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    Month: April 2011

    Volunteers to build free access ramp for disabled people in Algona

    Algona residents James and Anna Ogar will watch volunteers from the Master Builders Care Foundation construct a free ramp for wheelchair user at their home on May 14 for the 18th annual Rampathon event. The event will bring hundreds of Master Builders Association member volunteers to construct free wheelchair ramps for disabled people, low-income homeowners… Continue Reading »

    Tokyo Haneda Airport sets "Universal Design" standards for barrier-free airports

    Tokyo, Japan: The universal design principles incorporated into the passenger areas at Haneda Airport’s new international terminal have been acclaimed as world class and can serve as a blueprint for integrated “barrier-free” facilities in similar facilities around the world. So much thought has gone into the design of the airport, which serves Tokyo, that it… Continue Reading »

    Jakarta city urged to create disabled parking spots as part of bylaw

    Jakarta, Indonesia: Beni Kusuma continues to drive despite a stroke that paralyzed him 20 years ago. He says that Jakarta discriminates against disabled people behind the wheel. Beni criticized top administration officials on Monday for not designating parking spots for disabled people. “Many public buildings have no special parking areas for disabled people. Whereas those… Continue Reading »

    “Most planned city in India” forgotten its disabled population

    Chandigarh, India: Life is not easy for disabled people in Chandigarh, moreso if they plan to move around the city as they face several roadblocks everywhere. Whether it is enjoying the beauty of the parks or going out for shopping or simply commuting on their own, disabled people find it difficult to carry out even… Continue Reading »

    UN disability representative prohibited by Swissair from boarding a flight

    European disability rights movements were flabbergasted on hearing that a high United Nations disability representative was prohibited by Swissair from boarding a flight that would have taken him from London to Geneva. The passenger, the UN Special Rapporteur on disability, Shuaib Chalklen, who is a wheelchair user, was not allowed to board flight LX353 from… Continue Reading »

    EU vows to improve travel rights for people with disabilities

    The European Commission vowed Wednesday to strengthen the travel rights of disabled people, after a UN disability expert who uses a wheelchair complained that he was barred from a Swiss airline flight. Shuaib Chalklen, the United Nations special rapporteur on disability, was told by the airline that he could not board a London-to-Geneva flight without… Continue Reading »

    Chinese website portal launched to ensure disabled people better access to public information

    A Chinese website portal was launched Tuesday to provide the country’s nearly 83 million disabled people with better access to information services. Sponsored by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), the website, www.cdpsn.org.cn, is the country’s first national-level online portal specializing in serving the disabled. Besides publishing information regarding job offers, long-distance education and government… Continue Reading »

    DLA Aviation migration to videophones for hearing impaired complete

    RICHMOND – Two years ago, DLA Aviation began the process of upgrading all of its deaf and hearing-impaired employees from the old and obsolete telephone typewriter, or TTY communications device to the more technically advanced videophones. Recently, the last three DLA Aviation deaf employees received their videophones, completing the issue of the phones to all… Continue Reading »

    Airlines facing EU clampdown for refusing Travelers with Disabilities

    The EU is under pressure to enforce equality rules on airlines as increasing numbers of disabled people, including a UN disability rights monitor, are being refused travel because they are in a wheelchair. Shuaib Chalklen, the UN’s “special rapporteur on disability” has complained to the European Commission after he was denied boarding on a flight… Continue Reading »