• Asia-Pacific

    Council’s ageing and disability services on hand to Assist

    MIDCOAST, AUSTRALIA: MidCoast Council’s Ageing and Disability Services team has started the new year by unveiling a new identity, MidCoast Assist, along with a commitment to the same friendly faces and personalized services they’re well known for in the local area. The ageing and disability services function of MidCoast Council has been a fixture in the… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights get a judicial boost

    INDIA: The disability rights movement received momentous judicial support on December 15. The Supreme Court pronounced two major judgments concerning the higher education and accessibility rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). These judgments have also come at a strategic time; India has completed 10 years of ratifying the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities… Continue Reading »

    Disdain for disability

    PAKISTAN: It is a terrifying fact that the most economically vulnerable are much more likely to suffer from various sorts of disabilities. Neither being poor nor being disabled is a crime, but the modern economic system treats these conditions as such – even in developed countries. In spite of the spirit and abilities that disabled people… Continue Reading »

    The ‘grey’ area for domestic violence victims who have a disability

    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: A disabled woman tried to set her Canberra house on fire because her support provider failed to stop abuse from her housemate for over a year. Click here for the full article   Source: The Canberra Times Posted with permission.

    New Sign Language App Launched

    Digi has launched a new app – called Eddy – to teach people Malaysian Sign Language or Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia (BIM). The goal is to be able to teach BIM to a wider audience, and not only people who are deaf and their families. The core of Eddy is centered on the animated character that… Continue Reading »

    Global SDG 7 Conference to take place from 21-23 February 2018

    BANGKOK, THAILAND: Recognizing the importance of energy for sustainable development, the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has devoted Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to energy – the first-ever universal goal on energy, with five targets on access, efficiency, renewables and means of implementation. SDG7 is inextricably interlinked to other SDGs and related targets, including… Continue Reading »

    The 12th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

    Geneva, Switzerland: The 2nd Vice President of GAATES, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee attended the twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), representing the Global Alliance of Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Young Power in Social Action, a2i, and also as one of the Internet Society (ISoc) Ambassadors 2017. As an IGF ISoc Ambassador, he… Continue Reading »

    TRAI releases Consultation Paper on Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

    NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on “Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities” Over the last two decades, telecommunication and broadcasting services  have become ubiquitous and now reach out to the most remote and underserved  areas empowering millions of people. Telecommunication services also provide the basic… Continue Reading »

    SDG goals must be achieved in order to mainstream persons with disabilities

    KATHMANDU: Stakeholders have said that support of government and the private sector was necessary to achieve Sustainable Development Goals related to the rights of persons with disabilities. The two-day national conference on ‘Disabilities and Sustainable Development Goals’ was organised by Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, National Federation of Disabled-Nepal and UNDP in Kathmandu… Continue Reading »