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Volume 6 Issue 1June 15, 2009
- Disabled students shine in C.B.S.E. examinations
Students with disability have excelled in this year’s C.B.S.E. examinations. Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. takes a look at the results to find out if it is just a small step towards inclusive education or a sign of growing understanding of the education system towards students with disability.
- “Women with disability face greater discrimination than men,” Pragya Ghildial
At 21, Pragya Ghildial was an up and coming yoga instructor and had a studio of her own. But on May 2, 2005, an accident left her paralysed from waist down. Not the kind of person to give up so easily, she got over her initial depression and soon started teaching yoga to people with disability.Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. caught up with her to find out more about her life in her ‘will’ chair.
- India’s first visually impaired I.A.S. officer
D.N.I.S. News Network: Not too long ago, disabled candidates qualifying the Indian Administrative Services examination were denied placements that they deserved.
- Visually impaired person takes charge as judge
D.N.I.S. News Network: T T Chakravarthy, a 41 year old native of Arcot in Vellore district, of Tamil Nadu achieved a rare feat in the Indian judiciary system. He is perhaps the first visually impaired person to be appointed as a judge in the Munsif Court. He took charge as the judge of Coimbatore District 3rd Additional Munsif Court in June.
- Prime Time News on Doordarshan to be sub-titled for deaf people
D.N.I.S. News Network: N.C.P.E.D.P. has added another success story to its credit. Prime time news on Doordarshan will now be made more accessible to the hearing impaired people.
- N.C.P.E.D.P. puts in suggestions for Union and Rail Budget 2009
D.N.I.S. News Network: N.C.P.E.D.P. has written to the Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, and the Railways Minister, Mamata Banerjee, with a list of suggestions for the government to bear in mind while deciding the Union Budget as well as the Railways Budget this year.
- Railways to recruit disabled people
D.N.I.S. News Network: Four years after the All India Confederation of the Blind, filed a P.I.L. in Delhi High Court requesting it to direct the country’s largest employer, Indian Railways, to comply with the Disabilities Act, it has finally relented.
- 1500 disabled friendly railway stations soon
D.N.I.S. News Network: Indian railways is planning to make 1500 stations disabled friendly, senior officials of the Railway Ministry said. Railways have nearly 7000 stations in 16 zones.
- Mumbai to have beepers at traffic crossings
D.N.I.S. News Network: The insane traffic in metros is a major problem for visually impaired people. But Mumbai Traffic Police is planning to install beepers at new Area Traffic Control signals to aid visually impaired people.
- Applications of disabled students to Delhi University on a 5 year high, but 1000 seats will still go
D.N.I.S. News Network: This year Delhi University raised the number of seats reserved for disabled students from 1200 to 1589 - a remarkable step. This year also saw a five year high in the number of registrations in that category. But even then, more than 1000 seats reserved for disabled students will remain vacant.
- Special Bus for disabled students in Delhi University
D.N.I.S. News Network: Come July and getting to college for disabled students in Delhi University is going to be easier than before. The Equal Opportunity Cell (E.O.C.) will soon start a bus for students with special needs as part of a pilot project.
- No teacher for 10,000 disabled children in the capital
D.N.I.S. News Network: Delhi has over 10,000 disabled students in government and M.C.D. schools but not a single teacher for them! This glaring fact came to light after the government filed a status report in the Delhi High Court.
- Disabled people more vulnerable to H.I.V. /A.I.D.S. says W.H.O.
D.N.I.S. News Network: About 10 percent of the world’s population have a disability and just like any other person may engage in activities that put them at a risk of H.I.V. /A.I.D.S. infection. But unlike non disabled people, they have very limited access to H.I.V. education, information and prevention services. This was said in a recent podcast by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.).
- The ‘Train’ of Thoughts
D.N.I.S. News Network: A toy train that will help children with visual impairment enhance their vocabulary. That is what students of M.S. Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies, Bangalore have designed.