Asia-Pacific

Campaign to make New Zealand more accessible for people with disabilities

Empowering people with disabilities and changing society’s attitudes towards them will be the key to a new government campaign, the disabilities minister says. The Be Accessible campaign aims to enable businesses and communities to improve accessibility, particularly leading up to the Rugby World Cup. Disabilities Minister Tariana Turia said there would be $4m of funding… Continue Reading »

i-CREATe 5th International Conference on Assistive Technology in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand: In 2011, i-CREATe (21 – 23 July) will be focusing on using Assistive Technology (AT) for children with disabilities. We believed that AT for early intervention will make it possible for children with disabilities to be more independent at home, schools and in the community. A child with speech problems can communicate using… Continue Reading »

New Community Park to include disabled-friendly facilities in Malaysia

KUALA Lumpur residents can look forward to a new community park on a 15ha site in Setapak, Setiawangsa MP Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said. Zulhasnan said the RM7.8mil park in Jalan Air Keroh, Air Panas Setapak, was initiated under the 10th Malaysia Plan and would take 32 weeks to complete. The project is undertaken by… Continue Reading »

New train audio info welcomed by Blind Foundation in New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand:  A new audio information system Auckland Transport is introducing on trains next week is expected to make a big difference for blind and vision impaired people. The automated announcements are part of on-going improvements to the quality of public transport information. They are also part of Auckland Transport efforts to make public… Continue Reading »

DPWH enforces barrier-free environment for people with disabilities in Philippines

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte:  “A barrier-free environment will enable persons with disabilities to have access in any public buildings and establishments and such other places mentioned in Batas Pambansa bilang 344,” said Architect Noel Baleña from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office-8 during the provincial forum for people with disabilities. Batas Pambansa… Continue Reading »

Make infrastructure more disabled-friendly in Malaysia, urges Shahrizat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry wants all infrastructure, including public transport such as Light Rail Transit (LRT), bus, and taxi stations to be more disabled-friendly. Its minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the ministry would cooperate with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on this matter to outline and… Continue Reading »

New building standards to improve accessibility for Australians with disabilities

The Federal Government has announced the start of new building accessibility standards, which will ensure all new and upgraded public buildings in Australia will be accessible to people with a disabilities. The Disability (Access to Buildings – Premises) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards), which commenced May 1, is an important milestone in the Government’s National Disability… Continue Reading »

New Zealand Paralympian buys robotic legs

Nearly a year after unveiling the world’s first robotic legs for wheelchair users, Auckland company Rex Bionics has sold it’s first pair to New Zealand paralympian. Dave MacCalman, who sustained a spinal cord injury diving into a river while in the United States on a basketball scholarship has taken his first steps in more than… Continue Reading »

Accessible sidewalks for people with disabilities constructed in Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia: The Central Jakarta Administration is about to spend Rp 1.7 billion to provide pedestrian for disabled people. The lane will be constructed in September along 800 meters and 203 meters of wide. Central Jakarta Head of Public Works Agency Indrastuty Okita said the lane construction is city administration concern to disabled people. “It… Continue Reading »

Tokyo Haneda Airport sets "Universal Design" standards for barrier-free airports

Tokyo, Japan: The universal design principles incorporated into the passenger areas at Haneda Airport’s new international terminal have been acclaimed as world class and can serve as a blueprint for integrated “barrier-free” facilities in similar facilities around the world. So much thought has gone into the design of the airport, which serves Tokyo, that it… Continue Reading »