Asia-Pacific

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

Student to unveil education system for children with disabilities

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN: Fifteen-year-old Taraz resident Isaac Mustopulo, who is committed to helping Kazakh children with disabilities receive a full-fledged education, participated in the Human Library under Continue reading the story...

Autism center to be set up in Thiruvananthapuram

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: A state-of-the-art institute for children with autism will open here in Kerala with a vision to transform the lives of such children through best Continue reading the story...

Film competition to raise awareness on accessibility

NEW DELHI: The Social Justice Ministry will organize a short film competition to raise awareness on making public places accessible for persons with disabilties, an official Continue reading the story...

Filipinos with disabilities urged to assert their rights

DAVAO CITY: Persons with disabilities should assert their rights to fight discrimination. In commemorating the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, Officer-in-charge of Davao Continue reading the story...

Only 20% of firms complied with accessibility law

DAVAO, PHILIPPINES: Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Davao City said only 20 percent of all government and non-government firms complied with the Accessibility Ordinance Continue reading the story...

AU offering PG diploma in multiple disabilities

CHENNAI: With more schools promoting inclusive classrooms, there is an increasing demand for trained special educators. So V-Excel Educational Trust has tied up with Annamalai University Continue reading the story...

City to have major center for children with autism

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: A Centre for Autism and other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRRE) is being set up in Thiruvananthapuram with the vision to transform the Continue reading the story...

Survey to reach out to persons with disabilities

PANAJI: The state commissioner for disabilities, together with the directorate of panchayats, has begun undertaking a survey to bridge the gap between persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Cafes hiring people with hearing disabilities in India

JAIPUR: Cafes run wholly and solely by people with disabilities are now becoming a trend in Pink City. These restaurants have unique and interesting ways in Continue reading the story...

First park for persons with disabilities to open in Nalgonda crossroads soon

HYDERABAD: The city is all set to take its first steps towards becoming a tad more accessible for persons with disabilities with Telangana’s first-of-its-kind park for Continue reading the story...

Auckland Design Manual launches design tool to encourage accessibility

The Auckland Design Manual has introduced a new tool to support architects and designers incorporate ways to cater for people of all physical abilities and stages Continue reading the story...

Why Railway facilities beyond access for persons with disabilities, asks High Court

NEW DELHI: Friday’s TOI report on how a student with disability was unable to board the train and, as a result, missed his entrance examination at Continue reading the story...

Booklet aims to make voting easier for persons with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR:  The National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) is producing a booklet to ensure people with disabilities are better able to exercise their right Continue reading the story...

Railway to begin SMS helpline for passengers with disabilities

MUMBAI: The Central Railway (CR) plans to start a new helpline system to redress the grievances of passengers with disabilities. Following complaints from passengers with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities still struggle to access mainstream schools: experts

BEIJING: A disability forum held in Beijing last week said that while the country has made steps forward, it still has a long way to go Continue reading the story...

Guidebook on Making Schools Accessible to Children with Disabilities

UNICEF India has developed a guidebook: “Making Schools Accessible to Children with Disabilities” with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Samarthyam, a Disabled Persons Continue reading the story...

Delhi University cell offers short-term courses for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) of Delhi University runs three short-term certificate courses for persons with disabilities, which are primarily open to Delhi University Continue reading the story...

AIIMS to provide healthcare access to older people with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in association with an NGO would adopt 50 elderly people, who are economically and disabled, to Continue reading the story...

China Disability and Sustainable Development Forum Held in Beijing

China now has an estimated 85 million people with disabilities, a number comparable to the population of Germany, according to Tim de Meyer, director of the Continue reading the story...

New Act roots for inclusive eduation for children with disabilities

PANAJI, INDIA: The new central Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, yet to be brought into force in the state, has reinforced the importance of Continue reading the story...

90% of wheelchairs used by people with disabilities in state inappropriate: Study

BENGALURU, INDIA: Only 10% of the wheelchairs used by 66.8 lakh people with disabilities of the state are appropriate, user-specific and manufactured as per World Health Continue reading the story...

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

The 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & Continue reading the story...

New research to help students with hearing disabilities become self-reliant

LUCKNOW, INDIA: Aiming to make students with hearing disabilities financially independent, Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University will join hands with University of Central Lancashire’s International Continue reading the story...

Project helps children with disabilities in Vietnam

QUANG BINH:  Over 650 children with disabilities have had access to early detection, intervention and inclusive education services during a three-year project in central Quang Binh Continue reading the story...

New wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system

A new wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system has been developed by Massey University engineers that attempts to minimise chronic shoulder and wrist problems for Continue reading the story...

Mandatory for CBSE schools to appoint educators for students with disabilities

MUMBAI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all its affiliated schools to appoint a special educator to promote inclusive education. A Continue reading the story...

‘Denying education to children with disabilities is injustice’

PANAJI: While the government has proposed to increase reservations in government service for persons with disabilities, minister for social welfare, Pandurang Madkaikar, said that schools will Continue reading the story...

NCERT issues guidelines to test school-kids with disabilities

NEWDELHI: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is going to emphasise on education of the children of disabilities. The NCERT has released a 128-page Continue reading the story...

Conference promotes rights of persons with disabilities

HANOI: International cooperation is crucial to successfully realising the rights of people with disabilities, heard a conference jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Continue reading the story...

New Zealand to join Marrakesh Treaty

The NZ Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for New Zealanders who are blind and low vision , Disability Issues Continue reading the story...

New Zealand appoints new Disability Rights Commissioner

Disability advocate and former paralympian Paula Tesoriero has been appointed as the Human Rights Commission’s next Disability Rights Commissioner, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today. The Continue reading the story...

State order to permit students with vision disabilities in Science stream of Higher Secondary courses

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The State Government issued an order allowing students with vision disabilities to study in science stream of higher secondary courses. The GO was issued Continue reading the story...

China’s college English test adopts papers in Braille

CHANGCHUN: Five students who are blind joined their peers Saturday to sit the national college English test in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province, where Continue reading the story...

Indian tech startups hope to change the world for people with vision disabilities

MUMBAI: An afternoon at the Blind People Association in the sweltering heat of Ahmedabad four years ago changed Gunjan Gupta’s life – and may potentially change Continue reading the story...

Fiji ratifies UNCRPD

SUVA: UNICEF welcomes Fiji’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), making Fiji the eleventh country in the Pacific to Continue reading the story...

Bangladesh wins international accolades for DAISY Standard Accessible Reading Materials

Bangladesh has won the world’s most prestigious IT award called the “World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prize-2017”. On 13 June 2017, in a grand ceremony Continue reading the story...
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