• Asia-Pacific

    Disabled-friendly facilities in poor condition

    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Disabled-friendly facilities that are in a deplorable state tell a sad tale of apathy. I DON’T know what it is about hypermarkets and me lately, folks, but it seems that every time I visit one, the episode turns into a nightmare. Last weekend, I visited a hypermarket in a hip and happening part… Continue Reading »

    DPWH-8 hosts orientation Seminar on Accessibility Law

    Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines: The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office No. VIII in coordination with the 4th Leyte Engineering District (LED), and the Ormoc City Engineering District recently hosted an Orientation/Seminar on Accessibility Law or Batasang Pambansa Bilang 344. More than 60 participants coming from the private and public sector joined the… Continue Reading »

    NGO demands to make Indian Railways accessible for people with disabilities

    Chennai, India: Representatives of 17 organisations working among disabled people in the country, met the Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to draw attention to the problems faced by people with reduced mobility disabilities, while travelling in the Indian Railways. The delegation also demanded extension of e-booking facility for disabled people and extension of concessions on… Continue Reading »

    MAB introduces ICT course for blind people

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Blind-friendly information technology is something not many people would have heard about. Braille-based computer equipment and speech technology are just some adaptive tools being introduced by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) to enable blind community to use information technology and the Internet effectively. The tools will be introduced at the Information… Continue Reading »

    Student designs smart stick for blind people, wins top award

    New Delhi, India: Shantanu Gangwar, a 17-year-old aspiring engineer from RK Puram, has designed a ‘Smart Stick’ for blind people. The smart walking stick is fitted with infrared sensors that can detect the obstacles on a person’s path and alert him. The innovation has helped him bag the prestigious ‘Inventions’ award from Centre for Scientific… Continue Reading »

    Park will soon accessible for people with disabilities

    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia:  People with disabilities will soon have an opportunity to access part of the Kota Damansara Community Forest Park (KDCFP) in the outskirts of PJ as funds for a special 1km walkway are being raised by an environmental group. Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD) chairman Jeffrey F.K. Phang said they hopeD to raise… Continue Reading »

    Blind man assists viewing with TV captioning campaign

    RUSHCUTTERS Bay resident Wayne Hawkins has been recognised with a Deafness Forum Captioning Award after he campaigned for better captioning standards on TV. But Mr Hawkins won’t benefit personally from his campaign work because he is blind person. “I realise the irony – a blind man campaigning for something he can’t see – but this… Continue Reading »

    24th UIA 2011 World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan: The International Union of Architects (UIA) congress will be held in Tokyo, from 25 to 28 September 2011. It will be followed by the UIA General Assembly, from 29 September to 1st October 2011. The UIA World Congress is a major international architectural event that attracts around 10,000 architects, engineers, researchers and students.… Continue Reading »

    Talking set top box makes digital TV accessible

    Senator Stephan Conroy announced the commercial release of a talking set top box that will aid and encourage blind people to use digital television.  The new talking set top box was announced today by the Minister of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephan Conroy. “For the first time in Australia, blind people will… Continue Reading »