Asia-Pacific

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 »

New Report Illustrates Experiences of COVID-19 for Women with Disabilities

AUSTRALIA: A new report released today by Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT), shows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for women with disabilities in the Canberra region. “66% of women with disability said they did not know where to seek help with accessing health care during this time.” said C Moore, Chief Executive Officer, WWDACT.… Continue Reading »

New Policy Ensures Better Integration of Children with Disabilities

CHINA: With a new policy to allow more children with disabilities to attend ordinary schools and study with their non-disabled peers, China’s education authority said it is working to ensure such students’ better integration into society. China’s Ministry of Education has issued a guideline on improving the work on disabled children’s learning in regular classes… Continue Reading »

National Disability Research Partnership in Australia to Focus on Strengthening the Disability Research Sector

AUSTRALIA: The National Carer Network and Carers Australia welcomes today’s announcement of a National Disability Research Partnership. The approach, put forward by Ministers Roberts and Ruston, highlights a new approach that progresses a research agenda, research capability roadmap, and practical guides for disability-inclusive research to strengthen the disability research sector. Chief Executive Officer of Carers Australia,… Continue Reading »

Training Initiative in Maritime Education Launched for Persons with Disabilities

SINGAPORE: The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Singapore Branch (ICS-SG) has announced a new training initiative to provide maritime education to persons with disabilities. The training initiative is supported by SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. The course involves training the attendees on the basic understanding of shipping, and thereafter ICS will coordinate… Continue Reading »