• Asia-Pacific

    Autism Research Centre to Expand in India

    The Center for Autism and other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRRE), a not-for-profit organisation based here, has announced its second phase of development. Now working from a rented facility, the school has a staff strength of 35 including 25 qualified professionals, said G Vijaya Raghavan, Founder and Honorary Director. To open new facility As… Continue Reading »

    Researchers Developing Wheelchair-accessible Maps for Persons with Disabilities

    INDIA – Researchers with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, co-led by UCL (University College London) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), are developing wheelchair-accessible maps of Delhi, India.  Described as Street Rehab, the collaborative project has been conceptualized with innovative sensing platforms. This is how it works. UCL has arrived at… Continue Reading »

    Japan to Promote Wheelchair-Friendly Taxis for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    The Japanese government is hoping that visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics who use wheelchairs will have an easy time getting around. Officials say they’re going to obligate taxi operators to train their drivers in the use of specially designed vehicles.”Universal design” taxis look like station wagons and can easily accommodate passengers in… Continue Reading »

    Hawaii Progresses Towards Creating Better Opportunities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

    Whether Matthew Sakamoto would be able to hold a job after high school was always a big question mark. Sakamoto was born with a cognitive developmental delay. At 19, the Roosevelt High School student reads at a level akin to an elementary school student. But he also has a friendly, unreserved personality and a vigor to learn.… Continue Reading »

    Singapore: Sports Push in Schools and Disability Centers

    National agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) will ramp up efforts to promote sports at special education schools and disability centres by linking up these institutions with specialised coaches. It hopes to reach out to 10 schools and centres by April next year. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng said in Parliament… Continue Reading »

    Assistive Robotics to be Showcased During Tokyo Summer Olympics

    Next year, the world’s top athletes will compete in the Tokyo Summer Games. Some of Japan’s biggest companies will also happily be using the opportunity to show off their latest technologies — namely a fleet of robotics aimed at helping human spectators navigate around the event. Officials behind the games showcased some of the technologies… Continue Reading »

    Bangladesh to Set Example on Social Development

    Bangladesh’s Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed Bangladesh hopes to be a role model for the developing world in social services provided by the government to help poor, ill, disabled and elderly people, said a high official. “I can assure you that our country will be a role model of social welfare in the next five… Continue Reading »

    Toyota Improves Universal Design Taxicab for Quicker Wheelchair Access

    JAPAN: Toyota Motor Corp. has announced that it will improve its “JPN Taxi” universal design taxicab to enable wheelchair users to get into the vehicle more quickly — cutting the current maximum of around 20 minutes down to three minutes. The improvements, unveiled on Feb. 4, involve redesigning the car’s foldable wheelchair ramp and simplifying… Continue Reading »

    Goa Carnival 2019 promises to be wheelchair accessible

    India: The famous annual Carnival of Goa is round the corner and this year it promises to be super special. For the first time, the carnival beginning on 2 March, will be a wheelchair accessible festival with inclusive fun for everyone. The carnival is a four-day-long festival that starts from the state capital Panaji and… Continue Reading »