• Asia-Pacific

    Website launched to provide information on autism

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday launched the Malaysian Information Network on Disabilities’ (MIND) website which has been upgraded with comprehensive and detailed information on autism. In her speech, Rosmah, who is also PERMATA programme patron, said the upgrading of the website was a strategic collaboration between the Association of Wives… Continue Reading »

    Bhutan launches KAP study on children with disabilities

    The Education Ministry in collaboration with UNICEF Bhutan launched the first-ever Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) study on children with disabilities in Thimphu, on Saturday. The study provides an insight into attitudes of Bhutanese people towards children with disabilities. According to education officials, the survey was carried out in nine districts where responses were asked… Continue Reading »

    Christchurch to be more accessible

    Christchurch organisations have made significant progress in advocating for those with disabilities by establishing the Accessibility Charter, National’s Disability Issues spokesperson Nicky Wagner says. “It is important that public buildings and outdoor spaces are genuinely barrier free to ensure to ensure accessibility for our disabled community,” Ms Wagner says. “The Accessibility Charter, established by the… Continue Reading »

    Uber launches accessible services in Bengaluru

    Global cab company Uber on Tuesday launched two new products UberASSIST and UberACCESS in Bengaluru, India with the support of Mphasis, a leading cloud and cognitive services provider as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative (CSR). Riders in Bengaluru can now request UberASSIST, an option designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

    People with vision disabilities are struggling with new Rs 50 note in India

    NEW DELHI: The newly issued Rs 50 currency notes cannot be differentiated from others by people with vision disabilities, a PIL claimed in the Delhi High Court which sought the RBI and the Centre’s stand on the issue. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the matter needed… Continue Reading »

    New portable video based AUSLAN teaching resource

    The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a portable video-based Australian Sign Language (Auslan) teaching resource, specifically for mobile devices. It can help anyone wanting to learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and communicate with someone who is deaf. RIDBC Auslan Tutor is a multimedia tutorial which has been designed for use… Continue Reading »

    Polling stations lack accessibility for persons with disabilities in Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: Out of the total 269 polling stations set up for the NA-4 by-polls, 95 per cent lack essential accessibility criteria for persons with disabilities, elders and sick people, an audit report revealed. The survey, conducted by sister foundation of Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, the Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections [PAIE], through… Continue Reading »

    ANZ introduces accessibility features to more than 3 million Visa debit cards

    ANZ has announced the rollout of its specially designed accessibility features to all retail and commercial Visa debit cards to make everyday banking easier for customers with disabilities. All ANZ’s 3.4 million Visa debit cards will now have tactile indicators, larger fonts and high visibility leading edges to help customers identify their cards and to… Continue Reading »

    Brisbane Airport breaking down barriers for passengers with disabilities

    Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the first airport in Australia to open a dedicated ‘Changing Places’ facility for passengers with disabilities. Located on the central ground floor area of BNE’s busy Domestic Terminal (near Qantas Baggage carousel 3), the ‘Changing Places’ facility was officially opened this morning by The Hon. Jane Prentice Assistant Minister for Social… Continue Reading »