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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 – May 2011 Issue



Disabled people fast strike enters 2nd day

Srinagar, May 27: Seeking Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's personal interference, scores of disabled people on the second day of a 72–hour–long hunger strike Thursday threatened self–immolation outside the civil secretariat if the government failed to fulfill their demands.

Press Bureau of India city correspondent said that several disabled people under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association, while refusing the Director Social Welfare, Hilal Ahmad Parray's proposal that they meet and discuss their demands with the Social Welfare Minister, Sakina Itoo, sought a direct meeting with the chief minister.

"We want concrete action from the chief minister and not just promises to look into our demands," Sajad Anwar Masoodi, president Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association, leading the hunger strike at Press Enclave here, told reporters.

"If the chief minister doesn't interfere in the matter, we will be forced to commit self?immolation outside the civil secretariat," Masoodi said.

Earlier, one of the protesters, 30–year–old Habibullah Mir was administered medical care at a mobile van set up by the Zonal Medical Officer Batamaloo at the Press Enclave after he complained of vomiting and dizziness.

According to statistics released by the Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association there are 3.6 lakh physically challenged people in the state, with the largest number of handicapped people belonging to Kupwara and Baramulla district of north Kashmir. (PBI)

Source: http://kashmirwatch.com
Posted by Aqeel Qureshi

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Students with Dyslexia scored 93% in CBSE exams

Mumbai, May 24: While her classmates finished revising their syllabus in four hours, Nivedita Nath, 18, a Class 12 commerce student of RN Podar School, stayed up all night just about managing to read it.

"I couldn't even concentrate after the first 30 minutes and had to take frequent breaks while studying for the board exams," said Nath, who scored 93% in her CBSE exams despite being dyslexic. "My marks are almost 20% higher than what I had expected," said a beaming Nath after the CBSE results were declared on Monday. Dyslexia is a learning disability that impairs a person's fluency, comprehension or accuracy in being able to read and spell.

"In spite of the option of having a writer, I chose to write my own exams by taking extra time," added the aspiring communication designer.

This year, of the 63,399 students who wrote the Class 12 CBSE exam from the Chennai region, which includes Maharashtra, 156 were dyslexic.

"This was the first time, we decided to permit a severely dyslexic student to appear for the exams from the commerce stream," said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya, which had two dyslexic students taking the board exam this year.

Kunal Dhir, 18, has now become the star of Rajhans Vidyalaya. After studying in the National Institute of Open Schooling till Class 10, his parents decided to admit him to a mainstream school. "Knowing that he had to work twice as hard as his classmates, he was extremely focused right from the first day," said Lata Dhir, who is proud that her son scored 75.75% in the commerce stream. "We made a regular study time–table for him, but he was the one who followed it diligently," she added.

"I want to make it big in the field of mass media," said Kunal, who decided to spend Monday evening having "mum–made food".

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

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NID student designs electric shop on wheels for disabled people

AHMEDABAD, May 24: A student of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, has designed a tri–wheeled electric vehicle for physically disabled people that can help them earn a livelihood.

The vehicle, designed by Animesh Shrivastava of the institute, can zip around the city as at a speed of 40 kilometres per hour, carry 80 kgs of luggage and be used as a shop when parked.

Talking about the three–wheeled vehicle which he designed as part of his final year project, Shrivastava said, "My objective was to give a new identity to physically disabled people by empowering them with better mobility and enabling them to participate in more activities in the society. Till now, there was no such vehicle for the disabled people in the country, leaving them with limited options. This vehicle can also be used by the elderly for various purposes."

The shop and the racks for storing goods are designed towards the rear end of the vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with a reverse gear and once parked, the user can swivel his seat to and attend his shop.

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

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Delhi University to make admission process easier for disabled students

New Delhi, May 14: The Delhi University, which is gearing up for another busy admission season that will commence soon, is making extra efforts to ensure that the admission procedure is easy for disabled aspirants.

The Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) at the university has decided to write to Delhi's Ministry of Social Justice and ask them to set up camps for conducting check ups for disabled students that will help them.

Nisha Singh, a member of the EOC said that the university wanted to make the admission process easier for disabled students. "We want the ministry to set up health camps for students where they can be checked by a board of doctors. The students will also be given disability certificates quickly," she said.

She further informed that the admission procedure fro disabled students at the university is most likely to begin on May 28 and will continue till June 8.

Through the duration of the admission procedure for disabled students, they will have to get themselves registered under the disability quota. The registration of the students will take place at the office of the Dean of Students' Welfare.

1600 seats at the university are reserved each year for disabled students. The document that is most necessary for admission to DU under the disabled students quota is the disability certificate.

According to the rules of the university, a candidate should have at least 40% disability to seek admission under the quota for disabled students. The lack of a disability certificate is the biggest reason why several candidates fail to seek admission under the quota.

J.M. Khurana, Dean of Students' Welfare said that the certificate should not be older than 5 years and should also have a picture of the candidate that is recognizable.

A three–day workshop had earlier been conducted by the EOC for special educators in schools and was attended by around 300 teachers. "We informed the teachers about the admission procedure at the university and the requirements necessary for it. Our aim is to take the number of admissions under the disability quota higher this year," Nisha Singh said.

Source: http://www.indiaedunews.net
Posted by Aqeel Qureshi

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