• Month: June 2015

    WHO to collect comprehensive information for disabilities in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan and the World Health Organisation, as lead agency in Disabilities in the UN system, are conducting the Model Disability Survey (MDS). The survey is being conducted with support from the Canadian High Commission and collaboration from Pakistan-Bait-Ul Mal. On the occasion, the Canadian High Commissioner, Ms. Heather Cruden said: “we… Continue Reading »

    Government to conduct accessibility audit of public buildings for persons with disabilities

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a bid to make public buildings easily accessible to persons with disabilities, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is going to conduct accessibility audit of 100 most important government buildings in seven cities, including Delhi. Railway stations and airports too will be audited. The audit is being done under the… Continue Reading »

    People with disabilities deserve a fair go at work

    NEW ZEALAND: Tracking Equalities at Work research released by the Human Rights Commission yesterday shows that New Zealand’s disabled population has nearly double the level of unemployment than non-disabled people. Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson says that it is a human right to work and clearly New Zealand needs to do better in this area.… Continue Reading »

    CBSE tells schools to form school inclusion committee

    COIMBATORE, INDIA: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the schools affiliated to it to form a School Inclusion Committee to address the needs of children with disabilities. The committee should comprise four members including school counsellor, special educator, teachers’ representative and principal, who will be the chairperson of the committee. The… Continue Reading »

    Reconsider admission of student with disabilities: High Court

    MUMBAI, INDIA: Noting the movements of a student with disabilities inside the courtroom, the Bombay High Court has directed the state government to consider his admission in the first of year MBBS course. The student was earlier denied admission under the disability quota. “He (petitioner) has been walking with braces and having seen his physical… Continue Reading »

    Computer vision and mobile technology could help people with vision disabilities ‘see’

    UK: Computer scientists are developing new adaptive mobile technology which could enable people who are blind or have low vision to ‘see’ through their smartphone or tablet. Funded by a Google Faculty Research Award, specialists in computer vision and machine learning based at the University of Lincoln, UK, are aiming to embed a smart vision… Continue Reading »

    NAB to launch smartphone app for people with vision disabilities

    PUNE, INDIA: People who are blind or have low vision will soon be able to use touchscreen cellphones thanks to an application called Easy Access. The National Association for the Blind (NAB) is all set to launch the application which will help people with vision disabilities operate their cellphones through its text-to-speech feature. “Users can just… Continue Reading »

    14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons

    LISBON: The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 to 31 July 2015. The 14th TRANSED conference  will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a prestigious school of Engineering, Science and Technology of the Universidade de Lisboa, IST, well known by… Continue Reading »

    Sign language workshop opens door to deaf culture for Arizona State University faculty, staff

    Scenario 1: You’re walking down a hallway at Arizona State University and realize you need to walk between two people conversing in sign language. What’s the most polite way to do so? Scenario 2: A student with hearing disability approaches you for help with an academic matter, but you don’t know any sign language. What… Continue Reading »