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New Building Rules to Improve Accessibility for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, July 15 2019

A person in a wheelchair in a public space with back towards camera.

SINGAPORE: From Jan 6 next year, new buildings or buildings undergoing large-scale renovations will have to ensure that they fulfil new accessibility regulations. These include building more spacious changing rooms and toilets for the convenience of the elderly, their caregivers and the disabled to give them a more accessible and… Continue Reading »

Students in Singapore Work on Accessibility Project to Map Central Business District

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, July 12 2019

Two people helping a person navigate streets on a wheehlchair

SINGAPORE: Lunch with colleagues is a simple affair for many, a little highlight of each workday. But for people with disabilities, it can be an ordeal they have to pass up because of the lack of accessibility where colleagues may be gathering. A group of 25 students from Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP)… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Fund Set to Benefit Passengers with Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, July 12 2019

Disabled rail passengers across the UK are set to benefit from a raft of accessibility improvements following the opening of a £20m government fund on 8 July. This fund is open for applications from stations in need of accessibility improvements, leading to small-scale enhancements such as tactile paving or handrails.… Continue Reading »

Japan Focuses on Innovation to Empower Elderly Drivers

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, July 10 2019

A man seated on a wheelchair and a woman kneeling smiling at him

Japan is turning to technology to help prevent traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers in the country, a growing problem as the population ages. Orix Auto Corp. offers a service that enables senior citizens to measure their abilities behind the wheel via personal computers and smartphones. With Ever Drive, the… Continue Reading »

New Project ‘Month of Access’ to be held UK-wide in 2020

Europe, Events, July 8 2019

A man holding a paper with a slogan

A new project is promoting the benefits of the outdoors to people with disabilities. Month of Access is to be held UK-wide in June next year following a pilot held in Perthshire. Last month’s inaugural Day of Access took four disabled people to an altitude of 720m (2,362ft) on Meall Tairneachan.… Continue Reading »

Disability Inclusion Startups in India to Get Funding for Innovation

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, July 3 2019

The figures are alarming! India has anywhere between 4-8 crore disabled individuals, which is one in 12 households. Many disabled kids don’t attend school and disabled adults don’t go to work owing to their impairments. Due to low literacy levels, social stigma and lack of opportunities, many face exclusion from… Continue Reading »

UK: Pilot Project Launched to Introduce Bicycles for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, July 2 2019

Some of the bikes used in the Pedal Power scheme

A pilot project to introduce bicycles suitable for use by disabled youngsters and adults is being introduced into Tredegar Park, Newport. The free initiative by Newport City Council will enhance the facilities at the popular park where an improved cycle route takes users around the park. The specially adapted bikes… Continue Reading »

Canada: Launch of Draft Strategy for Building Inclusive Workplaces

Americas, July 1 2019

Advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities in Canadian workplaces have released a new draft pan-Canadian strategy for building an inclusive workforce.   The draft strategy is designed to promote and guide efforts across the country to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Working together, the Centre for Research on Work… Continue Reading »

UN Secretary-General Reports on Empowerment, Inclusiveness, Equality

News, June 30 2019

The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on the 2019 theme of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ The report seeks to inform ECOSOC’s annual High-level Segment, which will take place from 16-19 July 2019 and serve as the culmination of the… Continue Reading »

ASEAN Summit Focuses on Inclusive Tourism Development

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, June 29 2019

ASEAN Tourism Association president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, in an interview with Thailand Today

BANGKOK: ASEAN’s tourism objectives filtered through during last week’s high powered ASEAN summit in Bangkok with a call for renewed commitment to pursue sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development. That was the key takeaway as far as tourism was concerned according to comments made by the ASEAN Tourism Association president,… Continue Reading »

Dubai to Host First Summit on Accessible Tourism

Middle East, Tourism, June 28 2019

A man in a wheelchair and a woman laughing and shopping

Dubai will host the inaugural ‘Accessible Tourism International Summit’ on 5th-6th November at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The summit is held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of… Continue Reading »

UK: Government Launches Consultation to Make New Homes More Accessible

Built Environment, Europe, June 27 2019

Accessible row houses

Higher accessibility standards for new housing are to be introduced in the UK as part of a wider plan to make sure disabled people are not facing discrimination. Prime Minister Theresa May said that it is widely recognising that too many disabled people still live in unsuitable homes and she… Continue Reading »

South Korea Focuses on Developing Robotic Healthcare

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, June 25 2019

Three elderly people sitting on sofa with two robots

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has secured 1.3 billion won ($1.1 million) for developing care robots for the elderly and disabled, the ministry said Monday. The ministry-affiliated National Rehabilitation Center held a care robot symposium Monday in the Gangbuk district of Seoul, ahead of the launch of the care… Continue Reading »

Haptic-feedback Clothing Designed to Guide the Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, June 24 2019

three vests on display

Haptic signing is a process in which a hearing, sighted person conveys information to a deaf and blind individual by touching their back or other parts of their body. It’s effective, but what happens if the deafblind person wants to be more independent? Well, new haptic-feedback clothing could help. The… Continue Reading »

UN Security Council Calls for Protection of Persons with Disabilities in War Zones

News, June 20 2019

smiling girl on a wheelchair

The UN Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts. The appeal follows moving testimony in April from Nujeen Mustafa, a young Syrian with cerebral palsy, who trekked with a wheelchair from her homeland all the way to Germany as a refugee.… Continue Reading »

India: Nippon Launches New Program Focused on Employment for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, June 20 2019

Three men and two women posing for the camera

Keeping in line with its tradition of transforming the lives of underprivileged and special-needs children, Nippon Paint has launched SAHYOG -a program that aims at creating employment opportunities for people with special needs. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from PORDAC NGO (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children) will join as Trainee Interns… Continue Reading »

Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Accepting Nominations

Events, June 17 2019

Nominations for the 2019 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are now open! These international Awards recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr.   Since inception, the Awards have drawn nominations from… Continue Reading »

Car Tech Helping Persons with Disabilities in South Africa with Enhanced Mobility

Africa, Transportation, June 17 2019

A man in a car getting off and trying to open a wheelchair

Independence within the disabled community is becoming far more of an important focus and as such the use of one’s own vehicle without assistance is an integral part of that, says Dominic Sierra, Mobility Consultant at Chairman Industries. The need to adapt and convert vehicles for use by the disabled… Continue Reading »

Swedish Furniture Manufacturer Joins with Physiotherapists to Launch New Range for Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, Europe, June 12 2019

persons pulling out a chair from the table

IKEA has announced the launch of new products to its OMTÄNKSAM range, aiming to give people with disabilities greater independence through comfort, function and safety at home. OMTÄNKSAM means “thoughtful” in Swedish and encompasses the idea of care that the products bring. The new range is due for global launch… Continue Reading »

New Chinese University to Focus on Rehabilitation Talent Cultivation

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, June 11 2019

Construction on the University of Rehabilitation Studies, a higher education institution designed for cultivating rehabilitation studies talent, formally began Tuesday with an inauguration ceremony in Qingdao, east China’s Shangdong Province. This comes after the Ministry of Education officially greenlighted the construction on the institution, which, to be sponsored by Shangdong… Continue Reading »