• Asia-Pacific

    Makeathon to Build Tech for Persons with Disabilities in Kazakhstan

    KAZAKHSTAN: Creative innovators will attempt to solve challenges set by people with disabilities in just 72 hours at the capital’s Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM): Nur-Sultan Makeathon Oct. 25-28, reports the Nazarbayev University press office. TOM Makeathon is a 72-hour marathon that unites makers, such as engineers, programmers, craftspeople and doctors, to develop assistive technology solutions for… Continue Reading »

    Myanmar Opens First Cafe Accessible for Persons with Hearing Impairment

    MYANMAR: A first-ever private eatery run by staff with hearing impairment was opened in Myanmar’s Yangon earlier this month, creating a deaf-friendly environment. “The Able,” a sign language book cafe, is entirely staffed by six hearing-impaired persons from service staff to chef, to encourage disabled yet differently abled people to work. “There are some sign… Continue Reading »

    Greater Push to Accelerate Implementation of Accessible India Campaign

    INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for introduction of a mobile application to help the disabled facing difficulty in accessing means of transport and government buildings upload pictures of their experiences. He has also asked officials to be “compassionate” towards the cause and to accelerate the implementation of the Accessible India Campaign (AIC). These… Continue Reading »

    Gyms for Persons with Mobility Impairment Gain Traction

    TOKYO, JAPAN: A little more than a year remains before the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, and sports facilities for the disabled are being built across Japan and competitions being held for para athletes. The Paralympics are expected to enhance the visibility of sports for the disabled and help improve their business viability. In March,… Continue Reading »

    India: Assistive Technology for All 2030 Conference Focuses in Infrastructure, Assistive Devices

    KARNATAKA, INDIA: Suggestions, including a university, for solutions such as assistive technologies and creating zones for the people with disabilities were made at the national conference on ‘Assistive Technology for All-2030’ which began here on Friday. At the inaugural event of a two-day conference by Mobility India to celebrate its silver jubilee, the Karnataka commissioner… Continue Reading »

    Smart Seats to be Developed for Car Passengers with Disabilities

    GOA, INDIA: Cars offer comfort but not as much for elderly and disabled persons who find it tough to board and alight four-wheelers independently. A team of four students from Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, has now created an option. A special seat created by the students can help elderly and disabled persons get in… Continue Reading »

    Ability Foundation Invites Film-makers for Workshop on Audio Description

    INDIA: Ability Foundation invites participation from film makers and aspiring film makers for a two-day landmark workshop on Audio Description, to be held on September 6 & 7, 2019. This is a first of its kind learning experience to be held in Chennai which will be conducted by an internationally known authority in the teaching of… Continue Reading »

    Braille Books Get a Software Boost

    A new software developed by Bengaluru students will completely change the way visually challenged students access maps and images in Braille books. ‘Soft-Braille’ — a software developed by the faculty and students of information science and engineering department of MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT) has made it easier to print images and maps on common Braille… Continue Reading »

    New Building Rules to Improve Accessibility for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

    SINGAPORE: From Jan 6 next year, new buildings or buildings undergoing large-scale renovations will have to ensure that they fulfil new accessibility regulations. These include building more spacious changing rooms and toilets for the convenience of the elderly, their caregivers and the disabled to give them a more accessible and convenient living environment. The new… Continue Reading »