Month: March 2017

Advocates call for better sidewalk accessibility in Taipei

TAIPEI:  More should be done to enhance sidewalk accessibility, disability rights advocates said yesterday at a hearing at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. “There are more than 16 government agencies that are free to ‘rape’ or trample over sidewalks, but we cannot find a unified government agency responsible for approving things,” Access for All in… Continue Reading »

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities considers initial report of Jordan

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluded its consideration of the initial report of Jordan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mired Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, President of the Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities of Jordan, introducing the report, said that Parliament… Continue Reading »

Disability rights groups conduct accessbility audit at polling booths

CHENNAI, INDIA: Members of disability rights groups along with Chennai Corporation assistant engineers conducted an access audit of polling stations and booths in the R.K. Nagar constituency on Monday. The constituency has a total of 51 polling stations comprising 256 booths. The audit follows a meeting the groups had with Praveen Nair, Regional Deputy Commissioner… Continue Reading »

Guidance on the International Symbol of Accessibility Released

The Access Board has released guidance on the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) to address questions that have arisen on the use of alternative symbols. Some cities and states have adopted a different symbol that was created to be more dynamic and suggestive of movement. The Board’s guidance explains how use of a symbol other than the… Continue Reading »

2017 Lime Connect Fellowship Program for Students with Disabilities Announced

NEW YORK: Lime Connect (Lime) and its corporate partners IBM, Google, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, JPMorgan Chase & Co., PwC, Unilever and Microsoft are pleased to announce The 2017 Lime Connect Fellowship Program for Students with Disabilities. Lime Connect is rebranding disability through achievement via its fresh approach in the disability talent space, and the premier… Continue Reading »

Ghana’s disability law undergoes transition

ACCRA: The Persons with Disability Act 715, (2006) is undergoing an overhaul by stakeholders to ensure that it is compatible with the United Nations Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Ghana ratified the convention in August 2012. The disability fraternity argue that the current Persons with Disability law is fraught with challenges… Continue Reading »

Free Accessible Air Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities Published

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association today announced the publication of an Accessible Air Travel Guide for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities, designed to provide a hassle-free experience at the airport. Wheelchair users and other people with disabilities using assistive equipment, have a little more travel preparation to consider than the average jet setter. The booklet… Continue Reading »

Aipoly app opens up the world for people with vision disabilities

An Australian engineer has co-created created an app for people who are blind or have low vision that reads out what is in front of it. The Aipoly app uses artificial intelligence to recognize its surroundings, and then says those objects out loud as a way to aid users with vision disabilities. This uses your… Continue Reading »

Indian government focusing on inclusive educational development of students with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government has formulated a scheme to promote education of students with disabilities living in villages or rural areas and deprived of high schools, the Lok Sabha was informed today. In a written reply, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha said under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shishka Abhiyan, all disabled students,… Continue Reading »

Cyprus prepares new national Action Plan for persons with disabilities

CYPRUS: The new national Action Plan for Disability, covering the period 2017-2020, is being drafted, Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance Zeta Emilianidou has said. In an interview with Cyprus News Agency, ahead of a high level meeting, taking place on Monday, in Nicosia, to launch the Council of Europe’s Disability Strategy 2017-2023, Emilianidou… Continue Reading »