Asia-Pacific

OrCam introduces advanced assistive tech in Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: OrCam Technologies, the artificial vision innovator for people who are blind or have low vsion, announced the introduction of its assistive technology device in Continue reading the story...

Festival of short films focuses on disability

NEW DELHI: A series of 19 films, most of which are less than 5 minutes long and directed by filmmakers from nine countries and focussing on Continue reading the story...

Advocates demand inclusive education for students with disabilities

MYANMAR: A consortium of organisations advocating for people with disabilities has urged the Ministry of Education to form an Inclusive Education Department. “We ask to have an Continue reading the story...

HC allows woman with disabilities plea for allocation of civil

The Delhi High Court has allowed a plea of a woman with disability, who cleared all rounds of civil services exam of 2012-13, for allocation of Continue reading the story...

Nepal plans to make public infrastructure accessible

KATHMANDU: The government has announced to make all state infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities. The budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has a program to make Continue reading the story...

Organization calls on architects: Require access for persons with disabilities in buildings

CEBU, PHILIPPINES: Government infrastructures are not accessible for persons with disabilities, a group leader said, as she urged architects and even laborers to require the provision Continue reading the story...

Vodafone’s Project Drishti to empower girls with vision disabilities

NEW DELHI: Vodafone India has partnered with the Braj Kishore Netraheen Balika Vidyalaya in Ranchi to develop a project titled “DRISHTI”, to help provide employment/ earning Continue reading the story...

Government taking steps to educate people with vision disabilities: Minister

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education and Irrigation, Sikandar Khan Sherpao has stated that people with disabilities are part of the Continue reading the story...

BCA to expand accessibility mandatory requirements for existing buildings

SINGAPORE: The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) will introduce new mandatory requirements on barrier-free accessibility in existing buildings from 2017. These requirements will mean that owners Continue reading the story...

Singapore Universal Design Week kicks off

SINGAPORE: Themed “Universal Design in Public Places” this year, Singapore Universal Design Week kicked off on Wednesday, with the launch of the country’s first Universal Design Continue reading the story...

Making Thiruvananthapuram accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The Union Government initiates  an audit in the city to check whether the guidelines formulated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Continue reading the story...

New BCA rules for building owners to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE: Owners of existing commercial and institutional buildings must include “barrier-free” accessibility upgrades when they undergo additions and alterations works, under new rules by the Building Continue reading the story...

Seminar on inclusive education in Delhi

NEW DELHI: CBSE will be organizing a mega seminar on inclusive education on August 23 and 24 in New Delhi. It is likely to see a Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities struggle to get scribes to write in regional languages

BENGALURU, INDIA: Students with vision disabilities in the city find it difficult to find scribes when they have to write examinations in languages other than English. Continue reading the story...

Singapore to provide persons with disabilities better access to assistive technology

The Singapore government announced during the E2Connect 2016 forum that people with disabilities, as well as Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs), will soon have greater access to Continue reading the story...

New law to give people with hearing disabilities full access to information on TV

PHILIPPINES:  Another legislative measure that would allow people with hearing disabilities full access to information and opportunities has lapsed into law, Senator Grace Poe said on Friday. Poe Continue reading the story...

Chapters on disability soon in school curriculum: HRD minister

NEW DELHI: Chapters on disability will soon be included in school curriculum to increase awareness and sensitize the youth about the issue, Human resource development minister Continue reading the story...

More companies focusing on assistive technology with Braille

For a long time, assistive technology for people with vision disabilities has mostly centered on audio options like Apple’s Siri, but a new trend is emerging Continue reading the story...

Malaysia introduces new rights for air travelers with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has introduced a new set of consumer rights enhancing the rights of air traveler with disabilities. The newly introduced Code Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities demand more Braille books on law

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: People of all strata of life should extend their cooperation to people with disabilities for ensuring their access to all social and government services, Continue reading the story...

International airports soon accessible for persons with disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: Lagging behind its scheduled deadline, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has finally made the move to fast-track the process of making Continue reading the story...

Language assistance software aids students with learning disabilities

THAILAND: Students with learning disabilities are usually unable to write and read Thai words correctly, which hinders their ability to move ahead with their education. In Continue reading the story...

High-tech devices aid people with vision disabilities

CHENNAI: A Class 12 student at a school for the blind in the city had heard about a ‘sensor walker’, but got to hold it only Continue reading the story...

Reo sign language debuts on Māori TV news

In an effort to include the Māori Deaf Community in this year’s Māori language week and to have more interpreters on screen, trilingual sign language interpreter Continue reading the story...

Myanmar to invest new funds to educate children with disabilities

YANGON: Myanmar’s new government intends to invest heavily in education, especially in the informal education (outside the state system). This entails more money for students with Continue reading the story...

Making holidays accessible to everyone

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Planning for that big holiday is pleasurable but sometimes a daunting task. For persons with disabilities, it is a matter of finding all Continue reading the story...

No Braille Books at Panjab University Library

CHANDIGARH, INDIA:  The AC Joshi Library at Panjab University (PU) here does not have a single book in Braille script. Students with vision disabilities have written Continue reading the story...

More persons with disabilities joining the workforce in Singapore

SINGAPORE: More persons with disabilities are being employed in Singapore, and more employers are also asking for advice on hiring them. Disability support agency SG Enable said Continue reading the story...

Government buildings still not accessible for persons with disabilities

RAYAGADA, INDIA: Despite the Government guidelines, most public buildings in the district lack basic accessible facilities and do not comply with the guidelines denying access to Continue reading the story...

Making workplaces accessible for people with disabilities

SINGAPORE: More persons with disabilities  are joining the workforce in what is seen as an inclusive working environment. Government agency SG Enable – set up in 2014 Continue reading the story...

Disability Rights Bill 2016 Tabled in Parliament

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The Disability Rights Bill 2016 has been tabled by Hon. C.P. Mainali, Minister, Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare at Monday’s parliament meeting. The Continue reading the story...

Buildings lack barrier-free environment in India

GUWAHATI: Even after two decades of inception of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995, that clearly mandates non-discrimination Continue reading the story...

Indian government to spend more on equipment, aids for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government is considering increasing the budget from Rs 150 crore last year to Rs 200 crore for providing aids and equipment to persons Continue reading the story...

UN CRPD to boost rights of persons with disabilities

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the tabling of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which Continue reading the story...

Conference on Insights on the Implementation of CRPD held in Tokyo

TOKYO: The Conference on the Insights on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) held in Tokyo, June Continue reading the story...

Indian government plans to make 144 tourist sites accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government plans to set up solar wheelchairs, battery-driven carts, and accessible toilets at 145 cultural landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and Jagannath Continue reading the story...

New module developed for teaching English to people with hearing disabilities

VADODARA, INDIA: In a bid to promote literacy among people with hearing disabilities , city-based Mook Baadhir Mandal and Ishara Foundation hosted a conference on Saturday. The Continue reading the story...

Mobile van to provide children with disabilities home-based education

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki on Thursday flagged off a mobile van to provide home-based education to children with disabilities. Named Kalam Express, the van Continue reading the story...

Move to protect persons with disabilities: 2016-2017 Budget

The Fijian government a whopping 300 per cent tax deduction on wages paid to employees with disabilities for the first three years of employment. Attorney-General and Finance Continue reading the story...

Education for children with disabilities improved

The Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach (IDEO) project has enabled children with disabilities from underprivileged families to access essential early education that boost their full growth. The IDEO Continue reading the story...
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