• Asia-Pacific

    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 »

    New North Korea Law Requires Wheelchair Accessibility According to State Media Report

    NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday. “Construction regulation standardizing barrier-free buildings has been adopted,” KCNA said. The report added, “A barrier-free environment is an environment in which… Continue Reading »

    Disability Apps, Cards in Japan to Replace Paper Certificates for Ease of Use

    JAPAN: The process of acquiring and using disability certificates has long been cumbersome and impractical, but with plastic cards and smartphone apps gaining ground, things could get much simpler. The government has started allowing plastic cards to replace the paper certificates, which tear easily and can be difficult to pull out when needed. Though the welfare… Continue Reading »

    Ability Foundation Announces EmployABILITY 2019 Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities

    INDIA: Ability Foundation has announced EmployABILITY 2019, the pioneering job fair for qualified persons with disabilities, to be held in Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY, the trend-setting job opportunities fair for persons with disabilities will be held at Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY is jointly organised by Ability Foundation and Lions Club of Padi… Continue Reading »

    Pitch for Canberra to Host Asia Pacific’s Accessible Tourism Conference and Expo

    AUSTRALIA: With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is… Continue Reading »

    IIT Madras Launches Unique Wheelchair at Affordable Price

    INDIA: A new affordable ‘standing wheelchair’ that enables persons with disabilities to shift between standing and sitting positions independently, has been indigenously designed by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems. It was launched here on Tuesday. Wheelchair users usually require assistance to stand, after being seated in their wheelchairs.… Continue Reading »

    Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Launched Program to Improve Accessibility

    THAILAND: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has launched a program to improve flyovers in high-traffic areas with pedestrian crossings which will also include facilities to help the elderly safely cross Bangkok’s busy roads. The report says that road-crossing signals will be established along with flyovers with lifts for the elderly and disabled, particularly in high-traffic areas. Flyovers… Continue Reading »