Asia-Pacific

Government promises disabled-friendly faculties in public buildings

New Delhi, India: Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment D. Napoleon said that the appropriate governments and local authorities shall provide disabled-friendly facilities in public buildings, hospitals and other places. He told Lok Sabha that as per Section 46 of the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act,… Continue Reading »

Delhi University to make DUSU elections accessible for students with disabilities

New Delhi, India:  Blind people can exercise their right to a secret ballot from now on. In order to make Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections disabled-friendly, the university has decided to provide information on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in Braille. Until last year, blind students voted with assistance from others – but that practice is… Continue Reading »

Touch technology to assist students with disabilities in public schools

WA education minister Liz Constable said the government was spending $4million over four years to install new interactive whiteboards in classrooms. The funding would assist public schools to help students with disabilities learn through the use of technology. The Minister said touch technology was benefiting students, particularly those with autism and intellectual disability. “The technology… Continue Reading »

Disability rights organizations advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan: Affordable housing units should be built with barrier-free facilities to meet the need of physical disabled people,  several disability rights organizations urged in Taipei. During a press conference in the Legislative Yuan, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Sue-ying said the government has recently concluded the bidding process for builders to construct affordable… Continue Reading »

New report shows children with disabilities in Nepal face major barriers to education

Kathmandu, Nepal: Children with disabilities in Nepal face diverse and imposing barriers to getting a basic education, Human Rights Watch said in a report. Schools are physically inaccessible, teachers are inadequately trained, and some children with disabilities are unjustly denied admission to neighborhood schools, Human Rights Watch found. The 76-page report, “Futures Stolen: Barriers to… Continue Reading »

Accessible new Serangoon bus interchange to open soon

Serangoon, Singapore: After nearly three years of waiting, residents in Serangoon can look forward to a new bus interchange. The fully air-conditioned facility will provide a seamless link to retail mall nex and Serangoon MRT station, which is on the North-East Line as well as the Circle Line. Occupying a land area of 7,000 sq… Continue Reading »

In Philippines, DPWH considers needs of people with disabilities in construction of infra projects

Catbalogan City, Samar, Philippines: Batas Pambansa 344 or the “Accessibility Law” has again reached the concern of the Department of Public Works and Highways- Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO). In effect, District Engineer, Eduardo Duterte stressed once more to his field engineers to be conscientious to the needs of the persons with disabilities  as… Continue Reading »

Disability community pushes for aerobridges at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Nine non-governmental organisations (NGOs) representing disabled people urged Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. One of their representatives, Christine Lee, said the decision was not done in consultation with user groups and had not taken into consideration public… Continue Reading »

Philippine government urged to ensure universal access to internet

Manila, Philippines: The Philippine government should start making steps to ensure universal access to the Internet following the United Nation’s report declaring access to the web as a basic human right, a congressman said in his resolution. Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino submitted House Resolution 1397 citing the UN report that vastly expands the capacity… Continue Reading »

Japanese healthcare robot RIBA II lifts patients from bed to wheelchair

RIBA-II, the next generation Japanese healthcare robot developed by researchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), a Japanese government-run research body that surveyed nursing homes to find that lifting patients was the most tiring thing for workers, carried out an average of 40 times every day. RIBA II robot will benefit healthcare workers as… Continue Reading »