Year: 2016

Indian government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Government has notified the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which provides for raising reservation in government jobs for persons with benchmark disabilities from 3 to 4 per cent, and in higher education institutes from 3 to 5 per cent, Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said on Friday. “The Bill was passed… Continue Reading »

London transport unveils badge program for persons with invisible disabilities

LONDON: Badges reading “Please offer me a seat” are to be introduced for passengers with invisible impairments who may find it difficult or impossible to ask for a seat, Transport for London (TFL) said on Thursday. This badge could be very useful for many persons with disabilities with a invisible disability. Transport for All receives… Continue Reading »

Accessible travel gets funding boost

LONDON: More than 30 Tube stations will be boosted by step-free access after Mayor Sadiq Khan outlined plans for additional funds to be invested over the next five years. It will bring the total number of stations with step-free access to all platforms to more than 100. This represents more than 40 per cent of… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities more likely to be employed in states

LAWRENCE: Individuals with disabilities are significantly more likely to be employed if they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Kansas co-authored a study that found a 6 percentage-point difference in employment rates among working-age adults with disabilities in… Continue Reading »

Inclusive sports festival for children with disabilities in Jakarta

Following similar festivals held in Pasuruan, Bone and Subang, an inclusive sports festival for children was held for the first time in Jakarta on Dec. 18. Located in the green area of the Education and Culture Ministry office complex, the event was attended by students from schools for children with disabilities, junior high schools (SMPs)… Continue Reading »

Access Board Updates ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans

The Access Board has issued a final rule updating sections of its accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The rule revises provisions in the guidelines that apply to buses and vans to enhance accessibility and to address industry trends and improvements in design and technology. The guidelines, which… Continue Reading »

IIMB hosted a roundtable on Digital Accessibility

BANGALORE:  Has demonetization dealt yet another blow to persons with disability? In emerging Digital India, do policy makers and service providers consider persons with disability an important customer group? Although People with Disability  are digitally literate, why are they not part of the present cashless narrative? The roundtable on Digital Accessibility hosted by Indian Institute… Continue Reading »

India’s parliament passes Disabilities Bill, making accessibility a mandatory requirement

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed by voice vote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, which makes accessibility a mandatory requirement. The bill, which replaces the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, has been brought in to comply with the UN Convention on Rights… Continue Reading »

Durham Council passes 2016 Accessibility Report

WHITBY, ON: Durham Regional Council has passed The Regional Municipality of Durham’s 2016 Accessibility Report, a document that outlines completed initiatives that will help to further eliminate barriers across Regional operations. “In order to preserve dignity and independence for individuals of all abilities, we are continually working to achieve an inclusive and accessible environment,” said… Continue Reading »

Election Commission to make polling stations accessible

GHANA: The Child Rights International (CRI) has tasked Ghana’s Electoral Management Body to improve on conditions at polling stations for the vulnerable in society to participate unhindered in future elections. CRI also called for advocacy to educate the electorate to understand that some group of electorates including the vulnerable, older people, people with disabilities and… Continue Reading »