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    ‘Dangal’ Adds Audio Description for Audiences with Vision Disabilities

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: Aamir Khan’s film ‘Dangal’ has become the first film to be aired on TV with an audio description for audiences who are blind or have low vision. The audio description of the film was completed by the NGO Saksham, which has been working in the field for around 14 years. It has… Continue Reading »

    SCS gives encouragement to summer interns with disabilities

    HONG KONG: The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Joshua Law, on August 8 met with some of the undergraduate students with disabilities participating in a government summer internship scheme at the Central Government Offices to understand their experience. Mr Law encouraged them to unleash their potential and contribute to the community after graduation. Since… Continue Reading »

    Advocates Recognised Through Victorian Disability Awards

    MELBOURNE: Leading disability advocates from across Victoria have been recognised at an awards ceremony in Melbourne yesterday. The Victorian Disability Awards formally recognise individuals, teams and organisations that make a difference in the lives of people with disability and who champion equality for all Victorians. Presenting the awards, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin… Continue Reading »

    Braille project in offing for people with vision disabilities to learn Odissi

    Spreading harmony through Odissi dance form in two states Chhattisgarh and Odisha, Purnashree Raut is among the few artists, who made efforts to Odissi alive in the state. She works on an ambitious project on Braille to help people with vision disabilities to learn Odissi and also to set up a ”Nrityagram’in the state. Who… Continue Reading »

    New pathways to leadership for victorians with disabilities

    AUSTRALIA: The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorians with a disability to become leaders in their local community. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today opened applications for a range of scholarships and development opportunities, as part of the Disability Leadership Program. Run in partnership with Leadership Victoria and the Disability Leadership Institute,… Continue Reading »

    Ministry Launches Indian National Anthem Video in Sign Language

    NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Thursday launched an Indian National Anthem video in sign language, featuring people with disabilities. Directed by veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani, the video features film star Amitabh Bachchan apart from the children who sing the National Anthem in sign language against the backdrop of the Red Fort,… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities struggle with schooling in South Korea

    Children with disabilities struggle at regular schools, at which they often find themselves unsupervised. Although most children with disabilities attend regular schools as part of the government’s goal for an inclusive education system, their needs often go unnoticed or ignored. But even as parents try to find other options, these rarely exist. Lee Seo-yeon, 14,… Continue Reading »

    Moving Forward Together Towards Inclusive and Accessible Cities For All

    On July 26th, the DIAUD network held the second of a series of virtual meetings intended to bring together diverse partners for the advancement of the inclusive cities in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The biweekly meetings were organized with a focus on preparing for the ninth meeting of the 9th World Urban… Continue Reading »

    New Android app lets people with vision disabilities in India listen to texts in local language

    Millions of people with vision disabilities in India may benefit from free, open-source software for Android devices that converts electronic text written in Indian languages into messages they can hear. The text-to-speech (TTS) software, developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with the Hear2Read project, can now be downloaded free of charge from Google Play. Tamil is the… Continue Reading »