• Asia-Pacific

    Students in Singapore Work on Accessibility Project to Map Central Business District

    SINGAPORE: Lunch with colleagues is a simple affair for many, a little highlight of each workday. But for people with disabilities, it can be an ordeal they have to pass up because of the lack of accessibility where colleagues may be gathering. A group of 25 students from Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) landscape and architecture department is… Continue Reading »

    Japan Focuses on Innovation to Empower Elderly Drivers

    Japan is turning to technology to help prevent traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers in the country, a growing problem as the population ages. Orix Auto Corp. offers a service that enables senior citizens to measure their abilities behind the wheel via personal computers and smartphones. With Ever Drive, the company collects data on driving… Continue Reading »

    Disability Inclusion Startups in India to Get Funding for Innovation

    The figures are alarming! India has anywhere between 4-8 crore disabled individuals, which is one in 12 households. Many disabled kids don’t attend school and disabled adults don’t go to work owing to their impairments. Due to low literacy levels, social stigma and lack of opportunities, many face exclusion from society. Rising to the situation,… Continue Reading »

    ASEAN Summit Focuses on Inclusive Tourism Development

    BANGKOK: ASEAN’s tourism objectives filtered through during last week’s high powered ASEAN summit in Bangkok with a call for renewed commitment to pursue sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development. That was the key takeaway as far as tourism was concerned according to comments made by the ASEAN Tourism Association president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, in an interview… Continue Reading »

    South Korea Focuses on Developing Robotic Healthcare

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare has secured 1.3 billion won ($1.1 million) for developing care robots for the elderly and disabled, the ministry said Monday. The ministry-affiliated National Rehabilitation Center held a care robot symposium Monday in the Gangbuk district of Seoul, ahead of the launch of the care robot research and development project.… Continue Reading »

    India: Nippon Launches New Program Focused on Employment for Persons with Disabilities

    Keeping in line with its tradition of transforming the lives of underprivileged and special-needs children, Nippon Paint has launched SAHYOG -a program that aims at creating employment opportunities for people with special needs. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from PORDAC NGO (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children) will join as Trainee Interns and will be given specific… Continue Reading »

    New Chinese University to Focus on Rehabilitation Talent Cultivation

    Construction on the University of Rehabilitation Studies, a higher education institution designed for cultivating rehabilitation studies talent, formally began Tuesday with an inauguration ceremony in Qingdao, east China’s Shangdong Province. This comes after the Ministry of Education officially greenlighted the construction on the institution, which, to be sponsored by Shangdong Province and based in Qingdao,… Continue Reading »

    Global Apex Body of Airline Operators Passes Key Resolutions to Make Travel More Accessible

    Improving airline infrastructure and facilities for people with disabilities, global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking and facilitating implementation of biometrics based One ID process were some of the key resolutions passed on Sunday at the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global apex body of airline… Continue Reading »

    Stakeholders Find Weaknesses in ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill

    PAKISTAN: Stakeholders have identified weaknesses in the ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill before a parliamentary committee on human rights considers it next week, and have urged the committee to seek insight from people living with disabilities. At a press conference on Thursday, stakeholders also demanded representation for people living with disabilities in the local… Continue Reading »