Disability Board Asks Indian States, UTs, to List Accessible Public Buildings

The fifth meeting of the Indian Central Advisory Board on Disability was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Union Social Justice and Empowerment (SJ and E) Minister Dr Virender Kumar; Minister of State, SJ and E, Pratima Bhoumik and Vice-Chairman of the Board and Secretary, DEPwD Anjali Bhawra, were also present in the… Continue Reading »

M-Enabling Summit 2022 | Digital Inclusion: Strategies for Equal Opportunities, October 24-26, 2022

Attracting leading advocates, corporate executives and accessibility professionals involved in digital inclusion, the M-Enabling Summit is an all-inclusive conference and showcase offering rich networking opportunities, fostering innovative technology that benefits more than one-billion Persons with Disabilities and an expanding population of aging adults globally. With its theme of “Digital Inclusion: Strategies for Equal Opportunities,” the 2022 M-Enabling… Continue Reading »

New Web Guide for Disability Access to Australian Beaches

A new web directory has been launched to support those living with disabilities in finding information on the accessibility of Australian beaches, with support provided by Deloitte. The professional services firm teamed up with the non-profit organisation Accessible Beaches Australia to launch a new online guide detailing the nation’s disability-friendly beaches. The platform, which together with the… Continue Reading »

Conference Lauds Bangladesh’s Efforts in Disaster Management 

The speakers said, the declaration that was adopted in Dhaka in 2018 under the Sendai framework on disaster risks reduction (DRR) in 2015 is the first declaration that talks about reducing risks of disaster for people with disabilities. The speakers said this at a side event of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022… Continue Reading »

Vietnam: Association to Enhance Support for Persons with Disabilities

The 6th national congress of the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans (ASVHO), for the 2022 – 2027 tenure, wrapped up on April 26. The event in Hanoi was attended by 345 delegates representing 566,335 association members nationwide. The congress elected an 80-member ASVHO executive committee and a five-member inspection board. In… Continue Reading »

Maldives: Parliament to Broadcast Sign Language Interpretation of Sittings

The Parliament will be broadcasting its sessions with sign language interpretation. The Parliament Secretariat said Speaker Mohamed Nasheed made the decision after a hard of hearing student requested the Speaker to include sign language interpretation of parliament sessions at the ‘Practice Parliament for Youth’. During the session, the Speaker had assured the student that he… Continue Reading »

Spring Applications Now Open for New G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives

G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, through its Smart Cities for All (SC4A) Initiative, is seeking Country Representatives to promote the goals and objectives of G3ict, SC4A, and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) in countries around the world. Representatives also take part as subject matter experts for G3ict’s various divisions in the development… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism: Scuba Diving Opens for Travelers with Disabilities in Thailand

With 15 per cent of the world’s population living with a disability, accessibility is one of the biggest challenges facing the global tourism sector. Travel excursions invariably cater for the able-bodied, leaving disabled travellers with few options when it comes to getting out and about on their holidays. But in Thailand, one tour operator is hoping to address this… Continue Reading »

India: Delhi High Court Seeks State’s Response On Accessibility Of Public Pathways, Foot-Over Bridges To Persons With Disability

The Delhi High Court recently issued notice on a Public Interest Litigation filed over non-functionality of lifts and escalators attached to foot-over bridges in the national capital, said to be violating the rights of the elderly and persons with disabilities. A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navneet Chawla has issued notices to the… Continue Reading »

India: Government Releases Revised Universal Accessibility Guidelines

Focus shifts from creating a barrier-free environment to more holistic approach From the design plan to the implementation, various aspects of the built environment have been covered under the new guidelines for universal accessibility recently drafted by the Centre. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) released the Harmonised Guidelines and Standards for Universal Accessibility in India 2021 through its… Continue Reading »