• Asia-Pacific

    ASEAN Summit Focuses on Inclusive Tourism Development

    BANGKOK: ASEAN’s tourism objectives filtered through during last week’s high powered ASEAN summit in Bangkok with a call for renewed commitment to pursue sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development. That was the key takeaway as far as tourism was concerned according to comments made by the ASEAN Tourism Association president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, in an interview… Continue Reading »

    South Korea Focuses on Developing Robotic Healthcare

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare has secured 1.3 billion won ($1.1 million) for developing care robots for the elderly and disabled, the ministry said Monday. The ministry-affiliated National Rehabilitation Center held a care robot symposium Monday in the Gangbuk district of Seoul, ahead of the launch of the care robot research and development project.… Continue Reading »

    India: Nippon Launches New Program Focused on Employment for Persons with Disabilities

    Keeping in line with its tradition of transforming the lives of underprivileged and special-needs children, Nippon Paint has launched SAHYOG -a program that aims at creating employment opportunities for people with special needs. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from PORDAC NGO (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children) will join as Trainee Interns and will be given specific… Continue Reading »

    New Chinese University to Focus on Rehabilitation Talent Cultivation

    Construction on the University of Rehabilitation Studies, a higher education institution designed for cultivating rehabilitation studies talent, formally began Tuesday with an inauguration ceremony in Qingdao, east China’s Shangdong Province. This comes after the Ministry of Education officially greenlighted the construction on the institution, which, to be sponsored by Shangdong Province and based in Qingdao,… Continue Reading »

    Global Apex Body of Airline Operators Passes Key Resolutions to Make Travel More Accessible

    Improving airline infrastructure and facilities for people with disabilities, global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking and facilitating implementation of biometrics based One ID process were some of the key resolutions passed on Sunday at the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global apex body of airline… Continue Reading »

    Stakeholders Find Weaknesses in ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill

    PAKISTAN: Stakeholders have identified weaknesses in the ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill before a parliamentary committee on human rights considers it next week, and have urged the committee to seek insight from people living with disabilities. At a press conference on Thursday, stakeholders also demanded representation for people living with disabilities in the local… Continue Reading »

    Opinion: India’s General Elections 2019 Focused on Inclusion

    April 11 was voting day in Noida. It was Phase 1 of the festival of democracy, the biggest elections in the world. I was excited, curious and a little apprehensive. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had promised an inclusive election. The theme for this massive operation was “leave no one behind”. Advertisements on radio,… Continue Reading »

    Chinese President Lauds Role Models with Disabilities and their Supporters

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 16 met in Beijing with representatives attending a ceremony commending role models with disabilities and people who have made outstanding contributions to helping the disabled. President Xi congratulated the representatives on their commendations and encouraged them to make continued efforts to achieve new accomplishments in supporting China’s disabled. He… Continue Reading »

    Sightsavers’ Approach to Making Health Services Inclusive for Everyone

    Sightsavers, an international charity working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change, has a new film that sets out their work to make health care services accessible and inclusive for everyone. The film focuses on their programmes in Bhopal, India and Nampula, Mozambique. It highlights how they work… Continue Reading »