BethGold Foundation

BethGold Foundation

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Value who you are and not what people say about you. You are unique in your own way.

BethGold Foundation seeks to provide access to quality inclusive education, good health and real world exposure for youth and children with disabilities.

The foundation will also provide training on disabilities issues to service providers. START NOW! And JUMP HIGH! Envision a Gambia in which visually impaired people jump high to take up leadership roles and are included in decision making and in activities that help to build the nation. Visually impaired people in the Gambia sees themselves condemn to life of confinement and institutionalization t

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New App Helps Visually Impaired People Find MBTA Bus Stops 30/03/2022

New App Helps Visually Impaired People Find MBTA Bus Stops

New App Helps Visually Impaired People Find MBTA Bus Stops Relying on public transportation can be hard enough, but blind people face additional challenges; the new “All Aboard” app from Mass. Eye and Ear hopes to improve accessibility.

25/03/2022

Discrimination and marginalization continue to be a major challenge for the person with disability to overcome, this is due to prejudice and stigma surrounding disability as well as low expectation that people with disabilities can contribute to making decisions that affects their lives.

They are always seen as incompetent and unproductive by the society.

In light of this problems, join me with your program "LEE NYU BOOKAA" every Saturday from the hours of 4-5PM at Radio Veritas 102.9 where I will engage expert and prominent individuals in our society to discuss possible solution that will help tackle discrimination and marginalization thereby creating a social inclusive society that allows full participation and create platforms and opportunities for persons with disabilities to unleash and showcase their potentials.

10/02/2022

"In Every Disability, There is Ability"

Photos from Start Now's post 11/01/2022

Photos from Start Now's post

03/12/2021

It’s international day of persons with disabilities and meet Charles Degold Gomez. a Gambian Disability Rights and Social Inclusion Activist.

Asa result of his experience with disability and the constant struggled to overcome discrimination and marginalization while growing up as a child. These experiences ignited his passion to advocate for the rights and social inclusions of People with Disabilities and confronting educational alternatives to better meet the diverse needs of Persons with Disabilities. Charles has over seven years experience advocating for the social inclusion of people with disabilities both in the Gambia and outside the Gambia.
He is a silver award recipient of 2019UNLEASH global innovation lab for UN Sustainable Development Goals SDG4 Quality Education in Shenzhen China and a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow Alumni
He is a graduate from kanthari international Institute for Social Entrepreneurs in India (Kerala).
Charles has appeared in both local and international platform to share his story and life experience on the journey through his advocacy.

His story resonates the stories of many persons with disabilities who have fight hard to overcome many obstacles to be where they are today in the society. As a passionate Disability Rights and Social inclusion Activist he has always envision a transform society that has never doubts the potentials of persons with disability. His dedication and commitment to uplift the status of persons with disabilities in the Gambia, Africa and the world at large is what truly earns him the achievements he has made today.

Well done Charles and all the best in your work.

03/12/2021

Story of one who overcomes boundaries and limitations from those who sees him as Disabled.



It’s international day of persons with disabilities and we are proud of our own Samba Jaiteh.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10 aims at reducing inequalities within and among countries by fostering the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, including people living with disabilities. One way to progress on this goal is by providing access to quality education for persons living with disabilities and advocating for their rights. This is what Samba Jaiteh is doing in The Gambia.

Born with cataracts, a visual impairment that makes it difficult to read, drive or see the expressions in people’s faces, Jaiteh was doing fine but gradually lost his vision and required surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful, leaving him visually impaired. Jaiteh’s current work was influenced by his lived experience navigating his country’s educational system as a person living with a visual impairment. His struggle motivated him to advocate for persons living with disabilities, specifically those with visual impairments.

“I started this work while I was young and in school. I will gather students together then and share my experiences with them, and I’ll tell them what they need to do to support other visually impaired students,” said Jaiteh.

His goal was to educate young people to reduce the stigmatization and discrimination against people living with disabilities (PWD). Today, Jaiteh hosts a weekly radio program in The Gambia where he advocates for PWDs and educates the general public on the challenges facing PWD. What is more, he consistently engages community leaders and other political stakeholders to advocate for policies that protect the rights of PWDs. He also designs workshops and capacity-building programs to teach PWDs how to leverage technology to support themselves and be more involved in their communities.

His work is not without challenges. In regards to the challenges he faces, Jaiteh said, “The challenges are uncountable! I still face discrimination; people are still quick to stigmatize and judge me based on my disability.

Well done Samba and keep up the good work

03/12/2021

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a day to help everyone become more compassionate and understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Persons with Disabilities are humans like every other individual fighting to be heard and recognize, on this Day I plead with each and everyone of you out there, to feel our pains and take us for who we are. We Are Differently Able Not Disabled.



Photos from BethGold Foundation's post 16/11/2021

Photos from BethGold Foundation's post

04/12/2020

U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia

On International Day for Persons with Disability, we feature the voices of exchange alumni and partners engaged in promoting the rights of persons with disability.

Binta Werkman Alieu Jaiteh Lamin Sonko Charles Degold Gomez

28/07/2020

U.S. Embassy Juba, South Sudan

Mawut Louis Alier Anyang is a South Sudanese disability rights activist who is visually impaired. He holds a Bachelors of Law from the University of Juba, and is passionate about the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities including support for equal opportunities and removal of all barriers and discrimination through empowerment in the aftermath of the long conflict and socio-economic challenges that South Sudan has suffered.

He started his career of activism as a volunteer within the South Sudan Association of the Visually Impaired (SSAVI) and has occupied multiple voluntary positions in the Association since 2011.

Mauot was selected as a participant in a U.S. Government exchange program (Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders) to attend training on civic leadership at Wagner College and to serve as an intern at the World Institute on Disability in 2016.

Upon completion of the fellowship, Mauot through SSAVI organized two training programs (Computer training for the blind and leadership training for youth with various types of disabilities) with the generous support of the USA embassy, South Sudan and the American people. Those trainees now making a difference in their various capacities.

In addition, Mauot participated in the production of a Documentary Film (Hidden Abilities) documenting the life of Hidden Ability Melody Group.
Besides his election as the Chairperson of South Sudan Association of the Visually Impaired (SSAVI) in 2018, he was recruited as Empowerment Officer by the Organization of Volunteers for International Cooperation to strengthen partnerships with organizations of persons with disabilities in 2019, and thereafter in 2020 Mauot was recruited as Inclusion Officer for Humanity and Inclusion in order to support inclusion of persons with disabilities affected by crisis in Humanitarian action.

Currently, besides continuing to campaign for the rights of persons with disabilities, he is also advocating for protection of the most vulnerable during COVID-19, lasting peace in the country and promoting Blind Football in South Sudan.

Mauot says: “I am heavy but not a burden, the same hand that lifted me can lift a billion”

Likikiri Collective

July 26 is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990

15/07/2020
10/07/2020

Children Learning Reading

How parents can teach their children to read at any age without having any teaching experience, without knowing phonics or sight words, spending just 10 to 15 minutes a day…

…following a proven formula that I have been using to teach for over 10 years – enabling children of all ages to become fast and fluent readers.

https://fb.childrenlearningreading.org/reading-program

I have helped over 51,600 other parents with no teaching experience or phonics knowledge to quickly and easily teach their children to read, to avoid falling behind, and to help them achieve their full potential.

My teaching methods are so simple and structured, it could teach a small toddler to read, and so effective it could help older (6 to 9 year old) struggling readers to quickly catch up to grade level – often in just 8 to 10 weeks!

In my video here, I explain in detail my proven teaching methods and show parents how to use the exact same formula to successfully teach their children to become exceptional readers and spellers!

Click the link below to learn more about the simple, proven process I use to teach all my students to read:

https://fb.childrenlearningreading.org/reading-program

Watch the video below to see how and discover what’s possible.

17/11/2019

Today in a city known as the silicon value of Asia, (China) our innovation the was judged by .
The Diagnostic Doodleis is a low-cost early detection tool that helps parents to determine early signs of autism in 3-6 year-old children. The drawing book for children helps children with autism who have been denied access to inclusive quality Education in Saharan Africa .
It wasn't about being judged or meeting with a Nobel Peace Price Winner, it was all about the that drives us in creating a global solution for for People With Disability.
I wish to thank everyone who has supported and pushed me towards that vision no matter how muddy and rough the road was and is. The device is dedicated to the millions of people around the world who cares for the needs of People with Disability. I have faced many challenges and marginalization of what and how it feels to be discriminated because someone somewhere tells you that you are and useless. However in a of Five from 4 continents, Africa, Asia, Europe and America (Kenya, The Gambia, Bangladesh, and German/Panama) we have managed to break the odds at the Pitching Completion.
Our fight for a better world was Recognized and we are very grateful to have received the SILVER Award at the pitching competition.

15/10/2019

World White Cane Day

On October 15, White Cane Safety Day is observed around the world. ... White Cane Safety Day celebrates the achievements of blind or visually impaired people. A white cane is an important mobility tool for such people as well as the symbol of their independent.

Today, the white cane isn’t just a tool used by travelers with vision loss. It is a symbol for members of our community who are blind or visually impaired. White Cane Safety Day is observed annually on October 15 to recognize the many achievements of blind and visually impaired citizens and the white cane as a tool promoting independent travel.

There are references of blind travelers using a stick, cane, or shepherd’s staff as a tool for independent travel since biblical times. It has only been during the last century that the white cane has served the dual role of both a tool for travel and symbol identifying the user as a blind traveler. As early as 1921, artist James Briggs, who lost his sight in an accident, claimed to have used the first white cane as a symbol when he painted his cane white to alert passing motorists that he was a blind traveler. Ten years later, in France, Guilly d'Herbemont undertook a national "white stick" movement to promote the use of white canes. This idea spread to England when the BBC suggested in press coverage of this movement that all citizens who were blind or visually impaired be provided with a "white stick" as a universal symbol for a blind or visually impaired traveler.
In 1931, the Lion’s Clubs in North America independently began promoting the white cane for travel when one of its members observed a blind traveler at a street crossing using a black cane for mobility, which was barely visible to motorists and passers-by.

After blinded World War II veterans began returning home in greater numbers and seeking greater reintegration into their communities, Dr. Richard Hoover developed a longer white cane or "Hoover Cane" to be used both as a tool for travel as well as a symbol. In the decades prior to the Hoover Cane, the white cane was often held outright by travelers in a fixed, diagonal position.

Peoria, Illinois, was the first community to pass a special ordinance for white cane travel in 1930, which granted travelers with a white cane the right of way. Five years later, Detroit passed a similar law, later adopted by the state of Michigan. On October 6, 1964, after lobbying by various organizations, a joint resolution of Congress was enacted, which read, "Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives that the President is hereby authorized to issue annually a proclamation designating October 15th as White Cane Safety Day and calling upon everyone to observe such a day by posting the white cane on there social media platform.

In 2000, President Clinton reminded the nation that on October 15, "With proper training, people using the white cane can enjoy greater mobility and safety by determining the location of curbs, steps, uneven pavement, and other physical obstacles in their path. The white cane has given them the freedom to travel independently to their schools and workplaces and to participate more fully in the life of their communities. It reminds us that the only barriers against people with disabilities are discriminatory attitudes and practices that our society has too often placed in their way. As we observe White Cane Safety Day, let us recall the history of the white cane, its emergence as a tool and a symbol through history; a staff of independence. Let us also recall the events that have permitted us to celebrate October 15th as White Cane Safety Day."

12/09/2019

Start Now

Help Spread the News!

We are writing to request for your support to identify individuals with irreversible vision that may likely need rehabilitation and adjustment training to cope with life.
Start Now is an organization in Brikama in the West Coast Region, that works to provide technology and rehabilitation training to visually impaired youth and adults so that they can be confident and independent.
With the goal to decentralize training opportunities for visually impaired in rural Gambia, recently Alieu Jaiteh founder of Start Now is awarded as a 2019 Holman Prize Winner by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco California, to train 80 visually impaired in rural Gambia in skills to become independent.
Currently, we are recruiting potential beneficiaries who are visually impaired between the ages of 14 to 35 years old living in rural Gambia. This age group faces the greatest risk of becoming street beggars due to marginalization.
The training program will be implemented in 4 regions in rural Gambia. The regions to visit are Lower River Region, Central River Region, Upper River Region, and North Bank Region. Each region, 20 participants will benefit from the training who will likely be future mentors to help their fellow visually impaired in their respective regions and communities.

Beneficiaries will received technology training, braille, cane travel, independent living, counseling as well as equipment’s to help them work independently.
Note, the individual must be legally blind or partially sighted as confirmed by Eye Doctor, optometrists or ophthalmologists.
Must reside in any of the mention regions namely LRR, CRR, URR and NBR.
Must be between 14 to 35 years old.
Thank you for your support in changing the life of this young people, who need empowerment to become productive citizens rather than dependent.
For recommendation or enquiry, kindly contact:
[email protected]
9936532/6832413/3855415/7668247.
Thank you.

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$40M OK’d to Make Natick Center T Station Accessible to Disabled

carroll.org Stay up to date on Carroll Center news. Read more about the funding approval to make accessibility improvements to the Natick Center T Station.

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