Month: February 2017

New campaign focuses on greater acceptance for persons with disabilities in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Hit by a bus while on a business trip in Paris in 2011, Mr Rajan Raju was paralysed from the neck down. But the corporate high-flier — who has regained much of his mobility and even attempted marathons again nearly six years on — said he prefers doing things on his own in the… Continue Reading »

Braille signage will help visitors with vision disabilities

MYSURU, INDIA: Here is good news for people with vision disabilities. Thanks to the efforts of the authorities concerned, they will be spared of asking information about monuments in Karnataka as they can get it through braille and touch-and-feel way. T Arun Raj, superintending archaeologist at Archaeological Survey of India (ASI, Bengaluru Circle), said that… Continue Reading »

Upgrade facilities to make Railways accessible for persons with disabilities: Bombay HC

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay High Court today said the Railways was duty-bound to provide facilities for passengers with disabilities and suggested a separate budgetary allocation for making the existing infrastructure better. A division bench of Justices VM Kanade and PR Bora directed both Central and Western Railways to formulate a concrete plan in this regard.… Continue Reading »

Education a challenge among children with disabilities: Report

RWANDA: Children with disabilities in the country find it hard to access education due to various challenges, according to a new report. The study was conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Council of People with Disabilities (NCPD) in three districts of Rulindo, Ngoma and Gisagara. It was done in collaboration with districts… Continue Reading »

Provide facilities for voters with disabilities at polling centres: High Court

NAGPUR, INDIA:  Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Thursday, directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to provide facilities like ramps and handrails at the polling centres for voters with disabilities, to enable them to exercise their franchisee. A division bench comprising justice Bhushan Gavai and justice Indira Jain warned the SEC of stern action,… Continue Reading »

Youngster to benefit from 3D printed hand

A five-year-old boy from Bedford will be able to use a knife and fork and ride a bike thanks to a 3D printed hand under development by experts at the University of Bedfordshire. Donaghan Hazlewood, from Bedford, visited the University’s School of Computer Sciences and Technology with his parents to have the first fitting of… Continue Reading »

Third Annual Assistive Technology Conference – Feb 17

MACOMB, IL: Western Illinois University will host the third annual Assistive Technology Conference from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in Horrabin Hall, room 1. The conference is presented by Infinite Potential Through Technology (INFINITEC) and sponsored by the WIU Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Council for Exceptional Children and a grant from the… Continue Reading »

New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid accessibility barriers

Transportation routing services primarily designed for people in cars don’t give pedestrians, parents pushing bulky strollers or people in wheelchairs much information about how to easily navigate a neighborhood using sidewalks. For someone with limited mobility, using sidewalks or pedestrian paths in an unfamiliar area can be like driving without directions and hitting dead end… Continue Reading »

Zayed University creates auditory play for students with disabilities

ABU DHABI, UAE: Students with disabilities at Zayed University will be able to listen to plays of modern Arab writers in a new project planned to promote happiness, tolerance, and positivity among all students regardless of their physical disability. In collaboration with Zayed University Office of Happiness, Tolerance and Positivity and Student Life Department, five… Continue Reading »

Canada wraps up consultations on how to make a more accessible Canada

GATINEAU, QC: Over the past five months, the Government of Canada has held public sessions across Canada as part of a consultation process to inform planned federal accessibility legislation. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is leading discussions on the barriers to accessibility that Canadians face in their daily lives.… Continue Reading »