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Disabilities in Africa Anthology of Writing

28 Mar 2021

What does it mean to be a disabled person in Africa today?How do people in Africa with a range of physical and psychological disabilities experience and express their unique sense of embodiment? The Disabilities in African Contexts Project invites creative submissions for an anthology of original voices around the theme “Alternative Explanations / Alternative Representationsof...

Social media has long way to go to improve accessibility for deaf people

17 Mar 2021

By Rachel Lerman San Francisco – Chrissy Marshall has spent hours and hours scrolling through TikTok videos, deliberately liking and commenting on videos from other deaf creators and clips with small text bubbles. The 21-year-old is trying to train the app to only show her videos with captions or that use American Sign Language. It’s...

ONLINE SUNDANCE OPENS TO VIRTUAL OVATION FOR DEAF DRAMA

9 Feb 2021

Taking its title from an acronym for child of deaf adult, ‘CODA’ follows high-school teen Ruby as she juggles her musical ambitions with her fisherman family’s dependence on her to communicate with the “hearing” world. LOS ANGELES – The Sundance Film Festival, forced online this year by the pandemic, quietly opened to a virtual “standing...

NMU, UKZN engineers design robotic prosthetic hand

9 Feb 2021

By Lerato Fekisi Gone are the days when mechanical engineering only focus on planes, trains and automobiles. A new generation of engineers from the Nelson Mandela University and their counterparts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are changing the lives of amputees. They designed a robotic prosthetic hand to perform day-to-day functions. Detecting electrical signals from...

Call to prioritise people with disabilities during Phase 2 of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

9 Feb 2021

By Shakirah Thebus Cape Town – Disability rights and advocacy groups have raised several concerns over the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and nationwide strategy, particularly for persons with disabilities. Epilepsy SA Western Cape Director Wendy Nefdt said there are many concerns related to the nationwide vaccine rollout, with the most challenging being the possible side effects...

ISP offers accessible apps for people with disabilities Africa

12 Dec 2020

South Africa has a national disability prevalence rate of about 7.5%, which represents approximately 2.87 million persons with disability. According to the Marginalised Groups Indicator Report of 2018, the bulk of this population resides in Gauteng province and the least in the Northern Cape, with the most affected age groups being 5-14 and 15-24 years....

‘’This one’s for you, dad’

11 Dec 2020

STORY NIÉMAH DAVIDS Millicent Agangiba was four years old when she was diagnosed with polio – this altered the trajectory of her life. She underwent years of medical treatment, and while her condition improved significantly, her mobility remained a challenge. As a result of her disability, Millicent struggled with an inferiority complex, which she explained...

Black artists with disabilities call for greater inclusion in hip-hop

29 Oct 2020

Ebonique Little, Contributing Writer From an early age, artist with cerebral palsy Leroy Moore Jr. said he recognized the limited opportunities for people with disabilities. Now, he and a collective of 800 musicians, poets and visual artists are shifting the dialogue within hip-hop culture through Krip-Hop Nation. “I’ve been an activist since birth,” Moore said....

Mental Health – The Perfect Storm And The Role Of AI-Robots

20 Oct 2020

By Bernard Marr As well as the clear danger to physical health posed by COVID-19, there is a great deal of concern over the impact it is having on mental health. Many say 2020 has been the most stressful year ever. The fear of becoming ill, as well as the worry caused by uncertainty over...

Global Study: 82% of People Believe Robots Can Support Their Mental Health Better Than Humans

13 Oct 2020

 The COVID-19 pandemic has created the most stressful year in history and negatively affected the mental health of 78% of the global workforce 85% of people say their mental health issues at work negatively affect their home life 68% of people would prefer to talk to a robot over their manager about stress and anxiety at...

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