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Volume 6 Issue 12December 01, 2009
- Rural India: Inclusion and Access
Dr. Gaurav Raheja is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. His area of specialisation is access in rural areas. In this piece for D.N.I.S., he takes a look at the problems that disabled people in rural India face and the need to incorporate user friendly indigenous designs to overcome them.
- I have to go on...
Javed Abidi is a renowned disabled rights activist. He is the Honorary Director of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) and the Convenor of Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.). This article was published in The Asian Age on the eve of World Disability Day. We reproduce it here for D.N.I.S. readers.
- “I have a dream…”
3rd of December. Yes, it is time for yet another World Disability Day. That one day of the year when we ensure that our voices get heard. That one day when we make stronger resolutions and give wings to our dreams. This World Disability Day, D.N.I.S. asked a few disabled rights activists from across the country about their dreams, vision and resolutions for 2010. And we got some wonderful responses.
- N.C.P.E.D.P. & D.N.I.S. official partners for Techshare India, 2010
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) has joined hands with BarrierBreak Technologies as an official partner for Techshare 2010. Also joining this partnership is D.N.I.S., which will be the official online media partner for the event.
- C.B.R. Forum launches Postcard Campaign for new Disability Act
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The demand for a new comprehensive disability law is getting bigger by the day. Community Based Rehabilitation (C.B.R.) Forum recently launched a Postcard Campaign to put further pressure on the Government.
- Jammu and Kashmir Government issues circulars on access
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Department of Social Welfare, Government of Jammu and Kashmir has issued a circular to various Government departments, directing them to furnish information on measures taken by them on disability issues, particularly access.
- Salil sails for access
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: On December 2, the eve of World Disability Day, Salil Chaturvedi’s boat, ‘The Bombay Harbour Seabird’ will dock in Panjim, Goa. This wheelchair user is out on a risky sailing expedition to demand greater access for disabled persons.
- Corporate Affairs Ministry to work on a credit point system to promote inclusive growth
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The Ministry of Corporate Affairs is coming up with the concept of ‘credit points’ to boost public-private partnership. This concept encourages corporates to work together with the government in promoting inclusive growth and in turn get ‘credit points’ as incentives.
- ‘Women with disabilities in India face greater discrimination’: D.R.P.I. Study
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: A statement submitted to the U.N. +15 Beijing Review Process by Disabled Peoples’ International (D.P.I.) has come up with grim information on the situation of women with disabilities. It cites a recent study conducted by Disability Rights Promotion International (D.R.P.I.), a non-governmental organization that monitors rights of persons with disabilities around the world, which states that women with disabilities in India face triple discrimination of being female, being disabled and being poor.
- Online training on disability and sexuality
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: What do human rights have to do with disability and sexuality? Why are disabled people discriminated against, in relation to sexuality? These are some questions that C.R.E.A., (a feminist human rights organization) will attempt to answer over a nine-week long online training on disability, sexuality and rights. The aim is to create awareness on the issues of disability and sexual rights of disabled people. Disabled people too have sexual rights and that cannot be ignored.
- No disabled friendly cars rolling out of Indian car manufacturing units
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: While overseas car units like Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki and Ford are consistently rolling out disabled friendly cars from their manufacturing units, no car manufacturer has plans to do the same for disabled people in India. The government may have come up with reduced excise rates and tax waivers, but there seems to be no takers.
- Heritage building in Goa made disabled friendly
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The International Film Festival of India (I.F.F.I.) will be held in Goa this year. In view of this, special lifts have been installed in theatres so that disabled moviegoers can also enjoy a slice of reel life at the event. Digambar Kamat, Chief Minister, Goa recently inaugurated this facility in two theatres at Maquinez Palace, Panaji.
- Orkids initiate workshop on learning disabilities
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Delhi Learning Disabilities Association, under the aegis of Orkids kicked off a workshop on learning disabilities on November 21 in New Delhi. As a part of this workshop, a session called ‘Unravelling Learning Disabilities – Principles of Teaching – General Strategies and Techniques’ aimed at creating awareness about different aspects of learning difficulties among children and its ramifications was held.
- N.I.D. to introduce course on Universal Design
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: National Institute of Design (N.I.D.), Ahmedabad is planning to introduce a two year course on Universal Design which will look at creating designs to benefit all sections of society.
- I.G.N.O.U. offers four year course on Applied Sign Language
D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Indira Gandhi National Open University (I.G.N.O.U.) has launched a four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) course in Applied Sign Language to foster an effective communicative environment for hearing and speech impaired persons.