• Asia-Pacific

    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 »

    Students in Singapore Work on Accessibility Project to Map Central Business District

    SINGAPORE: Lunch with colleagues is a simple affair for many, a little highlight of each workday. But for people with disabilities, it can be an ordeal they have to pass up because of the lack of accessibility where colleagues may be gathering. A group of 25 students from Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) landscape and architecture department is… Continue Reading »

    Japan Focuses on Innovation to Empower Elderly Drivers

    Japan is turning to technology to help prevent traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers in the country, a growing problem as the population ages. Orix Auto Corp. offers a service that enables senior citizens to measure their abilities behind the wheel via personal computers and smartphones. With Ever Drive, the company collects data on driving… Continue Reading »

    Disability Inclusion Startups in India to Get Funding for Innovation

    The figures are alarming! India has anywhere between 4-8 crore disabled individuals, which is one in 12 households. Many disabled kids don’t attend school and disabled adults don’t go to work owing to their impairments. Due to low literacy levels, social stigma and lack of opportunities, many face exclusion from society. Rising to the situation,… Continue Reading »

    ASEAN Summit Focuses on Inclusive Tourism Development

    BANGKOK: ASEAN’s tourism objectives filtered through during last week’s high powered ASEAN summit in Bangkok with a call for renewed commitment to pursue sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development. That was the key takeaway as far as tourism was concerned according to comments made by the ASEAN Tourism Association president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, in an interview… Continue Reading »

    South Korea Focuses on Developing Robotic Healthcare

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare has secured 1.3 billion won ($1.1 million) for developing care robots for the elderly and disabled, the ministry said Monday. The ministry-affiliated National Rehabilitation Center held a care robot symposium Monday in the Gangbuk district of Seoul, ahead of the launch of the care robot research and development project.… Continue Reading »