Asia-Pacific

Melbourne trams deny disability access to wheelchair user

A Melbourne man with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who uses a mobility scooter says a tram driver repeatedly refused to deploy a ramp to help him board Continue reading the story...

Disability rights activists protest seeking assistance

CHENNAI, INDIA: Four disability rights groups together staged a protest at Chepauk on Monday, asking the government to meet a number of their demands. About 700 Continue reading the story...

Department of Justice backs law expanding benefits for persons with disabilities

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: The Department of Justice has recommended to President Aquino that he approve and sign into a law a bill that the House and Senate Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities protest for job opportunities

CHENNAI, INDIA: A group of teachers with disabilities staged a protest on Saturday. This was the third day of their protest, said R. Sudhakar, president of Continue reading the story...

New smartphone app to audit accessibility

CHENNAI, INDIA: To find out if the polling stations for the upcoming State elections are accessible to persons with disabilities, the Disability Rights Alliance, Tamil Nadu Continue reading the story...

Sign language dictionary released

BENGALURU, INDIA: ‘Sign Language for Beginners’, the Indian sign language dictionary was released on Friday. The book, written by Arun C. Rao, Editor of TheDeafWay.org, and released Continue reading the story...

Travelers with disabilities sue Juneyao Airlines after being declined boarding

Two men with disabilities are suing Juneyao Airlines to fight for an equal right for ordinary people and people with disabilities to travel after they were Continue reading the story...

Group of ministers to examine Disabilities Bill

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed a group of ministers (GoM) to examine the crucial Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to get unique identity card in India

JAIPUR, INDIA: People with disabilities would get a unique identity card within one and half years, which would be valid throughout the country and would help Continue reading the story...

Students with learning disabilities to get writers in SSC, HSC exams

MUMBAI, INDIA: Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court that it has recently come out with a resolution allowing student writers for those with learning Continue reading the story...

Farming program a dream for persons with disabilities

JAPAN: Agriculture and welfare groups are joining hands to secure jobs for persons with disabilities as part of a program that is also providing support to Continue reading the story...

Now, ballot papers in Braille for people with vision disabilities

HYDERABAD, INDIA:  Voters with vision disabilities can exercise their franchise in the GHMC elections on February 2, with city-based Devnar School for the Blind printing ballot Continue reading the story...

Jakarta to provide accessible facilities for people with vision disabilities

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said that the city administration would provide facilities for people with vision disabilities in the city. “People with vision Continue reading the story...

Minister launches Job Portal for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot launched an exclusive job portal for Persons with Disabilities here today. Persons with Continue reading the story...

Doordarshan urged to telecast Republic Day for people with hearing disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has requested TV Channels telecasting live the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi to carry the signals Continue reading the story...

Accessible bus flagged off at JNU today

NEW DELHI: To provide barrier-free environment to students with disabilities, a wheelchair accessible bus was flagged off at Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University (JNU) today with much Continue reading the story...

Indian state to set up centers for people with disabilities in all districts

MANGALURU, INDIA: State Commissioner for Persons With Disabilities K S Rajanna said that the government has sanctioned Rs 2 crore each to construct ‘Vikala Chethana Bhavana’ Continue reading the story...

Singapore launches talking ATMs for people with vision disabilities

SINGAPORE: In the past, Mr Danny Chia, who is low vision, had to be accompanied by a friend to help him out with basic transactions, such Continue reading the story...

Design contest for low-cost cycle for people with disabilities launched in Pakistan

KARACHI, PAKISTAN: Pakistan is estimated to have more than 18 million people with disabilities, a figure that is nearly the population of Karachi, one of the Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities face shortage of braille books, reading assistants

BERHAMPUR, INDIA: Even as the country observed ‘World Braille Day’ on January 4, students with vision disabilities pursuing higher studies in the state rued a lack Continue reading the story...

All India Radio creates history with Braille news bulletin

PUNE, INDIA: The All India Radio in Pune created history on Monday when its morning bulletin was read out by a newsreader with vision disability, officials Continue reading the story...

Cafe to empower people with hearing disabilities opens in Indonesia

TANGERANG, INDONESIA: A cafe that hires people with hearing disabilities has opened in Indonesia as the government looks to revise a law to help provide more Continue reading the story...

3D printing comes to help children with disabilities

BEIJING: It’s estimated that up to 100 million people across the world could need orthotic supports – braces that help with posture and walking. And the number Continue reading the story...

ASI releases books in Braille

GUWAHATI: Four books, published in Braille, on archaeological sites in the North East have been released for the first time by the Archaeological Survey of India Continue reading the story...

Civil society demands facilities for persons with disabilities

QUETTA, PAKISTAN: Organisers of Civil Society of Balochistan have demanded better facilities for persons with disabilities in Balochistan. December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons Continue reading the story...

Helpline launched for people with vision disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: Now people with vision disabilities in India can call a toll free number and get their queries addressed in their local language, thanks to Continue reading the story...

Council passes ordinance requiring TV broadcasters to put sign language inset in news

PHILIPPINES: People with hearing disabilities will not be left behind in times of emergencies and disasters, all television stations airing in Cebu City are now required Continue reading the story...

Second Sign Language funding round open

NEW ZEALAND: The next round of the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Fund opens for applications today, Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner has announced. “NZSL is central Continue reading the story...

Disability Action Plan and Disability Strategy being updated

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today released the updated Disability Action Plan 2014 – 2018 and announced the first steps in the revision of Continue reading the story...

Less than 50% government buildings in city accessible: Survey

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: If you are a person with disability, the chances are that there will be no ramps or lifts tailored to your needs at government Continue reading the story...

Indian government frames accessibility guidelines for buildings

NEW DELHI: The government has formulated guidelines to make all government and private buildings, including malls, restaurants and public dealing offices, accessible to persons with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Accessible India: Draft building code exempts 14 places from having toilets for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: It will be mandatory for all airports and railway stations to have toilets accessible to persons with disabilities. However, this is not mandatory for Continue reading the story...

Promoting rights of persons with disabilities in ASEAN

It is a historic coincidence that the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dec. 3, marks a decade of the adoption of the Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand political reservation

MANDYA, INDIA: Persons with disabilities have demanded that political reservation be provided to them in both Houses of the State Legislature. On Wednesday, they staged a Continue reading the story...

Screen reading applications bring light to people with vision disabilities

CHINA: The only way for Cao Jun to find a place to eat is by smell – if he senses spice, it’s likely to be a Continue reading the story...

Public transport operators required to provide accessible services in Taiwan

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: The Legislative Yuan passed a law amendment Tuesday that requires public transport operators to provide services accessible to persons with disabilities. The requirement applies to Continue reading the story...

Activists seek inclusive development for persons with disabilities

INDIA: 68 years after Independence, 20 years after the passage of the Disability Act and eight years after the ratification of the Convention of the Rights Continue reading the story...

Businesses create harmonious workplaces to support outstanding employees with disabilities

HONG KONG: The Government is committed to encouraging the employment of persons with disabilities and enabling their self-reliance and integration into the community on the basis Continue reading the story...

Nepal urged to promote accessible tourism

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Tourism experts have urged Nepal to tap its immense potential by promoting “accessible tourism”- the fastest growing business opportunity in the tourism industry to Continue reading the story...

Survey Reveals Lack of Accessibility to Transport

NEW ZEALAND: A recent national transport survey has revealed persons with disabilities utilise transport less than non-disabled people, and find it less easy to use. It Continue reading the story...
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