Asia-Pacific

Online travel portal to launch guide for persons with disabilities

PANAJI, INDIA: In keeping with the World Tourism Day 2016 theme – ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’ – an online travel portal for persons Continue reading the story...

Accessible tourism will benefit everyone: UN officials

Noting the obstacles that persons with disabilities or those with other access requirements face in taking advantage of fundamental aspects of travel, senior United Nations officials Continue reading the story...

Nagaland government aims to improve tourism accessibility

KOHIMA, INDIA: In line with ‘Tourism for all: Promoting universal accessibility,’ the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day, the Nagaland Tourism Department today distributed wheelchairs Continue reading the story...

AIISH conducts hackathon on assistive technology for persons with disabilities

MYSURU, INDIA: All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) is seeking to tap into the talent of engineering students and faculty to help persons with Continue reading the story...

Contest to make public facilities accessible for persons with disabilities

HCM CITY: The Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre in HCM City last Saturday launched a contest for students to design and upgrade public facilities to Continue reading the story...

Policy on assistive technology for persons with disabilities sought

MYSURU, INDIA: K.G. Satheesh Kumar, director of the Centre for Assistive Technology and Innovation, National Institute of Speech and Hearing, Thiruvananthapuram, has stressed the need for Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities made aware of accessible reading, writing solutions in India

CHANDIGARH: The National Association for the Blind (NAB) conducted a seminar on accessible reading and writing solutions in association with the Saksham Foundation at Aasha Kiran, Continue reading the story...

Thailand to host World Tourism Day 2016 on accessible tourism

Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok will host World Tourism Day 2016, which has the theme of “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility”, according to the United Continue reading the story...

Seminar on learning disabilities and inclusive education

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: A seminar on learning disability and inclusive education was organized for government school teachers of Chandigarh administration and St. John’s High School with an Continue reading the story...

Most railway stations not accessible for persons with disabilities: audit

KOCHI, INDIA: There are no proper ramp facilities in most railway stations for persons with disabilities to board and detrain smoothly and this is one reason Continue reading the story...

Australia to adopt ICT accessibility standard

The Australian Public Service plans to require ICT vendors to ensure their products and services are accessible to employees with disabilities, under new standards expected to Continue reading the story...

Assam not accessible for persons with disabilities

GUWAHATI, INDIA: The Central government has launched Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) as a nationwide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. But Continue reading the story...

NCDA clarifies laws and mandates on disability

CALAPAN CITY, PHILIPPINES:  The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) recently clarified major pertinent laws and mandates that would apply to persons with disabilities. The clarification was Continue reading the story...

Ministries discuss long-promised disability access in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: Officials from the ministries of social affairs and urban planning met with the Disability Action Council (DAC) on Monday to discuss issuing a prakas Continue reading the story...

More work still needed to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

GEORGE TOWN: Accessibility to the Penang administration complex at Komtar for persons with disabilities has improved, but much still need to be done. Penang Accessibility Action Group Continue reading the story...

China releases national action plan on disability

BEIJING: China’s central authority has issued a national action plan on prevention of disabilities, which aims to effectively reduce new disabilities by 2020 through promoting awareness Continue reading the story...

Fijian Elections Office wants to make next elections accessible for persons with disabilities

The Fijian Elections Office has formed a working group to work on disability access during polling. A Terms of Reference has signed with thirteen disability groups, Continue reading the story...

Education program for persons with disabilities in Delhi government schools

NEW DELHI: Every child with disability studying in Delhi government run and aided schools will now get personal attention with the AAP government asking special educators Continue reading the story...

Make stations accessible for persons with disabilities: HC

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay high court on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the railways to provide amenities for persons with disabilities on Mumbai’s suburban stations. Hearing a Continue reading the story...

Australia Introduces Braille Banknote

CANBERRA: The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) officially releases new braille currency today to make it easier for people who are blind and have low vision  Continue reading the story...

Wheelchair users face difficulties with public transport in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: S Jeyaraj, a wheelchair user, speaks about the difficulties of taking the train from point A to point B and calls for guides at Continue reading the story...

China plans to establish university for disability rehabilitation

BEIJING: China will establish a dedicated university to train specialists in disability rehabilitation in the next five years, an official said at a press conference Wednesday. Rehabilitation Continue reading the story...

NISH set to launch course in sign language in India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  Sign language, a relatively unexplored domain, will now have an exclusive course in the city. National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) in Akkulam here Continue reading the story...

ASI to make heritage sites accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI:  India’s most visited monuments are still not accessible for persons with disabilities. So do hundreds of other monuments, which are top revenue earners, lack Continue reading the story...

Fiji’s Disability bill to be enacted as a law next month

The Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons is hopeful that the new Disability Bill 2016 will be enacted as law next month. FNCDP’s Executive Director – Sitiveni Continue reading the story...

CBSE to include needs of children with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organised a two-day conference on exam reforms to consult different stakeholders from Tuesday. The Board at the Continue reading the story...

Indian government launches ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ an online library for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The department of empowerment of persons with disabilities, (DEPwD) on Wednesday launched ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ – an online library for persons with print disabilities as Continue reading the story...

India’s first accessibility audit fails to find a single accessible building

NEW DELHI: India’s first accessibility audit of buildings and public places has not found a single completely accessible building for persons with disabilities, exposing terrible plight Continue reading the story...

Australia to adopt new standard for ICT accessibility in procurement

Australia will adopt an internationally aligned standard for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility in procurement, Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced. This means greater accessibility Continue reading the story...

China vows greater support for persons with disabilities

BEIJING: China aims to improve its support and protection of persons with disabilities by offering them more customized public services and products in the next five Continue reading the story...

Learning through assistive technology

CHENNAI, INDIA: A computer, a tablet or a pair of headphones can actually help children with dyslexia. As much as we frown upon technology and its Continue reading the story...

Accessible Tourism in Nepal – Sep 22 – Oct 8

Explore Himalayas: Wounded Heroes Trek to Nepal is to encourage “Tourism for All”.  The Wounded Heroes Trek is tied to the UN Year of Accessible Tourism Continue reading the story...

Bill Tabled in Pakistan’s National Assembly to Facilitate Persons with Disabilities

ISLAMABAD: An amendment bill has been tabled in the National Assembly to provide health care, education, employment and others facilities to approximately eight million persons with Continue reading the story...

Mobile app launched to empower women with disabilities

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly with the Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC) launched a powerful accessible mobile app ‘Azadi Ki Udaan’ Continue reading the story...

New Zealand proposes Data-driven disability plan

The New Zealand government is planning to develop a Disability Plan that would ensure that government agencies have the data necessary to make informed, evidenced-based policy Continue reading the story...

Chief Commissioner reviews implementation of disability act

INDIA: Karnataka needs to start monitoring the usage of funds disbursed to various organisations, address grievances betters, assess the working of the State executive committee, apart Continue reading the story...

Parliament captioning increasing accessibility

NEW ZEALAND: The captioning of all Parliament TV’s broadcasts will provide better access for New Zealanders who are deaf or hard of hearing, say Broadcasting Minister Continue reading the story...

OrCam introduces advanced assistive tech in Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: OrCam Technologies, the artificial vision innovator for people who are blind or have low vsion, announced the introduction of its assistive technology device in Continue reading the story...

Festival of short films focuses on disability

NEW DELHI: A series of 19 films, most of which are less than 5 minutes long and directed by filmmakers from nine countries and focussing on Continue reading the story...

Advocates demand inclusive education for students with disabilities

MYANMAR: A consortium of organisations advocating for people with disabilities has urged the Ministry of Education to form an Inclusive Education Department. “We ask to have an Continue reading the story...
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