Asia-Pacific

Project for quality education for children with disabilities

GUWAHATI, INDIA: Children with disabilities in the northeast may hope for quality education with the launch of a project aimed to provide inclusive and quality teaching Continue reading the story...

AIOU provides free education to students with disabilities

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has upgraded its free education plan for students with disabilities with enhanced facilities including provision of study material through Continue reading the story...

Bus drivers get tips on helping commuters with disabilities in Singapore

SINGAPORE: If you see a commuter with a golden retriever boarding a bus, look carefully before judging him for taking a pet on board. He may Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities to finally get disability certificates after a wait of 15 years in India

NEW DELHI: After a wait of 15 years, the government has finally paved the way for giving disability certificates to children with disabilities. For the first time Continue reading the story...

Netflix to improve features for customers who are blind

BERKELEY, CA: In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered Continue reading the story...

Universities do little to enable students with disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry’s All India Survey on Higher Education (2014-15) revealed that the gross enrolment ratio for students in Indian universities Continue reading the story...

Sign Language projects receive $1m

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated 24 successful applicants who received just over $1 million worth of grants from the New Zealand Sign Continue reading the story...

Amity University signs MoU with Special Olympics to promote people with intellectual disabilities

NEW DELHI: In a bid to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Amity University has signed a memorandum Continue reading the story...

NCDA promotes accessible ‘tourism for all’

TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT), is pushing for a kind of tourism which Continue reading the story...

Indian government to undertake disability audit of public buildings

NEW DELHI: Several public buildings in the National Capital Region (NCR) will soon be audited to know how accessible they are for persons with disabilities. The audit Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities need to be included urban planning

LAHORE, PAKISTAN: The steady progress of Pakistan’s real estate sector has continued for a number of years now. Dozens of housing and commercial projects are launched Continue reading the story...

All New Zealand children have a right to attend their local school

NEW ZEALAND: To put this plain and simply, New Zealand children have a right to attend their local school and more needs to be done to Continue reading the story...

Disability Sector workers team up with employers on safety

NEW ZEALAND: With the new Health and Safety at Work Act coming into effect on Monday, New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) and E tū are Continue reading the story...

Indian government asks TV channels to air more programs for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has asked television channels to allocate more time to programs for persons with disabilities. In a directive issued Continue reading the story...

Pakistan launches award with focus on apps for persons with disabilities

ISLAMABAD: The 2016 edition of Pakistan Mobile App Awards has been launched with focus on development of ready-to-use mobile applications addressing needs of Persons with Disabilities. The Continue reading the story...

Building a new disability strategy for New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on issues that affect people with disabilities as public consultation on Continue reading the story...

Thailand Post improves online access for persons with disabilities

Thailand Post has added new features to its website, www.thailandpost.co.th, to enhance web accessibility for persons with disabilities. Samorn Terdthampiboon, president of the company, said that the Continue reading the story...

Nagaland Constitutes Task Force for Accessibility Audit

DIMAPUR, INDIA: In view of the Accessible India Campaign conceptualized by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for Continue reading the story...

Universal ID cards for persons with disabilities soon: Minister

INDIA: The Central government is in advanced stages of issuing universal identity cards to persons with disabilities with the objective of providing them easy access to Continue reading the story...

New buses must be accessible for persons with disabilities: Madras High Court

CHENNAI, INDIA:  The Madras high court has directed that any new buses to be introduced must meet the requirements of persons with disabilities and as per Continue reading the story...

UNICEF Malaysia to release study on children with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: The findings of a comprehensive study by Unicef Malaysia into children with disabilities will be released by the end of this year, said Unicef Continue reading the story...

DPI 9th World Assembly in New Delhi

NEW DELHI: In 2015, United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that target a range of International development outcomes such as access to water, sanitation, maternal and Continue reading the story...

Singapore’s public service to offer more jobs for persons with disabilities

Singapore’s public service will increase the number of jobs offered to persons with disabilities, according to one of several measures designed to help the vulnerable included Continue reading the story...

Philippines to launch library for persons with disabilities

PHILIPPINES: The country will soon have a library for people with disabilities including those with autism. This was revealed over the weekend by Maricel Diaz, head Continue reading the story...

Bangladesh government committed to ensure rights of persons with disabilities: Saima

BANGLADESH: National Advisory Committee on Autism Chairperson Saima Wazed Hossain, also the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the government is very much sincere to Continue reading the story...

New Persons with Disability Bill 2016 in monsoon session likely

VARANASI, INDIA: Chief commissioner for persons with disabilities Kamlesh Kumar said that the new Persons with Disability Bill 2016 would be tabled in the monsoon session Continue reading the story...

Minister releases guidelines for welfare of persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday released guidelines for providing “barrier-free” environment for persons with disabilities and older people in government and Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities call lack of Braille script in SLC exams

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Students with vision disabilities appearing in School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams have complained of inconvenience while writing answers in lack of Braille script. According to Continue reading the story...

Agenda 2030: Challenges and Opportunities for Grassroots DOPS

Mr. Shuaib Chalklen is Chairperson of the African Disability Forum and the former Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He is a prominent Continue reading the story...

Bridging the digital divide: Why flagship campaigns such as Digital India must include disability

The excitement in his voice is barely hidden when Amar Jain, a young lawyer from Mumbai, talks about a new product that has just been shipped Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities still lack access to higher education

COIMBATORE, INDIA:  With the presence of 3,000 plus colleges, Tamil Nadu has the third highest gross enrolment ratio (GER) in the country. But, when it comes Continue reading the story...

More initiatives, support for persons with disabilities to join the workforce in Singapore

SINGAPORE: SG Enable and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) have been tasked to come up with a comprehensive plan to help persons with disabilities through Continue reading the story...

Chandigarh to be more accessible for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: In an attempt to make public buildings and places easily accessible to persons with disabilities, the Chandigarh administration has decided to conduct an accessibility Continue reading the story...

ILO urges business sector to offer employment opportunities to persons with disabilities

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called on the business sector to offer employment opportunities and equal treatment to people with disabilities following the Continue reading the story...

G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs and Accessibility in Delhi

The G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs, and Accessibility, which will take place in New Delhi, India, April 11 2016. It is now widely accepted that technology will Continue reading the story...

Solar powered shop on wheels for people with disabilities

VIJAYAWADA, INDIA: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the first ever solar-powered petty shop on wheels for self-employment with disabilities. This green energy vehicle called ‘Sunny Splendour,’ Continue reading the story...

Braille handbook for voters with vision disabilities released

NAGERCOIL, INDIA: An election handbook in Braille for voters with vision disabilities was released by District Election Officer Sajjansingh R. Chavan here on Wednesday. After releasing the Continue reading the story...

New Zealand Sign Language Board action plan released

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board Action Plan, released today, outlines the Board’s priorities for the promotion Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities to receive free schooling in China

BEIJING: Authorities in China’s Henan province will provide free home education services to children with severe disabilities. Children between the age of six and 14, who are Continue reading the story...

Accessible sub-polling station for people with vision disabilities planned

DINDIGUL, INDIA: An exclusive sub-polling station meant for people with vision disabilities will be established at a polling station at Thomaiyarpuram in Natham Assembly segment to Continue reading the story...
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