Asia-Pacific

Steps Taken for Easy Access to Cultural Heritage Sites for Persons with Disabilities

INDIA: The basic public amenities like drinking water, toilets, signages, etc. are available at most of the Centrally Protected Monuments including World Heritage Sites. Further, wheelchairs, ramps, Braille cultural notice boards and disabled friendly public amenities have been provided to make these sites accessible to persons with disabilities. Following steps have been taken by the Government… Continue Reading »

New Report by New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) Highlights Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities During COVID-19 COVID19

NEW ZEALAND: A new report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) highlights the realities and challenges disabled people faced during the COVID-19 emergency. The report, Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic, Te Whakatinana i ngā Tika Hauātanga i te wā o te Urutā, examines New Zealand’s adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights… Continue Reading »

Uniqlo to Expand Disability Employment in China and ASEAN

Fast Retailing’s flagship Uniqlo Tokyo store has large fitting rooms that can accommodate wheelchairs. AKANE OKUTSU, Nikkei staff writerJanuary 21, 2021 14:10 JST TOKYO — Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing plans to expand employment of staffers with disabilities in Asia, in an effort to improve store services and product offerings as the company targets the region’s… Continue Reading »

G3ict/Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Update from Russia by Anatoliy D. Popko

  Anatoliy D. Popko leads “Dialogue in the Dark” Moscow team and consults Bank of Russia and other prominent financial, cultural, and government institutions. Mr. Popko is a co-author of Russian national standard on digital accessibility based on WCAG 2.1. Accessible ICT and effective communication are two passions, thus he advocates for the blind in… Continue Reading »

McDonald’s India Unveils New EATQUAL Packaging Design

INDIA: McDonald’s India unveils new EATQUAL packaging specially designed for customers with limited upper hand mobility – Becomes the first brand in the industry to undertake such an initiative McDonald’s EatQual McDonald’s India West and South, that announced the launch of EatQual – a special pack for customers with limited hand mobility, on the International Day… Continue Reading »

Australia: Focus Group to Discuss ‘Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Technologies

AUSTRALIA: This research initiative by the Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI) at La Trobe University, and supported by the AFDO, will utilise a short-term focus group to discuss ‘Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies’ (such as driverless cars) to identify ways these emerging technologies can improve personal and public transport options for people with disability. Automated… Continue Reading »

WHO Provides Assistive Devices to the Government of Balochistan

Pakistan: World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative in Pakistan, Dr Palitha Mahipala on Thursday handed over assistive devices to the government of Balochistan for persons with disability. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Palitha said that WHO is working with the Government of Pakistan to advocate change and public awareness regarding disability and to formulate strategies which promote… Continue Reading »

New Unit to Enhance Communication with Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

MALAYSIA: The Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Communication Unit which will be launched next year is aimed at improving the delivery of service and information to the community nationwide. Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the unit will work closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in various joint-efforts including providing explanations, aid… Continue Reading »

Beaches in Vietnam’s Da Nang City to Incorporate Accessible Entrances

VIETNAM: Entrances accessible to ambulant disabled people will be created in beaches along Da Nang City’s 30-km coastline, the city’s authorities said on Sunday. The work to install 24 such entrances at popular tourist beaches on Vo Nguyen Giap, Hoang Sa, Truong Sa, and Nguyen Tat Thanh streets was approved at a cost of over VND10.9… Continue Reading »

Fiji Becomes First In The World To Validate Target E On Sendai Framework

A major milestone has been achieved today as Fiji takes lead in the world to validate the Target E data of the 2015 Sendai Framework. “Target E is a measure that estimates the number of countries and local actors that have Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies in place. Its goal is to: Substantially increase the… Continue Reading »