• Asia-Pacific

    IT dept, Austrian academy join hands to develop assistive technology

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: In its effort to provide assistive technology to people with motor disabilities, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an organization under state IT department, will collaborate with AsTeRICS Academy in Austria. The European academy will support ICFOSS in developing its capabilities in a range of assistive tools to support individuals… Continue Reading »

    Make government buildings easier to access for persons with disabilities: SC

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that accessibility to buildings of the central and state governments should be made easier for persons with disabilities. A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan issued 11 directions requiring both the Centre and state governments to provide accessibility features like ramps, accessible toilets,… Continue Reading »

    Vietnam focuses on education for children with disabilities

    VIETNAM: More than 60 percent of children with disabilities attended school in the 2016-2017 academic year, and the country has developed 14 rehabilitation centres and 97 gifted schools nationwide to cater to children with disabilities, said Nguyen Thi Nghia, Deputy Minister of Education and Training. She was speaking at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN… Continue Reading »

    Limited opportunities for people with hearing disabilities in India: Survey

    MUMBAI: People with hearing disabilities pose challenges to both workers with disabilities and their employers. Though HR professionals, supervisors and co-workers may have concerns about being able to communicate with employees with hearing disabilities, such employees feel their plea for a better working environment is never heard. To highlight the challenges faced by such workers… Continue Reading »

    DEPwD organizes Workshop on Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace with FICCI

    NEW DELHI: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India on Friday organizes Sensitization Workshop on ‘Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace: Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’ in collaboration with FICCI at Federation House, New Delhi. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize private… Continue Reading »

    Open Call for Participation: 21st ASEF Summer University

    The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) will take place on 27 January – 10 February 2018 in Melbourne (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand) exploring the topic of Youth with Disabilities. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is now looking for youth participants to take part in the project. The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential… Continue Reading »

    Teaching sign language in Vietnam

    The Vietnam Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach Project developed professional human resources for preschool education for people who are deaf. It trained adults with hearing disabilities to become mentors to children, while also training about 200 hearing teachers in the use of sign language, and over 50 communication facilitators and sign-language interpreters. A video below about the project tells the… Continue Reading »

    India’s President Presents ‘National Awards for Persons with Disabilities Empowerment 2017’ on IDPD

    The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the “National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2017” at a function organized by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On this occasion, Minister for Social… Continue Reading »

    Mongolia focuses on challenges of persons with disabilities

    MONGOLIA: The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection organized a meeting to share successful practices of providing jobs to persons with disabilities on Sunday, in observation of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The annual observance was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the rights and well-being of persons with… Continue Reading »