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    Month: April 2015

    Beijing Railway Station unveils details on passengers traveling with guide dogs

    Beijing Railway Station has introduced a long-awaited policy to assist passengers who are blind with guide dogs. Travellers will be able to reserve the service 12 hours before boarding the train from May 1, which is also the first day of the May Day holiday. The railway station will designate an employee to assist passengers… Continue Reading »

    More buildings win BCA award for user-friendly design in Singapore

    SINGAPORE: A record 37 projects have received a Building and Construction Authority award for user-friendly design this year, said the BCA in a statement on Tuesday. The BCA Universal Design Mark is a voluntary certification scheme for developers and architects who adopt the philosophy of “universal design” – that is, designing buildings that are accessible… Continue Reading »

    Indian government launches national action plan for skill training of persons with disabilities

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: Government has launched a national action plan for skill training of persons with disabilities to improve vocational training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said in Lok Sabha that the action plan will bring all main stakeholders like various central government ministries, state… Continue Reading »

    Colombian engineer 3D prints mechanical hands for children with disabilities

    BOGOTA: To help children with disabilities, Colombian engineer Cristian Silva, alongside a team of volunteers, has constructed mechanical hands using three-dimensional printing. The project, which came about during Silva’s dissertation for undergraduate degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the National University of Colombia, has already helped at least a dozen children born with a malformation in… Continue Reading »

    Changing minds about persons with disabilities

    Bonnie Nakasuji ’74, MA ’94, OTD ’08 first went to Ghana in 2003 with a simple mission. She wanted to match patients with wheelchairs. Two years later — thanks to her passion for occupational therapy and a good deal on airfare — Nakasuji returned to Ghana with 10 students from the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan… Continue Reading »

    CommerceWest Bank and United Cerebral Palsy Combine Efforts to Empower People With Disabilities

    IRVINE, CALIF.: CommerceWest Bank and United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County came together for the Life Without Limits Gala. United Cerebral Palsy serves children with disabilities including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to help them reach their full potential, improve the quality of life for their families and foster… Continue Reading »

    Disability not a separate category for quota: Rajasthan High Court

    JAIPUR, INDIA: Rajasthan high court has today ordered that reservation for people with disabilities should be given within the caste quota as disability is not a separate category, independent of caste reservation. The division bench of Chief Justice Sunil Ambwani and Ajit Singh today struck down a single bench order of the high court, approving… Continue Reading »

    Awareness camp for persons with disabilities held in India

    IMPHAL, INDIA: A one day awareness camp for persons with disabilities was held at Dibong Echel Club. The camp was organized by Social Welfare Department Manipur. Hilghat Gram Panchayat Pradhan M Bina Devi, Anima Roy, CDPO, Jiribam ICDS Project, Th Joychandra Singh, Deputy Director, Social Welfare Department, Manipur and W Birahari Singh, RO, Social Welfare… Continue Reading »

    GAATES Participating in a Workshop on Emergency Warnings and Disaster Risk Reduction

    BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is participating in a workshop on Emergency Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction, Bhubaneswar, Orrisa, India from 21 to 25 April 2015 to discuss Inclusive Early Warning Systems and Broadcasting, and also on Accessible Broadcasting, Communication and Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities in an Emergency:… Continue Reading »