Asia-Pacific

Philippines to launch library for persons with disabilities

PHILIPPINES: The country will soon have a library for people with disabilities including those with autism. This was revealed over the weekend by Maricel Diaz, head Continue reading the story...

Bangladesh government committed to ensure rights of persons with disabilities: Saima

BANGLADESH: National Advisory Committee on Autism Chairperson Saima Wazed Hossain, also the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the government is very much sincere to Continue reading the story...

New Persons with Disability Bill 2016 in monsoon session likely

VARANASI, INDIA: Chief commissioner for persons with disabilities Kamlesh Kumar said that the new Persons with Disability Bill 2016 would be tabled in the monsoon session Continue reading the story...

Minister releases guidelines for welfare of persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday released guidelines for providing “barrier-free” environment for persons with disabilities and older people in government and Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities call lack of Braille script in SLC exams

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Students with vision disabilities appearing in School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams have complained of inconvenience while writing answers in lack of Braille script. According to Continue reading the story...

Agenda 2030: Challenges and Opportunities for Grassroots DOPS

Mr. Shuaib Chalklen is Chairperson of the African Disability Forum and the former Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He is a prominent Continue reading the story...

Bridging the digital divide: Why flagship campaigns such as Digital India must include disability

The excitement in his voice is barely hidden when Amar Jain, a young lawyer from Mumbai, talks about a new product that has just been shipped Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities still lack access to higher education

COIMBATORE, INDIA:  With the presence of 3,000 plus colleges, Tamil Nadu has the third highest gross enrolment ratio (GER) in the country. But, when it comes Continue reading the story...

More initiatives, support for persons with disabilities to join the workforce in Singapore

SINGAPORE: SG Enable and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) have been tasked to come up with a comprehensive plan to help persons with disabilities through Continue reading the story...

Chandigarh to be more accessible for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: In an attempt to make public buildings and places easily accessible to persons with disabilities, the Chandigarh administration has decided to conduct an accessibility Continue reading the story...

ILO urges business sector to offer employment opportunities to persons with disabilities

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called on the business sector to offer employment opportunities and equal treatment to people with disabilities following the Continue reading the story...

G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs and Accessibility in Delhi

The G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs, and Accessibility, which will take place in New Delhi, India, April 11 2016. It is now widely accepted that technology will Continue reading the story...

Solar powered shop on wheels for people with disabilities

VIJAYAWADA, INDIA: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the first ever solar-powered petty shop on wheels for self-employment with disabilities. This green energy vehicle called ‘Sunny Splendour,’ Continue reading the story...

Braille handbook for voters with vision disabilities released

NAGERCOIL, INDIA: An election handbook in Braille for voters with vision disabilities was released by District Election Officer Sajjansingh R. Chavan here on Wednesday. After releasing the Continue reading the story...

New Zealand Sign Language Board action plan released

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board Action Plan, released today, outlines the Board’s priorities for the promotion Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities to receive free schooling in China

BEIJING: Authorities in China’s Henan province will provide free home education services to children with severe disabilities. Children between the age of six and 14, who are Continue reading the story...

Accessible sub-polling station for people with vision disabilities planned

DINDIGUL, INDIA: An exclusive sub-polling station meant for people with vision disabilities will be established at a polling station at Thomaiyarpuram in Natham Assembly segment to Continue reading the story...

Scholarship program for students with disabilities

INDIA: Bharti Infratel, one of the largest telecom tower infrastructure providers, announced scholarship program for persons with disabilities  in eight Northern Eastern States. As part of Continue reading the story...

Indonesian government, House agree to set up commission for persons with disabilities

INDONESIA: The government and the House of Representatives have agreed to establish the National Disabilities Commission (KND), an institution that will take responsibility for improving the Continue reading the story...

Lack of accessible taxi leaves wheelchair user stranded

NEW ZEALAND: The lack of taxis for people with disabilities are a cause for concern in South Taranaki. A taxi company is looking at introducing a mobility Continue reading the story...

Government should set up early learning centers for children with hearing disabilities

CHENNAI, INDIA: Appealing to the government to set up early learning centres for children with hearing disabilities in every district of the country, a womanhealth expert Continue reading the story...

China to improve government websites for persons with disabilities

China is looking to improve its government websites to meet the demands of persons with disabilities, a circular issued jointly by China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) Continue reading the story...

‘Divyang’ tag disappoints persons with disabilities in India

CHENNAI, INDIA: Persons with disabilities feel the Railway budget has let them down, as it has not shown any vision to ensure a barrier-free environment. Railways Minister Continue reading the story...

Indian government to introduce universal ID for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to come out with a universal ID for persons with disabilities, which will be valid throughout the country, a move Continue reading the story...

DOT, NCDA push for accessible tourism for persons with disabilities

TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE, PHILLIPPINES: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA)  and the Department of Tourism are pushing for accessible tourism for persons with disabilities  as Continue reading the story...

Regional workshop held on Advanced Technologies for Digital Inclusion

The Regional Workshop on Advanced Technologies for Digital Inclusion organized by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 4, 2016. Advances in digital Continue reading the story...

Dyslexia, autism to be included in new bill on disability in India

NEW DELHI: The government is in the process of bringing a new bill in the ongoing budget session to include dyslexia and autism as disability and Continue reading the story...

AICTE asks Universities to set up disability resource centres

NEW DELHI: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked universities and colleges offering engineering and other professional programmes to open disability resource centres Continue reading the story...

Provide accessible environment for students with disabilities: AICTE

TIRUCHIRAPPALLI, INDIA: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed engineering colleges and other technical education institutions to provide students with disabilities barrier-free environment Continue reading the story...

Election Commission plans poll booths for voters with disabilities

INDIA: For the first time, the Tamil Nadu elections will have exclusive polling booths allocated for voters with mobility disabilities, including people with vision disabilities. The new Continue reading the story...

Indian Railways should be made accessible for persons with disabilities: NGO

Every Indian railway station should be made fully accessible for persons with disabilities by incorporating measures as per universal accessibility standards, a NGO run by an Continue reading the story...

Sarawak to host Deaf Games 2016

KUCHING, MALAYSIA: The Malaysian Deaf Sports Association (MSDeaf) and Sarawak Deaf Sports Association (SSDeaf) will jointly run the 19th National Deaf Games 2016 (Sopma). The event will Continue reading the story...

Call for nominations to Arts Access Awards 2016

NEW ZEALAND: Do you want to see an outstanding artist with a disability recognised? Or how about a leader providing access to the arts for people Continue reading the story...

Chief Minister approves measures for persons with disabilities

PAKISTAN: Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting here on Monday which gave approval to various measures for the welfare of persons with disabilities. The Continue reading the story...

Pacific Disability Forum to launch Indicators for Effective Inclusive Education in the Region

Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with our member organisations in Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu will be launching the Pacific Indicators for Disability Inclusive Continue reading the story...

Minister promises accessible airports, railway stations, hospitals

AMRAVATI, INDIA: “Artificial limbs with total flexibility, which would enable people with disabilities to walk, write or even play normally, would be manufactured in Kanpur in Continue reading the story...

Melbourne trams deny disability access to wheelchair user

A Melbourne man with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who uses a mobility scooter says a tram driver repeatedly refused to deploy a ramp to help him board Continue reading the story...

Disability rights activists protest seeking assistance

CHENNAI, INDIA: Four disability rights groups together staged a protest at Chepauk on Monday, asking the government to meet a number of their demands. About 700 Continue reading the story...

Department of Justice backs law expanding benefits for persons with disabilities

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: The Department of Justice has recommended to President Aquino that he approve and sign into a law a bill that the House and Senate Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities protest for job opportunities

CHENNAI, INDIA: A group of teachers with disabilities staged a protest on Saturday. This was the third day of their protest, said R. Sudhakar, president of Continue reading the story...
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