New campaign aims to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

New Zealand: A new social enterprise is on a mission to educate and inspire Kiwis to create a more accessible future for everybody. Be. Accessible is aiming for a totally accessible country for people with disabilities. The Be. On The Road campaign has visited 12 cities over a month-long tour. Chief executive Minnie Baragwanath is… Continue Reading »

Malaysian Transport Minister Kong urges MAHB to reconsider aerobridge decision

Putrajaya: Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) should reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at its new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2), said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. “I would like MAHB to reconsider and review their decision. In my opinion, Disability community’s request for an… Continue Reading »

Beyond barriers Incredible India tour by four wheelchair users

Beyond barriers Incredible India Tour by a group of four wheelchair users, that calls itself the Adventurous Four, will undertake the Beyond Barriers-Incredible India project to check accessibility for wheelchair users in the country. The tour aims to sensitize the concerned agencies like the Ministry of Tourism, NGOs, hospitality sector, heritage committee and the society… Continue Reading »

Victoria Public Transport ‘failing’ to cater for commuters with disabilities, report finds

The study by the Victorian Council of Social Service highlights what it claims are “critical breakdowns” in transport infrastructure that make parts of the system inaccessible to everyone from mums with prams to elderly shoppers or commuters with disabilities. Welfare advocates called for significant changes to the way public transport is planned and implemented across… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities celebrate accessible taxi service reintroduction

Hawkesbury, Australia: A fatal accident at Clarendon in the early hours of July 17 had further bad repercussions, but on Monday of them came to an end. The Gazette reported the accident at the time, a collision between a pedestrian and a taxi for disabled people. The taxi was the only one available in the… Continue Reading »

Adelaide Railway Station short on toilets for people with disabilities

Adelaide, NZ: A Wheelchair user man is angered at the indignity he suffered due to a dire lack of disabled toilets at the Adelaide Railway Station. Ad’m Martin, 29, said he was “mortified” by the incident on Saturday, August 20, about 6pm. The station has one proper toilet for disabled people and a legally non-complaint… Continue Reading »

Government promises disabled-friendly faculties in public buildings

New Delhi, India: Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment D. Napoleon said that the appropriate governments and local authorities shall provide disabled-friendly facilities in public buildings, hospitals and other places. He told Lok Sabha that as per Section 46 of the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act,… Continue Reading »

Delhi University to make DUSU elections accessible for students with disabilities

New Delhi, India:  Blind people can exercise their right to a secret ballot from now on. In order to make Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections disabled-friendly, the university has decided to provide information on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in Braille. Until last year, blind students voted with assistance from others – but that practice is… Continue Reading »

Touch technology to assist students with disabilities in public schools

WA education minister Liz Constable said the government was spending $4million over four years to install new interactive whiteboards in classrooms. The funding would assist public schools to help students with disabilities learn through the use of technology. The Minister said touch technology was benefiting students, particularly those with autism and intellectual disability. “The technology… Continue Reading »

Disability rights organizations advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

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