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Disability News India (DNI), is a disability News service dedicated to providing a quality up-to-date information to the Indian Disability. DNI's news section is updated two times a week, though we also add breaking stories as and when they occur.

Disability News India – March 2011 Issue

High Court asks architects body to contact survey of disability access of all government buildings

Nagpur, Mar 22: In a ray of hope for disabled and senior citizens, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has asked the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) to conduct a survey of all the government/semi–government buildings in the city on facilities being offered. The IIA has been told to take the help ofNagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) town planning officer and submit the report within four months.

A division bench comprising justices Dilip Sinha and Ashok Bhangale also directed the authorities to install facilities in the Vasantrao Deshpande Hall within a stipulated time. The bench was hearing a plea filed by a city–based retired disabled scientist PN Andhare through his counsel Trupti Udeshi who too is disabled people.

The petitioner, who is 80% disabled, had filed the PIL through an NGO Indradhanu praying for compliance of Maharashtra government resolution of 2005 which mandated facilities for disabled people. The NGO's secretary Prakash Sohoni is another petitioner.

According to the duo, local authorities including the NMC should make efforts to implement by–laws, guidelines and measures to ensure a barrier–free built environment and non–discrimination in transport for disabled people and senior citizens. Even banks and NMC have failed to set up ramps or a guide rail.

Pointing out several lacunae on the roads and footpaths, the petitioners claimed that they were laid in such a way that it becomes difficult for both the disabled and elderly to move, and the encroachment on all the footpaths provides obstacles in their movement.

They contended that despite Lokayukta's recommendations, the master transportation plan for the city has no provisions for disabled and there is no monitoring system by which the implementation of the Persons for Disabilities Act can be verified. Additionally, there is no grievance redressal mechanism by which these issues can be resolved. Citing RTI query, the petitioners claimed that NMC could not cite even a single government building where facilities are provided for disabled people.

During the last hearing, the court had directed the state government to ensure all facilities for disabled people including railings, ramps and handles in all government, semi–government buildings and those belong to statutory public bodies. The court wanted to know how many parking places in the city provide reserve parking for disabled people as per government resolution of April 5, 2005. The issue of providing special toilets for such persons in the government buildings was also raised by the court.

Source: Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Posted by Aqeel Qureshi

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IGNOU launches disability course for teachers

New Delhi, Mar 17: The Indira Gandhi National Open University ( IGNOU) is planning to launch a short–term course to train teachers across the country in disability issues, an official said Thursday.

'The cell would provide advanced training to teachers, who are already teaching disabled students. The three–month course will be offered under distance learning mode and will provide hands–on practical training and exposure, apart from theoretical input,' the official said.

The new programme named 'Foundation Course on Education of Children with Disabilities' has been launched under the aegis of the National Centre for Disability Studies, IGNOU.

'Our 100 special study centres present in each state will also be used for this purpose. At present, the programme will be conducted in English and Hindi and by June 2011, it will be offered in nine regional languages,' added the official.

Source: http://www.sify.com
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Persons with disabilities stage protest in Chennai

CHENNAI, Mar 10: A group of persons with disability staged a demonstration here on Wednesday demanding a comprehensive law which recognises all rights of persons with disabilities.

People with disabilities pressing their demands:The protest held on CLRI premises in Chennai on Wednesday.

They also boycotted the State–level consultation on the working draft for new legislation for Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2011, organised by the National Institute of Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities and the Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu, at the Central Leather Research Institute.

"The comprehensive Act should address all our special needs," said T.M.N. Deepak, a person with disability. The consultation meeting was disrupted and the people who participated in the meeting were shifted from the CLRI premises to another location later in the day. The consultation on the working draft should encompass the concerns of all sections of persons with disability, said D. Gnanabharathi, a person with paraplegia. "More persons with disability, from the rural areas, should participate in the consultation," he said.

"Most of the 240 persons who registered their names for the consultation were people without any disability. More persons with disability should have been participating in the consultation," said P.Simmachandran, State secretary, Federation of Tamil Nadu Physically Handicapped Associations.

"The concerns of the persons with disability will be reported to the authorities," said Neeradha Chandramohan, Director of National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities. "It may not be easy to address the different kinds of disability in a comprehensive legislation," said I.Arivanandham, Regional Director of the National Institute of the Visually Handicapped.

According to the organisations who organised the consultation, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act would guarantee equality and non–discrimination to all persons with disabilities and recognise legal capacity of all persons with disabilities.

Source: http://www.hindu.com
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Rail budget fails to please people with disabilities

Mumbai, Mar 01: This year's railway budget has remained colourless not just for regular commuters, but also disabled people.

Upset at being ignored again, the Disability Advocacy Group of Mumbai, a commuter group fighting for the rights of disabled people, has decided to take up their demands through peaceful protests outside railway stations this week.

"There was nothing in store for disabled people in this year's railway budget. Even if our plights were considered and rules made stringent, can we easily travel inside suburban trains, especially during peak hours?" asked Jitendra Karelia, president of the Disability Advocacy Group of Mumbai. The Railway Budget 2011–12 has proposed special foot overbridges with elevators at Thane, Andheri, Borivali, Dadar and other select stations.

But the group wants basic facilities such as special ticket counters, action against those who travel in coaches reserved for disabled people and disabled–friendly toilets at railway stations.

"Around 30 physically challenged commuters will hold placards at Churchgate station, demanding implementation of Section 155 of Railways Act that prohibits commuters from boarding reserved compartments," said Karelia.

"There is enough space for the physically challenged in compartment reserved for them in the new–age trains and we often ensure that other commuters don't enter it," said S Chandrayan, chief PRO of the Western Railway.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com
Posted by Aqeel Qureshi

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