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    Kazakhstan: Commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities positive but further steps needed – UN expert

    ASTANA:  Kazakhstan has shown a strong commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Catalina Devandas said in a statement at the end of her official visit to the country. “The positive steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system and provide universal health coverage… Continue Reading »

    Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

    CHENNAI, INDIA: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is building two new ramps along the stretch of Elliot beach thus paving way for more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities. Until now, there were two ramps at both the ends of the beach which made it hard for people on wheelchairs to reach them as… Continue Reading »

    New Zealanders with disabilities twice as likely to be unemployed: statistics

    WELLINGTON: People with disabilities were more likely to be unemployed, and their average weekly incomes were just over half those of non-disabled people in the June 2017 quarter, New Zealand’s statistics department said on Thursday. People with disabilities average weekly incomes from self-employment and wages and salary were lower than those for non-people with disabilities,… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities to be given priority in transportation: DGCA to SC

    NEW DELHI: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has told the Supreme Court that persons with disabilities would be given priority for transportation over others in cases of unforseen situations demanding off-loading of passengers from aircraft. The DGCA told a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan that the payload capacity of… Continue Reading »

    Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel ready to go

    NEW ZEALAND: Hutt City Council’s call for qualified and capable people to represent the disability community on city issues has attracted some valuable talent. The seven Lower Hutt people, recently chosen to serve on Hutt City Council’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel, bring with them an impressive depth and breadth of experience of disability and community… Continue Reading »

    80% of New Zealanders support minimum standards for disability access

    NEW ZEALAND: A national poll conducted by UMR commissioned and released today by the Access Alliance shows the vast majority of New Zealanders want action on improving accessibility for people with disabilities. “It show’s Kiwi’s want the government to pass legislation breaking down the barriers that stop everyone having access all parts of society” Spokesperson… Continue Reading »

    Australia’s First Autism Employment Forum to Be Held in Sydney

    SYDNEY: DXC Technology announced it will host the Autism@Work Forum, which aims to highlight the benefits of workforce neurodiversity to both employers and employees. DXC is among several prominent organisations in Australia and worldwide increasingly investing in a more neurodiverse workforce. The forum will deliver best practices for better engaging the skills and interests of… Continue Reading »

    Mobile app helps identify accessible spaces in Brisbane

    AUSTRALIA: Carers Link, a Brisbane based disability support service in partnership with Disability Support Queensland has launched a smartphone application called Access 4000 with the aim of providing detailed information on available accessibility features across various venues in Brisbane. The application has been made keeping in mind not just people with disabilities, but also older… Continue Reading »

    Bangladesh wins prestigious WSIS award for work with people with vision disabilities

    Bangladesh has again won one of the world’s most prestigious IT awards when it was awarded a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in June. Winning the award for Bangladesh this year was a project titled ‘DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Persons with Visual Disabilities’, which was headed by… Continue Reading »