• Asia-Pacific

    Bangladesh to Set Example on Social Development

    Bangladesh’s Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed Bangladesh hopes to be a role model for the developing world in social services provided by the government to help poor, ill, disabled and elderly people, said a high official. “I can assure you that our country will be a role model of social welfare in the next five… Continue Reading »

    Toyota Improves Universal Design Taxicab for Quicker Wheelchair Access

    JAPAN: Toyota Motor Corp. has announced that it will improve its “JPN Taxi” universal design taxicab to enable wheelchair users to get into the vehicle more quickly — cutting the current maximum of around 20 minutes down to three minutes. The improvements, unveiled on Feb. 4, involve redesigning the car’s foldable wheelchair ramp and simplifying… Continue Reading »

    Goa Carnival 2019 promises to be wheelchair accessible

    India: The famous annual Carnival of Goa is round the corner and this year it promises to be super special. For the first time, the carnival beginning on 2 March, will be a wheelchair accessible festival with inclusive fun for everyone. The carnival is a four-day-long festival that starts from the state capital Panaji and… Continue Reading »

    University of Chittagong Inaugurated the First Accessible E-learning Center in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh: Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor of University of Chittagong, inaugurated a state of the art “Accessible E-learning Center” for the visually impaired students studying at the University. A.K. Khan Foundation, a2i programme of Bangladesh Government and YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) jointly established the Accessible E-learning Center which was formally inaugurated on… Continue Reading »

    Improving Women’s Mobility: It’s Not Just About the Quality of Buses

    The global transport conversation increasingly recognizes that men and women have different mobility patterns, and that this reality should be reflected into the design of transport projects. In general, women engage in more non-work-related travel such as to run household errands and are more likely to travel with children and elders. Therefore, but not exclusively because of that,… Continue Reading »

    WHO Issues Guidelines on Housing and Health

    INTERNATIONAL: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on housing and human health, outlining minimum requirements for space, lighting, air quality, water quality, noise, accessibility and other aspects. The guidelines highlight the potential contribution of improved housing to achieving SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).   For… Continue Reading »

    DESA Releases Information on September 2019 SDG Summit

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has provided information on the September 2019 meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), also known as the “SDG Summit,” in a Question and Answers document on the HLPF webpage. The HLPF will convene on the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 September and all… Continue Reading »

    Workshop on Barriers in Recruitment Faced by Disabled People

    AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, INDIA: Financial independence of people with disabilities enables them to lead a better life and also become part of the mainstream. The employment opportunities for disabled people can be increased by their skill development. However, only skill development is not enough, people with disabilities have to face a lot of hurdles and obstacles before… Continue Reading »

    Chennai’s Largest Disabled-Friendly Children’s Park is Open to the Public

    CHENNAI, INDIA: From therapeutic walkways with different textures to a raised sand pit for wheelchair users, Chennai’s largest inclusive park has much to offer. The Infinity Park, built by the Greater Chennai Municipal Corporation under the Smart Cities project, was opened to the public on Monday to a rapturous reaction. The park is located at San Thome over a sprawling area… Continue Reading »