• Month: July 2017

    Cab operators discriminating against persons with disabilities, says advocate

    CHENNAI, INDIA: Earlier this month, when disability rights activist Rajiv Rajan booked a shared ride on an app-based cab service, the driver arrived at his home and then refused to take him. “He saw me and said he wouldn’t take me. This is the second time in a month this has happened to me,” said… Continue Reading »

    Political participation of persons with disabilities vital

    KUALA LUMPUR: A non-governmental organisation of people who are blind wants more political participation from Persons with Disabilities  ahead of the next general election. The National Council of the Blind (NCBM) project consultant Muhamad Nadhir Abdul Nasir said participation was crucial as it would help in its quest to improve the rights and interests of… Continue Reading »

    GAATES OTI Wins DFAF Award

    On May 18, 2017 in Barcelona Spain, the On Thin Ice Project : Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities in Canada’s North project (2013-2016), managed by GAATES’ Marnie Peters – was named as one of 5 Winners of the International Good Practice – Design for All Foundation Award 2017. While Marnie was unable… Continue Reading »

    Re-Igniting the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD)

    On July 12, the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) kicked off a series of virtual meetings to enhance the participation of persons with disabilities (PwD) and the disability rights community in urban development processes, particularly the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February… Continue Reading »

    Robot to help children with vision disabilities find their way

    Alexandre Foucqueteau has taught Cellulo, a little hand-sized robot, how to help children with vision disabilities find their bearings and avoid obstacles in the classroom. For his semester project, Alexandre Foucqueteau came up with a new application for a little multifunctional robot called Cellulo. Created at EPFL two years ago in a collaboration between the… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights campaigners aim for accessible toilets across Dubai

    DUBAI: Disability rights campaigners have backed plans to improve access to private health centres in Dubai within six months. While most hospitals have adequate provisions for patients with disabilities when it comes to entry ramps, accessing bathrooms can be a problem, according to Shobhika Kalra, of public campaign group Wings of Angelz. She founded the… Continue Reading »

    New app to help find accessible places for persons with disabilities

    BillionAbles has announced the launch of a new app called BillionAbles, aimed at finding accessible places across India for people with disabilities. The app will serve as “India’s first Access Guide for persons with disabilities.” BillionAbles has announced the launch of a new app called BillionAbles, aimed at finding accessible places across India for people… Continue Reading »

    New guidelines to help persons with disabilities in Malaysia

    The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will come up with new guidelines to address issues that persons with disabilities face in obtaining a driving licence. Department director-general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron said he was concerned about these problems which were highlighted in StarMetro on June 19. “Our department engages with persons with disabilities over issues pertaining… Continue Reading »

    FSU researcher develops art therapy best practices for children with autism

    A Florida State University researcher is working with art therapists to find better ways to treat children who have Autism. Theresa Van Lith, assistant professor of art therapy in FSU’s Department of Art Education, led a study that surveyed art therapists working with children with autism to develop a clearer understanding of their techniques and… Continue Reading »