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Disability News India – June 2011 Issue

Free conference on learning disabilities

CHENNAI, June 29: The city has organised a free one–day seminar for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities on June 30, 2011 at Science City Auditorium.

The purpose of the seminar is to teach parents about prevention of learning disabilities in children, types of learning disabilities and how to identify them and how to cope with stress.

A learning disability is a group of disorders that affect performance in listening, speaking, reading, writing and mathematics. It has previously been unknown and should be made aware to parents instead of punishing children for poor performance. The seminar will present parents with the opportunity to work with teachers to help these students

The lectures will be delivered by eminent personalities in their fields, and will give parents and teachers the opportunity to interact with them and learn about suitable remedies for their children.

Registration will begin at 10am and the seminar will start at 10.30am.

The conference will be on June 30 and will be held at the Science City Auditorium, Ghandi Mandapam Road. Chennai Parents and teachers are requested to register prior to the conference. For information, call 04424454054, 24454034, 9841318440.

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Delhi HC allows scribes to help visually–impaired candidates appearing for CTET

New Delhi, June 27: The Delhi High Court (HC) on Saturday directed the Centre and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to provide 'scribes' to visually– impaired candidates appearing for Central Teachers Eligibility Test(CTET) on Sunday.

Scribes are persons who would do the writing the answer sheets for visually–impaired candidates. The court also directed them to provide extra 30 minutes for the candidates to facilitate them to write the examination.

"The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) and CBSE shall make special arrangements for amanuensis and shall provide 30 minutes additional time to the visually–impaired candidates and also provide the scribes in all the centres to facilitate them to write the examination", said justice Manmohan Singh in an order.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com
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Two new schemes for disabled students

Srinagar, Jun 26: Centre has approved two new scholarship schemes for disabled students in Jammu and Kashmir, under which 1500 scholarships will be given out by the end of next month, a senior minister has said."The Central government has approved two new scholarship schemes for the state to provide financial support to the disabled," state minister for Social welfare Sakina Ittoo said here yesterday.

She said by July–end this year, 1500 such scholarships will be made available to physically challenged persons so as to facilitate their higher education. Ittoo said various special welfare schemes have been launched for the betterment of women, physically challenged persons and those belonging to backward classes in the state.

The minister urged the beneficiaries to come forward and avail the schemes meant for them. Ittoo said the procedures and formalities for all centrally–sponsored schemes need to be further simplified, keeping in view the hilly terrain and poor communication facilities in the state.

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DU isn't sensitive to disabled people

New Delhi, June 22: The Delhi University (DU) may consider itself disabled–friendly, but the South Campus has proved to be insensitive to the needs of these students.

Last week, Kanika Saxena, a Delhi University aspirant, had a tough time while appearing for Bachelor of Business Study (BBS) interview and group discussion at the department of business economics at South Campus.

Wheelchair–user, Saxena had to be carried to the first floor for the interview as the building did not have a ramp for physically disabled people. "The department should have organised the interview on the ground floor. It was humiliating. The university should create a barrier–free environment for people with disabilities," said Saxena.

Several disabled students have many similar stories to tell. Saxena's mother Archana was left fuming after the incident. "The apathy towards the problem is apparent from the fact that the university is still not universally accessible ? colleges, departments, libraries and hostels/guesthouses lack basic facilities such as ramps, way–finding signages, adequate lighting and accessible toilets," she said.

"This incident was really unfortunate. We are sensitive towards the needs of disabled students," said Nisha Singh, member, equal opportunity cell, Delhi University. Assuring that such an incident won't happen again, she said, "We'll be writing to the colleges that did not have ramp and will ask them to conduct interviews and entrance exams on the ground floor so that it does not become a hassle for disabled students. Also, ramps and lifts should come up in these colleges as soon as possible."

And as far as DU being disabled–friendly is concerned, the absence of ramps, lifts, Braille books and special software for visually disabled students is enough to convince one otherwise. Tactile paving and warning blocks are also missing. While classrooms in most colleges are now easily accessible to all students, spaces like canteens, common rooms and laboratories still remain out of reach in most colleges, especially those off–campus.

"The struggle for disabled students starts right from the admission process and continues till the end of their college. UGC provides meagre funds to colleges. With such an amount, you can't make any big changes," said Anjlee Aggarwal, Executive Director, Samarthyam–National Centre for Accessible Environment.

And till then, students like Saxena will continue to tell stories of apathy and insensitivity of the Delhi University.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com
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New law to bring dignity, equality to disabled people: PM

New Delhi, June 20: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said the government was planning to bring a new law that will ensure dignity and equality to disabled people. India has an estimated 60 million disabled people.

He also said the government was taking various initiatives that will empower disabled people.

"Various initiatives are being taken to address concerns of persons with disabilities," the prime minister said at the inaugural session of a two–day conference here of state ministers of welfare and social justice.

"But I do recognize that we have to do much more in this regard," he added.

"The expert group of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is drafting a new law in place of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995," he added.

The government is planning to replace the old disability act with a new legislation that will be suitably aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), that means a paradigm shift from charity and welfare to rights and empowerment of people with disabilities.

The prime minister said after consulting state governments and other stakeholders, the bill will be introduced in the parliament.

Referring to problems faced by people with disabilities in obtaining disability certificates, he said the central government had amended its rules to create a simple and decentralised mechanism.

"One of the continuing traumas of our disabled sisters and brothers is obtaining disability certificates. The central rules under the Persons with Disabilities Act have been amended in December, 2009 to enable the issue of certificates through a simple and decentralised institutional mechanism," he added.

He requested state governments to follow the template on a priority basis. "This will to some extent, ameliorate the sufferings of differently–abled persons," he urged.

The prime minister said steps have been taken to provide for the healthcare, security and well–being of senior citizens but a lot needs to be done.

"We should use the services of panchayats and senior citizens' associations and other community–based groups to sensitize and re–orient the law enforcement machinery to the vulnerability and special protection needs of older persons," he added.

Source: http://mangalorean.com/news.php
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Girl kidnapped by family for marrying disabled man

VADODARA, June 18: A girl's marrying a disabled person would usually be seen as an event that sets the example for society. But that hardly seems to be the case with a couple in the city as the husband has alleged that his wife was kidnapped by her family members as the marriage did not go down well with them.

Nishant Vyas, a resident of the Swati Society on New Sama Road, filed an FIR with the Fatehgunj police station stating that his wife Karamjit Kaur was abducted by her parents from his residence late on Tuesday afternoon. Vyas, who uses crutches to walk, filed a police complaint regarding the abduction on Wednesday afternoon. He said that the major reason for the girl's family being against the marriage was the fact that he was disabled man.

Vyas had known Karamjit since she was a class 11 student who used to attend personal tuitions for commerce subjects conducted by Vyas. Both developed a liking for each other and decided to get married. Wary of the reactions of their family members, the couple got married on August 30 last year at the Ved Mandir in the city. But, they did not break the news to their families at that stage and did so after leaving the city for a tour on May 17.

Vyas said that Karamjit was in touch with her family after leaving Vadodara. "They were very angry initially, but calmed down later. They even said that we should come back and that they would get us married as per Sikh traditions," he said. Believing that things would settle down, the couple returned on Sunday and started staying at Vyas' residence.

According to Vyas, Karamjit's family visited them after they returned to the city.

"On Tuesday late afternoon, they came and wanted to have a word with her alone. They took her to the entrance of my residence and then forcibly put her inside a car and took her away," Vyas said.

Vyas fears for the worst and claims that the girl's family had been issuing threats to kill him after they left the city. "I fear that they may go to any extent to ensure that she does not return to me," he said.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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PCMC promises facilities for disabled people

Pune, June 15: Wheelchair user social activist, Manav Kamble, has succeeded in making the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) give a written assurance that it will provide better facilities for physically disabled people residing in Pimpri–Chinchwad.

Hours after Kamble started his hunger strike on Monday, the civic body wrote that it would fulfil the demands, including establishing ramps in public places, by August 15 this year. Over 50,000 disabled people in Pimpri–Chinchwad area have been demanding better infrastructure for themselves for the last five years.

Their other demands include reservation for disabled people in allotment of shops by the civic body and 50% concession in property tax of properties belonging to disabled people.

Kamble is president of the Jagrit Apanga Sanstha and the Nagri Hakka Suraksha Samiti (NHSS).

DNA had highlighted the issue several times in the past and the PCMC commissioner, Ashish Sharma, assured this newspaper that proper facilities would be provided to disabled people.

Source: http://daily.bhaskar.com/
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Nehru's famous book out in Braille for blind people

New Delhi, Jun 14: Blind people can now relish Jawaharlal Nehru''s ''Letters from a Father to his Daughter'' with the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library bringing out Braille edition of the famous book.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Film Festival on Disability today, Social Justice Minister Mukul Wasnik praised "the idea by NMML to bring out the Braille Edition of one of Nehru''s most celebrated works (Letters from a Father to his Daughter) and making it a reality", an official release said.

Wasnik said the collection contains 30 letters written by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1928, introducing his young daughter, Indira, to the fascinating study of natural history and the story of civilisations.

"Through these letters, Panditji instilled in her the feelings of nationalism and patriotism for her country and the importance of freedom for India. Though written in 1928, these letters still remain fresh and vibrant and capture Nehru''s love for people and for nature," the Minister said.

The Blind Persons Association of Kolkata had approached NMML in 2009 with a request to publish the Braille edition of these letters to spread awareness about Nehru among blind children.

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NID student weave Braille into textiles

AHMEDABAD, June 13: Listening intently to the cricket commentary on a radio, a student of class X Hitesh Choubisa could not stop smiling. The diehard fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been longing for a T shirt with Dhoni's name and number '7' printed on it. While the common shirts available in the market are lifeless to him as he is visually–impaired and cannot see the prints, an innovative idea from a student of National Institute of Design (NID) has sprouted a new hope for Choubisa.

NID student Keyuri Dalvi has come up with an idea of designing and creating tex– tile products that will create a sense of ownership among the blind people. Using the technique of 'zardosi', this postgraduate student of textiles design has been working to create the pattern of Braille on textiles so that the blind people can feel and read it. Dalvi has used small wooden beads to be stitched on bags and shirts in the pattern of Braille. Dalvi said, "It was an academic project and I wanted to explore the functionally of the Zardosi technique. Then, I decided to use it for the benefit of the visually–impaired by using the technique to integrate Braille into their textiles. When I began working on it, I found that Braille has been used in computer keyboards, watches and mobile phones, but never on textiles."

So far, Dalvi has designed a sling bag in this style that reads, "There are two things that we can do in life ? to dream and to make dreams come true". She has used small wooden beads on, a non woven cloth made of woolen fibers, whose softness contrasts to the hard beads.

In the process of designing, Dalvi has not only learnt how to read Braille but also got in touch with the blind schools in the city and played and worked with the students there. Talking about her experience she said, "It was not easy at all. The blind people have so much got used to certain format. A little difference in the positioning of the dots, which might look just the same to us, makes a big difference to them. So it took a lot of study, understanding to arrive at the final product."

"I would like to take the project ahead after I complete my studies at NID, but right now I have so many things to attend to," said Dalvi.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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Himachal to get first school for visually impaired people

DHARAMSALA, June 12: In a step towards empowering visually impaired persons in Himachal Pradesh, National Federation of the Blind is all set to open a school in Shimla.

The school, which was approved by the National Federation of the Blind, shall be opened in Rohroo area of Shimla, an official said.

In north India the Special Blind Schools are already working in Kapurthala in Punjab and Ambala in Haryana, and now Himachal shall have its own school for blind, Kuldeep Singh Thakur, Vice President of National Federation of the Blind said.

Before approving the project a survey was conducted in the state about the number of such children and facilities being given to them, Thakur said.

In Himachal blind people are being kept along with other physically disabled children in schools at Sunder Nagar and Shimla, he said.

This school for blind shall have modern hostel, brail education backup and talking computers to make them technically fit, Thakur said.

Federation shall also ask the companies working in the state to help in establishing this school, he said.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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Delhi government issues disability certificates

June 07: Delhi government on Monday organised a camp to issue disability certificates to disabled students seeking admission in various colleges under the Delhi University (DU).

The camp was organised at Hindu Rao hospital to ensure that disabled students do not have to run from pillar to post to get the certificate for seeking admission under the quota meant for the disabled.

Social welfare minister Kiran Walia inaugurated the camp and distributed 63 such certificates. Earlier, disability certificates were issued by different hospitals causing a lot of difficulties to the students seeking these certificates for their admission.

Fifteen doctors of different disciplines were appointed at the camp for carrying out tests before issuance of the certificates.

DU has about 600 seats reserved for disabled students in different disciplines.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/
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Govt to increase disability pension

RANCHI, June 04: The state social welfare department has decided to increase monthly pension to disabled people. According to a proposal of social welfare department, people with physical disability will get an increased monthly pension of Rs 400. At present the monthly pension is Rs 200.

"Since most of the states in the country have already revised the monthly pension and people with disability are getting upto Rs 1,000 per month we also agreed to the increase," said a source.

State social welfare minister Bimla Pradhan said that she has already taken up the matter with chief minister Arjun Munda and he has agreed to clear the proposal at the earliest.

"The department will bring the matter for discussion in the meeting of council of ministers and I hope that disabled people of the state will start getting the revised pension of Rs 400 per month," said Pradhan.

Talking about other welfare measures she said that state government has decided to increase financial assistance for homeless families from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. The assistance to each family will be increased from Rs 35,000 to Rs 45,000. The decision has already been approved the state cabinet.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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Disabled kids get free entry to zoos, parks in Bangalore

BANGALORE, June 04: On World Environment Day, here is good news for physically disabled children. The Centre has said these children will get free entry into zoos, sanctuaries, national parks and museums maintained by the ministry of environment and forests.

"We will make sure entry is free for disabled children. We will also have sign language instructors in such places to assist these children. It is a realistic demand (from them)," Union minister for environment and forests said on the sidelines of a special nature camp for the speech and hearing impaired, and also an exhibition on the biodiversity of the Western Ghats in Bangalore on Saturday.

The minister said the Centre is awaiting the Madhav Gadgil Committee report on the Western Ghats. "Then no–go areas will be demarcated. We want to ensure the Western Ghats are free from exploitation. Which is why we have not cleared the Hubli–Ankola railway line project or the Gundya hydro power project yet. We will strictly scrutinize every proposal," the minister explained.

Earlier, he interacted with the 25 children who had come in from four southern states to attend the special nature camp. They will be taken to Bannerghatta National Park. The Institute of Speech and Hearing has devised this four–day programme for the children to get a feel of nature.

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Workshop to provide information to disabled people held at Manipura

Manipura, June 01: A workshop to provide information to physically disabled persons was held in the premises of the Manipura Grama Panchayat under the joint auspices of the grama panchayat and Department of Welfare of the Physically Challenged on May 31, 2011.

The workshop was inaugurated by Mrs. Ida Gibba D'Souza, member of the Udupi Zilla Panchayat. In her address, Mrs. Ida said that physically disabled persons should make it a point to avail all the facilities given to them by the government through the welfare department and try to be self sufficient and live respectable lives and become part of the mainstream of the society.

Kum. Swapna, representative of the civil service centre of the Udupi District Hospital explained the various treatments provided by the hospital to the physically challenged persons. Madhusudhan Bhat, , Convener of the Udupi Taluk Welfare Department of disabled people said that affected persons should take benefit of the various facilities provided by the department and improve their abilities and live a dignified life in the community.

Medical officer of the Manipura Primary health centre, Dr. Sachidanand Bhat provided health tips to physically disabled persons. Devendra Nayk, an official of the Manipura Grama Panchayat explained the method of applying for government facilities through the department and the income limit for availing these facilities.

The workshop was attended by physically disabled persons, their family members and Manipura Grama Panchayat members.

Venkataramana, secretary of the Manipura Grama Panchayat welcomed the gathering and Pravin, panchayat development officer compeered the programme of the workshop.

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Civil services exam centre for disabled candidates

HYDERABAD: A special examination centre for disabled candidates will be set up for the civil services preliminary examination at the Science College at Saifabad in the city.

Hyderabad collector and Civil Services Examination co–ordinator Natarajan Gulzar issued orders to this effect at a review meeting on the conduct of the examination here on Tuesday. The examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on June 12.

As many as 34,665 candidates are expected to appear for the preliminary examination to be held in 87 centres from 9.30 am to 11.30 (first paper) and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm (second paper). The candidates should reach their respective exam centres half–an–hour before the exam time, the collector said.

The collector would also convene a meeting with supervisors to discuss the measures for the smooth conduct of the examination.

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Himachal Pradesh to conduct disability assessment camps

Shimla, May 31: A spokesman of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department disclosed here today that Disability Assessment Camps would be organized at block level across the State so that all the persons with disabilities could be provided Medical Certificates to avail the benefits provided by the Central as well as State Government under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme.

He said that during the camps, medical assessment of persons with disabilities would be done by the Medical Board in all the blocks. He said that counseling of CWSNs and their parents would be done alongwith disbursement of disability I–Cards, Aids and Appliances and related forms on the spot to persons with disabilities.

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