Sitting around a conference room table in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, Julius Onisente uses a stylus to emboss dots that form patterns to make a sentence. Julius is one of 20 people who attended a three-week Grade II Braille training organized by IOM to help participants build on existing braille reading and writing skills.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, UN Human Rights’ regional office, based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, has taken the lead in ensuring that disadvantaged groups have access to information on COVID-19 through various platforms.
The lockdown is a particularly challenging time for people with disabilities. Among the many initiatives emerging, Belgian association Ligue Braille is helping blind and partially sighted people cope with isolation by reading them stories over the phone and sending audio books in the post.
In 2018, a few weeks before elections in Sierra Leone, 19 Training Officers working with the National Electoral Commission ensured, with UNDP support, that persons with disabilities knew how to vote on Election Day.