Asia-Pacific

Restaurant app for persons with disabilities ‘useless’

TAIPEI: A mobile phone app that recommends restaurants for persons with disabilities and was developed with Taipei City Government subsidies has come under fire from Taipei Continue reading the story...

Bus terminus, beach fail accessibility audit

PANAJI, INDIA: Panaji bus stand, Panaji post office, Shram Shakti Bhavan and Panaji police station were among those at the bottom of the list, in a Continue reading the story...

New Building Code Approval in 30 Days, Says Delhi Government

NEW DELHI:  Delhi-ites will be now able to get a building plan approved within 30 days while no construction permission will be needed for plots up Continue reading the story...

Provide accessible facilities, DC directs public institutions

MANGALURU, INDIA: The district administration is attempting to make public institutions like banks accessible for persons with disabilities. Deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim has issued directions Continue reading the story...

Delhi University to provide accessible smartphones, hearing aid for students with disabilities

Delhi University will provide accessible smart phones, white canes, hearing aid and wheelchairs to students with disabilities from this year. VerbaVoice users receive a transcription of what Continue reading the story...

Passengers with disabilities want more accessible express buses to airport

KUALA LUMPUR: Express bus service to the airport needs to be improved and be more accessible for passengers with disabilities to enable them enjoy public facilities. Society Continue reading the story...

New building code aims at access for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The new National Building Code (NBC) will, for the first time, have a detailed chapter on making buildings and urban sites “accessible” and “barrier-free” Continue reading the story...

Five-year disability awareness campaign launched in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Because he has cerebral palsy, Mr Ong Peng Kai, 24, moves around with the help of a roller walker. When he is out and about, Continue reading the story...

3D printed teaching aids enhance education for students with vision disabilities

New research from the 3D printing Lab at South Korea’s Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) has revealed that 3D printed tactile teaching aids, including 3D Continue reading the story...

First Center of Expertise for Disability Sports launched

SINGAPORE: The first Center of Expertise for Disability Sports was launched at the ActiveSG Sengkang Sports Centre on Tuesday (May 31), as part of plans to Continue reading the story...

More to be done to involve persons with disabilities in sporting arena

SINGAPORE: More PE teachers, coaches and volunteers will be trained to help people with disabilities take part in sports, as part of a five-year plan to Continue reading the story...

Thai Radio launches 5th project for people with vision disabilities

THAILAND: This project is hosted by Nation Radio FM90.5, Working Station Radio FM102, Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under the royal patronage of HM the Continue reading the story...

Areas around Tokyo Olympic venues to be made more accessible for persons with disabilities

TOKYO: The land and transport ministry is planning to remove all barriers that might hamper people with disabilities on a total of 20 km of national Continue reading the story...

Jakarta needs more than accessible sidewalks

Keke Yanuar Daniati always tries to take her paralyzed father and his wheelchair to wherever she spends her weekends, although it means she has to struggle Continue reading the story...

Research investigates how mobile apps can help people with disabilities

Curtin University researchers have been awarded the 2016 Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant to investigate how smartphone applications could be used by people with disabilities to Continue reading the story...

SL interpreters to make NDA second anniversary accessible

NEW DELHI: In response to a letter from the National Association of the Deaf to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and information and broadcast (I&B) minister Arun Continue reading the story...

Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections

The May 9 Philippine election not only set a new record for voter turnout, it also marked the first time that Republic Act 10366 – which Continue reading the story...

Nepal plans to make public infrastructure accessible

KATHMANDU: The government has announced to make all state infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities. The budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has a programme to make Continue reading the story...

Book fair gets more inclusive with braille

CHENNAI, INDIA: A stall with books in braille, a theme celebrating an issue every day and a space which allows readers to meet their favourite authors. Continue reading the story...

30 projects win awards for sustainable, inclusive designs

SINGAPORE: Thirty public housing projects have won 33 awards for their environmentally friendly and inclusive living environments, with the Yuhua estate receiving the top award for Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities Bill likely to make it to Parliament in monsoon session

NEW DELHI, INDIA: On a day the BJP led NDA government completed two years in government, Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot Continue reading the story...

E-Learning benefits higher education students with disabilities

AUSTRALIA: A report from Curtin University and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) has found access to technology and flexible teaching methods, Continue reading the story...

Nepal needs disability-inclusive building code, suggests study

KATHMANDU: A research report on post-earthquake situations of Nepal from the disability perspective highlighted that Nepal needed to revise the existing building code making it more Continue reading the story...

Research highlights benefits of employing people with Autism

AUSTRALIA: New research released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) has found employing adults with Autism benefits employees, employers and their organisations without incurring additional Continue reading the story...

Law to boost support for people with developmental disabilities revised

TOKYO: The Diet enacted legislation Wednesday to boost support for people with developmental disabilities, such as those with autism and learning disabilities, to help eliminate social Continue reading the story...

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...
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