Asia-Pacific

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 Continue reading the story...

Tourism department to make its facilities accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With a declared policy to initiate barrier-free tourism in the state, the tourism department will make all its facilities, including parks and hotels and other Continue reading the story...

China to offer braille test papers after student lawsuit

BEIJING: Braille test papers will be provided to students with vision disabilities for the first time as part of this summer’s College English Test 4 in Continue reading the story...

Workshop to study new law for persons with disabilities held

BENGALURU: A workshop held to study the new law for persons with disabilities has urged organisations working among these people to form a network for better Continue reading the story...

Accessible homes for children with disabilities may become a reality

NEW DELHI: Union minister Maneka Gandhi wants accessible homes to be set up for children with disabilities, saying child care institutions are “unable to provide” sustained and Continue reading the story...

Workshop held on open source technology

JAKARTA: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Disaster Management Innovation (DMI) — with the support from Australian government – has collaborated with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Indonesia and Continue reading the story...

States told to implement disabilities act

NEW DELHI: Inaugurating the 15th National Review Meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot urged states Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities are struggling with new currency notes in India

MUMBAI: People with vision disabilities are finding the new currency notes `unfriendly’, because they are difficult to recognise by touch. Lack of adequate embossing or engraving on Continue reading the story...

UT Administration begins work to make buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: The Chandigarh Administration has started the work to make all government buildings accessible to persons with disabilities. Sources said the Engineering Department had finalised a Continue reading the story...

Seminar on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Management

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH) will conduct the 19th online International Disability Awareness Seminar in association with the Directorate of Social Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to get Universal Identity Cards soon: Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The government of India will soon issue universal identity cards to persons with disabilities to help them avail various government welfare schemes, Union Minister Continue reading the story...

State governments slow in Accessible India drive

NEW DELHI: Eighteen months after Narendra Modi government initiated Accessible India campaign to make public places and transport accessible to all, the state governments have refused Continue reading the story...

To enhance economic growth, help persons with disabilities get back to work

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a 10-member state international body that is home to an estimated 625 million people. 17,102,139 people or 2.7% Continue reading the story...

Summit called to demand inclusive education for every child

NEW ZEALAND: A lack of government funding and support for children with disabilities or additional learning needs has prompted educators, people with disabilities and their families Continue reading the story...

Ability Foundation – Inclusive higher education for people with disabilities

CHENNAI, INDIA: Ability Foundation along with Sathyabama University is promoting inclusive university education for the past three years in Chennai, India.  This year too, 50 seats Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities appeal for better access to polling stations in South Korea

SEOUL: As early voting went into the second day, some elderly voters and persons with disabilities expressed frustration with polling stations that failed to accommodate their needs. “I Continue reading the story...

Indian government websites lack accessibility for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Even as Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s pitch for “digital India” grows louder, top government websites lack accessibility for persons with disabilities. The government Continue reading the story...

Disability Rights Activists Slam Indian Government’s Plan for Central University for Persons With Disabilities

NEW DELHI: Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar’s recent announcement  about the government’s decision to set up a special central university to cater to the needs Continue reading the story...

Australian government announces working group to expand Audio Description service

The Turnbull Government has announced the formation of an Audio Description Working Group to examine options for increasing the availability of audio description services in Australia, Continue reading the story...

Make city buses accessible for persons with disabilities: Minister

NAGPUR, INDIA: On May 6, 2016 NGO Pandit Deen Dayal Institute of Medical Science, Research and Human Resources, along with PN Andhare, an activist working for Continue reading the story...

Books to make classroom inclusive

NEW DELHI: To allow students with disabilities to read a book along with regular students in a classroom, the National Council of Educational Research and Training Continue reading the story...

Policies to support Vietnamese with disabilities

The Vietnamese State has adopted incentives and encouraged organizations and individuals to provide financial and technical support to the disabled. People with disabilities are allowed to be Continue reading the story...

Government buildings to be accessible for persons with disabilities

GURUGRAM, INDIA: The office of the state commissioner for persons with disabilities has written to the ministry of social justice and empowerment, seeking funds for renovating Continue reading the story...

SWD to invite applications for IT schemes for persons with disabilities in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: The Social Welfare Department (SWD) will invite application from today (April 24) until May 31 from eligible individuals and organisations for the Jockey Club Continue reading the story...

Access to data about persons with disabilities improves

NEW ZEALAND: Stats New Zealand launched a user-friendly online tool to make information about persons with disabilities more accessible. The interactive tool shows information on disability type, Continue reading the story...

China’s first gallery for persons with disabilities opens in Beijing

CHINA’S first gallery for persons with disabilities in Beijing on Sunday, offering a place for them to showcase calligraphic work and paintings. The gallery was established by Continue reading the story...

New website launched to provide entrepreneurship opportunities for persons with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: Microsoft Malaysia has launched M-Powered – a unique employment and entrepreneurship portal for persons with disabilities. The portal was launched by YB Dato’ Seri Continue reading the story...

Amway India, Turnstone Global set up Braille Library

BHUBANESWAR: Amway India has partnered with Turnstone Global, earlier known as National Association for the Blind, to set up a braille library for students with vision Continue reading the story...

Toyota develops new robotic leg brace to help people with mobility disabilities walk

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corporation, which is known for cars, is joining the medical robotics field with the introduction of Welwalk WW-1000. The equipment is a motorized Continue reading the story...

Maharashtra government to set up high schools, colleges for students with hearing disabilities

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Maharashtra Government decided to establish high schools and colleges for students with hearing disabilities in the state. The decision was taken at a Continue reading the story...

Schools to accommodate inclusive education in Fiji

FIJI: The Minister for Education Dr. Mahendra Reddy says they have designated schools in urban areas that will accommodate children into the mainstream education system. He says Continue reading the story...

New App to Teach Kiwis Sign Language

NEW ZEALAND: An innovative online learning resource will help teach Kiwis New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Learn NZSL is an e-learning resource developed by the Deaf Studies Continue reading the story...

Pondicherry University gets Braille center

INDIA: The Louis Braille Centre was recently opened at the Library Annexe of Ananda Rangapillai Library in Pondicherry Central University. Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy inaugurated the Continue reading the story...

Tokyo 2020 publish accessibility guide for Paralympic Games

TOKYO, JAPAN: The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has published its Accessibility Guidelines which aim to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games in three years’ time are Continue reading the story...

Public buildings lack ramps for persons with disabilities in Mumbai

MUMBAI, INDIA: A survey of 53 public utility buildings conducted under the union government’s Accessible India campaign showed that Mumbai is not a friendly place for Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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, Continue reading the story...

Uber launches uberASSIST to help persons with disabilities in Macau

MACAU: Worldwide ride-hailing company Uber is launching “Uber-Assist” in Macau today, a new function of its well-known mobile app. Designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and Continue reading the story...
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