• Asia-Pacific

    SWD invites applications for IT schemes for persons with disabilities

    HONG KONG: The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has invited applications from eligible individuals and organisations for the Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Disability (25th Round) and the Central Fund for Personal Computers (37th Round). The objectives of the Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment are to support non-governmental and… Continue Reading »

    Youth with hearing disabilities shapes own destiny with art in Vietnam

    A 23-year-old Vietnamese with hearing disability has been setting an example of what people with disabilities can achieve. Despite suffering from the defect at birth, Tran Quoc Dat has shown great talent with a brush in his hand. Currently living in Dong Thap Province, located in southern Vietnam, Dat has achieved a long-time dream of… Continue Reading »

    High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the AP Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022

    BEIJING: ESCAP, in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), is organizing the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, in Beijing from 27 November to 1 December 2017. Objectives of the Meeting are: To undertake a midpoint review of the progress made,… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities guaranteed right to political participation

    KATHMANDU: The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill authenticated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has guaranteed the right to political participation to persons with disabilities. “Persons with disabilities shall have the right to announce their candidacy and exercise their voting rights with or without the help of any person or institution,” Section 11 of the… Continue Reading »

    New UNICEF study shows children with disabilities often face stigma and discrimination

    KUALA LUMPUR: Six in ten people surveyed do not have enough information about children with disabilities, UNICEF said in a study released. This is the first nationwide research to shed light on the perceptions, attitudes and practices towards childhood disability in Malaysia. Findings from the research reveal that knowledge about disability is low and that… Continue Reading »

    Resilience, not weakness

    The white cane was once considered a mere stick to help people with vision disabilities detect obstacles in their way. Today, that very cane has become a symbol of independence, self-reliance, confidence. As such, ever since 1964, people all around the world celebrate October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. While there has been progress… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities emphasize need to involve in DRR programs

    PHILIPPINES: In its effort towards disaster risk reduction, persons with disabilities (PWDs) expressed the need to involve themselves in disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction programs. The secretary general of the World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Teddy Kahil, who is visually impaired, said Thursday last week that persons with disabilities are greatly affected during disaster. “I, as a… Continue Reading »

    India to host International Conference on Inclusive Education

    The Centre for Disability Studies and Action (CDSA), School of Social Work of Tata Insitute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, and Brotherhood, Delhi are organizing jointly an International Conference on Inclusive Education from 22nd to 24th January 2018 at TISS, Mumbai. The conference will provide an opportunity to share and disseminate ideas, research findings, academic,… Continue Reading »

    Vietnam to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities

    The National Committee on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has agreed to support funding for the building and improvement of provincial service centers for people with disabilities in 77 provinces, to provide them with thorough access to government welfare. The life improvement for people with disabilities, according to the Government policy, aims to support them… Continue Reading »