Asia-Pacific

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...

New smartphone app to audit accessibility

CHENNAI, INDIA: To find out if the polling stations for the upcoming State elections are accessible to persons with disabilities, the Disability Rights Alliance, Tamil Nadu Continue reading the story...

Sign language dictionary released

BENGALURU, INDIA: ‘Sign Language for Beginners’, the Indian sign language dictionary was released on Friday. The book, written by Arun C. Rao, Editor of TheDeafWay.org, and released Continue reading the story...

Travelers with disabilities sue Juneyao Airlines after being declined boarding

Two men with disabilities are suing Juneyao Airlines to fight for an equal right for ordinary people and people with disabilities to travel after they were Continue reading the story...

Group of ministers to examine Disabilities Bill

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed a group of ministers (GoM) to examine the crucial Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to get unique identity card in India

JAIPUR, INDIA: People with disabilities would get a unique identity card within one and half years, which would be valid throughout the country and would help Continue reading the story...

Students with learning disabilities to get writers in SSC, HSC exams

MUMBAI, INDIA: Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court that it has recently come out with a resolution allowing student writers for those with learning Continue reading the story...

Farming program a dream for persons with disabilities

JAPAN: Agriculture and welfare groups are joining hands to secure jobs for persons with disabilities as part of a program that is also providing support to Continue reading the story...

Now, ballot papers in Braille for people with vision disabilities

HYDERABAD, INDIA:  Voters with vision disabilities can exercise their franchise in the GHMC elections on February 2, with city-based Devnar School for the Blind printing ballot Continue reading the story...

Jakarta to provide accessible facilities for people with vision disabilities

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said that the city administration would provide facilities for people with vision disabilities in the city. “People with vision Continue reading the story...

Minister launches Job Portal for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot launched an exclusive job portal for Persons with Disabilities here today. Persons with Continue reading the story...

Doordarshan urged to telecast Republic Day for people with hearing disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has requested TV Channels telecasting live the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi to carry the signals Continue reading the story...

Accessible bus flagged off at JNU today

NEW DELHI: To provide barrier-free environment to students with disabilities, a wheelchair accessible bus was flagged off at Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University (JNU) today with much Continue reading the story...

Indian state to set up centers for people with disabilities in all districts

MANGALURU, INDIA: State Commissioner for Persons With Disabilities K S Rajanna said that the government has sanctioned Rs 2 crore each to construct ‘Vikala Chethana Bhavana’ Continue reading the story...

Singapore launches talking ATMs for people with vision disabilities

SINGAPORE: In the past, Mr Danny Chia, who is low vision, had to be accompanied by a friend to help him out with basic transactions, such Continue reading the story...

Design contest for low-cost cycle for people with disabilities launched in Pakistan

KARACHI, PAKISTAN: Pakistan is estimated to have more than 18 million people with disabilities, a figure that is nearly the population of Karachi, one of the Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities face shortage of braille books, reading assistants

BERHAMPUR, INDIA: Even as the country observed ‘World Braille Day’ on January 4, students with vision disabilities pursuing higher studies in the state rued a lack Continue reading the story...

All India Radio creates history with Braille news bulletin

PUNE, INDIA: The All India Radio in Pune created history on Monday when its morning bulletin was read out by a newsreader with vision disability, officials Continue reading the story...
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