• Asia-Pacific

    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 »

    University Launches New Six-year Disability Inclusion Action Plan

    AUSTRALIA: The University of Sydney has reached an important milestone in inclusion and access for people with disability, with today’s launch of its Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 during Disability Inclusion Week.  The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 strengthens our commitment to protect staff, students and visitors with disability from discrimination and support all members of our… Continue Reading »

    National Institute for Assistive Technology to be Established in Chattisgarh

    INDIA: The Indian state of Chhattisgarh will soon have a national institute for assistive technology and support centre for people with disabilities. Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday agreed to the demand made by Social Welfare Minister Anila Bhediya for setting up a National institute for assistive technology and… Continue Reading »

    Turkey Provides Support to Persons with Disabilities in Djibouti

    TURKEY: Turkey’s state-run aid agency has distributed a total of 200 wheelchairs and vocational supplies to disabled people in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, according to a statement on Monday. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) launched its “End the Barriers” project in collaboration with Djibouti’s National Agency for the Disabled, providing equipment… Continue Reading »

    Singapore Leads Asia in Resilience to Aging and Automation

    SINGAPORE: The Ageing and Automation Resilience Index by Mercer and Marsh & Mclennan Insights released on Wednesday (18 September) ranked Singapore as the Asian nation that is most resilient to ageing and automation. It must be noted that all Asian countries were ranked in the bottom half of the resilience index, however. Globally, Singapore ranked… Continue Reading »

    Royal New Zealand Ballet Awarded for Accessibility

    NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s commitment to making ballet accessible to diverse communities around New Zealand was recognised in Parliament tonight (subs: 6pm Wednesday 11 September) when it received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2019. Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019, held in the Banquet Hall of… Continue Reading »

    NGO Launches Country’s First Assistive Tech

    INDIA: Samarthanam, a 22-year-old disability-focused NGO, has launched the country’s first assistive technology accelerator. Assistive Technology Accelerator (ATA) has been working relentlessly towards creating more awareness about disability. Last month, ATA caught the attention of one of the top podcasters, Neil Patel, who featured it in the Indian Startup Show, a press statement from Samarthanam… Continue Reading »