• Asia-Pacific

    PANWASLU and AGENDA in Indonesia to monitor polling station accessibility for people with disabilities

    Tangerang, Indonesia:  South Tangerang Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) said that it would join the effort by the ASEAN General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) to monitor access for disabled persons in polling stations during the Banten gubernatorial election slated for October this year. South Tangerang Panwaslu chairman Fahri Artha Winata said that the initiative… Continue Reading »

    Mumbai students develop robots to improve lives of blind people

    Mumbai, India: Imagine a robotic walker that can tell exactly how much and where your grandmother has walked on a particular day. Or better still, imagine a game of air hockey that can be played even by blind people. City students have built robots that will improve the lives of blind people and senior citizens.… Continue Reading »

    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 »