• Asia-Pacific

    38th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2011 in Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan: The 38th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2011, 3 day exhibition, will be held on 5-7 October at East Hall, Tokyo Big Sight organized by Health and Welfare Information Association. Home Care Rehabilitation (HCR) is the largest international home care and rehabilitation exhibition in Asia, which brings together home care and rehabilitation… Continue Reading »

    DPWH in Philippines finds 453 building non-compliant with accessibility law

    San Fernando City,  La Union, Philippines: The Department of Public Works and Highways – Regional Office 1 (DPWH-R1) strict enforcement of Batas Pambansa 344, otherwise known as Accessibility Law thru a regionwide comprehensive inspection on the compliance of government buildings and sports centers conducted by their 10 District Engineering Offices, found a total of 453… Continue Reading »

    Prasarana introduces accessible buses for people with disabilities in Kuala Lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Public transport in Malaysia is now more convenient for people with disabilities with the introduction of disabled friendly buses that are equipped with facilities for people with disabilities. Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) group director for infrastructure division, Nor Hassan Ismail said the company had purchased 150 buses from Germany that are… Continue Reading »

    Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

    GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »

    NCDA and JICA planning to promote physical and social accessibility in rural areas

    Iloilo City, Philippines: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are planning to expand the Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) Project in Western Visayas to further promote physical and social accessibility in rural areas. NCDA Planning Officer III Delfina Baquir said they target to implement the project in three other… Continue Reading »

    MCC calls for a better barrier-free environment for Malaysians with disabilities

    Sibu, Malaysia : Methodist Care Centre (MCC) has sent a letter to the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) calling for the creation of a disabled-friendly and barrier-free environment. MCC chairman Kapitan Wong Hie Ching told a press conference that inaccessibility to buildings and public facilities has been a major barrier for people with disabilities to actively… Continue Reading »

    Disability accessibility rules bypassed in low-floor tram rush

    Australia: The Department of Transport knowingly breached federal anti-discrimination laws by ignoring wheelchair accessibility rules on trams. A tender assessment from September last year for 50 new “low-floor trams” reveals that the department decided a Disability Discrimination Act requirement for a step height between platforms and trams of no more than 12 millimetres was too… Continue Reading »

    DPWH set to conduct an orientation seminar on amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of Accessibility Law

    Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines: District Engineer Arnaldo R. Bonifacio informed that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tacloban City Engineering District is set to conduct an orientation seminar on the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Accessibility Law or the Batas Pambansa No. 344. The seminar will be conducted on September 23, 2011… Continue Reading »

    Researchers developed smart robotic wheelchair

    Taiwan: A cross-disciplinary research program has successfully developed three smart robotic wheelchair models and a safer bus for senior citizens and disabled people, according to the National Science Council Sept. 7. “We hope these devices will help senior citizens and disabled people take care of themselves, and enhance the quality of their interactions with family… Continue Reading »