• Asia-Pacific

    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 »

    Disabled people march against inaccessible public transportation in Pakistan

    Multan, Pakistan: A large number of disabled people organized a rally in the city on Saturday to highlight their problems. A walk was convened by the Leo Foundation in Multan at Nawan Shehr Chowk and over 270 people with various disabilities participated in the event. Dozens of NGO activists also accompanied the procession. “This is a… Continue Reading »

    In India, seminar held on ICT for people with disabilities

    Thiruvananthapuram, India: Minister for Industries and IT, P K Kunhalikutty, inaugurated a one-day seminar on ‘Possibilities of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for people with disabilities’ at the Kerala Federation of the Blind (KFB) headquarters here on Thursday. The seminar was jointly organized by Kerala Federation of the Blind, Trivandrum district and Insight. Speaking on… Continue Reading »

    New communication services for deaf people in New Zealand soon

    New Zealand: New communication services will be introduced later this year that allow Deaf, deaf-blind, speech and hearing-impaired persons to better communicate over the phone. The services will be progressively introduced from December and will include captioned telephony, which allows people to read live captions of spoken phone conversations. People will also be able to… Continue Reading »

    New blind-friendly Malaysian coins soon

    KUALA LUMPUR: New user-friendly Malaysian coins that are smaller and lighter will be available for circulation from early next year. The coins, third in a series minted thus far, will replace the current series which is 20 years old. They will be issued in the denominations of five sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50… Continue Reading »

    Kuala Lumpur LRT stations to have disabled-friendly facilities

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: THE LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations along the Ampang Line are now being upgraded and refurbished to make them more accessible and convenient for commuters. The stations will have ramps, lifts, rain protectors, toilets, tactile pavement and disabled-friendly features. At present only the Kelana Jaya station is disabled-friendly while the Ampang station is… Continue Reading »

    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 »