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Government to increase expenditure for welfare of persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government today announced to increase expenditure on the empowerment and welfare of Persons with Disabilities from the present 4.31 crore to 45 crore Continue reading the story...

Techies unveil app to help people with vision disabilities

BENGALURU, INDIA: Harshit Kumar, Stalin A, Akshay Tao and Shivaram Subbhaiah, techies with SAP Labs, Bengaluru, put their heads together. The bee in their bonnet was Continue reading the story...

Experts to create assistive devices for people with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Technology and design experts will create assistive products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes in a 60 day program organised Continue reading the story...

Finnish rock band, sign-language rapper perform near Everest

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Finnish rock band Ancara and sign-language rapper Signmark performed in the foothills of Mount Everest over the weekend to raise funds for a music Continue reading the story...

Hostel to be built for kids with hearing disabilities

DAMAULI, NEPAL: The foundation stone of a hostel building meant for students with hearing disabilities was laid at Buddha Dahal Primary School of Byas Municipality, Tanahun Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities provide inputs for Smart City project

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: People with vision disabilities, have mooted some ideas before the Smart City team of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to make the city accessible Continue reading the story...

Student creates mouse for persons with disabilities

COIMBATORE, INDIA: A 16-year-old student in Coimbatore city, of Tamil Nadu has developed a hands-free mouse for the people with mobility disabilities. Nisanth Kumar, a resident of Continue reading the story...

Expo brings high-tech devices for persons with disabilities

TOKYO: A trade fair showcasing the coolest cutting-edge technology to assist people with disabilities got under way in Tokyo’s hip Shibuya district on Nov. 10. Some of Continue reading the story...

ISCoS launches guide on spinal injury management in India

The textbook compiles works of 184 contributing authors from 25 countries. It aims to present the global scenario by including perspectives on spinal injury management as Continue reading the story...

New education program launched for children with disabilities in Pakistan

Muzaffargarh Provincial Minister for Special Education Asif Saeed Manais said an education program had been launched to send children with minor disabilities to general schools by Continue reading the story...

Government buildings face disability access test

PUNE, INDIA: The state commissionerate for persons with disabilities has proposed an access audit in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Mumbai districts to check how many government Continue reading the story...

Three-day convention on inclusive education

DUMAGUETE, PHILIPPINES: The Dumaguete city will host a three-day convention on inclusive education for student teachers in the province starting December 3. The convention, dubbed as “Spectrum: Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities still fighting for acceptance in Myanmar

YANGON: The plight of Myanmar’s minorities has been thrust into the spotlight in the run-up to the elections. They include the Rohingya in Rakhine and the Continue reading the story...

Delhi roads set to become accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Roads in Delhi are all set to become accessible for persons with disabilities if all goes as planned, with the Delhi government preparing a Continue reading the story...

Bombay High Court steps in to help students with learning disabilities

The Bombay High Court has asked the Union government to file an affidavit by December 9, informing it about the recommendations it proposes to make for Continue reading the story...

Uber launches UberASSIST service for persons with disabilities in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Ridesharing and private car booking service Uber on October 29 announced the launch of UberASSIST in Singapore, catering to passengers with disabilities and the elderly. Drivers Continue reading the story...

Indian Institute of Technology asked to stop using disability photos in applications

NEW DELHI: The court of the chief commissioner of persons with disability (CCPD) has asked IITs to stop making  applicants with disabilities of Indian Institute of Continue reading the story...

Government plan on data could make people with disabilities invisible

NEW ZEALAND: Government plans to reduce data collection about people with disabilities and their needs could lead to them missing out on fundamental services in the Continue reading the story...

International film festival for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The first three-day International Film Festival for Persons with Disability (IFFFD) will be  organised by Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry on December 1 Continue reading the story...

Bank of Maldives introduces Internet and Mobile Banking services for customers with vision disabilities

Bank of Maldives Limited (BML) introduced Internet Banking and Mobile Banking services for customers with vision disabilities. The bank said Friday that the new service provides Internet Continue reading the story...

Feedback sought on better access to books for people with vision disabilities

NEW ZEALAND: Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith today released a discussion document which seeks feedback on whether New Zealand should join an international treaty aimed at making Continue reading the story...

Six NGOs receive grants to support Cambodian children and families with disabilities

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: UNICEF announced six new NGO partners who will receive grants totalling US$400,000 to deliver quality community-based services to persons with disabilities, in particular Continue reading the story...

Mysuru to be the first to make rail travel easier for people with vision disabilities in India

MYSURU, INDIA: The Mysuru railway station is set to become the first accessible station for people with vision disabilities in the country. Rajkumar Lal, Divisional Railway Manager of Continue reading the story...

AIOU sets up e-Learning Accessibility Center

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: E-learning “Accessibility Center” for students with vision disabilities has started working at the national library of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). It is the first-ever Continue reading the story...

India to host Asia Partnership meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction next month

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN International Strategy for Disaster Continue reading the story...

Government’s mobile therapy unit for children with disabilities a boon

CHENNAI, INDIA: The State government’s proposal to launch mobile therapy units for the benefit of children with disabilities below six years of age has many takers. The Continue reading the story...

‘No support system for people with vision disabilities in India’

TELANGANA: People with vision disabilities in India don’t have it easy. Apart from not having much infrastructure to assist their commute in public, their lack of Continue reading the story...

Barrier Free campaign launched

IMPHAL, INDIA: The 8th Fortnight Barrier Free Campaign 2015 was launched on October 17 at the Manipur Press Club by the Handicapped Development (HD) Foundation, Manipur Continue reading the story...

Apple Announces New ResearchKit Studies for Autism, Epilepsy & Melanoma

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA: Apple has announced that ResearchKit is enabling new research studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma. ResearchKit turns iPhone into a powerful tool for medical Continue reading the story...

Student plans thesis in sign language

TOKYO: A graduate school student, born without the ability to hear, has become the first person in Japan to undertake the challenge of completing a master’s Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities seek review of building code

NEW DELHI: As the Government embarks on its mega Smart Cities projects, persons with disabilities in India have decried the “segregated approach” so far, and has Continue reading the story...

Panjab University to launch helpline for students with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: For hundreds of students with vision and mobility disabilities at Panjab University (PU), the authorities have decided to launch a helpline to help them Continue reading the story...

Punjab government seeks info on vacancies for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: The Punjab government on Monday instructed all the administrative secretaries, divisional commissioners, and deputy commissioners, besides the heads of all departments, to submit complete Continue reading the story...

Now, people with disabilities can book train tickets online

PUNE, INDIA: People with disabilities in the city no longer need to travel to railway reservation counters with their disability certificates and other necessary documents to Continue reading the story...

Public consultation on the NZSL Action Plan 2015-2018

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the start of consultation for the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board’s three year action plan. “New Zealand Continue reading the story...

Prioritize housing for persons with disabilities: PDF

TAIWAN: The Taipei City Government should give priority to persons with disabilities in renting out joint development housing projects, members of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) Continue reading the story...

HCR Exhibition 2015, the Asia’s Largest Event for Persons with Disabilities and Older People

TOKYO, JAPAN: The 42nd International Home Care and Rehabilitation (HCR) Exhibition 2015 has been started at East Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight – 3 days Continue reading the story...

Fourth round of Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme opens for applications

HONG KONG: The fourth round of the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme is open for application from September 30 until November 30, 2015. Jointly organised by the Office Continue reading the story...

People with hearing disabilities face more bias: Students’ survey

MUMBAI, INDIA: People with hearing disabilities face more discrimination as compared to those with other disabilities, stated findings of a survey conducted by students of St Continue reading the story...

India to train 4 million persons with disabilities for employment

India will train four million people with disabilities for employment in sectors, including beauty and wellness, IT and tourism, in the next seven years, said chairman Continue reading the story...
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