Month: September 2016

Tehran to improve services for persons with disabilities

TEHRAN, IRAN: All parks in the capital will be equipped with wheelchairs for people with disabilities by the end of the current Iranian calendar year falling on March 20, 2017, Tehran’s mayor said. “Moreover we are planning on designing parks in each district perfectly modified for the needs of persons with disabilities,” Mehr news agency… Continue Reading »

Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities: UN rights experts

Inclusive education is central to achieving high quality education for all learners, including those with disabilities, and for the development of inclusive, peaceful and fair societies, UN human rights experts have said in authoritative new guidelines on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “Millions of persons with disabilities are denied an education,… Continue Reading »

New disability definition model to be introduced in Armenia

YEREVAN: Persons with disabilities are full members of the society, and the works with them must be continuous, Armen Soghoyan, head of the Medical and Social Expertise Agency of the Armenian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, said, “Armenpress” reported. “We should not forget about them, rather it is necessary to make needs assessment and… Continue Reading »

Make stations accessible for persons with disabilities: HC

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay high court on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the railways to provide amenities for persons with disabilities on Mumbai’s suburban stations. Hearing a PIL filed by an NGO, the court categorically told the railways it would have to either appoint an independent auditor to conduct an access audit or comply with… Continue Reading »

Australia Introduces Braille Banknote

CANBERRA: The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) officially releases new braille currency today to make it easier for people who are blind and have low vision  to decipher the bills and use cash more independently. It will contain a small but hugely important new design feature – making it the first Australian bank note that… Continue Reading »

New research finds demand for more disability sport news

With a week to go before the Rio Paralympics, new research from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has shown the public’s desire to see more disability sport in the media. With many media channels set to cover elite disability sport at the Rio Paralympics. The report flags the importance of coverage beyond the… Continue Reading »

Wheelchair users face difficulties with public transport in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: S Jeyaraj, a wheelchair user, speaks about the difficulties of taking the train from point A to point B and calls for guides at KTM stations. S Jeyaraj, author of the guidebook “Guidance For Wheelchair Bound” in lamenting this sorry state of affairs, has urged non-governmental organisations dealing with persons with disabilities and… Continue Reading »

Women with disabilities need empowerment, not pity: UN rights experts

GENEVA: States too often fail to uphold their obligations with regard to women and girls with disabilities, treating them or allowing them to be treated as helpless objects of pity, subjected to hostility and exclusion, instead of empowering them to enjoy their fundamental human rights and freedoms, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with… Continue Reading »

China plans to establish university for disability rehabilitation

BEIJING: China will establish a dedicated university to train specialists in disability rehabilitation in the next five years, an official said at a press conference Wednesday. Rehabilitation currently provided in the country is far from enough to satisfy the demands of persons with disabilities, said Zhang Haidi, chairwoman of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation. Among… Continue Reading »