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Disabling the Disabled – copyright laws cause ‘Book Famine’ among the Blind and Visually Impaired

Hands reading braille

285 million people around the world are visually impaired. Of these, 39 million are blind and 246 million have moderate to severe visual impairment. About 87% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries, including Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. That’s according to the latest global estimates of visual impairment released by the World Health Organization.

Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Project

Honourable Derrick Kellier, Minister of Labour & Social Security, left, greeted Mr. Masami Shukunobe

Several Consultant Contracts were signed on March 11, 2014 with various organizations to complete skills training and certification of persons with disabilities and organizational strengthening activities, funded under the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Project by the Government of Japan and the World Bank. The funding, in the amount of US$2.9 million is to facilitate training and employment of 500 persons with disabilities on the PATH programme.

UWI, Mona Hosts Public Forum To Mark International Day For The Disabled

The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) and the Office of Special Student Services, UWI, Mona will host ed a public forum on Thursday, December 3, 2009 which is designated as International Day for the Disabled. The Forum which took place at the UWI, Mona Lions Club Centre for Students with Special Needs at 12: 30 pm addressed the International Convention for the Disabled and the pending National Disability Bill.

New bursaries for students with disabilities

Professor Archibald McDonald

FIVE STUDENTS WITH disabilities will be awarded bursaries starting in September, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of The UWI, Mona Campus Professor Archibald McDonald said. He was speaking at the recent Regional Disability Studies Conference staged by The UWI Centre for Disability Studies (CDS).

The bursaries each valued at $50,000 will be awarded every academic year through the CDS to students who have maintained a B average in their studies.