Asia-Pacific

Making Thiruvananthapuram accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The Union Government initiates  an audit in the city to check whether the guidelines formulated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Continue reading the story...

New BCA rules for building owners to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE: Owners of existing commercial and institutional buildings must include “barrier-free” accessibility upgrades when they undergo additions and alterations works, under new rules by the Building Continue reading the story...

Seminar on inclusive education in Delhi

NEW DELHI: CBSE will be organizing a mega seminar on inclusive education on August 23 and 24 in New Delhi. It is likely to see a Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities struggle to get scribes to write in regional languages

BENGALURU, INDIA: Students with vision disabilities in the city find it difficult to find scribes when they have to write examinations in languages other than English. Continue reading the story...

Singapore to provide persons with disabilities better access to assistive technology

The Singapore government announced during the E2Connect 2016 forum that people with disabilities, as well as Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs), will soon have greater access to Continue reading the story...

New law to give people with hearing disabilities full access to information on TV

PHILIPPINES:  Another legislative measure that would allow people with hearing disabilities full access to information and opportunities has lapsed into law, Senator Grace Poe said on Friday. Poe Continue reading the story...

Chapters on disability soon in school curriculum: HRD minister

NEW DELHI: Chapters on disability will soon be included in school curriculum to increase awareness and sensitize the youth about the issue, Human resource development minister Continue reading the story...

More companies focusing on assistive technology with Braille

For a long time, assistive technology for people with vision disabilities has mostly centered on audio options like Apple’s Siri, but a new trend is emerging Continue reading the story...

Malaysia introduces new rights for air travelers with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has introduced a new set of consumer rights enhancing the rights of air traveler with disabilities. The newly introduced Code Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities demand more Braille books on law

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: People of all strata of life should extend their cooperation to people with disabilities for ensuring their access to all social and government services, Continue reading the story...

International airports soon accessible for persons with disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: Lagging behind its scheduled deadline, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has finally made the move to fast-track the process of making Continue reading the story...

Language assistance software aids students with learning disabilities

THAILAND: Students with learning disabilities are usually unable to write and read Thai words correctly, which hinders their ability to move ahead with their education. In Continue reading the story...

High-tech devices aid people with vision disabilities

CHENNAI: A Class 12 student at a school for the blind in the city had heard about a ‘sensor walker’, but got to hold it only Continue reading the story...

Reo sign language debuts on Māori TV news

In an effort to include the Māori Deaf Community in this year’s Māori language week and to have more interpreters on screen, trilingual sign language interpreter Continue reading the story...

Myanmar to invest new funds to educate children with disabilities

YANGON: Myanmar’s new government intends to invest heavily in education, especially in the informal education (outside the state system). This entails more money for students with Continue reading the story...

Making holidays accessible to everyone

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Planning for that big holiday is pleasurable but sometimes a daunting task. For persons with disabilities, it is a matter of finding all Continue reading the story...

No Braille Books at Panjab University Library

CHANDIGARH, INDIA:  The AC Joshi Library at Panjab University (PU) here does not have a single book in Braille script. Students with vision disabilities have written Continue reading the story...

More persons with disabilities joining the workforce in Singapore

SINGAPORE: More persons with disabilities are being employed in Singapore, and more employers are also asking for advice on hiring them. Disability support agency SG Enable said Continue reading the story...

Government buildings still not accessible for persons with disabilities

RAYAGADA, INDIA: Despite the Government guidelines, most public buildings in the district lack basic accessible facilities and do not comply with the guidelines denying access to Continue reading the story...

Making workplaces accessible for people with disabilities

SINGAPORE: More persons with disabilities  are joining the workforce in what is seen as an inclusive working environment. Government agency SG Enable – set up in 2014 Continue reading the story...

Disability Rights Bill 2016 Tabled in Parliament

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The Disability Rights Bill 2016 has been tabled by Hon. C.P. Mainali, Minister, Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare at Monday’s parliament meeting. The Continue reading the story...

Buildings lack barrier-free environment in India

GUWAHATI: Even after two decades of inception of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995, that clearly mandates non-discrimination Continue reading the story...

Indian government to spend more on equipment, aids for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government is considering increasing the budget from Rs 150 crore last year to Rs 200 crore for providing aids and equipment to persons Continue reading the story...

UN CRPD to boost rights of persons with disabilities

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the tabling of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which Continue reading the story...

Conference on Insights on the Implementation of CRPD held in Tokyo

TOKYO: The Conference on the Insights on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) held in Tokyo, June Continue reading the story...

Indian government plans to make 144 tourist sites accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government plans to set up solar wheelchairs, battery-driven carts, and accessible toilets at 145 cultural landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and Jagannath Continue reading the story...

New module developed for teaching English to people with hearing disabilities

VADODARA, INDIA: In a bid to promote literacy among people with hearing disabilities , city-based Mook Baadhir Mandal and Ishara Foundation hosted a conference on Saturday. The Continue reading the story...

Mobile van to provide children with disabilities home-based education

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki on Thursday flagged off a mobile van to provide home-based education to children with disabilities. Named Kalam Express, the van Continue reading the story...

Move to protect persons with disabilities: 2016-2017 Budget

The Fijian government a whopping 300 per cent tax deduction on wages paid to employees with disabilities for the first three years of employment. Attorney-General and Finance Continue reading the story...

Education for children with disabilities improved

The Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach (IDEO) project has enabled children with disabilities from underprivileged families to access essential early education that boost their full growth. The IDEO Continue reading the story...

Uttarakhand to get India’s first Commission for protection of rights of persons with disabilities

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand will become India’s first state to form Commission for protection of rights of persons with disabilities as state cabinet gave its nod today. The Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities in the quake-hit districts still at risk: NHRC

KATHMANDU: Having no land to their names, as many as 102 earthquake-affected families in Naubise of Rasuwa district have been forced to set up temporary shelters Continue reading the story...

Inventor showcases Braille pen in South Korea

Kuwaiti inventor Shaikha Al-Majid took part in an international women inventions fair currently held in South Korea from 16 to 19 June. Al-Majid stressed the significance of Continue reading the story...

Students design tricycle for people with mobility disabilities

MADANAPALLE, INDIA: Students of final year mechanical engineering K Sreepathi Naidu, K Raja Reddy, P  Pavani and T Nagarajuna of Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science Continue reading the story...

Fiji focuses on persons with disabilities

FIJI: The government is trying to help people with disabilities in every way. This was revealed by Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during budget consultations with Fiji Continue reading the story...

Disability advocates calls for mandatory disability access in new homes

AUSTRALIA: An alliance of 800 disability advocates and ethical designers are calling for mandatory disability access in new homes. The alliance says Australia must do better as Continue reading the story...

Indians with disabilities to be provided unique ID cards

India is in the process of implementing a project to provide a unique ID card to persons with disabilities aimed at creating a national data base Continue reading the story...

New Zealander elected to UN Disabilities Committee

A World First as New Zealander elected to United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities This morning New Zealander Robert Martin was elected to Continue reading the story...

ACDA calls for a disability inclusive Australia

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) calls on all election candidates to commit to building a disability inclusive Australia by supporting key election priorities outlined in Continue reading the story...

Wearable device to guide people with vision disabilities

“It is better than any cane or guide dogs”. That is how a user describes a new assistive device in the market for people with vision Continue reading the story...
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