• Asia-Pacific

    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 »

    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 »