• Month: June 2014

    Make public transport accessible for persons with disabilities

    MUMBAI, INDIA: Twelve years ago, this paper did a proactive story in which a reporter on a wheelchair checked how accessible the city’s public transport was. It was observed that none of BEST, local trains were accessible to persons with disabilities. Over the years, public transport in Mumbai has drastically changed, with the Metro and… Continue Reading »

    SingTel expands CSR program

    SINGAPORE: SingTel expands its Corporate Social Responsibility Community Program with the launch of a mobile plan that specially caters to the needs of persons with disabilities. Named Lite Special, the plan offers three times the talktime, unlimited SMS and double the data bundle of SingTel’s Lite plan, with a 30 per cent discount off the… Continue Reading »

    People with vision disabilities get a new Braille library

    NASHIK, INDIA: Marathi litterateur Kavita Mahajan inaugurated the library for people with vision disabilities in the city on Friday on the occasion of the birth anniversary Helen Keller. Also present on the occasion were Balasaheb Joshi, former district governor of Rotary Club, Ramesh Meher, president of Rotary Nashik (West) and Megha Pawaskar, a senior member… Continue Reading »

    UQ provides grassroots support to children with disabilities in Vietnam

    University of Queensland students have helped children with disabilities in Vietnam enhance their motor skills by building an outdoor play area. The team of students and staff from UQ’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has raised funds to create a grassed area at The Futures School in Hue, Vietnam. Head of the School Professor Louise… Continue Reading »

    University to help students with vision disabilities in NET preps

    MEERUT, INDIA: Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) is all set to help students with vision disabilities prepare for the National Eligibility Test (NET). Under recent UGC approval, Braille booklets of 44 subjects will also be distributed. “The exam, which will take place on June 29 will have facilities not only for students with vision disabilities as per… Continue Reading »

    Call for Nominations for the 2015 EBU “Vision For Equality” Award

    The European Blind Union (EBU), as the European NGO representing people with vision disabilities in Europe, invites nominations for the third edition of the “Vision for Equality” Award. The award, which consists of a certificate and a piece of art by a artist with vision disability, will be presented in 2015 on the occasion of… Continue Reading »

    Dubai launches floating wheelchairs for beachgoers with disabilities

    Dubai Municipality launched a community initiative for older people and people with disabilities, providing 15 swimming wheelchairs in Al Mamzar and Jumeirah beaches to help people with disabilities to enjoy life with other community members. “The move comes as part of civic body’s keenness to achieve the strategic goal of Dubai Government to be one… Continue Reading »

    AMI-audio special focuses on the accessibility of some of the USA's most famous monuments

    TORONTO: Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced that it will air a two-part documentary exploring the accessibility of some of the most recognizable attractions in the capital of the United States. AMI Goes to Washington captures the spirit of America’s capital and takes listeners on a detailed journey through the city as AMI-audio staffers Paul Daniel… Continue Reading »

    Research team creates 3D picture books for children with vision disabilities

    “Goodnight room, goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon…” A children’s classic that already is a candidate for the all-time best feel-good book, “Goodnight Moon,” has gotten a boost: A University of Colorado Boulder team printed the first 3D version of it, allowing children with vision disabilities and their families to touch objects in the… Continue Reading »