• Asia-Pacific

    Blind woman fights for discrimination-free travel

    Jakarta, Indonesia: Eight months have passed, but the words remain as clear as ever in Rina Prasarani’s head. “If something happens to you, we will not be responsible,” a Lion Air flight attendant told Rina on a flight from Jakarta to Denpasar in December, as the crew forced her to sign a statement relieving them… Continue Reading »

    Japan Accessible Tourism Center launched website for tourist with disabilities

    More and more people with disabilities or elderly people are travelling in Japan. There is plenty of accessibility information available in Japanese, but if you are a foreign tourist with disabilities wishing to visit Japan, very little information available related to accessibility, language is the barrier to find accessibility information for foreign tourist with disabilities. In… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights groups advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

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

    Accessibility for disabled people a major problem at JNU

    New Delhi, India: At Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), it may be easy getting admission, but for disabled students accessibility is key issue. Akshansh Gupta, 28 a PhD student with physical disability since birth and cannot move around without assistance. He is also unable to push his own wheelchair. His attendant, Mahajan carries him around the… Continue Reading »

    Nissan to provide 10 new accessible taxis to earthquake-hit areas in Japan

    Yokohama, Japan: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will loan 10 units of its compact commercial vehicle, the NV200 Vanette Taxi, at no cost to several taxi operators in the Tohoku region of Japan to help improve public access to transportation in the areas affected by the recent major earthquake and natural disasters. The taxi companies have… Continue Reading »

    DPWH-NSFED orients engineers on Accessibility Law and Universal Design Concept

    Catarman, Northern Samar, Philippines: As one of the three agencies of the government which undertakes major infrastructure projects, the primary task of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is to see to it that construction and establishment of buildings, institutions or public utilities must comply with the requirement as mandated in the Accessibility… Continue Reading »

    In Australia, Hoyts announce five new accessible movie locations

    Australia: Hoyts has notified the Accessible Cinema Advisory Group that it is on target for the rollout of new captioned and audio described screens from this Thursday, 4 August. Hoyts will be in testing phase at all these sites with the newly installed equipment (both closed captions and audio description) from this week, and unless… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities to get IT education in India

    Bhatinda, Punjab, India: Children with disabilities belonging to four centers in Punjab are set to explore the world of information technology (IT). These centers have been selected by Education and Research Network (ERNET) to make Children with disabilities IT literates. Specially designed sets of software will be used to impart IT education to children with… Continue Reading »

    Indonesian Transport Minister says Airlines must serve People with Disabilities

    Jakarta: Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi told local airlines to accommodate people with disabilities as mandated by law. “Laws on the transportation sector have clearly state the obligation of all transportation operators to provide service and special facilities to people with disabilities,” Freddy said on Monday. The 2009 Aviation Law, for example, states that disabled people,… Continue Reading »