• Asia-Pacific

    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 »

    Welfare Minister: Ensure ICT products can be used by people with disabilities

    KUCHING, MALAYSIA: Technology service providers must not forget about their disabled users when creating their products. Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah yesterday challenged those in the industry to create products that are user-friendly to both the able and disabled people. “We must remember that it is not people’s ‘disability’ that makes… Continue Reading »

    Website designers should implement web accessibility guidelines: NCBM

    KUCHING, MALAYSIA: Website designers should implement web accessibility guidelines so that their pages are accessible to disabled people, senior citizens and other special-needs groups. National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) assistant executive director Moses Choo said designers should also provide text descriptions for pictures or images on websites. The screen readers used by people… Continue Reading »

    High Court ordered to set up panel to make railway stations accessible for people with disabilities

    MUMBAI, INDIA: Bombay High Court today ordered to set up a committee, comprising of disabled persons and government authorities, to come out with a plan to make suburban railway stations and platforms easily accessible for people with disabilities. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi was hearing a public interest… Continue Reading »

    New Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal commended for being disabled-friendly

    PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA: The new Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT) has achieved a 75% score on disabled-friendliness from a recent audit conducted by the Committee on Universal Design and Built Environment. Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the results were beyond satisfactory as the multi-transport terminal covers most of the… Continue Reading »

    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 »