Asia-Pacific

New website launched to provide entrepreneurship opportunities for persons with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: Microsoft Malaysia has launched M-Powered – a unique employment and entrepreneurship portal for persons with disabilities. The portal was launched by YB Dato’ Seri Continue reading the story...

Amway India, Turnstone Global set up Braille Library

BHUBANESWAR: Amway India has partnered with Turnstone Global, earlier known as National Association for the Blind, to set up a braille library for students with vision Continue reading the story...

Toyota develops new robotic leg brace to help people with mobility disabilities walk

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corporation, which is known for cars, is joining the medical robotics field with the introduction of Welwalk WW-1000. The equipment is a motorized Continue reading the story...

Maharashtra government to set up high schools, colleges for students with hearing disabilities

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Maharashtra Government decided to establish high schools and colleges for students with hearing disabilities in the state. The decision was taken at a Continue reading the story...

Schools to accommodate inclusive education in Fiji

FIJI: The Minister for Education Dr. Mahendra Reddy says they have designated schools in urban areas that will accommodate children into the mainstream education system. He says Continue reading the story...

New App to Teach Kiwis Sign Language

NEW ZEALAND: An innovative online learning resource will help teach Kiwis New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Learn NZSL is an e-learning resource developed by the Deaf Studies Continue reading the story...

Pondicherry University gets Braille center

INDIA: The Louis Braille Centre was recently opened at the Library Annexe of Ananda Rangapillai Library in Pondicherry Central University. Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy inaugurated the Continue reading the story...

Tokyo 2020 publish accessibility guide for Paralympic Games

TOKYO, JAPAN: The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has published its Accessibility Guidelines which aim to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games in three years’ time are Continue reading the story...

Advocates call for better sidewalk accessibility in Taipei

TAIPEI:  More should be done to enhance sidewalk accessibility, disability rights advocates said yesterday at a hearing at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. “There are more than Continue reading the story...

Disability rights groups conduct accessbility audit at polling booths

CHENNAI, INDIA: Members of disability rights groups along with Chennai Corporation assistant engineers conducted an access audit of polling stations and booths in the R.K. Nagar Continue reading the story...

Aipoly app opens up the world for people with vision disabilities

An Australian engineer has co-created created an app for people who are blind or have low vision that reads out what is in front of it. The Continue reading the story...

Indian government focusing on inclusive educational development of students with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government has formulated a scheme to promote education of students with disabilities living in villages or rural areas and deprived of high schools, Continue reading the story...

Uber launches uberASSIST to help persons with disabilities in Macau

MACAU: Worldwide ride-hailing company Uber is launching “Uber-Assist” in Macau today, a new function of its well-known mobile app. Designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and Continue reading the story...

Odisha government likely to conduct fresh disability census

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: With the Centre contemplating to broaden the criteria for persons with disabilities, Odisha Government is likely to start a fresh enumeration of persons with Continue reading the story...

Delhi University distributes smartphones, e-sticks to students with vision disabilities

Delhi University distributed smartphones and electronic stick to 180 students with vision disabilities on Tuesday. The distribution was conducted after shortlisting the students registered in the Continue reading the story...

Call to develop assistive devices for persons with disabilities

TIRUCHI, INDIA: Institutes of higher learning should focus on developing low cost assistive devices for persons with disabilities, said G.Tagore, Research Officer, National Institute of Empowerment Continue reading the story...

Access to copyright works to be improved

Australians – especially those with disabilities – will be given greater access to a range of copyright material under proposed new laws. The legislation, introduced in parliament Continue reading the story...

World Down Syndrome Day Observed

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: A walkathon was organised on the ocassion of the 12th World Down Syndrome Day in Kathmandu today. The program saw the participation of 50 Continue reading the story...

Sign language dictionary to release in India soon

NEW DELHI: The government is all set to come up with the country’s first-of-its-kind dictionary that aims to bring together various sign languages used by people Continue reading the story...

Teen develops goggles to help locate objects to people with vision disabilities

ITANAGAR:  Anang Tadar, a high school student of New Galaxy Academy, Arunachal Pradesh has invented a brilliant gadget called Goggle For Blind (G4B) for people who Continue reading the story...

Japan seeks installation of flashing fire alarms for people with hearing disabilities

TOKYO: The Japanese government has called on municipalities across the country to install visibly recognizable flashing fire alarms for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The Fire Continue reading the story...

PyeongChang Winter Paralympics 2018 – An Opportunity for New Talent to Shine

A general view of a street scene near the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, host of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. With Thursday 9 March marking one Continue reading the story...

Accessible tour packages for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a first, one of India’s largest travel companies has launched tour packages for persons with disabilities. Cox & Kings has come out Continue reading the story...

Tech-Guided Vocational School for People with Vision Disabilities Opens in Denver

DENVER, CO: Mike Hess is on a vision quest to help people who are blind or have low vision in Colorado and throughout the country to Continue reading the story...

Braille maps to guide people with vision disabilities at Bengaluru city railway station

BENGALURU, INDIA: With India home to the maximum number of individuals with vision disabilities in the world and Karnataka possessing a higher percentage of people who Continue reading the story...

Project to help children with learning disabilities in Delhi

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has identified 35,000 children with learning disabilities and would be provided appropriate learning support under its new Project Smile. According to a Continue reading the story...

Indonesia’s train operator to provide portable ramps to help passengers with disabilities access trains

JAKARTA: Commuter train operator PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek (KCJ) has launched portable ramps as part of efforts to provide more inclusive services for its customers with Continue reading the story...

Calls to make infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Wheelchair users on Wednesday marked the 10th International Wheelchair Day by organizing a rally. The theme for this year is “Wheelchair Friendly Infrastructure, Not Continue reading the story...

Disability Access Standards reforms set to improve access to public buildings in Australia

The Australian Government today announced its response to the Review of the Premises Standards, setting out reforms to be made to the Standards to improve their Continue reading the story...

AIIMS, PNB admit gaps in disability access

NEW DELHI: After ordering a review of its inclusive accessibility program, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has found that “certain areas Continue reading the story...

Time to make Malaysia accessible for persons with disabilities

MALAYSIA: It’s high time to drive efforts in making Malaysia a reputable accessible tourism destination, said Tourism and Culture Ministry (Motac) deputy secretary-general (tourism) Datuk Rashidi Continue reading the story...

Hospital lacks facilities for persons with disabilities: audit

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The country’s premier medical institute All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) “lacks” facilities which allow smooth access to persons with disabilities on Continue reading the story...

Inclusive NZ Supporting Access Alliance Campaign

NEW ZEALAND: Inclusive NZ is very proud to be part of the Access Alliance, a campaign which is dedicated to making New Zealand accessible for all. Inclusive Continue reading the story...

Accessibility legislation would boost NZ’s economy

NEW ZEALAND: In an unprecedented move, a diverse range of disability groups have come together to issue a call for legislation that would enable people with Continue reading the story...

Braille smartwatch finally hits shelves

SEOUL: After almost three years, the Dot smartwatch is ready to hit the market, offering a sleek timepiece for people who are blind or have low Continue reading the story...

Japan’s Adoption of Universal Design Ahead of Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020

TOKYO: In a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe on Wednesday afternoon (22 February) in Tokyo, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven praised the Continue reading the story...

Arts Access Victoria launches three major resources for arts and disability

NEW ZEALAND: Arts Access has launched three major capacity building resources for the arts, disability and mental health sectors under the banner Art Matters. Art and You Continue reading the story...

Officials must be sensitized about Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016

HYDERABAD, INDIA: Telanagna Women, Child and Disabled Welfare Department Secretary M Jagadeeshwar said that the Central and State Government officials must be sensitized about the advantages Continue reading the story...

Call for nominations to Arts Access Awards 2017

NEW ZEALAND: Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognised? Or how about a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Continue reading the story...

Art and You: A Planning Guide

AUSTRALIA: Arts Access has launched Art and You: A Planning Guide capacity building resource for the arts, disability and mental health sectors. Art & You: A Planning Continue reading the story...
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