• Asia-Pacific

    State government announced accessible cyclone relief shelters

    BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA, INDIA: The State Government on Saturday announced special provisions for women, children and people with disabilities to face natural calamities. Addressing a function on Orissa disaster preparedness day to mark the 12th anniversary of super cyclone, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that to ensure total accessibility for people with disabilities, the Orissa State… Continue Reading »

    Museum to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities

    CHENNAI, INDIA: The Government Museum is gearing up to receive more visitors with disabilities with a host of amenities for them set to come up in the next few months on its sprawling campus in Egmore. From more ramps with hand railings near the galleries to elevators to tactile flooring to modified toilets, work on… Continue Reading »

    Housing societies and shops should be made accessible for wheelchair users

    POWAI, INDIA: Powaiites in Hiranandani Gardens may have seen a lady cruising on her wheelchair, the sight is unusual to see a wheelchair users moving on the road amidst traffic on its own. Courageous and bold Neha Kopikar from Hiranandani Powai is a perfect example to all the people that how a disabled person can… Continue Reading »

    OGCIO launches campaign to promote web accessibility

    HONG KONG: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today (October 25) launched the Web Accessibility Campaign to promote the adoption of accessible design in websites in the public and private sectors. Through publicity, fostering know-how and promulgating technical resources, the campaign aims to facilitate access to online information by persons with disabilities… Continue Reading »

    LDA improved accessibility at MRT stations

    SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed work to improve barrier-free accessibility at Mass Rapid Transit stations with the opening today of the lifts at Clarke Quay MRT Station. More than 80 per cent of the existing 89 MRT stations now have two barrier-free access routes, while all the stations have had at least… Continue Reading »

    New subtitle glasses unveiled at Tokyo Int. Film Festival provides better movie access for deaf people

    TOKYO, JAPAN: Olympus Corp. and a non-profit organization have jointly developed special eyeglasses that project subtitles on the lenses so hearing impaired people can enjoy Japanese movies. A type of head-mounted display (HMD), the glasses will be unveiled at the Tokyo International Film Festival that runs through Oct. 30. The device was developed by the… Continue Reading »

    Sanchi World Heritage Site will become accessible for people with disabilities soon

    SANCHI, RAISEN, INDIA:  Sanchi, the world heritage site, about 56 kms from the state capital, will soon become barrier free site  for people with disabilities. The initiative in this regard has been jointly taken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Arushi, a voluntary organisation that works with people with disabilities. “We had approached the ASI… Continue Reading »

    Polling station inaccessible for people with disabilities

    CHENNAI, INDIA: For disabled people at the local body polls, inaccessibility continued to remain an issue, like in previous elections. People with disabilities who went to cast their votes on Monday reported several problems that they faced. Brijithammal (76), a Palavakkam resident, ended up not voting as the polling station at the ALM School in… Continue Reading »

    Blind people want ‘equal access’ in Macau

    MACAU: Blind people still lack “equal access” in many aspects of life in the territory, Albert Cheong, the president of a recently created association, said yesterday. The head of the ‘Macau People with Visually Impaired Rights Promotion Association’ (MPVIRPA) pledged to lobby the government to improve the situation of residents with disabilities. “Whenever I go… Continue Reading »