Asia-Pacific

Turkmenistan Joins the Marrakesh Treaty and Completes Ceremony of Depositing Instrument in Geneva

Ceremony of depositing the instrument on joining the ‘Marrakesh Treaty’ by Turkmenistan was held in Geneva.  On the 15th of October, 2020, the ceremony of presenting the Instrument on Turkmenistan’s joining the “Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled” of 2013, signed by… Continue Reading »

Caritas Macau Plans to Run Travel Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Caritas Macau has plans to run a travel agency as a social enterprise to help people with disabilities go on trips, Caritas Macau Secretary General Paul Pun Chi Meng said on Monday. Pun made the remarks during Monday’s press conference about the 51st Caritas Macau Charity Bazaar. The press conference was held at São João… Continue Reading »

Research Report Assesses Australia’s Level of Compliance with the UNCRPD

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has published a report that focuses on articles 5 to 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which substantiate the rights of persons with disabilities and the associated obligations of governments. One of the country’s top legal minds, Emeritus… Continue Reading »

Groups Call for a Dedicated Agency in Taiwan for Older Persons

TAIWAN: The government should establish a dedicated agency that promotes and oversees senior care services, the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly said on Tuesday, ahead of yesterday’s International Day of Older Persons. Discussions about senior care in Taiwan normally do not go beyond the government’s long-term care policy and stipends provided to mark… Continue Reading »

Accessible Transport Council to Guide Queensland Projects

AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has established a new Accessible Transport Advisory Council to give input on accessibility for transport projects around the state. The Council would advocate on behalf of those with vision, hearing, physical, or cognitive impairments, as well as older people, parents, and youth justice groups. The Council will directly advise the… Continue Reading »

Increased Focus to Make Buildings More Accessible for Persons with Dementia

NEW ZEALAND: Alzheimers NZ wants more focus on designing buildings, particularly commercial and government buildings, to reflect the needs of people affected by dementia. Chief executive Catherine Hall says buildings cater for physically disabled people – they should also cater for people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. “We’ve seen great progress made for people with physical… Continue Reading »

Thai Universities Innovate to Empower Persons with Disabilities

THAILAND: National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP), and Department of Older Persons (DOP) signed in an MoU to support the development of the innovations for empowering the older people and persons with disabilities. In the initial stage, there are a few inventions that are ready to be produced… Continue Reading »

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech Invites Startups 

Startups with solutions addressing barriers to digital inclusion faced by people with disabilities have been invited to apply for up to US$325,000 in grant funding from the latest GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, is looking for startups, small and medium enterprises… Continue Reading »

New Rules Guarantee Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal

NEPAL: The government has issued ‘Rules Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2020’, under the Act Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2017, to facilitate differently-abled persons to enjoy their constitutional and legal rights. The rules make it mandatory for the concerned authorities to provide differently-abled persons with assistive devices free of cost as per the… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open: NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020

INDIA: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) has announced the 11th edition of NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020 to honour contributions towards the cause of accessibility and universal design. Nominations for the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards are now open. This is a prestigious award given nationally every year to people who are making an outstanding effort to… Continue Reading »