Asia-Pacific

New North Korea Law Requires Wheelchair Accessibility According to State Media Report

NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday. “Construction regulation standardizing barrier-free buildings has been adopted,” KCNA said. The report added, “A barrier-free environment is an environment in which… Continue Reading »

Disability Apps, Cards in Japan to Replace Paper Certificates for Ease of Use

JAPAN: The process of acquiring and using disability certificates has long been cumbersome and impractical, but with plastic cards and smartphone apps gaining ground, things could get much simpler. The government has started allowing plastic cards to replace the paper certificates, which tear easily and can be difficult to pull out when needed. Though the welfare… Continue Reading »

Ability Foundation Announces EmployABILITY 2019 Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities

INDIA: Ability Foundation has announced EmployABILITY 2019, the pioneering job fair for qualified persons with disabilities, to be held in Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY, the trend-setting job opportunities fair for persons with disabilities will be held at Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY is jointly organised by Ability Foundation and Lions Club of Padi… Continue Reading »

Pitch for Canberra to Host Asia Pacific’s Accessible Tourism Conference and Expo

AUSTRALIA: With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is… Continue Reading »

IIT Madras Launches Unique Wheelchair at Affordable Price

INDIA: A new affordable ‘standing wheelchair’ that enables persons with disabilities to shift between standing and sitting positions independently, has been indigenously designed by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems. It was launched here on Tuesday. Wheelchair users usually require assistance to stand, after being seated in their wheelchairs.… Continue Reading »

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Launched Program to Improve Accessibility

THAILAND: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has launched a program to improve flyovers in high-traffic areas with pedestrian crossings which will also include facilities to help the elderly safely cross Bangkok’s busy roads. The report says that road-crossing signals will be established along with flyovers with lifts for the elderly and disabled, particularly in high-traffic areas. Flyovers… Continue Reading »

China Aims to Better Serve the Poor with Disabilities

BEIJING – Better care services will be offered to poor people with severe disabilities in China as the country strives to win the battle against poverty. A list of caring needs for severely disabled poor people will be made on a county-level basis to help various agencies work out targeted measures for better services, said… Continue Reading »

Course Aims to Provide Training to Create Accessible Homes

INDIA: Vidya Sagar, the prominent Chennai NGO has finished a three-month course to create a pool of professionals who can support people with disabilities and the elderly to become independent in their homes. Accessibility in public spaces is coming in for attention and that’s needed and welcome. But what about accessibility within homes and other personal… Continue Reading »

Article 15 of Indian Constitution Needs Amendment: UN Committee Experts

INDIA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 international independent experts, who monitor implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the findings or Concluding Observations. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its findings on India which it adopted during the… Continue Reading »

App Aims to Make Visual Contrast a Mainstream Concern in the Built Environment

Get Luminance has been developed from research and provides an empirical basis for calculating luminance.  Get Luminance measures what is ‘seen’ by a photograph and reflects the conditions experienced by users.  It measures luminance in the prevailing light conditions, (rather than the pure colour with a controlled light source – the basis of most colorimeters).… Continue Reading »