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Volume 3 Issue 20October 15, 2005
- Status of Implementation of Disability Legislation in North East States of India
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People’s Disability Law Unit (DLU) - North East in Shishu Sarothi, a leading N.G.O. working for children with cerebral palsy in Assam, has tried to assess the extent of implementation of the disability related laws in the North East region including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.Though responses were sought from Sikkim, none were forthcoming. So this state has not figured in this report. The assessment has been done through interactions, workshops and discussions with N.G.O.s, associations of people with disabilities and key stakeholders. The Report prepared by Shishu Sarothi throws light on the lack of implementation of the disability enactments in this region.
- 12 million hearing impaired neglected by policy makers: Arun Rao
The poor representation of 12 million people with hearing impairment in education, employment and participation in nation building is due to the failure of policy makers and society at large, says Arun Rao of Deaf Way in conversation with Parvinder Singh
- The 10th year of the Disability Act- It’s time for ACT10N is disability sector's theme for this year
The 10th year of the Disability Act – It’s time for ACT10N is disability sector's theme for this year’s World Disability Day on 3 December to evoke introspection and awareness among members of disability sector and public at large about non-implementation of The Disability Act, 1995.
- D.P.I. India, N.D.N. to send fact-finding team to look at quake relief in Kashmir
A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan and the northern part of India on 8 October 2005 destroying villages and killing thousands of people on both sides of the border. It is estimated that about 40,000 people have been killed and thousands more injured.
- The Disaster Management Bill 2005 leaves 70 million disabled people endangered
In what has now become a routine, so far as the national policies are concerned, the Government of India has forgotten about its approximately 70 million disabled citizens while framing The Disaster Management Bill 2005. This unfortunate omission of disability related concerns have greatly irked the disability sector.
- Pioneering study on water and sanitation for disabled people
The relationship between poverty and disability is being emphasised with greater focus by the disability sector to stress the need for incorporating a disability perspective into various development programmes.
- Convergence India: Making disability part of every development initiative
Stakeholders active in the disability sector and organisations dealing with other developmental initiatives came together at a meeting in Hyderabad to share ideas and forge new grounds to give disability a developmental perspective.
- Ektha core group meet held in Chennai
EKTHA, a forum of People with Neurological Impairment for People with Neurological Impairment, has completed Consortium of Persons with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities in all the four zones of India and selected members for the core group. The Core Group Meet was held from 20 - 22 September 2005. Ektha will register itself as a society shortly. The Core Group Meet started with an inaugural function on 19 September 2005.
- P.I.L. filed in Guwahati H.C. seeking a direction to Tripura Government to implement Disability Act
In an indication of growing awareness about disability rights in different parts of the country, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in Guwahati High Court seeking a direction to the State Government of Tripura to implement provisions pertaining to employment reservation stipulated in The Disability Act, 1995.
- Now a DU College for training visually impaired teachers
In a development that is expected to bridge the gap between demand and availability of trained teachers to educate students with disability, Delhi University will soon set up a college, to be named Durgabai Deshmukh College, that will run a teachers training programme for visually impaired students.
- U.P. Government asks all its departments hold recruitment examination on ground floor
In an early victory for the nascent N.C.P.E.D.P. Disability Law Unit (D.L.U.) – North, at Indian Association of Handicapped (I.A.H.) Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh Government has asked all its departments to take into consideration difficulties faced by examinees with disabilities while conducting recruitment exams and has instructed authorities concerned to allot ground floor rooms for the exams.
- Government announces major initiative for N.G.O.s on World Sight Day
In a development that is expected to go a long way in preventing cases of vision impairment in rural and semi-urban areas, the Union Government has announced a go ahead to State Governments to extend grants to organisations working in the field
- Forging Inclusion on playgrounds, not just classroom
The attainment of the goal of Inclusive Education needs not just policy interventions but also localised and participatory initiatives involving children with disabilities both inside the classrooms and on the playgrounds; a project undertaken by Association for People with Disability (A.P.D.) for a proposed "All-Inclusive Playground" marks a step in this direction.
- National Programme for prevention of speech and hearing impairment on anvil: Health Minister
A task force will soon be constituted by the Union Government to initiate a countrywide programme for prevention of speech and hearing disabilities, similar to the one for preventing blindness, according to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramdoss.
- Sensitising tomorrow’s media persons to issue of Access for people with disabilities
India’s national and regional media need sensitisation on issues related to disability rights to allow a greater synergy between the civil society and journalists for increasing awareness about these issues.