• Asia-Pacific

    DCC planning for disability access to stadium

    New Zealand: The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has moved to allay fears people with disabilities will be left out in the cold at this year’s Rugby World Cup. The council last week confirmed plans for passenger trains, street closures and walking routes to cater for the tens of thousands of fans expected at the Forsyth… Continue Reading »

    Indian Institute of Technology developing ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people

    India: The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G) is in the process of developing a walking stick called ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people with the help of the Blind People’s Association (BPA). The new cane will be reasonably priced at around Rs.1000 and the battery-operated walking stick will be equipped with an infrared and ultrasound… Continue Reading »

    DPWH in Philippines spearheads orientation of Accessibility Law in observance of disability week

    MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte: The Department of Public Works and Highways- Southern Leyte Engineering District (DPWH-SLED) will be holding an orientation regarding the Accessibility Law in accordance with the 33rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week slated July 17-23. The orientation to be conducted on July 20 at the DPWH Function Hall here will tackle… Continue Reading »

    DPA launched Accessible Christchurch project

    New Zealand : “A revitalised must include access for all citizens”, says Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) Chief Executive: Ross Brereton, who today launched Accessible Christchurch, a campaign to promote the inclusion of the needs of disabled people in all plans for the rebuilt city. Mr Brereton said “The forthcoming post-quake rebuild of the CBD, together… Continue Reading »

    Chinese Library launched device to read Non-Braille Books for Blind People

    Beijing: A library for blind people in Beijing has launched a state-of-the-art device that would read out a book aloud to blind people. The device – launched by the Chinese National Library for the Blind – contains a scanner and a speaker. Readers scan a page of a book and put the storage or memory… Continue Reading »

    Poor parking a hazard for blind people, says NSW Transport Minister

    Australia: New South Wales (NSW) Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is asking residents to keep their eyes open for thoughtlessly parked cars on behalf of those who can’t. And about time too, thinks Beth White, who banged her head so hard her neck was sore for weeks after trying to walk around a car parked over… Continue Reading »

    Asiana Airlines opens lounge for disabled passengers at Incheon International Airport

    Seoul, South Korea: Asiana Airlines opened the first airport lounge specifically for disabled passengers at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday. The company also donated wheelchairs to a support center for disabled people at the ceremony marking the opening of the lounge. The event was attended by officials from Asiana Airlines, including its chief executive Yoon… Continue Reading »

    Campaign to make New Zealand more accessible for people with disabilities

    Empowering people with disabilities and changing society’s attitudes towards them will be the key to a new government campaign, the disabilities minister says. The Be Accessible campaign aims to enable businesses and communities to improve accessibility, particularly leading up to the Rugby World Cup. Disabilities Minister Tariana Turia said there would be $4m of funding… Continue Reading »

    i-CREATe 5th International Conference on Assistive Technology in Bangkok

    Bangkok, Thailand: In 2011, i-CREATe (21 – 23 July) will be focusing on using Assistive Technology (AT) for children with disabilities. We believed that AT for early intervention will make it possible for children with disabilities to be more independent at home, schools and in the community. A child with speech problems can communicate using… Continue Reading »