• Asia-Pacific

    Disabled people march against inaccessible public transportation in Pakistan

    Multan, Pakistan: A large number of disabled people organized a rally in the city on Saturday to highlight their problems. A walk was convened by the Leo Foundation in Multan at Nawan Shehr Chowk and over 270 people with various disabilities participated in the event. Dozens of NGO activists also accompanied the procession. “This is a… Continue Reading »

    In India, seminar held on ICT for people with disabilities

    Thiruvananthapuram, India: Minister for Industries and IT, P K Kunhalikutty, inaugurated a one-day seminar on ‘Possibilities of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for people with disabilities’ at the Kerala Federation of the Blind (KFB) headquarters here on Thursday. The seminar was jointly organized by Kerala Federation of the Blind, Trivandrum district and Insight. Speaking on… Continue Reading »

    New communication services for deaf people in New Zealand soon

    New Zealand: New communication services will be introduced later this year that allow Deaf, deaf-blind, speech and hearing-impaired persons to better communicate over the phone. The services will be progressively introduced from December and will include captioned telephony, which allows people to read live captions of spoken phone conversations. People will also be able to… Continue Reading »

    New blind-friendly Malaysian coins soon

    KUALA LUMPUR: New user-friendly Malaysian coins that are smaller and lighter will be available for circulation from early next year. The coins, third in a series minted thus far, will replace the current series which is 20 years old. They will be issued in the denominations of five sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50… Continue Reading »

    Kuala Lumpur LRT stations to have disabled-friendly facilities

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: THE LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations along the Ampang Line are now being upgraded and refurbished to make them more accessible and convenient for commuters. The stations will have ramps, lifts, rain protectors, toilets, tactile pavement and disabled-friendly features. At present only the Kelana Jaya station is disabled-friendly while the Ampang station is… Continue Reading »

    DCC planning for disability access to stadium

    New Zealand: The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has moved to allay fears people with disabilities will be left out in the cold at this year’s Rugby World Cup. The council last week confirmed plans for passenger trains, street closures and walking routes to cater for the tens of thousands of fans expected at the Forsyth… Continue Reading »

    Indian Institute of Technology developing ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people

    India: The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G) is in the process of developing a walking stick called ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people with the help of the Blind People’s Association (BPA). The new cane will be reasonably priced at around Rs.1000 and the battery-operated walking stick will be equipped with an infrared and ultrasound… Continue Reading »

    DPWH in Philippines spearheads orientation of Accessibility Law in observance of disability week

    MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte: The Department of Public Works and Highways- Southern Leyte Engineering District (DPWH-SLED) will be holding an orientation regarding the Accessibility Law in accordance with the 33rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week slated July 17-23. The orientation to be conducted on July 20 at the DPWH Function Hall here will tackle… Continue Reading »

    DPA launched Accessible Christchurch project

    New Zealand : “A revitalised must include access for all citizens”, says Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) Chief Executive: Ross Brereton, who today launched Accessible Christchurch, a campaign to promote the inclusion of the needs of disabled people in all plans for the rebuilt city. Mr Brereton said “The forthcoming post-quake rebuild of the CBD, together… Continue Reading »