• Asia-Pacific

    Chinese President Lauds Role Models with Disabilities and their Supporters

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 16 met in Beijing with representatives attending a ceremony commending role models with disabilities and people who have made outstanding contributions to helping the disabled. President Xi congratulated the representatives on their commendations and encouraged them to make continued efforts to achieve new accomplishments in supporting China’s disabled. He… Continue Reading »

    Sightsavers’ Approach to Making Health Services Inclusive for Everyone

    Sightsavers, an international charity working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change, has a new film that sets out their work to make health care services accessible and inclusive for everyone. The film focuses on their programmes in Bhopal, India and Nampula, Mozambique. It highlights how they work… Continue Reading »

    Beyond Braille Series Brings a New Visual Language to Children with Visual Impairment

    INDIA: It’s called Ranchhod Sees the World and it’s an illustration picture book about Ranchhod Soni, a visually impaired teacher in Gujarat, who has not disability come in the way of discovering new things. Bringing his story alive in a vivid and vibrant way for the first time is the Beyond Braille series which claims to offer breakthrough research to… Continue Reading »

    Australia: Consultation Underway for The National Disability Strategy 2010-20

    Consultation is now underway for the The National Disability Strategy 2010-20. This is your opportunity to have your say on accessible tourism in the context of the wider National Disability Strategy. The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is about creating a more inclusive society that enables Australians with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.It is also… Continue Reading »

    Smart Transport Hub Helps Enhance Access to Public Transportation

    Matilda can accurately predict the arrival of autonomous shuttles to its location, based on the position of the vehicle, the speed at which it can move, and also based on the traffic conditions enroute. This helps people when they travel; they can make plans that are timed to the minute. Matilda is also portable, making… Continue Reading »

    Autism Research Centre to Expand in India

    The Center for Autism and other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRRE), a not-for-profit organisation based here, has announced its second phase of development. Now working from a rented facility, the school has a staff strength of 35 including 25 qualified professionals, said G Vijaya Raghavan, Founder and Honorary Director. To open new facility As… Continue Reading »

    Researchers Developing Wheelchair-accessible Maps for Persons with Disabilities

    INDIA – Researchers with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, co-led by UCL (University College London) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), are developing wheelchair-accessible maps of Delhi, India.  Described as Street Rehab, the collaborative project has been conceptualized with innovative sensing platforms. This is how it works. UCL has arrived at… Continue Reading »

    Japan to Promote Wheelchair-Friendly Taxis for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    The Japanese government is hoping that visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics who use wheelchairs will have an easy time getting around. Officials say they’re going to obligate taxi operators to train their drivers in the use of specially designed vehicles.”Universal design” taxis look like station wagons and can easily accommodate passengers in… Continue Reading »

    Hawaii Progresses Towards Creating Better Opportunities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

    Whether Matthew Sakamoto would be able to hold a job after high school was always a big question mark. Sakamoto was born with a cognitive developmental delay. At 19, the Roosevelt High School student reads at a level akin to an elementary school student. But he also has a friendly, unreserved personality and a vigor to learn.… Continue Reading »