Month: May 2017

Canada’s new accessibility laws should include rules for inclusive buildings and transport

GATINEAU, QC: Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for persons with disabilities have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, released a report entitled, “Creating new national accessibility legislation:… Continue Reading »

Wheelchairs Made for All-Terrain

Developing countries often remain so due to underdeveloped transportation systems, which limit people’s ability to access food, products, and services. Coupled with disabilities, it can be nearly impossible for those with mobility disabilities to have any access to needed healthcare providers as well as travel around one’s own rural town. While visiting Tanzania in 2005,… Continue Reading »

Succeeding with Cerebral Palsy

In the last week the story of Ding Ding, a 29-year-old man with cerebral palsy who has had to overcome hardship to become a student of Harvard has been circulating the web. Cerebral palsy (or CP) is a condition in which motor functions are lost or disability as a result of brain damage due to… Continue Reading »

Microsoft hosts Accessibility Summit in India

HYDERABAD: Microsoft India hosted its first-ever Accessibility Summit here aiming to enhance technology access for people with disabilities. The summit aimed at demonstrating the business value of accessible technology for organisations, the need for a collaborative effort as well as assessing policy’s role in creating an accessible India, a company statement said. It brought together… Continue Reading »

EU Supports Access to Education for Palestinian Children with Disabilities in Lebanon

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hosted a ceremony at Deir Qassi School in Saida to recognize the support of the European Union (EU) for Palestine refugee children with disabilities in Lebanon. With the support of the European Union, UNRWA is working to improve opportunities for… Continue Reading »

Employers urged to give jobs to people with vision disabilities in Myanmar

MYANMAR: People with vision disabilities in Myanmar are finding it difficult to gain employment, according to the Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities (MFPD). MFPD chairman U Aung Ko Myint, said that most employers do not want to hire the blind as they require special tools and technology at work to help people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for users with mobility disabilities

SINGAPORE: Wheelchair accessible weight machines at the gymnasium, staggered platforms with handrails at the swimming pool, extensive braille indicators, step-free entrances to units and bathrooms. These are just some of the features that won serviced residence Ascott Orchard Singapore and Cairnhill Nine condominium the Universal Design (UD) Mark Platinum award, given out by the Building… Continue Reading »

Booklet on climate change in braille

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Braille version of a booklet — Climate Action: We Must Not Delay — dedicated to environmental issues such as carbon footprint, groundwater scarcity and air pollution was launched in the capital on Monday. The booklet, which was launched by N S Kang, secretary and director general, Ministry of Social Justice and… Continue Reading »

Vodafone Ghana launches ‘Supercare’ for people with hearing disabilities

Vodafone Ghana has launched another industry first, ‘Supercare’, a dedicated customer service line for people with hearing disabilities in the country. The initiative forms part of the telecommunication giants’ commitment to offering equal opportunities to everybody, irrespective of their gender, race, colour, religion, disability, ethnicity or age. Launching the service, Deputy Minister of Communication, Honourable… Continue Reading »

Charter of Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Action in Iraq

In 2016, different humanitarian actors came together prior to the World Humanitarian Summit to develop the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Despite the milestone that the Charter represents, most of its recommendations are not being implemented in the field, especially in the Iraq humanitarian response, even by organisations that endorsed… Continue Reading »