Asia-Pacific

Affordable video calling a boon for people with hearing disabilities

LUDHIANA, INDIA: Mobile revolution may have swept the country long time ago, but for people with hearing disabilities, the real benefit of mobile communication technology had Continue reading the story...

Minister launches Braille atlas to let people with vision disabilities study maps

NEW DELHI: In a first, the Ministry of Science and Technology has come up with a comprehensive Braille atlas for nearly 50 lakh people with vision Continue reading the story...

New campaign focuses on greater acceptance for persons with disabilities in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Hit by a bus while on a business trip in Paris in 2011, Mr Rajan Raju was paralysed from the neck down. But the corporate Continue reading the story...

Braille signage will help visitors with vision disabilities

MYSURU, INDIA: Here is good news for people with vision disabilities. Thanks to the efforts of the authorities concerned, they will be spared of asking information Continue reading the story...

Upgrade facilities to make Railways accessible for persons with disabilities: Bombay HC

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay High Court today said the Railways was duty-bound to provide facilities for passengers with disabilities and suggested a separate budgetary allocation for Continue reading the story...

Provide facilities for voters with disabilities at polling centres: High Court

NAGPUR, INDIA:  Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Thursday, directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to provide facilities like ramps and handrails at the polling Continue reading the story...

Elections Commission to provide services for voters with disabilities

INDONESIA: The Salatiga General Elections Commissions (KPU Salatiga) has pledged to provide special facilities and services for voters with disabilities for the upcoming regional election on Continue reading the story...

LG, UAE join hands over app for persons with disabilities

LG Electronics said that it will help students in Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) develop a mobile application for persons with disabilities . The Seoul-based Continue reading the story...

Ballot paper in Braille to help voters vision with disabilities cast their vote in Indonesia

INDONESIA: Offices of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in several areas across Indonesia have prepared specially designed ballot papers that will allow voters who are blind Continue reading the story...

Grant to help advance communication skills of children with autism

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: The Fort Wayne based AWS Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to SPEAK MODalities to advance a technology that has shown promise in Continue reading the story...

Revolutionary device will show the way forward for people with vision disabilities

MELBOURNE: Daily life for people who are blind or have low vision will be dramatically improved following the development by University of Melbourne researchers of a Continue reading the story...

Voters with disabilities fight for access to polling stations

Hundreds of voters with disabilities in Jayapura, Papua, are hoping they can cast their votes during the concurrent regional elections slated for Feb. 15. “As Indonesian citizens Continue reading the story...

Delhi railway stations to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Railway stations in the capital may soon be equipped with more disabled-friendly features though cleanliness and passenger safety will be given top priority. According to Continue reading the story...

CSR for persons with disabilities to get a boost from new law

NEW DELHI: The winter session of Parliament, which began on 16 November and ended on 16 December in 2016, failed to achieve much in terms of Continue reading the story...

Provide facilities for passengers with disabilities, Bombay HC tells Railways

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay High court on Wednesday directed the railways to provide facilities to passengers with disabilities travelling in local trains and CCTV cameras inside Continue reading the story...

80% public buildings lack ramps for persons with disabilities in Mumbai

MUMBAI, INDIA: A survey of 53 public utility buildings conducted under the union government’s Accessible India campaign showed that Mumbai is not a friendly place for Continue reading the story...

CSIR develops reading device for people with vision disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Chandigarh-based Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a reading machine for people with vision Continue reading the story...

Call for more consultations to ensure full participation of persons with disabilities in election process

KOHIMA, INDIA: Diethono Nakhro, State Icon today said that disability, people with disability and disability issues are still very poorly understood in our society – not Continue reading the story...

Students develop app for children with speech disabilities

MUMBAI: A collaborative team from IIT Bombay and the IDC school of design have developed an app to that serves as a learning and communication device Continue reading the story...

Committee formed to set rules for implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act

NEW DELHI: A committee has been constituted by the Centre to frame uniform rules for the states to avoid delay in proper implementation of the Rights Continue reading the story...

New app makes dining out easier for people with vision disabilities

HONG KONG: Hongkongers with vision disabilities can now order meals at select restaurants across the city by themselves, thanks to a new app ‘Tap My Dish’ Continue reading the story...

Digital sign language lab planned to help children with hearing disabilities

INDIA: Digital sign language books prepared by Gurgaon-based ‘Welfare Centre for Persons with Speech and Hearing Impairment’ will be distributed across the state to help children Continue reading the story...

Earthquake experiences of people with vision disabilities documented

Residents with vision disabilities faced further challenges that have now been documented by Massey University’s Dr Gretchen Good and Dr Suzanne Phibbs of the College of Continue reading the story...

Indian government issues guidelines for persons with disabilities in cinema halls

PANAJI: Following the Supreme Court’s order stating that all cinema halls in India should play the national anthem before a feature film and that all present Continue reading the story...

Art Museums Offer Tours for Visitors with Vision Disabilities

For visitors people who are blind and have low vision, many of the experiences sighted people take for granted aren’t available, such as going to an Continue reading the story...

Make railway stations accessible for persons with disabilities: HC

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday warned the Railways that it will initiate contempt proceedings against the general managers of Central and Western Railways if Continue reading the story...

Rajasthan government plans college for students with hearing disabilities

JAIPUR, INDIA: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that the state government is in discussion with an organization to open a college for students with hearing Continue reading the story...

Fest to celebrate disability, diversity

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: In a bid to sensitize people to problems arising from mobility disabilities, We Care a travelling festival will showcase films on the theme from Continue reading the story...

Universal design should leave nobody out

SINGAPORE: Senior architectural designer Richard Kuppusamy cuts an unusual sight in busy construction sites when he navigates expertly past enormous cranes and trucks, manoeuvres around floors Continue reading the story...

Call for separate wing for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kamlesh Kumar Pandey has said that the State government should start Continue reading the story...

Free Braille Maps to 300 Schools in India

INDIA: The government has decided to provide India’s only Braille atlas free to at least 300 schools that cater to the needs of students with vision Continue reading the story...

Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment held

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) on Continue reading the story...

Lack of accessible toilets restrict access to public places for women with disabilities in India

INDIA: “I don’t eat a full meal for dinner. We don’t have a toilet at home and I can’t see at night to go out in Continue reading the story...

Guwahati’s first Braille library opens

GUWAHATI, INDIA: The city gets its first braille library for students who are blind or have low vision at the Guwahati Blind High School here on Continue reading the story...

Project to make State accessible for persons with disabilities

KERALA, INDIA: The government will launch a comprehensive project — Anuyatra — for the management of disabilities in the State. The project adopts a rights-based life Continue reading the story...

HC directs Delhi University to admit PhD candidate with disabilities

NEW DELHI: At a time when the country’s lawmakers are favouring equal representation of persons with disabilities, a high court judgment will boost the morale of Continue reading the story...

Move to make government buildings accessible

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: All departments have been asked to submit details of Government buildings in the Capital and 10 other important cities and towns in a bid Continue reading the story...

New currency notes a problem for people with vision disabilities in India

BANGALORE: Demonetisation has created a new demon for people who are blind or have low vision, who are struggling to identify the new notes on the Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities still lack access to education in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Fifty years have passed since the government officially declared education as a right of all children in the country. Today, 20,706 children with several types Continue reading the story...

Indian government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Government has notified the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which provides for raising reservation in government jobs for persons with benchmark Continue reading the story...
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