• Asia-Pacific

    National Institute for Assistive Technology to be Established in Chattisgarh

    INDIA: The Indian state of Chhattisgarh will soon have a national institute for assistive technology and support centre for people with disabilities. Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday agreed to the demand made by Social Welfare Minister Anila Bhediya for setting up a National institute for assistive technology and… Continue Reading »

    Turkey Provides Support to Persons with Disabilities in Djibouti

    TURKEY: Turkey’s state-run aid agency has distributed a total of 200 wheelchairs and vocational supplies to disabled people in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, according to a statement on Monday. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) launched its “End the Barriers” project in collaboration with Djibouti’s National Agency for the Disabled, providing equipment… Continue Reading »

    Singapore Leads Asia in Resilience to Aging and Automation

    SINGAPORE: The Ageing and Automation Resilience Index by Mercer and Marsh & Mclennan Insights released on Wednesday (18 September) ranked Singapore as the Asian nation that is most resilient to ageing and automation. It must be noted that all Asian countries were ranked in the bottom half of the resilience index, however. Globally, Singapore ranked… Continue Reading »

    Royal New Zealand Ballet Awarded for Accessibility

    NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s commitment to making ballet accessible to diverse communities around New Zealand was recognised in Parliament tonight (subs: 6pm Wednesday 11 September) when it received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2019. Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019, held in the Banquet Hall of… Continue Reading »

    NGO Launches Country’s First Assistive Tech

    INDIA: Samarthanam, a 22-year-old disability-focused NGO, has launched the country’s first assistive technology accelerator. Assistive Technology Accelerator (ATA) has been working relentlessly towards creating more awareness about disability. Last month, ATA caught the attention of one of the top podcasters, Neil Patel, who featured it in the Indian Startup Show, a press statement from Samarthanam… Continue Reading »

    How Gaming Technology is Helping Design More Accessible Homes

    AUSTRALIA: A group of Perth university students and real estate agents have teamed up to design an accessible home using construction software inspired by the gaming industry, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of creating universal affordable accommodation. Created for a Town of Victoria Park-owned site on Boundary Road, Victoria Park, the project… Continue Reading »

    Makeathon to Build Tech for Persons with Disabilities in Kazakhstan

    KAZAKHSTAN: Creative innovators will attempt to solve challenges set by people with disabilities in just 72 hours at the capital’s Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM): Nur-Sultan Makeathon Oct. 25-28, reports the Nazarbayev University press office. TOM Makeathon is a 72-hour marathon that unites makers, such as engineers, programmers, craftspeople and doctors, to develop assistive technology solutions for… Continue Reading »

    Myanmar Opens First Cafe Accessible for Persons with Hearing Impairment

    MYANMAR: A first-ever private eatery run by staff with hearing impairment was opened in Myanmar’s Yangon earlier this month, creating a deaf-friendly environment. “The Able,” a sign language book cafe, is entirely staffed by six hearing-impaired persons from service staff to chef, to encourage disabled yet differently abled people to work. “There are some sign… Continue Reading »

    Greater Push to Accelerate Implementation of Accessible India Campaign

    INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for introduction of a mobile application to help the disabled facing difficulty in accessing means of transport and government buildings upload pictures of their experiences. He has also asked officials to be “compassionate” towards the cause and to accelerate the implementation of the Accessible India Campaign (AIC). These… Continue Reading »