• Asia-Pacific

    Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development found substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented at the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The groups released a report that present 13 case studies… Continue Reading »

    Award for Blind Cricket World Cup and Announcement of Five National Sports Centres

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot felicitated the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team and presented them with a cash award of Rs.34 Lakhs at a function in New Delhi today, February 21st, 2018. The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Ramdas… Continue Reading »

    Distribution of Aids & Assistive Devices to Divyangjans and Senior Citizens

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: A Mega Distribution Camp for distribution of Aids & Assistive devices to the Divyangjans and Senior Citizens was organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India at Jiwaji University Ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh today, February 11th, 2018. In the august presence of the President of India Shri Ramnath… Continue Reading »

    Robot Carers Could Help with Japan’s Senior Caregiving

    JAPAN: It is no secret that Japan’s population is aging with the number of Japanese 90 years and above reaching over 2 million (Internal Affairs Ministry). The 2017 government survey indicated that there are over 35 million elderly people (65 years and above) representing 27.7% of the population. A predicted shortfall of round 370,000 caregivers… Continue Reading »

    A Delicate Approach to Restoring Control

    AUSTRALIA: An Australian startup program is aiming to tackle lifestyle problems caused by fine motor control issues, an ever-pervasive ailment that dramatically impacts quality-of-life. Their solution is a hand controller designed to help people with dexterity issues perform daily household functions: the i-boll. The i-boll, roughly the size of a junior soccer ball, links to a smart phone app… Continue Reading »

    HPM launched ‘Accessible Dictionary’ for all

    BANGLADESH, INDIA: ‘Accessible Dictionary’ (http://accessibledictionary.gov.bd/) is Bangladesh’s first dictionary specially developed for the persons with visual, print and learning disability and information disadvantaged groups; yet, beneficial for over 5 million students with/out disabilities. On the 1st February, at this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair, the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a2i’s newly developed ‘Accessible… Continue Reading »

    DIAUD at WUF9

    The DIAUD Network meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, focused on final preparations for the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9), scheduled for February 7th-13th at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  The meeting was led by Dr Victor Pineda, President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) and World Enabled. Dr Pineda outlined… Continue Reading »

    ICT Accessibility and Digital Inclusion in Development Efforts Survey: International Development Stakeholder Feedback Needed

    INTERNATIONAL: Global growth of information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives creates unprecedented pathways for cities and countries to improve quality of life and plan for future challenges. Incorporation of ICT accessibility and digital inclusion into development efforts represents a shared opportunity to extend these benefits to all citizens, including people with disabilities and older populations,… Continue Reading »

    Commercialization of research results: PolyU turns novel myopia control contact lens to product

    HONG KONG:  Myopia (or short-sightedness) is a major cause of ocular morbidity for school children, especially among ethnic Chinese. The optometry research team led by Professor To Chi-ho, Head of the School of Optometry at PolyU, and Professor Carly Lam from the same School, developed the novel DISC lens for this purpose. The award-winning DISC lens… Continue Reading »