pleading that he needs a wheel chair. I promptly called the attention of the manager of Total and I showed them the small boy and the manager assured that they will do something. After sometime, they called me and instead of one wheel chair, they have provided 30 wheel chairs. "It is unfortunate that the small boy travelled but they have kept one for him. I wish he was here so that those who have benefitted can see the initiator. "We are grateful to the company for discharging its corporate social responsibility to this community.

We are appealing to other companies to emulate Total by assisting our communities because government alone cannot provide all of our needs.
Total has done well and we are praying for their prosperity" the district head said.



NGO spearheads campaign to help persons with deaf blindness

18th December 2012
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Correspondent Gerald Kitabu this week interviewed Sense International- Tanzania Community-Based Rehabilitation programme officer Benjamin Kihwele on special needs for persons with deaf-blindness: EXCERPTS:

QUESTION: What are the special needs for persons with deaf-blindness?

Answer: Before I talk about special needs, I would like to highlight on what exactly deaf-blindness is and the associated challenges. First of all many journalists and other people confuse a term deaf-blindness and term deaf and blind. Here we are talking about deaf-blindness as one word and not deaf and blind as many prefer to call them.

Deaf-blindness is a combination of deafness or severe hearing impairment with blindness or low vision. Sometimes these sensory impairments converge in later life. More commonly, deaf-blindness is either present from birth or acquired in early infancy.

Some deaf-blind children are both profoundly deaf and profoundly blind.

Others have either some residual vision or some residual hearing or both.

Severe impairment of hearing and vision is very often further complicated by other physical, neurological or cognitive problems, including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, heart problems, and or intellectual impairment.

Thus, deaf-blindness is highly complex and varies considerably from person to person. Without early diagnosis, assessment and intervention, the child’s potential for learning and communicating narrows rapidly, along with her horizons for physical and intellectual development. If left alone on a bed in the corner (or on a mat on the floor), her muscles may atrophy, her joints stiffen, and her hands whose fingertips can become a major learning and communications tool?can curl into an impotent fist.

As a result these people are faced with many challenges. In The challenge of learning to communicate is perhaps the greatest one.

Another challenge is to engaging in interactions to the best of their abilities and of availing themselves to the language opportunities provided for them. There is also a challenge to learn on how to move about in the world as freely and independently as possible.

Just think of the many thousands of words and sentences that most children hear before they speak their own first words, and think of massive objects children with vision can see around the world which stimulate learning process that a total deaf-blind by birth does not see.

With these few examples, you can imagine the magnitude of the problem they face. Further more, a child who is deaf-blind needs comparable language stimulation, adjusted to his or her ability to receive and make sense of it. Parents, caregivers, and teachers have to provide an environment rich in language that is meaningful and accessible to the child who is Deaf-blind because through language they can socialize and learn to utilize environment around them.

Therefore the special needs for deaf-blind people mostly depend on the type of deaf-blindness and individual challenges each one of them face.

For example, in communication, total deaf-blind need tactile sign language so that they communicate with other people.

Partial deaf total blind, may use their residual hearing capacity to learn Braille and they need white canes and the same time may need hearing aid to amplify their hearing ability. Some of them with physical impairment should be supported with facilities such as wheel chairs.

Apart from the above, they constantly need vision and hearing assessment and therefore advised to get assistive devices as per medical practitioners’ advice.

Q: As a programme officer for Sense International-Tanzania, what actually is your role?

Ar: My role is to provide technical support to staff of organizations that are implementing CBR services to deaf-blind people and to collaborate with like-minded organizations to ensure provision of comprehensive and cost effective CBR services for deaf-blind people.

Q: What are the causes of deaf-blindness?

A: Medical literature, based on developed-country research, associates deaf-blindness with dozens of causal factors and syndromes some genetic, some acquired through communicable diseases, some related to premature and difficult birth. In the Western literature include, prominently:

Congenital Rubella Syndrome: where the rubella virus (sometimes also known as ‘German measles’) is passed from mother to child in the womb.

Another cause is usher syndrome. This is a genetic disorder where children are born hard of hearing and blindness develops progressively.

There is also complicated, premature birth, causing bleeding in the brain. Also in the list are meningitis, encephalitis and other infections of the central nervous system. However, malaria and other tropical fevers receive much less attention in Western literature but are considered likely causes or contributory factors in Africa.

Q: You have hinted on communication and social interaction as greatest challenges, how can people communicate with them?

A: Well, the means of communication varies considerably from person to person. Others may use; tactile sign language, sign language, Braille writing and reading, gestures, touch cues, lip reading speech, finger spelling, and the use of object symbols, and picture exchange communication system(PECS).

Q: What role does Sense International play to address problems and challenges facing people with deaf-blindness in the country?

A: As Sense International with the support from the European Union, we have established seven units of deaf-blind children and that now there are ten units of deaf-blind children countrywide. There are 56 deaf- blind students getting special education in these units. We also work with partner organizations (NGOs) to improve comprehensive services under Community Based Rehabilitation program.

In Tanga, for example, we work with youth with disabilities community program (YDCP), in Morogoro we partner with Safina Women’s Association (SAWA), and in The Coast region we work with Tanzania Resource and Assessment Centre for Disabled Children (TRACED). In the community programme, 42 deaf-blind children are receiving home based services.

Furthermore, we have managed to help parents with deaf-blind children to have their organization for advocacy and awareness raising issues pertaining to deaf-blindness and services.

They have now registered their association called Tanzania Association of Parents with deaf-blind children which has more than 90 members. In schools, we have trained teachers on appropriate service delivery to deaf-blind children.

In September to October, 2012 we facilitated Patandi teachers college of Special needs education to establish a deaf-blindness course (which is under way), that will assist the education sector to have a pool of teachers. From time to time, we have been providing training to house carers on taking care for deaf-blind children.

There has been some significant success at various levels. The education work, CBR and parental activism have increased recognition of deaf- blindness through community sensitization among government staff, medical and rehabilitation professionals, traditional healers and to community leaders. We have also facilitated assessment of deaf-blind children and provided with assistive devices to those who were recommended for by doctors.

Q: What support do the deaf-blind get from the government?

A: First of all before explaining what kind of support they receive from the government, I should say that it is well known that the government has the duty to provide comprehensive and appropriate services required to deaf-blind as it is proposed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPDs), and according to various conventions and policies that Tanzania have developed, or domesticated. It is luck that all the documents have guidelines on the provision of comprehensive services; but it is sad that government does not providing much of what is required and, or committed to provide.

For example, healthy services, specialized trainings to specialist teachers of deaf-blind learners on knowledge and skills, to helping them, and the provision of appropriate teaching and learning materials are still lagging behind. For example, teacher ratio needed is 1:1 but now it is 1:3. Furthermore, there are fewer caregivers in schools and they are paid meager. Frankly speaking government is not serious in this.

However, despite all these, I should say that government extends support to specialist teachers of deaf-blind learners by paying them salaries, it has built some classes and dormitories, provided meals at school work places, and bus fare to and from child’s home during long school vacation.

Q: Finally, what is your call to the general public, government and other stakeholders?

For the government, it has the duty to take care for deaf-blind children.

There is very limited support from the government. There should be 100 percent coverage of universal primary and secondary education, or vocational trainings, and comprehensive health services such as assessment, medication and assistive devices to all persons with disabilities.

These services and many others should always be available in government referral hospitals for free without restrictions. In this circumstance, it seems hardly surprising to find some inactive government policies, and some inactive government employees tasked to oversee all issues of persons with disabilities.

Government should not be proud of having policies and UN conventions which have been ratified and domesticated, but should be proud of putting the ratified connections into force for the welfare of persons with deaf-blindness. There is an alarm, may be the government does not know that persons with disabilities want their matters be handled under President’s office or Prime Minister’s officer instead of being handled in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare where it is put under department of social welfare. Openly, this implies that they are not satisfied by the way they are treated.

Government should sit down and reassess on what they should do to seriously address these challenges. They should work with persons with disabilities or their representing organizations to listen to their arguments.

For other stakeholders, and for the entire society; it is sad that the society does not easily acknowledge the grief of a parent whose child is born with a disability, families where a loved one is diagnosed with life threatening illness, incidence of couple or family breakdown when a child with disability is born, household poverty after having children with severe challenging issues, and families affected by AIDS/Aids.

It is time now to unite force as once US-Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said, ”It takes a village to raise a child’’. Special thanks to the European Union to recognize this and support the mission entirely.

The constitutional review process which is currently collecting views of the people for the new constitution which is set for 2014, should incorporate matters pertaining to comprehensive services for persons with disabilities including marginalized groups.



Liberia: Disabled People Get X-Mas Gift

19 DECEMBER 2012

The Group of '77' disabled home and the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) have benefitted from a donation of assorted relief items by the Liberia National Lotteries in partnership with Mercury Liberia. Group of 77 and NCD are organizations dedicated to the support of the disabled.

The items donated separately at disabled institutions include 75 bags of 25KG rice, nine cartoons of biscuits, nine cartoons of Avena oil, three cartoons of bath soap, four cartoons of washing soap and five cartoons of Tinap/Mackerel.

Other items are four bags of salt, one cartoon of maggi cube, four cartoons of sardines, one cartoon of candy and four bags of onion.

Making the presentation Monday, the Executive Director of the Liberia National Lotteries, Mr. Martin S. Kollie said the gesture was in fulfillment of LNLC's statutory mandate in partnership with Mercury Liberia.

He said the initiative is aimed at supplementing government's effort in supporting disabled organizations and individuals in the country.

"The Government of Liberia, in partnership with Mercury Liberia has come to celebrate with you during this festive season. It is our institution's way of identifying with you during this Christmas and New Year seasons," said Mr. Kollie.

He assured the LNLC's unflinching support to the disabled community and individuals in the country.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mercury Liberia, Mr. Richard Kean said his company is proud to identify with needy Liberians, especially during this festive season.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Group of 77, the Program Officer of the organization, Rev. Constance T. Kennedy extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the LNLC and Mercury Liberia for the gesture.

She said the items will be shared to its sub branches across the country so that other disabled people will also benefit from the donation.

"We want to say a very big thank you to the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation and Mercury Liberia for identifying with us in this time of our needs," Rev. Kennedy said.

For her part, the Executive Director of NCD Madam Ricardia Badio Dennis lauded both LNLC and Mercury for the donation.

She said the donation came at a time when the commission needed help.

"We have sought help from all over. We have written several charitable organizations for relief. This is why we are so grateful to you for your donation. It was a timely intervention," she added.



Bridge Of Hope Donates To GAPA

News Date: 19th December 2012

Bridge of Hope Ghana, a local NGO whose main focus is on persons living with disabilities across the country has met with the Heads of the Ghana Association of Persons Living with Albinism in a bid to support their members with the much needed sunscreen protection lotion.

Last Saturday, December 15th 2012, the organization donated bags of rice and protective clothing to some members of the Ghana Association of Persons Living with Albinism at their regional meeting in Accra. Mr Ibrahim Alhassan, the president of GAPA speaking at the meeting received the Bridge of Hope delegates and the items while pledging their cooperation with the origination to endure that the donations reach their members across the country.

This kind gesture was in connection with another recent event organized by Bridge of Hope at the Trade Fair Centre on November 24th, 2012 that featured over 150 physically challenged participants who represented institutions in the Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern Regions of Ghana during which food, health and educational items donated constituted over GHS 5,000. Ms Marian Agyapomaa Yabe, Founder of the organization stated clearly that the goal of the Bridge Of Hope project is to scratch out the wrong perception of government-dependence and rather sensitize the society to get involved in programs that promote re-integrating individuals with physical challenges back into society. One of their patrons, Mr Christopher Babooroh, of the Department of Social, graced the event to affirm his outfit???s support for such social endeavors; whereas, Kwabena Duffuor II, PHD of Unibank Ghana, has also endorsed the organization's efforts and the impact they are making in the physically challenged community within the country. Mr Charles Nyante, Programs Coordinator of Voice Ghana, of the Volta Region, one of the beneficiary groups of the Bridge of Hope project expressed their sincere gratitude to the organizers of the program that did not only create a platform for them to express their talents and creativity, but also made it possible for their voices to be heard. Speaking at the event, he also urged more non-governmental and private institutions to turn their attention to the plight of the physically challenged as exhibited by Unibank Ghana, STELLAR GROUP, First National Savings and Loans, PAM Pharmaceutical and Syriatex had done by sponsoring the program.

In 2013, Bridge of Hope hopes to reach more of such organized groups with more medical and educational relief items as well as a proposed bore hole project for the SECTECH school of the Deaf in Mampong, E/R.
Their annual groundbreaking events are specially designed to reach out to the marginalized people in society with hope, love, care and support, with a main focus on their Education, Health and Talents enhancement.
The project is targeted at people with impairment in vision, speech, hearing, movement and Persons Living with Albinism.



Ghana: Disabled Jailed for Fraud

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A disabled person was yesterday jailed three years for defrauding a businessman of twenty thousand, seven hundred Ghana cedis (GH???20,700).
The presiding judge, Mrs. Doris Bimpong, convicted and sentenced George Tsawdzi to jail, in hard labour.

According to the court, the prosecution had proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the convict committed the crime levelled against him. The convict, George Tsawdzi, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretence.

Briefing the court, The Prosecutor, Chief Inspector J.K. Anim, told the court that the complainant, Patrice Vieyra, a Beninois businessman, who comes to Accra to transact business was introduced to the convict, a physically challenged farmer, who resides at Nima, a suburb of Accra, to assist him in his transactions.

In June, last year, the complainant arrived in Accra to transact his routine business of purchasing slightly used cocoa sacks, and in the course of business, someone introduced the convict to him, as a reliable person who could assist him to acquire the necessary amount of sacks he needs without delay.

In the process of the business, the convict demanded and collected GH??? 20,700 and promised to deliver the sacks within a month. He then failed to deliver the sacks as promised, without telling the businessman, the prosecution told the court.

The complainant then lodged complain at the police station, which led to the arrest of the convict. Tsawdzi was arrested and granted an enquiry bail, but fled from Nima to an unknown destination.

The police, upon investigation, discovered that Tsawdzi had deposited GH???10,000 in a financial institution, but later withdrew GH???1,000.

Unfortunately for him, the police was hinted about his hide out at Nsawam and was arrested in June, this year, the prosecution informed the court, adding that the police, however, redrew the rest of the money from the account.



Uganda: Teacher Gives Ears and Voice to Deaf Pupils


The birth of a child brings joy to every parent. "I had never felt happier. I was so excited," says Florence Kabasomi, a teacher from Kyegegwa district.

However, at times, we are not prepared for what these bundles of joy might bring with them. That is exactly what happened to Kabasomi in 1988.
Little did this Grade III teacher know that her daughter was deaf as she did not realise the anomaly until years later.

Deafness can be accurately diagnosed only when a child reaches four years of age. In some cases, it is not confi rmed until a child is eight years old. The condition impedes the speech and social and intellectual development of such children.

When it was time for Kabasomi's daughter, Sylivia Atuhurra, to start school, there was none that catered for the deaf both in the neighbourhood.

"I was forced to learn sign language so I could teach my daughter from home. I started the classes in 1991," says Kabasomi.

But Atuhurra had to later get enrolled for formal education. Kabasomi struggled to make her child's dream of getting an education come true.
Her sacrifi ce and unrelenting efforts paid off when, in 1998, Atuhurra became the fi rst deaf pupil to sit Primary Leaving Examination in the area.

She scored Aggregate 29. This was not the best performance, but it was worth it, considering the several years of home schooling, with her mother as her only teacher.

"At the time, parents were ashamed of deaf children," says Kabasomi.
With no secondary school for the deaf in Kyegegwa, Atuhurra could only enroll for vocational education, studying tailoring after her Primary Seven.

Years later, the 24-year-old is working as an office attendant at the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) offi ces in Fort Portal.

Atuhurra's success strengthened Kabasomi's resolve to fight for deaf children. A unit for the deaf was set up at her school and Kabasomi helped run it. In 1999, she also helped open another unit at Kinyinyi Primary School, with fi ve pupils.

When it was offi cially launched four years later, its enrollment was 19 pupils. Today, the school has 76 pupils. The unit takes care of deaf children from Kyegegwa, Kiruhura, Kasese, Kabarole, Mubende, Kibaale and Kyenjojo districts.

"We appreciate what Kabasomi has done for the deaf and for not giving up on her daughter," says Emmanuel Kamihanda, the Kinyinyi Primary School head teacher.

"Her example helped reduce the stigma children with disabilities suffered." Kabasomi's efforts were rewarded when Action Aid International-Uganda (AAIU) and the Uganda National Association of the Deaf opened the Kambara Deaf Development Programme.

The project promotes education of deaf children through empowering communities, increasing household income and supporting the construction of schools for the deaf.

Not only has Kabasomi nurtured and mentored deaf pupils at Kinyinyi Primary School, she has also awakened their dreams. "I want to study medicine at university," says Milton Biryomumaiso, a Primary Six pupil, speaking through an interpreter.

To Agnes Kamukama, 18, a Primary Seven leaver, Kabasomi is more than a teacher. "I call her a relative and a friend because she also knows my family and treats me well."

Kabasomi's tireless and selfless efforts to help the deaf have seen her return to school to upgrade her academic qualifications.

Today, she holds a bachelor's degree in education in special needs education from Kyambogo University. Despite her academic qualifi cations, she still teaches in a primary school. She is a role model to fellow teachers.

"She is friendly, but strict on what she intends to do," Living Businge, a special needs teacher, says. "She is the embodiment of a great teacher.
Kabasomi is my role model and inspires me to upgrade into a better teacher."

Kabasomi also knows that her effort is paying off. "I am happy that parents now bring their deaf children to school willingly," says Kabasomi.

"If you hate your child, who will love him or her? Deaf children are born after nine months like all the other children. The only difference is that they have a hearing impairment."

Plans are underway to transform the unit into a fully-fledged primary school, despite the many challenges it is facing.

Of the deaf pupils at the unit, 23% are orphans, making accommodation a huge problem. As a result, boys share the same dormitory with girls.

"We need a borehole because the only water point is far. This endangers the pupils' lives as they cannot cross the road without help." But, there is hope and some progress has been attained. A multi-million vocational centre and dining hall funded by AAIU were recently launched to commemorate the charity's 30 years of existence.

Kabasomi dreams of a day, when the deaf and children with disabilities will be welcomed into the world with joy and treated like any other child.



Ghana Society of Disabled wants special schools abolished

Ghana Business News
Page last updated at Friday, December 21, 2012 7:07 AM /

Ghana Society of the Disabled (GSD) in collaboration with Vodafone Ghana Foundation, on Wednesday organised a fund raising ceremony in Accra to support members.

Mr Alfred Quarshie, Secretary of GSD asked for the abolishment of segregated and special schools for persons with disability.

He said such schools made it difficult for people living with disability to get employment and mingle with the able persons.

Mr Quarshie said this hinders the growth and progress of persons with disability and promote discrimination.

“People living with disability are abound with talents but because there isn’t enough support from Government agencies and support groups it has made it difficult for us to come out.” He said.

Mr Quarshie called for skill training for members of the Society to help them to be self reliant and prevent stigmatisation.

Source: GNA



Can disabled police officers change Sierra Leone?

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After a campaign of terror in the 1990s, in which civilians had their limbs cut off by rebels, Sierra Leone has thousands of disabled people.
They are generally marginalised by the rest of society but now, the police force has recruited its first ever disabled officers, as Martin Davies reports from the capital, Freetown.

Four men have been taken into the force - a decision welcomed by rights activists who have longed campaigned for an end to the discrimination that disabled people face in Sierra Leone.

About two-thirds of disabled people are unemployed, forcing many of them to turn to begging on the streets, the activist says.

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When you see a disabled officer you do not have a perception of any immediate threat”

Francis Aliou Munu
Sierra Leone's police chief

So, it is not surprising to find one of the recruits, PC Shecka Conteh, beaming as he peaks out from his over-sized brand new officers hat alongside fellow recruit PC Paul Diabate.

Both men contracted polio when they were children. It left them with weakened legs causing them to limp.

PC Conteh remembers the day he read a list of candidates recruited into the force.

"I saw my name and address and I was a very happy man. The lecturers [at a police college where he trained] and my colleagues have welcomed me with open arms," he says.

For now, the new officers will not be seen on the beat. They work at the Police Communications Centre in the capital, Freetown, where they are deployed on the force's new telephone system, taking calls from the public, as well as undertaking other desk jobs.

Cyber crime

The recruits were helped in attaining their jobs by organisations working with disabled people.

One of these groups is the Leonard Cheshire Foundation (LCF).

In a survey carried out mainly in urban areas in 2009, LCF found that 70 % of disabled people had no access to income and a similar number were without jobs.

The first recruits have been given desk jobs

LCF regional programme manager Osman Bah said he was delighted the organisation's prodigies were now in the police force.

"These disabled officers are the first in the history of Sierra Leone and perhaps the first in West Africa," he said.

The officers joined the police after qualifying with professional IT and computing skills. 

The scheme was created by Abs Dumbuya, who contracted polio as a young man in Sierra Leone, left to study in the UK and then returned to create opportunities for disabled young people, through his organisation, the Dorothy Springer Trust.

"As IT specialists they [the recruits] are serving a purpose in the force," he says.

"We are telling Sierra Leonean society that it doesn't matter if you are disabled or not. If you have got the qualifications and the ability and the competency, then disability shouldn't matter."

It was an argument that Mr Dumbuya used on Sierra Leone's police chief, Inspector-General Francis Aliou Munu.

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Disabled in Sierra Leone

2.7% of the population (2004 census)
69% have no income
50% of women and 34% of men have never been to school
16.4% have no access to healthcare
39% don't participate in social events
Source: Leonard Cheshire Foundation

The force has more than 11,000 policemen and its senior officers acknowledge that not all of them need to be on the streets, especially when a good deal of modern crime concerns computer-based fraud and security.

Inspector-General Munu says disabled policemen will help the force win public trust.

"When you see a disabled officer you do not have a perception of any immediate threat. The police should be looked at as not only using force but using persuasive and other non-confrontational methods," he said.

The recruitment of disabled officers also owes something to the fact that a Disability Act was passed in Sierra Leone last year.

Police acknowledge that the law helps create a climate in which disability rights are considered more favourably.

"Since the passage of the Disability Act, we wanted to put into practice what the Act seeks to achieve on behalf of disabled people," Inspector-General Munu says.

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PC Paul Diabate

Since so many disabled people are on the streets - begging and living in squalor, we wanted to make a U-turn for them and give them a purpose."

The Act also calls for the creation of a national commission on disability.

It is still to come into effect and is designed to collect information about discrimination and abuse faced by disabled people, and to hold the perpetrators to account. 

When it was put to him that recruiting disabled officers could be construed as a public relations exercise, Inspector-General Manu said that his was a modernising force and that, along with every member of staff, the disabled officers' performance would be managed to ensure they were assisting the force in achieving its aims.

The disabled officers might not be on the beat but when out and about they are attracting attention and challenging perceptions.

PC Conteh says he was stopped on the street by the minister of defence who wanted to engage him in conversation.

PC Diabate also finds that his presence as a disabled man in a uniform, with a walking stick, is provoking interest.

"When I am in my uniform on the streets, people - disabled and able-bodied people - ask me questions and I explain how, as a disabled person, I have managed."



Unemployment: Ekiti youths give govt, NDE headache

Nigerian Tribune
Written by Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

SAM NWAOKO reports the disappointment and dismay of both the Ekiti State government and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) at the attitude of young Nigerians towards growing small businesses, even after being given all that is necessary.

THE National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has been executing its mandate of giving unemployed Nigerians training so as to make them entrepreneurs and thereby remove them from the labour market. The agency, through its Open Apprenticeship Scheme has therefore been training Nigerians in various trades and giving the trainees tools to practice their trade and make a living. This initiative is meant to eradicate unemployment or at least reduce it to the barest minimum.

In continuation of its efforts to achieve this mandate, the NDE in Ekiti State recently organised yet another programme in which 50 vulnerable men and women in the state are being trained in various trade skills.
Among the 50 are people living with various kinds of physical and sundry disabilities. The 50 ‘special trainees’ according to the Ekiti State coordinator of NDE, Dr (Mrs) Abimbola Oni, included “the deaf and dumb, blind, crippled, mentally challenged as well as widows, orphans and people living with HIV.”

Oni said they were being trained in bead ornaments making; hair braiding; computer/information and communications technology (ICT); cloth tie and dye; soap making; confectionery, chalk and asbestos making.
She expressed the hope that “it is our intention that the beneficiaries would be given soft loans to start their various businesses.”

At the same event, 17 people who had completed their training in the Open Apprenticeship Scheme were given tools and equipment to start businesses in their various trades.

Some of the tools and equipment distributed included costly photographic equipment ranging from professional cameras, relevant computer hardware and software and accessories. Others got complete catering equipment after being trained as caterers while the hairdressers received comprehensive hairdressing station plus electricity generating set. The NDE said these were given to the benefitting trainees at hugely subsidised rate of just three per cent interest, payable in three years after which the equipment would become theirs.

Dr Oni, who explained all these at a ceremony to mark the opening of the special skills training in Ado Ekiti, also explained that the trainees got some equipment worth about N.5million and they have six months moratorium on them. She told those that received the equipment that “it will gladden our heart to see 17 new shops opened in Ekiti State and I urge you to pay back as at when due to allow others to benefit since it is a revolving loan.”

On this score, the Ekiti State NDE boss lamented that the government was working towards eradicating unemployment but that the young people were not helping matters. She recalled with regret that a few years earlier, the NDE in Ekiti State decided to shift from just giving its trainees equipment. “We got a chain of shops for them, paid the rent, equipped the shops with everything necessary and handed them the keys to the shops,” she stated. “I recall that the families of the trainees cooked food and revelled so much on the day because of the opportunity for their children to start small and grow big, with all the equipment needed and shop already in place,” Oni added.

However, she said a few months later, “the landlord of the shops called us and said ‘I can’t see my tenants… your people are not here, why?’
We went there only to discover that the trainees had removed all the equipment we gave them on loan and locked the shops.” She lamented that they had all run away and added: “We had to lock the shops and lost the money paid for the one year in rent and it is even more painful that the equipment we gave them on loan to build careers were sold.”

The Ekiti NDE boss also regretted that “young people no longer want to be apprentices.” She said “when we take jobs to technicians and there is delay in delivery, they will lament that they have no apprentices to help them in delivering on time. When you urge the youth to get training, they would say ‘I want to go to America or Europe.’ People get training, get equipment from government and grants and abandon the job and turn around to blame the government. This is regrettable and shows us who is not serious about unemployment.”

The Ekiti State government was also at the ceremony and said it was to show solidarity with the NDE in the state in its effort to give the citizens employment. As a fact, Ekiti NDE expressed appreciation to the state government for joining hands with it to achieve its objectives. It said “only recently the state government released N23million to resettle 229 youths trained in 12 different agricultural skills in collaboration with Ekiti State Enterprise and Development Agency (EEDA) ”

The Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Funmi Olayinka, on the occasion also echoed the determination of the state government to continue to empower the youth and the citizenry with skills and entrepreneurial trainings that will make them self-reliant. Mrs Olayinka reiterated that this was the focus of the Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration in Ekiti State as its human capital development initiative was a way of reducing unemployment among youths as well as boosting their economic capabilities of individuals.

However, Mrs Olayinka was also unhappy that while the state government was striving to ensure its citizenry got the best in terms of infrastructure, provision of job opportunities and enabling environment for growing the state, those for whom the government was creating the employment opportunities seemed not to be on the same page with the government. She lamented the attitude of young people towards apprenticeship, entrepreneurship and starting small businesses after learning a trade.

Mrs Olayinka lamented: “Our youth don’t want to work, they want money.
They want office job or white collar jobs. They want to ride okada so they can make quick money. They said there is no job, we provided jobs but do the youth go there? Do you want to do the work? Do you want to serve? No, what they need is quick money, they want easy money.

“What is wrong with us? We believe that we need money, but we do not want to work. We know what our job creation people are going through. We ask people to put down names, they put down fake names. They want to get money in about 10 local government areas, so they put down fake names and photocopy forms. They will do all manner of things. If the job creation man tells you what he is going through, you will almost shed tears that this is Ekiti. What is going on? What is wrong with us? We need to identify what is wrong with us so that we can begin to correct those things that are abnormal so that we will be able to move forward.”

The despair notwithstanding, the Ekiti deputy governor expressed the determination of the state government under Dr Fayemi to ensure that their government bequeathed a better Ekiti to all and sundry. On the efforts of NDE in Ekiti, she said “we have been at the NDE; we have seen your commitment; because we have seen what the trainees could become; because we believe in a beautiful Ekiti and a beautiful Nigeria.
We could see your passion and that is why we are supporting you.”

She however, advised that “when you give out the equipment, in another three months, go and inspect the equipment and report to us,” pointing out that “we have given out over N4million to support our people, we will always support them.”

The senator representing Ekiti Central, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, was also a guest of the NDE and joined in the condemnation of the young people’s attitude to entrepreneurship and apprenticeship. He commended the Ekiti State government and the NDE for their efforts at redirecting the interest of the youth but warned that without the right attitude to work, hard work on the part of the younger generation, the dream of a better Nigeria might be a mirage.



Tanzania: Low Interest Loans for the Deaf in Tanga


THE Tanzania Association for the Deaf, Tanga branch has hatched a scheme that would assist members access loans for small scale income generating projects in a bid to combat poverty.

Chairman of the Association for Tanga Region, Mr Ali Nassoro said that the fund is expected to come up with solutions on how best the deaf community could access loans easily. He said for many years the major challenge of the disabled including the deaf community has been income constraints.

Mr Nassoro said that the community has the misplaced perception that 'disability is inability' which is wrong because the disabled once empowered can do wonders and contribute to the country's development.
According to Mr Nassoro, contributions from the fund would come from regional development stakeholders from all walks of life.

He said at the moment negotiations are underway with the regional commissioners' office on the best way to arrange for fundraising to raise 50m/-. "We want to fight poverty and we have been trying to secure loans from various institutions to no avail due to high interest rates, our fund will secure loans at very low interest rates" he said.

He said that thus far the association has five different groups involved in various income generating activities such as carpentry, tailoring, arts and creation. Mr Nassoro also said that the deaf face another challenge in the form of communication which denies many opportunities to develop themselves.

The deaf, he observed, have little access to employment opportunities or other social services due to communication difficulties thus there is a need to sensitise social service providers on the importance of using sign language in their activities.



Kenya: Malaika Tribute - Awarding Angels


The inaugural Malaika Tribute Awards founded by gospel singer Daddy Owen, took place early this week at Safari Park Hotel. A number of people living with disability were awarded for excelling in their various field.

The first awardee of the night was Barack Otieno Ouma who won the Innovator Award for creating motorised vehicles for disabled people while the Notable Educator Award went to University of Nairobi senior lecturer, Dr Michael Ndurumo who is deaf and teaches hearing students.

In his acceptance speech Ndurumo said he learnt the "value and importance" of hard work at the age of seven and thanked his family and his "students in university who have challenged me in various ways."

Winner of the Activist of the Year Award was Harum Maalim Hassan who runs the NGO, Nondo. Hassan said that the recognition "has given me more energy" to talk about the issues of disabled nomadic communities in Kenya.

15-years-old winner Martha Maneno dedicated her award to the "kids who were shot in Connecticut, USA". Legendary gospel singer Mary Atieno Ominde was thankful to Daddy Owen for starting the awards. She bagged the Lifetime Achievement award.

Other winners were actress and beauty queen Ruth Mueni who walked away with the Special Recognition Award and Bethany Kids - Kijabe Hospital were recognised for their hand in helping kids and awarded the Good Samaritan of the Year. All the winners walked away with a Sh100,000 cash price and Airtel air time for a year and a modem.



Akin Alabi Foundation rehabilitates classrooms, offices in Ibadan

Nigerian Tribune
Written by Monday, 24 December 2012 00:00

A call has gone to voluntary organisations, individuals, corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to lend a supportive hand to the physically challenged students in the country so as to feel a sense of belonging in the society.

The headmistress of Ibadan School for the Deaf and Dumb , Ijokodo, Ibadan, Mrs Juliana Ajewole, made the call recently during the dedication of the newly rehabilitated classrooms and offices donated by Chief Akin Alabi, the Chief Executive Officer, Akin Alabi Foundation.

She added that people who are well-to-do in the society should always assist the under-priviledged in the community in order to lift their souls and self-esteem among their contemporaries.
Speaking with Community News, Mrs Ajewole commended Akin Alabi Foundation for its good gestures to the students.

She advised that community leaders should emulate the gesture of Chief Alabi by making the schools environment conducive for the pupils and their teachers.

Speaking at the occasion, the Secretary, Ibadan North Local Government Universal Basic Education Authority, Mr Adebiyi Gbolagade, commended Chief Alabi for the renovation of classrooms and offices for the use of the pupils.

He also enjoined others, especially community leaders to emulate the good deeds of Chief Alabi.

Mr Oluwadara Oluwatosin who represented Chief Alabi told community News that what moved Akin Alabi Foundation to the renovation of the classrooms and offices was to extend love to the under-privileged in the community and promised not to relent in their effort.



Deputy Minister encourages Ghanaians to reach out to the poor and vulnerable

From: Ghana/Myjoyonline.com/Ohemeng Tawiah/Nhyira Fm/Kumasi
Published On: December 24, 2012, 11:30 GMT

Ms Animah Wilson in a group photograph with inmates

Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Animah Wilson is encouraging Ghanaians to support the poor and vulnerable in society.

Ms Wilson says it is responsibility of all Ghanaians to offer a helping hand to the needy and deprived.

She was speaking to the media after donating assorted items, including used clothes, food stuffs and cash to the inmates of the Edwinase Rehabilitation Center.

The Center is home to over 85 inmates made up of mainly mentally derailed, deaf and physically challenged aged between 13 and 45.

Managers of the Center say managing the over 80 inmates daily and the attendant high electricity bills, pose a challenge.

Housemistress, Rita Manu told the Deputy Minister a broken water pump had forced inmates to depend on residents of Edwinase for water.

She also appealed to the Regional Coordinating Council to help pay the center’s electricity bills.

Emotionally charged Ms. Wilson appealed to Ghanaians not to shirk their responsibilities to the poor.

Meanwhile, Ms Wilson promised to rehabilitate the water pump at a cost of three thousand Ghana cedis and also pledged to provide the inmates with uniforms.



In Cooperation with Shurooq-Alamal Charity Organization: MTN-Sudan sponsors World Disability Day

Sudan Vision-2012/12/25

As part of the MTN-Sudan social responsibility programs for 2012, the Company-in cooperation with its new partner, Shurooq-Alamal Charity Organization for People of Special Needs Care- sponsored the World Disability Day celebrations in Shendi from 19 to 21 Dec. 2012.

The program included a hearing camp at the Deaf School where 600 people were examined and 100 people got hearing aids implanted in their ears. A cultural night was also held at Shendi Stadium and was patronized by the Shendi Mo’tamad, Hassan Omer Alhuwaij. Among the guests who attended the night were the Locality education manager and the pupils of the Deaf School.

During the celebrations, a symposium was held to discuss the Disability and the future of people of special needs in Sudan. Further, the Deaf School organized an exhibition where the paintings of the young pupils were displayed.

On the other hand, the Life Makers Organization (LMO) members played an active role in rendering the hearing camp a success. The head of Shurooq -Alamal Organization, Saleh Ibrahim Ahmed, stressed that they would continue their support for the people suffering from deafness. The manager of the Deaf School, Ustaza Heba Ali Abdurrahman, said that the people’s prayers motivated them to exert more efforts.

The MTN-Sudan representative at the celebrations, As-Sadeq Osman, praised the assistance they received from the officials of Shendi Locality which enabled them carry out the program. The Shendi CSP supervisor, Abeer Abbas, stated that the Company would continue to support such activities and thanked the Mo’tamad and education officials for the interest they showed during the celebrations.

At the closing ceremony, Mr. Alhuwaij thanked and praised MTN-Sudan for sponsoring the event, supporting the Shurooq-Alamal Organization and caring for the people of special needs. He also paid tribute to the Company’s support to activities held in the States and Localities.


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