• Asia-Pacific

    High Court seeks details on steps for education of children with disabilities

    JAIPUR, INDIA: The Rajasthan High Court has asked the State government about steps taken for education and skill development of children with disabilities as well as the action for promoting avenues for their self-employment after completion of education. The court drew the government’s attention to legal provisions for “inclusive education”. In an interim order passed… Continue Reading »

    Fiji commits to improve accessibility of sidewalks

    FIJI: The Ministry of Local Government is serious about making footpaths in municipalities around the country accessible for persons with disabilities. Minister for Local Government, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Parveen Kumar said he had been advised by the Labasa/Savusavu special administrator Vijay Chand that they were rebuilding the footpaths in Labasa Town. Mr Kumar… Continue Reading »

    Universal standards to make playgrounds inclusive

    AUSTRALIA: Playgrounds in New South Wales will soon need to meet new design standards that cater for people of all abilities. The NSW Government is developing a set of playground and park design guidelines for councils and developers to provide facilities for kids with disability, their parents, the elderly and carers. All playgrounds in NSW… Continue Reading »

    Myanmar ready for accessible tourism

    Myanmar is now open for travel by travelers with disabilities and senior travelers, claimed Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center (MATC) which is pioneering barrier free travel in the country. MATC recently conducted a sponsored tour program in major destinations in Myanmar in collaboration with a French wheelchair blogger, I Wheel Travel. Dr. Lu Mon, founder of… Continue Reading »

    Website launched to provide information on autism

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday launched the Malaysian Information Network on Disabilities’ (MIND) website which has been upgraded with comprehensive and detailed information on autism. In her speech, Rosmah, who is also PERMATA programme patron, said the upgrading of the website was a strategic collaboration between the Association of Wives… Continue Reading »

    Bhutan launches KAP study on children with disabilities

    The Education Ministry in collaboration with UNICEF Bhutan launched the first-ever Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) study on children with disabilities in Thimphu, on Saturday. The study provides an insight into attitudes of Bhutanese people towards children with disabilities. According to education officials, the survey was carried out in nine districts where responses were asked… Continue Reading »

    Christchurch to be more accessible

    Christchurch organisations have made significant progress in advocating for those with disabilities by establishing the Accessibility Charter, National’s Disability Issues spokesperson Nicky Wagner says. “It is important that public buildings and outdoor spaces are genuinely barrier free to ensure to ensure accessibility for our disabled community,” Ms Wagner says. “The Accessibility Charter, established by the… Continue Reading »

    Uber launches accessible services in Bengaluru

    Global cab company Uber on Tuesday launched two new products UberASSIST and UberACCESS in Bengaluru, India with the support of Mphasis, a leading cloud and cognitive services provider as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative (CSR). Riders in Bengaluru can now request UberASSIST, an option designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

    People with vision disabilities are struggling with new Rs 50 note in India

    NEW DELHI: The newly issued Rs 50 currency notes cannot be differentiated from others by people with vision disabilities, a PIL claimed in the Delhi High Court which sought the RBI and the Centre’s stand on the issue. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the matter needed… Continue Reading »