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    Month: December 2013

    Accessible transport for persons with disabilities sought in India

    KOLKOTA: Blaming government apathy for the harassment they are forced to face while availing public conveyance, persons with disabilities in West Bengal Saturday demanded an accessible transport system. Despite the existence of legislation as well as guidelines from the Calcutta High Court prohibiting harassment, commuting for persons with disabilities has become a nightmare, they said.… Continue Reading »

    Braille books launched in Nepal

    KATHMANDU: Early Rehabilitation Centre (ERC) launched three Braille books with the message that every people with vision disabilities has the right to read and write like other people. ERC launched the Braille versions of Jeewan Kada Ki Phool, Sansar Hallaune Sangharshashil Nariharu and Kaubudi Ani Aru Katha at the third Braille book launching ceremony. 

“We… Continue Reading »

    University of Missouri students create specialized apparel for people with disabilities

    COLUMBIA, Mo.: Dress is something that individuals may take for granted; yet, those with disabilities may have difficulties shopping for clothes that are fashionable and adapt to their specialized needs, whether it’s formal wear for wheelchair users or clothes that fit an amputee person comfortably. Now, a class in the University of Missouri Department of… Continue Reading »

    70% people with disabilities live in rural India: Census

    India is home to 2.68 crore people with disabilities with a whopping 70% residing in rural areas, according to the latest Census figures. 

The statistics for 2011, released by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner recently, shows a 22.4 per cent increase or 49.03 lakh from 2001. At present, the country has 1.49-crore… Continue Reading »

    New bill for a more inclusive society in Australia

    AUSTRALIA: Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka has invited the public to have their say on the draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014  before it is introduced into Parliament next year. Minister Ajaka said the NSW Government needs to ensure the legislative framework embraces changes to support the individual rights of people, while providing necessary safeguards as… Continue Reading »

    High Court directs UGC to provide Braille questionnaire in NET

    CHENNAI, INDIA: In a major relief to people with vision disabilities, the Madras High Court on Friday directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to furnish Braille questionnaire to them in the National Eligibility Test (NET) scheduled for December 29. The results may be withheld pending disposal of a writ petition, the court said. A Vacation… Continue Reading »

    Workshop to highlight employment issues of persons with disabilities

    BANGALORE, INDIA: The Karnataka State Government Disabled Employees’ Association will celebrate its silver jubilee year on December 28, with a workshop for government employees with disabilities. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate it at the Vidhana Souda, said S. Renukaradhya, president of the association. At a press conference on Monday, Mr. Renuka radhya said the focus… Continue Reading »

    Bahrain launches Braille signboards

    MANAMA: Minister of Education Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi has directed the launching of safe pathways for students with vision disabilities in schools. Safe walkways will be included as essential elements of the school ergonomics to assist students reaching to various facilities in their schools easily. This came as the Minister launched the project of… Continue Reading »

    Low-cost assistive technology a boon for persons with disabilities

    INDIA: The low-cost assistive technology is very helpful for designing devices needed for persons with disabilities, Prof. Therese Willkomm has observed. Participating in a workshop on Assistive Technologies held at the BVRIT in Narsapur on Sunday, Dr. Therese Willkomm, Director of the New Hempshire State Assistive Technology program of the Institute of Disability at the… Continue Reading »