Chinese website portal launched to ensure disabled people better access to public information

A Chinese website portal was launched Tuesday to provide the country’s nearly 83 million disabled people with better access to information services. Sponsored by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), the website,, is the country’s first national-level online portal specializing in serving the disabled. Besides publishing information regarding job offers, long-distance education and government… Continue Reading »

Sawai Mansingh Stadium in India inaccessible for people with disabilities

JAIPUR, India: Cricket may have won today at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (SMS) and people had the best of their times, but for 25-year-old cricket fan Somya Dawar, it was a disappointing day. She had valid passes but could not watch the match as the stands were not “equipped” and did not have ramps for her… Continue Reading »

Paralympians boycott Jetstar over wheelchair policy in New Zealand

Jetstar is facing more criticism of its wheelchair policy after it refused to fly some of New Zealand’s top disabled athletes. Paralympics New Zealand was told only two out of a team of eight of its athletes were allowed on board a Jetstar-operated Qantas flight from Darwin in May, regardless of whether they needed assistance… Continue Reading »

Taiwan can do more to create barrier-free environment: President Ma Ying-jeou

Taipei: President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday praised the strides Taiwan has made in developing a barrier-free environment to promote accessible tourism but acknowledged that more needs to be done. Speaking at the 4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism in Taipei, Ma said Taiwan was working to create an environment where the physically challenged, senior citizens,… Continue Reading »

Fiji National Council for disabled people seek more accessible buses

Mar 30: The Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons is looking into having discussions with government for the provision of more accessible buses in the future. Executive Director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa said a certain category of disability especially disabled people confined to wheelchairs will not benefit from the free bus fare initiatives due to non-accessibility.… Continue Reading »

Singapore aims to provide accessible digital content for people with disabilities

While we exploit technology and work on interoperability to share digital contents over multiple platforms, what we don’t realise is that we might inadvertently leave behind a group of individuals who may have difficulty accessing these digital content, said Chia Woon Yee, Director of Technology & Vocational Training at the Society for the Physically Disabled… Continue Reading »

High Court in India asks architects body to contact survey of disability access of all government buildings

Nagpur, Mar 22: In a ray of hope for disabled and senior citizens, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has asked the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) to conduct a survey of all the government/semi-government buildings in the city on facilities being offered. The IIA has been told to take the help ofNagpur… Continue Reading »

DPWH to strictly enforce Accessibility Law in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Mar 09: Saying it is not just a matter of implementing the law but also consideration for disabled people, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has ordered the strict compliance to the special law on disabled persons which allows them easy access to government and private buildings. In a recent report, the Commission on… Continue Reading »

Technology helps disabled people, but is expensive

India, Mar 08: Rohit Parekh Jain, a 20-year old from Chennai, with cerebral palsy and has not been able to communicate verbally all his life. But just over a year ago, in February last year, he spoke a sentence for the first time in his life after using Avaz, a device with a graphical interface,… Continue Reading »

Israeli company to provide advanced bionic vision to blind people

JERUSALEM, Mar 07: An Israeli company will provide an advanced bionic vision device to help millions of blind people see the world. Herzilya-based Nano Retina is developing a prototype medical device, that “if all goes well” could be an answer to the prayers of people worldwide who suffer from impaired eyesight and blindness due to… Continue Reading »