• Asia-Pacific

    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 »

    Callous state, concerned courts

    DELHI, INDIA: 15 December 2017 was the most unusual day for the visually impaired persons in the recent times. This day, at around 11 a.m., the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished a hostel, Louis Welfare Progressive Association of the Blind in Janakpuri’s Virender Nagar, which had been home to many visually impaired students for the… Continue Reading »

    Not Registered yet for WUF9? Online registration will reopen 23 & 24 January

    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Due to many requests, the WUF9 online registration portal will reopen on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 00:00 until Wednesday 24 January, 23:55 Nairobi time(UTC+3). Participants who have not registered yet can use this period to register online for WUF9. Each participant at the World Urban Forum must be registered individually to attend the conference, a registration by organization is… Continue Reading »

    100 Accessible Websites of Various State Governments/UTs Under Accessible India Campaign Launched – Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot Inaugurates ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a path breaking initiative to empower Persons with Disabilities, 100 Accessible websites of various State Governments/UTs under Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ here today (January 19th, 2018). Ministers of State for… Continue Reading »

    Mainstreaming Inclusivity and Diversity

    On January 17, the DIAUD Network hosted the first meeting of 2018. The meeting began with a summary of the latest progress made in preparation for the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Members from UN Habitat’s General Assembly of Partners (GAP) and the Partner Constituent Groups of Persons with Disabilities (PwD-PCG)… Continue Reading »

    Technology Improving Global Accessibility

    2017 saw great strides in technology; helping to improve accessibility for all. Building on innovative schemes such as the wind-up laptop, which brought accessible and portable computers to poor communities across Africa, several new digital technologies have sprung up the world over to benefit impoverished communities. Inclusivity is the buzzword for many of these new… Continue Reading »

    Council’s ageing and disability services on hand to Assist

    MIDCOAST, AUSTRALIA: MidCoast Council’s Ageing and Disability Services team has started the new year by unveiling a new identity, MidCoast Assist, along with a commitment to the same friendly faces and personalized services they’re well known for in the local area. The ageing and disability services function of MidCoast Council has been a fixture in the… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights get a judicial boost

    INDIA: The disability rights movement received momentous judicial support on December 15. The Supreme Court pronounced two major judgments concerning the higher education and accessibility rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). These judgments have also come at a strategic time; India has completed 10 years of ratifying the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities… Continue Reading »

    Disdain for disability

    PAKISTAN: It is a terrifying fact that the most economically vulnerable are much more likely to suffer from various sorts of disabilities. Neither being poor nor being disabled is a crime, but the modern economic system treats these conditions as such – even in developed countries. In spite of the spirit and abilities that disabled people… Continue Reading »