Asia-Pacific

State order to permit students with vision disabilities in Science stream of Higher Secondary courses

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The State Government issued an order allowing students with vision disabilities to study in science stream of higher secondary courses. The GO was issued Continue reading the story...

China’s college English test adopts papers in Braille

CHANGCHUN: Five students who are blind joined their peers Saturday to sit the national college English test in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province, where Continue reading the story...

Indian tech startups hope to change the world for people with vision disabilities

MUMBAI: An afternoon at the Blind People Association in the sweltering heat of Ahmedabad four years ago changed Gunjan Gupta’s life – and may potentially change Continue reading the story...

Fiji ratifies UNCRPD

SUVA: UNICEF welcomes Fiji’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), making Fiji the eleventh country in the Pacific to Continue reading the story...

Bangladesh wins international accolades for DAISY Standard Accessible Reading Materials

Bangladesh has won the world’s most prestigious IT award called the “World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prize-2017”. On 13 June 2017, in a grand ceremony Continue reading the story...

HCM City hosts national sports tournament for persons with disabilities

VIETNAM: The national sports competition for people with disabilities officially kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on June 14, drawing the participation of more than Continue reading the story...

New Stanford graduate empowering people with disabilities in Thailand

Disability significantly affected the lives of many of Oranicha “Natty” Jumreornvong’s loved ones, but the topic was rarely discussed. That’s because Jumreornvong, who graduates this week, Continue reading the story...

Armenian Sign Language App Wins International Contest

YEREVAN: An application called Armenian Sign Language, created by One Step Ahead by a team of female high school students, won Technovation Challenge international competition in Continue reading the story...

Grants to Give People With Disabilities More Access

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2 million in new accessible bathrooms across the state, to boost access and equality for Victorians with a disability. Minister for Continue reading the story...

Department of Education Launches New IDEA Website

The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on June 1, 2017. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos directed the Continue reading the story...

High Court asks railways why coaches for passengers with disabilities were removed

MADURAI, INDIA: The Madras High Court Bench here on Monday gave a final chance to Southern Railway to file its counter-affidavit to a public interest litigation Continue reading the story...

Thais with Disabilities Call for Accessible Voting

BANGKOK: People with disabilities called for equal-access to the polls come election day, saying it is difficult for them to exercise their right to vote. The Election Continue reading the story...

Amway India, Turnstone Global to set up a Braille Library in Kolkata

KOLKOTA, INDIA: This Braille library in Kolkata is one of the five such libraries being set up by Amway in partnership with Turnstone Global across East. Continue reading the story...

Social Robots Improving the lives of People with Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disabilities in which communication can be hindered in social interactions both verbal and non-verbal. There is a wide spectrum within the effects Continue reading the story...

International Symposium: “Art and Disability: The cases from Africa and Asia”

TOKYO: The international symposium “Art and Disability”, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan, June 25, 2017 at The Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Continue reading the story...

University of Mysore to set up center for students with vision disabilities to enhance their skills

MYSORE, INDIA: University of Mysore, oldest university in the country, has proposed to set up a National Institution, a nodal centre in the country, exclusively for Continue reading the story...

Transport improvements proposed in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: The Public Transport Strategy Study has been released, reviewing the overall strategic arrangements of transport services other than heavy rail. Briefing reporters on the report Continue reading the story...

Polling stations lack disability access

PHNOM PENH: More than two thirds of polling stations were inaccessible to people with disabilities voting in Sunday’s polls, despite  the National Election Committee’s efforts to Continue reading the story...

Indian government to notify rules for Disability Act in week’s time: Minister

NEW DELHI: Students with benchmark disability can get increased quota in higher education from this academic session as the government will notify rules for the Disability Continue reading the story...

One-day training on Inclusive Society held

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: Dhaka University Physically-challenged Development Foundation (DUPDF) organised a day-long “Leadership Training on Inclusive Society and Scribe Award Ceremony 2017”, with the cooperation of Abdul Continue reading the story...

UNDP and Didi Chuxing to Provide Accessible Transportation for All

BEIJING: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading integrated transportation app, launched a cooperation program to provide accessible chauffeured car services Continue reading the story...

Succeeding with Cerebral Palsy

In the last week the story of Ding Ding, a 29-year-old man with cerebral palsy who has had to overcome hardship to become a student of Continue reading the story...

Microsoft hosts Accessibility Summit in India

HYDERABAD: Microsoft India hosted its first-ever Accessibility Summit here aiming to enhance technology access for people with disabilities. The summit aimed at demonstrating the business value of Continue reading the story...

Employers urged to give jobs to people with vision disabilities in Myanmar

MYANMAR: People with vision disabilities in Myanmar are finding it difficult to gain employment, according to the Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities (MFPD). MFPD chairman U Continue reading the story...

BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for users with mobility disabilities

SINGAPORE: Wheelchair accessible weight machines at the gymnasium, staggered platforms with handrails at the swimming pool, extensive braille indicators, step-free entrances to units and bathrooms. These are Continue reading the story...

Booklet on climate change in braille

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Braille version of a booklet — Climate Action: We Must Not Delay — dedicated to environmental issues such as carbon footprint, groundwater Continue reading the story...

Tourism department to make its facilities accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With a declared policy to initiate barrier-free tourism in the state, the tourism department will make all its facilities, including parks and hotels and other Continue reading the story...

China to offer braille test papers after student lawsuit

BEIJING: Braille test papers will be provided to students with vision disabilities for the first time as part of this summer’s College English Test 4 in Continue reading the story...

Workshop to study new law for persons with disabilities held

BENGALURU: A workshop held to study the new law for persons with disabilities has urged organisations working among these people to form a network for better Continue reading the story...

Accessible homes for children with disabilities may become a reality

NEW DELHI: Union minister Maneka Gandhi wants accessible homes to be set up for children with disabilities, saying child care institutions are “unable to provide” sustained and Continue reading the story...

Workshop held on open source technology

JAKARTA: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Disaster Management Innovation (DMI) — with the support from Australian government – has collaborated with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Indonesia and Continue reading the story...

States told to implement disabilities act

NEW DELHI: Inaugurating the 15th National Review Meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot urged states Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities are struggling with new currency notes in India

MUMBAI: People with vision disabilities are finding the new currency notes `unfriendly’, because they are difficult to recognise by touch. Lack of adequate embossing or engraving on Continue reading the story...

UT Administration begins work to make buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: The Chandigarh Administration has started the work to make all government buildings accessible to persons with disabilities. Sources said the Engineering Department had finalised a Continue reading the story...

Seminar on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Management

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH) will conduct the 19th online International Disability Awareness Seminar in association with the Directorate of Social Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to get Universal Identity Cards soon: Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The government of India will soon issue universal identity cards to persons with disabilities to help them avail various government welfare schemes, Union Minister Continue reading the story...

State governments slow in Accessible India drive

NEW DELHI: Eighteen months after Narendra Modi government initiated Accessible India campaign to make public places and transport accessible to all, the state governments have refused Continue reading the story...

To enhance economic growth, help persons with disabilities get back to work

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a 10-member state international body that is home to an estimated 625 million people. 17,102,139 people or 2.7% Continue reading the story...

Summit called to demand inclusive education for every child

NEW ZEALAND: A lack of government funding and support for children with disabilities or additional learning needs has prompted educators, people with disabilities and their families Continue reading the story...

Ability Foundation – Inclusive higher education for people with disabilities

CHENNAI, INDIA: Ability Foundation along with Sathyabama University is promoting inclusive university education for the past three years in Chennai, India.  This year too, 50 seats Continue reading the story...
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