Asia-Pacific

Disability Survey Is Afghanistan’s First in 15 Years

Afghanistan in context Afghanistan has endured decades of political instability and chaos. The country remains exceedingly fragile despite nearly 20 years of international support, and the most recent presidential election, of which long-time rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have both declared themselves the winner, has left the Afghan government “on the verge of imploding.”… Continue Reading »

Thammasat University Continuously Strives to Offer Excellent Support to Students with Disabilities

THAILAND: Thammasat University has the highest number of students with disabilities among closed-system universities in Thailand since 2003 when Thammasat decided to launch an admission program for students with disabilities. Piyaphong Iadpum, director of Disabled Student Services Thammasat University (DSS) said that Thammasat has learned and improved a lot in setting up the service center and there… Continue Reading »

Startup Introduces Smart Cane for Persons with Visual Impairment

PAKISTAN: A Startup Zamastarga from 7th batch of The Catalyst GIK Incubator of GIK Institute has created a smart cane for visually impaired. It’s an Electronic device that helps visually impaired navigate their path without hitting the obstacle. The team conducted a product launch at Blind School Peshawar and donated 5 canes to visually impaired. The Smart cane features… Continue Reading »

Ezy Mov Begins Transport Services Persons with Mobility Impairment in Mumbai

INDIA: Wheelchair taxi service company Ezy Mov has started a transportation service for people with mobility impairments in need of dialysis treatment. This is available in select parts of Mumbai until 30 April. For physically disabled people in regular need of dialysis treatment, the coronavirus or COVID-19 lockdown is especially stressful. Ezy Mov Solutions Pvt. Ltd, the… Continue Reading »

Australia: Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Planning (PCEP) Tool for COVID-19

Queenslanders with Disability Network has been working with the University of Sydney and the Queensland Government on these practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs and situation during COVID-19.  We are calling this tool the ‘PCEP COVID-19 Planning Tool’.  PCEP  is short for ……Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP). The… Continue Reading »

Japanese Firm’s Notebooks Focused on Universal Design

JAPAN: When a manufacturer here set out to create a notebook for developmentally disabled people, who are often bothered by pure white pages, decorative lines and date columns, they went right to the source. Ohguri Shikou, a notebook maker based in Ikuno Ward here, teamed with a patient support group to ask the opinions of about… Continue Reading »

Barrier-Free Access Improves for China’s Disabled: Report

CHINA: China has on Sunday released a blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people, highlighting improvements in the barrier-free environment across the country. The Chinese Academy of Disability Data Sciences, the sole academy engaged in data on handicapped people in China, released the blue paper that was compiled by 29 experts from government, enterprises, colleges… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan: Persons with Disabilities to Receive Increased Social Sector Support

KAZAKHSTAN: The government hosted a press conference Dec. 25 to share the country’s plans for next year, including increasing support for entrepreneurs and the social sector, reported the prime minister’s press service. Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev, Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov and Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov were in attendance. The… Continue Reading »

Kerala Aims to Make Tourist Destinations Accessible for All

INDIA: Tourism Minister of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran recently announced that all the tourist destinations in their  state will be made differently-abled friendly by 2021.  Around 120 tourist spots have been identified by the government across the state in the first phase. Out of these, 98 spots have already been made completely differently-abled friendly whereas works… Continue Reading »

Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific

Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific — Strategic Approaches to Achieving Disability-inclusive Sustainable Development. An estimated 690 million persons with disabilities live in Asia and the Pacific. As this figure is expected to grow over the coming decades, the need for enhanced accessibility will increase greatly. Despite many… Continue Reading »