persons with disabilities

World Braille Day highlights importance of accessible information

The United Nations is commemorating World Braille Day on Monday, highlighting the importance of the universal touch-based communication system for the full realization of human rights for blind and partially sighted people. 

Recognize and protect rights of persons with disabilities, UN chief urges, marking International Day

The United Nations is commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Thursday, calling for greater inclusion for persons with disabilities, and recognizing and protecting their human rights. 

Spain violated inclusive education right of child with disabilities, independent committee finds

Spain violated the right to inclusive education of a child with disabilities, an independent UN human rights committee has found, calling on the country to end any educational segregation of students with disabilities in both special education and mainstream schools.

New guidelines aim to dismantle barriers blocking people with disabilities from access to justice

The first-ever guidelines on access to justice for people with disabilities are an “indispensable contribution” towards ensuring justice for all, UN human rights experts said on Friday. 

Coronavirus and human rights: New UN report calls for disability-inclusive recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying inequalities experienced by the world’s one billion people with disabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in launching a report issued on Wednesday that calls for a disability-inclusive recovery and response to the crisis.

Coronavirus and human rights: New guidance highlights support for persons with disabilities

New guidance issued on Thursday sets out key actions, to counter what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the “double risk” faced by persons with disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

News in Brief 29 August 2019

  • ‘Dramatic resurgence’ of measles threatens Europe
  • From the epicenter of nuclear explosions
  • Colombia guarantees equal recognition to persons with disabilities
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Deaf advocate voices importance of sign languages as UN marks first commemoration

Nyle DiMarco is just a foreigner speaking a different language. That’s how the actor, model and advocate introduces himself to people who have not met a deaf person before.

Ending marginalization of persons with disabilities ‘a matter of justice’, UN-backed summit told

Inclusive education, economic empowerment and technological innovations were the focus of discussion on Tuesday as world leaders gathered in London for the first-ever United Nations-backed Global Disability Summit.

“Make cities accessible, keep persons with disabilities visible”

One of the ways to break down the stigma faced by persons with disabilities is to make cities more accessible to them.

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