Asia-Pacific

Successful first step in building new disability strategy

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the first round of consultation on the development of a new disability strategy for New Zealand has been Continue reading the story...

Indian government to consider proposal to increase schemes for persons with disabilities

JAIPUR: The government is considering a proposal to increase the number of categories of physical disabilities from seven to 19 to enable more such people to Continue reading the story...

Skill development unit for persons with disabilities soon

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: The state will get a national level skill development institution for persons with disabilities. It will also be the starting point for the central Continue reading the story...

IT contest for youth with disabilities in India

CHENNAI: This year the Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities will be held during 21st – 25th November, 2016 in Yagzhou, Jiangsu, China. The Continue reading the story...

New app launched to help people with hearing disabilities in India

MUMBAI: A Pune-based startup has launched an app that uses mobile technology to enable people with hearing disabilities customize their listening experience by using results of Continue reading the story...

Officer learns sign language to help teen with hearing disability

SINGAPORE: Twice a week, for three hours, Madam Artini Hamzah, 43, would go for lessons in sign language. The senior community service officer did so for Continue reading the story...

Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction at Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and DRR

HANOI: Between the 16th and 18th of May, the Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. On the second Continue reading the story...

Beijing launches new free app to guide people with vision disabilities

CHINA: Beijing launched a new smartphone app to connect millions of people with vision disabilities with volunteers. The free app, ‘see4me.org’, has two channels – one for Continue reading the story...

Fiji’s Education Ministry ensures inclusive education for students with disabilities

FIJI: Ministry of Education will try and strengthen the capacity of teachers to be able to identify and support disabled students in schools around Fiji. This was Continue reading the story...

Disability certificates issued by state to be valid across India soon

NEW DELHI: Disability certificates issued by state authorities may soon be valid across the country, according to the draft of Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, Continue reading the story...

Braille Books Bring More Accessibility to Higher Education in India

PUNE, INDIA: Students from Pimpri Chinchwad have started translating textbooks of graduation courses into the script to encourage academic efforts. The long and difficult road that students Continue reading the story...

Manual to measure progress of children with disabilities

FIJI: A Pacific Indicators for Disability-Inclusive Education (Pacific-INDIE) manual was launched in Suva yesterday by the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with the Australian Department Continue reading the story...

Polling booths remain inaccessible: Disability activists

CHENNAI, INDIA: From ramps that are tough to use to obstacles in pathways, persons with disabilities might may face quite a few problems in this election Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities not aware of government schemes: expert

INDIA: The State Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations has urged authorities to give more publicity to government schemes aimed at the welfare of persons with disabilities. Continue reading the story...

Court orders India’s SpiceJet to compensate rights activist with cerebral palsy

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Hailing the Supreme Court’s verdict on the SpiceJet, cerebral palsy patient Jeeja Ghosh on Thursday said it was the victory of the disabled Continue reading the story...

New software gives people with vision disabilities access to the internet in Laos

LAOS: The ministry of posts and telecommunications has partnered with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTC) to develop Continue reading the story...

Minister welcomes New Zealand Sign Language Week

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encourages all New Zealanders to take part in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week to celebrate one of the Continue reading the story...

Workshop on talking ATMs held

NAGPUR, INDIA: Jidnyasa Chawaldhal has been striving to make life of people with vision disabilities better. Since the time she lost her vision at the age Continue reading the story...

Equipping persons with disabilities to meet emergency situations

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority is taking up a novel initiative to equip persons with disabilities to cope with natural disasters and other crises. SDMA Continue reading the story...

Project for quality education for children with disabilities

GUWAHATI, INDIA: Children with disabilities in the northeast may hope for quality education with the launch of a project aimed to provide inclusive and quality teaching Continue reading the story...

AIOU provides free education to students with disabilities

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has upgraded its free education plan for students with disabilities with enhanced facilities including provision of study material through Continue reading the story...

Bus drivers get tips on helping commuters with disabilities in Singapore

SINGAPORE: If you see a commuter with a golden retriever boarding a bus, look carefully before judging him for taking a pet on board. He may Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities to finally get disability certificates after a wait of 15 years in India

NEW DELHI: After a wait of 15 years, the government has finally paved the way for giving disability certificates to children with disabilities. For the first time Continue reading the story...

Netflix to improve features for customers who are blind

BERKELEY, CA: In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered Continue reading the story...

Universities do little to enable students with disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry’s All India Survey on Higher Education (2014-15) revealed that the gross enrolment ratio for students in Indian universities Continue reading the story...

Sign Language projects receive $1m

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated 24 successful applicants who received just over $1 million worth of grants from the New Zealand Sign Continue reading the story...

Amity University signs MoU with Special Olympics to promote people with intellectual disabilities

NEW DELHI: In a bid to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Amity University has signed a memorandum Continue reading the story...

NCDA promotes accessible ‘tourism for all’

TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT), is pushing for a kind of tourism which Continue reading the story...

Indian government to undertake disability audit of public buildings

NEW DELHI: Several public buildings in the National Capital Region (NCR) will soon be audited to know how accessible they are for persons with disabilities. The audit Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities need to be included urban planning

LAHORE, PAKISTAN: The steady progress of Pakistan’s real estate sector has continued for a number of years now. Dozens of housing and commercial projects are launched Continue reading the story...

All New Zealand children have a right to attend their local school

NEW ZEALAND: To put this plain and simply, New Zealand children have a right to attend their local school and more needs to be done to Continue reading the story...

Disability Sector workers team up with employers on safety

NEW ZEALAND: With the new Health and Safety at Work Act coming into effect on Monday, New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) and E tū are Continue reading the story...

Indian government asks TV channels to air more programs for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has asked television channels to allocate more time to programs for persons with disabilities. In a directive issued Continue reading the story...

Pakistan launches award with focus on apps for persons with disabilities

ISLAMABAD: The 2016 edition of Pakistan Mobile App Awards has been launched with focus on development of ready-to-use mobile applications addressing needs of Persons with Disabilities. The Continue reading the story...

Building a new disability strategy for New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on issues that affect people with disabilities as public consultation on Continue reading the story...

Thailand Post improves online access for persons with disabilities

Thailand Post has added new features to its website, www.thailandpost.co.th, to enhance web accessibility for persons with disabilities. Samorn Terdthampiboon, president of the company, said that the Continue reading the story...

Nagaland Constitutes Task Force for Accessibility Audit

DIMAPUR, INDIA: In view of the Accessible India Campaign conceptualized by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for Continue reading the story...

Universal ID cards for persons with disabilities soon: Minister

INDIA: The Central government is in advanced stages of issuing universal identity cards to persons with disabilities with the objective of providing them easy access to Continue reading the story...

New buses must be accessible for persons with disabilities: Madras High Court

CHENNAI, INDIA:  The Madras high court has directed that any new buses to be introduced must meet the requirements of persons with disabilities and as per Continue reading the story...

UNICEF Malaysia to release study on children with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: The findings of a comprehensive study by Unicef Malaysia into children with disabilities will be released by the end of this year, said Unicef Continue reading the story...
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