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Volume 4 Issue 15August 01, 2006
- Sign Language - the Life Line for Deaf People
D.S. Chauhan, General Secretary, Delhi Association of the Deaf, tracks the origin and progress of sign language, shares his views on its status in India, and puts forth ways to develop a rich and versatile sign language for use across the country.
- M.S.J.E.s Proposed Amendments to the Disability Act a faηade for Inclusion, Justice & Empowerment
Amendments to Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 have been long awaited now. The shortcomings of the Act were glaringly visible even before it came into force upon its notification on 7 February 1996, says Meenu Bhambhani.
- This country does not have any legal provision on mental health: Dr. Abdul Mabood
Dr. Abdul Mabood, Director, Snehi, shares his views and concerns regarding child and adolescent mental health in India, in an interview with Chitra S. Shankar.
- M.S.J.E. backtracks! Amendments to the Disability Act postponed
D.N.I.S. News Network Finally buckling under pressure from the disability sector, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (M.S.J.E.) has gone back on its earlier deadline for suggestions for bringing about rushed amendments to the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The deadline has now been extended by six months, to 31 January 2007.
- Elections for the Board of the National Trust announced
D.N.I.S. News Network - The Board of the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Multiple Disabilities is due for elections very soon.
- Railways to add reserved wheelchair compartments to all mail express trains
D.N.I.S. News Network Indian Railways has announced its plan of adding a reserved wheelchair compartment to all mail express trains by the end of this financial year. It will then follow this up with an air-conditioned compartment in all such trains in the next four years. Thereafter, the service would be expanded to all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains as well.
- Bombay H.C. directs schools to abide by guidelines for dyslexic students
D.N.I.S. News Network - In a landmark judgement, the Bombay High Court (H.C.) has directed all schools in Maharashtra to abide strictly by the guidelines for dyslexic students. The guidelines are for students with learning disabilities studying between Class I and X, in schools affiliated to S.S.C., I.C.S.E. and C.B.S.E.
- Karnataka H.C. dismisses plea of disabled girl for seat in professional course
D.N.I.S. News Network In a negative turn of events, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a petition by a physically disabled candidate claiming that she was not allotted a seat in a professional college under the disability quota.
- Allocate funds for mental health: Child rights activists and child mental health specialists
D.N.I.S. News Network Child rights activists and specialists in child mental health have demanded that the Centre allocate funds for child and adolescent mental health in the Eleventh Five Year Plan. So far no funds have been allocated in the Union Budget for child and adolescent mental health.
- Governor intervenes; Disabled boy readmitted in school
D.N.I.S. News Network Ravi Ranjan, a Class XI student at Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Ranchi, whose legs are afflicted by polio, was recently dismissed from school on the ground that he found it difficult to climb the stairs to attend Zoology class which was on the first floor of the building. With pressure from all quarters of society, including the Governor, the school has allowed the student to rejoin.
- Centre directs its departments to fill up vacancies for disabled people
D.N.I.S. News Network The Ministry for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has directed its departments to ensure that vacancies that have been earmarked for disabled people are filled up at the earliest. It has also stated that there should be no deviation from the scheme of reservation.
- D.U. to implement three per cent reservation for disabled teachers, students
D.N.I.S. News Network Better late than never! Well, Delhi University (D.U.) has finally decided to make its campus truly equal by ensuring that the three per cent reservation for disabled teachers and students is finally implemented.
- Revolutionary technology for people with brain and spinal injuries
D.N.I.S. News Network The scientific dream of using brain power to move or speak is now within reach, according to two studies on brain-computer interface technology published in the science journal Nature.