Asia-Pacific

Making workplaces accessible for people with disabilities

SINGAPORE: More persons with disabilities  are joining the workforce in what is seen as an inclusive working environment. Government agency SG Enable – set up in 2014 Continue reading the story...

Disability Rights Bill 2016 Tabled in Parliament

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The Disability Rights Bill 2016 has been tabled by Hon. C.P. Mainali, Minister, Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare at Monday’s parliament meeting. The Continue reading the story...

Buildings lack barrier-free environment in India

GUWAHATI: Even after two decades of inception of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995, that clearly mandates non-discrimination Continue reading the story...

Indian government to spend more on equipment, aids for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government is considering increasing the budget from Rs 150 crore last year to Rs 200 crore for providing aids and equipment to persons Continue reading the story...

UN CRPD to boost rights of persons with disabilities

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the tabling of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which Continue reading the story...

Conference on Insights on the Implementation of CRPD held in Tokyo

TOKYO: The Conference on the Insights on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) held in Tokyo, June Continue reading the story...

Indian government plans to make 144 tourist sites accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government plans to set up solar wheelchairs, battery-driven carts, and accessible toilets at 145 cultural landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and Jagannath Continue reading the story...

New module developed for teaching English to people with hearing disabilities

VADODARA, INDIA: In a bid to promote literacy among people with hearing disabilities , city-based Mook Baadhir Mandal and Ishara Foundation hosted a conference on Saturday. The Continue reading the story...

Mobile van to provide children with disabilities home-based education

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki on Thursday flagged off a mobile van to provide home-based education to children with disabilities. Named Kalam Express, the van Continue reading the story...

Move to protect persons with disabilities: 2016-2017 Budget

The Fijian government a whopping 300 per cent tax deduction on wages paid to employees with disabilities for the first three years of employment. Attorney-General and Finance Continue reading the story...

Education for children with disabilities improved

The Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach (IDEO) project has enabled children with disabilities from underprivileged families to access essential early education that boost their full growth. The IDEO Continue reading the story...

Uttarakhand to get India’s first Commission for protection of rights of persons with disabilities

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand will become India’s first state to form Commission for protection of rights of persons with disabilities as state cabinet gave its nod today. The Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities in the quake-hit districts still at risk: NHRC

KATHMANDU: Having no land to their names, as many as 102 earthquake-affected families in Naubise of Rasuwa district have been forced to set up temporary shelters Continue reading the story...

Inventor showcases Braille pen in South Korea

Kuwaiti inventor Shaikha Al-Majid took part in an international women inventions fair currently held in South Korea from 16 to 19 June. Al-Majid stressed the significance of Continue reading the story...

Students design tricycle for people with mobility disabilities

MADANAPALLE, INDIA: Students of final year mechanical engineering K Sreepathi Naidu, K Raja Reddy, P  Pavani and T Nagarajuna of Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science Continue reading the story...

Fiji focuses on persons with disabilities

FIJI: The government is trying to help people with disabilities in every way. This was revealed by Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during budget consultations with Fiji Continue reading the story...

Disability advocates calls for mandatory disability access in new homes

AUSTRALIA: An alliance of 800 disability advocates and ethical designers are calling for mandatory disability access in new homes. The alliance says Australia must do better as Continue reading the story...

Indians with disabilities to be provided unique ID cards

India is in the process of implementing a project to provide a unique ID card to persons with disabilities aimed at creating a national data base Continue reading the story...

New Zealander elected to UN Disabilities Committee

A World First as New Zealander elected to United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities This morning New Zealander Robert Martin was elected to Continue reading the story...

ACDA calls for a disability inclusive Australia

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) calls on all election candidates to commit to building a disability inclusive Australia by supporting key election priorities outlined in Continue reading the story...

Wearable device to guide people with vision disabilities

“It is better than any cane or guide dogs”. That is how a user describes a new assistive device in the market for people with vision Continue reading the story...

OCD brings disaster risk reduction and management advocacy to persons with disabilities

BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES: The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Office, in continuously expanding the reach of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management advocacy in Continue reading the story...

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...

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...
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