Asia-Pacific

Virtual Talk to Promote Disability-Inclusive Entrepreneurship for COVID 19 Affected Women with Disabilities Held

BANGLADESH: With an aim to promote disability-inclusive entrepreneurship and find a way out to increase the social dignity of COVID-19 affected women with disabilities in order to give them a solid chance to prove their potential and worth in front of their family and society both at the personal level and professional level, a2i (Aspire to… Continue Reading »

India: Initiative Seeks Most Innovative Assistive Tech Scouting Start Ups

In search for India’s most innovative assistive technology start-ups, Prosus the global consumer internet group of Naspers on Monday launched the second edition of its Social Impact Challenge for Accessibility in partnership with Invest India, Social Alpha and the World Health Organisation. Eligible startups can submit their applications from now until October 19. The initiative… Continue Reading »

IFC Releases Study on Promoting Accessible Tourism in Nepal

Investing in disability-friendly infrastructure and services can help hoteliers and entrepreneurs tap the accessible tourism market in Nepal, a growing segment globally, while driving economic growth and accelerating recovery, reveals a new IFC study. The report-Open to All: A Survey on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Nepal’s Hotels-covers 90 starred hotels in major cities… Continue Reading »

IIT-M develops India’s first motorised wheelchair vehicle

INDIA: The Indian Institute of Technology Madras on Monday announced the development of India’s first indigenous motorised wheelchair vehicle that can be used not only on roads but also on uneven terrains. The wheelchair named as ‘NeoBolt’ has a maximum speed of 25 kmph and is powered by a lithium-ion battery that helps 25 kms for… Continue Reading »

India: Partnership Aims to Build Inclusive Housing Project

INDIA: Who will look after my child after me? This is a common concern parents of children with disabilities have, especially in today’s world where nuclear families are the norm. And as these parents start getting older, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to care for their children on their own. And so far, the answer… Continue Reading »

Australia: Government of NSW Updates Accessible School Design Standards and Guidelines

Project summary Objective This project seeks to elevate the level of accessibility currently achieved by new school designs. Outputs will include: Clarification and itemisation of existing accessibility requirements of the Educational Facilities, Standards and Guidelines (EFSG). Updated review documentation and processes to ensure existing requirements are being consistently implemented. New accessibility EFSG requirements to include… Continue Reading »

India: Museum with a Permanent Exhibit on Assistive Devices and Accessible Technology To be Launched in Tamil Nadu

INDIA: A Museum of Possibilities, a permanent exhibition on assistive devices and accessible technology for differently abled people, is getting readied in the city by the State Commissionerate for the Welfare of the Disabled and Vidya Sagar, a non-governmental organisation. The museum, which will open this year, will focus on this across four aspects — live,… Continue Reading »

Australia: Geelong City Signs Up to Pilot Aimed at Increasing Accessibility and Inclusiveness in Sport

AUSTRALIA: The City has put its support behind the national Sport4All program, as one of six Victorian LGAs to sign up to the initial pilot in the state. Sport4All aims to help sporting clubs and schools become more accessible and inclusive to enable people with disability to have choice and control over where and how they… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan Government to Focus on Inclusive Environment, Education

KAZAKHSTAN: According to the Ministry of Healthcare, there are about 705,000 people with special needs including 94,000 children in Kazakhstan. Some 37 centers for adults and 23 for children with disabilities operate nationwide. Overall, more than 500 medical organizations provide inclusive health services. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke about the importance of the inclusive and public… Continue Reading »

Australia: Human Rights and Technology Final Report Released

A new report by the Australian Human Rights Commission calls for far-reaching changes to ensure governments, companies and others safeguard human rights in the design, development and use of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). The Human Rights and Technology final report, released today, makes 38 recommendations to ensure human rights are upheld in Australia’s laws,… Continue Reading »