Accessibility is key in any Para sports competition and Games, and MASOC has given its assurance that that all competition venues and athletes’ accommodation are accessible and disabled friendly.

Accessibility gets top priority at ASEAN Para Games KL2017

  IN line with its inclusive initiative, the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) Kuala Lumpur 2017 has upgraded all competition venues for the 9th ASEAN Para Games from Sept 17-23 to ensure it is accessible for all especially athletes and spectators with disabilities. MASOC chairman YB Brig Gen Khairy Jamaluddin said facilities such as toilets, cafeteria and pathways were upgraded to ensure smooth movement especially amongst wheelchair athletes and officials. “About 4,000 volunteers will be around to assist athletes, guests and spectators during the Games,” he said. He assured that transportation matters will be given preference during the Games to avoid … Continued

Media Guidelines for Reporting on Accessible Election

A workshop on Advocacy Guidelines for Political Participation of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) in Malaysia, an initiative organised by the National Council For The Blind, Malaysia (NCBM) was held on recently at Grand Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Since the 14th General Election for Malaysia will be held by 2018, Malaysians with disabilities have the right to participate in the election process as citizens of this country. However, persons with disabilities find it difficult to realise their political rights due to systemic barriers within the election process. Thus, NCBM has conducted this project on political participation among persons with disabilities in … Continued

Twitter Campaign Highlights Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities

To recognize the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) launched a Twitter campaign for the month of December that highlighted participation of disability rights advocates around the world. Through this campaign, people with disabilities shared why they vote, become candidates, and participate in political life. Read more  

Grab, MIRM and Challenges Foundation Partner to Encourage Limitless Mobility

For many, getting from one place to another is a breeze especially with the transport infrastructure we have – connectivity of various rail services, walkways, buses and taxis. Yet, for also a significant many with restricted mobility such as senior citizens and those with disabilities, independent travel can be a challenge. Even to the nearest shop. In conjunction with the International Day of People with Disability and Human Rights Week, Grab Malaysia, the Make It Right Movement (MIRM) and Challenges Foundation have rallied together to create awareness on the importance of limitless mobility for those with restricted mobility with the launch … Continued

G3ict and World ENABLED launches Accessible Smart cities Initiative

NEWLY LAUNCHED ACCESSIBLE SMART CITIES INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND AGING COMMUNITIES G3ict and World ENABLED leads the way with Microsoft support. G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, and World ENABLED announced at the 5th M-Enabling Summit, that they are teaming up in the launch of a joint global Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative. The objective, over the coming year, is to increase awareness about the role that accessible technology must play in the planning, deployment and functioning of smart cities worldwide and how smart cities can better engage persons with disabilities and aging communities … Continued

With tablets and looking towards the future of the e-payments partnership at the launch ceremony were Datuk Haji Zakaria Haji Mohd Edris, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Sabah (centre); Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid, Deputy CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (right) and Siek Kar Teck, Director, Retail Payments Division, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear).

SABAH LOCAL AUTHORITIES PARTNER WITH CIMB TO ENCOURAGE JOMPAY E-PAYMENTS

CIMB Islamic Bank appointed as Master Biller Bank for JomPAY system adopted by all 23 Sabah Local Authorities SANDAKAN, Sept 27 (Bernama) — CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad  and the Sabah Local Authorities today officially launched their JomPAY electronic payment (“e-payment”) partnership which saw all 23 Local Authorities using JomPAY for the Sabahans’ payment of assessment fees. The launch took place at the Sabah Local Authority ICT Seminar 2016 in Sandakan today. Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Hajiji Hj Noor, Minister of Local Government and Housing Sabah said, “The theme of today’s conference, ’Strengthening the ICT Culture in Local Authorities Towards Smart … Continued

Accessible transport essential for accessible tourism

ISSUES AND PROBLEMS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FACE IN TOURISM

  by Noorizati Meor Samsudin People with disabilities have the same motivations to travel as the rest of the population   However  many tourists with disabilities face barriers to tourism participation  especially in the social, cultural and physical environments   Underlying social and cultural constraints In contrast to the more conventional medical view of disability, there has been growing recognition that disability is a product of social relations rather than the fault of an individual’s physical characteristics.  (Oliver 1996; Barnes, Mercer, and Shakespeare 1999).  The social approach to disability recognises that it is the disabling environment and hostile social attitudes that … Continued

FC Barcelona Footballers in Blind Football Match Video to celebrate Paralympic Games 2016

FC Barcelona Footballers in Blind Football Match Video to celebrate Paralympic Games 2016

A new video featuring star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team was released today to celebrate the importance of inclusive play for children and the beginning of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The video features five FC Barcelona footballers, including Lionel Messi, playing blindfolded against Spain’s 5-a-side Paralympic football team. It is a collaboration between UNICEF, the FC Barcelona Foundation and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to show the power of sports to level the playing field for everyone. The video will be shown at sporting venues throughout the Paralympic Games, … Continued

5 Days to Paralympic Games 2016

5 Days to Paralympics RIO 2016

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that September’s Paralympic Games will take place as planned, despite major budget cuts. It will act as a catalyst to positive social change in Brazil and Latin America. According to the IPC, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s budget is not at the level they originally committed to. Despite this, the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body remains confident in impact of Games in making a more equitable society. Speaking at a press conference in Rio on Friday (19 August), Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “I am fully confident Rio 2016 will be the best Games ever … Continued

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My Cane is My Eye

APPREHENSION accompanied me as I made my way to the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) complex to start my course on Orientation & Mobility (O&M).  At that point while the doctor had certified me clinically blind, I however begged to differ. After all, I could still read newspaper headlines. To end up using the white cane would be the ultimate confirmation of my visual status. After all, everyone associates white cane and Braille with blind people, right?   Part of the course module offered by MAB required my learning how to use a cane. I met Peter Manickam,  the … Continued