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“Smart Insoles” to Prevent the Disappearance of People with Developmental Disabilities

“Smart Insoles” to Prevent the Disappearance of People with Developmental Disabilities

SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul’s Seongdong District said Monday that it will distribute “smart insoles” with built-in location tracking devices to prevent the disappearance of people with developmental disabilities in its jurisdiction and help them to learn to be on their own. When the smart insoles are in use, the location of people [...]

Unmanned Kiosks Inaccessible for Persons with Disabilities

Unmanned Kiosks Inaccessible for Persons with Disabilities

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Unmanned kiosks are spreading through restaurants, movie theaters, and train stations to make orders and purchases. In many cases, however, these systems are still inaccessible to persons with disabilities. Most of the systems come with a touch screen without any auxiliary devices for persons with disabilities, such as braille [...]

Pregnant Women with Disabilities Pay More Medical Fees than Those Without Disabilities

Pregnant Women with Disabilities Pay More Medical Fees than Those Without Disabilities

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Pregnant women with disabilities bear a higher cost to deliver their children than those without disabilities. Rep. Jin Sun-mee of the ruling Democratic Party reported that a pregnant women with disabilities spent an average of 1.9 million won (US$1,600) for medical treatment, which is more than the cost borne [...]

S. Korea Launches Community Care Program for Vulnerable Groups

S. Korea Launches Community Care Program for Vulnerable Groups

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on Thursday that it will launch so-called Community Care projects in local communities for seniors, persons with disabilities, persons with mental illness, and homeless people over the next two years, led by eight local authorities. The government’s new Community Care initiative refers [...]

South Korea to Enforce Content Quota on TV for the Disabled

South Korea to Enforce Content Quota on TV for the Disabled

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean lawmakers have proposed a bill to require TV networks to dedicate more airtime to programs representing disabled members of society. Criticism over the lack of representation of the disabled on South Korean TV has prompted a number of politicians including Kang Hyo-sang, a member of the Liberty [...]

[Feature] Travel Accessibility for the Handicapped: Nowhere Near Adequate

[Feature] Travel Accessibility for the Handicapped: Nowhere Near Adequate

SEOUL, Korea, April 28 (Korea Bizwire) – As the weather gets warmer, people tend to travel more. The urge to go and spend days away from home is common to all regardless of age, gender, and physical state. Still, however, there are many places out there not so friendly to the handicapped including senior citizens [...]