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    Asia-Pacific

    Resilience, not weakness

    The white cane was once considered a mere stick to help people with vision disabilities detect obstacles in their way. Today, that very cane has become a symbol of independence, self-reliance, confidence. As such, ever since 1964, people all around the world celebrate October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. While there has been progress… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities emphasize need to involve in DRR programs

    PHILIPPINES: In its effort towards disaster risk reduction, persons with disabilities (PWDs) expressed the need to involve themselves in disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction programs. The secretary general of the World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Teddy Kahil, who is visually impaired, said Thursday last week that persons with disabilities are greatly affected during disaster. “I, as a… Continue Reading »

    India to host International Conference on Inclusive Education

    The Centre for Disability Studies and Action (CDSA), School of Social Work of Tata Insitute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, and Brotherhood, Delhi are organizing jointly an International Conference on Inclusive Education from 22nd to 24th January 2018 at TISS, Mumbai. The conference will provide an opportunity to share and disseminate ideas, research findings, academic,… Continue Reading »

    Vietnam to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities

    The National Committee on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has agreed to support funding for the building and improvement of provincial service centers for people with disabilities in 77 provinces, to provide them with thorough access to government welfare. The life improvement for people with disabilities, according to the Government policy, aims to support them… Continue Reading »

    Tokyo 2020: Accessible Toilets For All

    Three years from now, Tokyo will see an influx of visitors for the 2020 Summer Olympics. In preparation for an expected 40 million guests, the Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvement campaign. Tokyo’s Narita airport is the first to be renovated for the Olympics with it’s “total toilet makeover drive.” Earlier this month,… Continue Reading »

    High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the AP Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022

    BEIJING: ESCAP, in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), is organizing the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, in Beijing from 27 November to 1 December 2017. Objectives of the Meeting are: To undertake a midpoint review of the progress made,… Continue Reading »

    Thailand launches nine new routes to promote universal accessibility

    BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching new pilot routes in nine popular provinces to promote universal accessibility and ‘Tourism for All‘ concepts aimed at encouraging universal design catering to travellers with disabilities at facilities and tourism attractions across Thailand. The initiative is a direct result of last year’s highly successful 36th World Tourism Day, which was… Continue Reading »

    Minister launches app for persons with disabilities

    NEW DELHI: Union Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot has launched a mobile app which would provide persons with disabilities with information on a wide range of issues. Called ‘Divyang Sarathi’, the minister said the application would give details on subjects such as schemes, scholarships and institutional support systems at the click of a button. “This… Continue Reading »

    HCR Exhibition 2017, the Asia’s Largest Event for Persons with Disabilities and Older People

    TOKYO, JAPAN: The 44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation (HCR) Exhibition 2017 has been started at East Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight – 3 days exhibition started from September 27. Thousands of persons with disabilities, their families, caregivers, senior citizens, students and healthcare professionals are attending the HCR Exhibition 2017. HCR has become a… Continue Reading »