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    Built Environment

    Rules on parking lots for persons with disabilities set to be tightened in Singapore

    SINGAPORE: Demand is going up for accessible car-park lots reserved for persons with disabilities, and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will be revising the parking scheme to narrow down the pool of users. From Nov 1, those using less “bulky” mobility aids such as crutches and quad-sticks will no longer qualify for… Continue Reading »

    Dubai hospitals must improve accessibility within six months

    DUBAI: The dream of a city with access for all has moved closer to reality with public hospitals the latest buildings to be given an ultimatum to improve their disabled access under the Dubai Disability Strategy 2020 (DDS). All private healthcare facilities in the emirate have been given six months to alter their facilities to… Continue Reading »

    Film competition to raise awareness on accessibility

    NEW DELHI: The Social Justice Ministry will organize a short film competition to raise awareness on making public places accessible for persons with disabilties, an official statement said. The ‘Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran- 2017’ is being organized in collaboration with  Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India.… Continue Reading »

    Only 20% of firms complied with accessibility law

    DAVAO, PHILIPPINES: Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Davao City said only 20 percent of all government and non-government firms complied with the Accessibility Ordinance of the City Council, which mandates the creation of barrier-free physical environment for persons with disabilities. PDAO-Davao president Bong Comiling, during Kapehan sa Dabaw media forum at SM City… Continue Reading »

    First park for persons with disabilities to open in Nalgonda crossroads soon

    HYDERABAD: The city is all set to take its first steps towards becoming a tad more accessible for persons with disabilities with Telangana’s first-of-its-kind park for persons with disabilities, the National Disabled Park, all set to open its doors soon. Built by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) over 1.03 acres at Nalgonda crossroads at… Continue Reading »

    Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment

    The Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat invite submissions to the 2017 Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. The Dubai International Award is recognizing the best efforts in improving the lives of urban residents around the globe. There are initiatives that inspire through their vision, their innovation or their impact – yours… Continue Reading »

    Auckland Design Manual launches design tool to encourage accessibility

    The Auckland Design Manual has introduced a new tool to support architects and designers incorporate ways to cater for people of all physical abilities and stages of life when they are designing buildings and public spaces. The new Universal Design Tool is part of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Manual website. The tool is a free… Continue Reading »

    Booklet aims to make voting easier for persons with disabilities

    KUALA LUMPUR:  The National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) is producing a booklet to ensure people with disabilities are better able to exercise their right to vote. Project manager Wong Yoon Loong said the booklet is aimed at educating personnel at polling stations. “It is more about how they can help a person with… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities still struggle to access mainstream schools: experts

    BEIJING: A disability forum held in Beijing last week said that while the country has made steps forward, it still has a long way to go before it can boast “inclusive education” nationwide for students with disabilities, given their low enrollment rate in mainstream schools. Inclusive education advocates an education system in which students with… Continue Reading »