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These are the niche emoji heading to iOS devices later this year

18 Jul 2020

By Robin-Leigh Chetty Given everything that has happened globally since the beginning of the year, you may have been forgiven for forgetting that 17th July was World Emoji Day . To celebrate the day, Apple recently previewed some of the new emoji it will be bringing to iOS devices later this year. The Cupertino-based company is listing...

Mastercard Foundation And USIU-Africa Partner To Expand Access To Higher Education In Africa

15 Jul 2020

USIU-Africa and the Mastercard Foundation today announced a partnership that will enable 1,000 high-performing students to receive quality education and leadership development over the next 10 years under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. The partnership provides scholarships for high potential students facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints. At least 70 percent of the young...

Ellie Goldstein, 18-year-old model with Down syndrome, stars in Gucci Beauty campaign

14 Jul 2020

‘I feel so proud of myself, especially to have been chosen for this’ Ellie Goldstein is a model with a mission. The 18-year-old is a face of Gucci’s Unconventional Beauty campaign – making her the first model with Down syndrome to pose for the luxury brand. “It feels so amazing and fabulous to be part...

US approves first ‘digital therapeutic’ game for ADHD

10 Jul 2020

By AFP US health officials have approved the first game-based treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, part of a trend toward “digital therapeutics” or software to address certain conditions. The Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved the sale by prescription of the game EndeavorRX from health tech startup Akili Interactive...

PS4 gamers with disabilities catered for by ‘The Last of Us Part 2’

10 Jul 2020

By Darren, Keri and Sky 2020 action-adventure game ‘The Last of Us Part 2’ is changing the world of gaming by including really cool features that are inclusive of people with disabilities. Since the introduction of the gaming scene, which has become a great phenomenon over the years, accessibility generally focused on gaming software instead of...

Cameroon: 145 Commonwealth Points of Light

4 Jul 2020

Comfort Mussa is the founder of SISTERSPEAK237, which supports disabled and vulnerable people in Yaounde by coordinating the provision of hand sanitisers and masks, and sharing key messaging around COVID-19. Comfort has also started a project across the seven regions of Cameroon to ensure that response services are gender and disability inclusive. Comfort has been a...

Should I say ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’?⁠

20 Jun 2020

By Mary Ann McColl, Queen’s University, Ontario Recently, an Alberta woman with an obvious physical disability was asked to leave a grocery store and not come back because she could not pack her own groceries quickly enough. According to the report on CBC’s Go Public, the checkout clerk said she was slowing down the line...

Traditional beliefs inform attitudes to disability in Africa. Why it matters

20 Jun 2020

By Charlotte Baker, Lancaster University, Elvis Imafidon, Ambrose Alli University Disabled people all over the world are confronted with a range of explanations for disability. These can have an impact on many aspects of their lives. In many African countries a range of beliefs and attitudes underpin these alternative explanations. They include assumptions, misconceptions, traditional...

Persons with disabilities bemoan lack of inclusion in COVID-19 fight

4 Jun 2020

By Lusekero Mhango Persons with disabilities in Karonga have cried foul over the continued side-lining of people with disabilities by authorities in COVID-19 related committees and activities in the district.

Meet Tendekayi Katsiga, creator of world’s first solar-powered hearing aid

3 Jun 2020

By Theodora Aidoo Tendekayi Katsiga, a technology entrepreneur and founder of Deaftronics, has created the world’s first solar-powered hearing aid called ‘Solar Ear’. He was able to create the solar-powered hearing aid battery charger from a workshop in Botswana. Now, his creation has gone global. “We came up with the solar rechargeable hearing aid when...

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