• Asia-Pacific

    Disability rights organizations advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

    Taipei, Taiwan: Affordable housing units should be built with barrier-free facilities to meet the need of physical disabled people,  several disability rights organizations urged in Taipei. During a press conference in the Legislative Yuan, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Sue-ying said the government has recently concluded the bidding process for builders to construct affordable… Continue Reading »

    New report shows children with disabilities in Nepal face major barriers to education

    Kathmandu, Nepal: Children with disabilities in Nepal face diverse and imposing barriers to getting a basic education, Human Rights Watch said in a report. Schools are physically inaccessible, teachers are inadequately trained, and some children with disabilities are unjustly denied admission to neighborhood schools, Human Rights Watch found. The 76-page report, “Futures Stolen: Barriers to… Continue Reading »

    Accessible new Serangoon bus interchange to open soon

    Serangoon, Singapore: After nearly three years of waiting, residents in Serangoon can look forward to a new bus interchange. The fully air-conditioned facility will provide a seamless link to retail mall nex and Serangoon MRT station, which is on the North-East Line as well as the Circle Line. Occupying a land area of 7,000 sq… Continue Reading »

    In Philippines, DPWH considers needs of people with disabilities in construction of infra projects

    Catbalogan City, Samar, Philippines: Batas Pambansa 344 or the “Accessibility Law” has again reached the concern of the Department of Public Works and Highways- Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO). In effect, District Engineer, Eduardo Duterte stressed once more to his field engineers to be conscientious to the needs of the persons with disabilities  as… Continue Reading »

    Disability community pushes for aerobridges at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Nine non-governmental organisations (NGOs) representing disabled people urged Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. One of their representatives, Christine Lee, said the decision was not done in consultation with user groups and had not taken into consideration public… Continue Reading »

    Philippine government urged to ensure universal access to internet

    Manila, Philippines: The Philippine government should start making steps to ensure universal access to the Internet following the United Nation’s report declaring access to the web as a basic human right, a congressman said in his resolution. Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino submitted House Resolution 1397 citing the UN report that vastly expands the capacity… Continue Reading »

    Japanese healthcare robot RIBA II lifts patients from bed to wheelchair

    RIBA-II, the next generation Japanese healthcare robot developed by researchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), a Japanese government-run research body that surveyed nursing homes to find that lifting patients was the most tiring thing for workers, carried out an average of 40 times every day. RIBA II robot will benefit healthcare workers as… Continue Reading »

    Auckland theatres provide accessible services for people with disabilities

    Auckland, NZ: Through technology and some more traditional techniques, the world of live theatre is opening up to a whole new audience. The Edge, who run the Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, The Civic and Aotea Square, are making it possible for blind  and deaf people, to enjoy live performances through the Signal programme. After… Continue Reading »

    Policies to improve accessibility for disabled people ‘not implemented properly’ in Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The federal government has all the laws and policies in place to increase the accessibility to public facilities for disabled people but these are not being implemented properly. “We are not happy with this, but are pushing very hard for these amenities to be provided for the community. We are engaging the… Continue Reading »