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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 – July 2011 Issue



KU will have cell to help students with disabilities

DHARWAD, July 06: Karnatak University (KU) will set up an independent cell for the welfare of students with disabilities on its campus within a month, said vice–chancellor H B Walikar here on Monday.

Speaking at an interaction programme with State Commissioner for Disabilities, K V Rajanna, Walikar said the cell will be set up once the admission process is over.

Referring to Rajanna's suggestions on universities taking up survey and study works to gather data of students with disabilities, complete with their social, economic, educational and financial status, Walikar said the Social Science faculty is ready to take it up, provided a project is sanctioned by the government. He endorsed the proposal of waiving of 100% fees for such students for higher education, if the government bears 80% of it.

Speaking earlier, Rajanna regretted that disabled people are not getting the facilities they deserve. "This should change and it should be treated as development work," he said.

Rajanna mooted the idea of providing representations to disabled persons in the Syndicates of universities. He told reporters that he will soon discuss with the authorities concerned, including higher education minister V S Acharya, in this regard.

"Even after six decades of Independence, higher education had remained inaccessible to challenged persons for various reasons. Their rate of enrolment in universities and technical institutes is low. By being in decision–making bodies, they can help their brethren," he felt.

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

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Computer training to Hearing–Impaired children for employment

Bhopal, July 02: With a view to weaving hearing–impaired children into mainstream by making them self–reliant and providing employment, a computer training will be imparted to them.

Social Justice Department Principal Secretary Aruna Sharma informed this at inaugural function of state level workshop here today. The workshop was organized under the joint auspices of Asha Niketan Higher Middle Hearing–Impaired School and Social Justice Department.

Aruna Sharma said that it would be very easy to educate the hearing–impaired children through statistics system. In order to make self–dependent, the hearing–impaired children studying in 10th and 12th standards will be imparted computer training. They will be given training of both hardware and software by the CRISP. After the training, such children can become self–reliant and will get jobs.

Sharma appealed to the teachers, who will impart computer training to such children during this five–day workshop, should inculcate a sense of administrative and social responsibility and teach the children with efficiency.

Prabha Ghate of National Hearing–Impaired Institution gave detailed information about the language symbols. She said human being is born with strong wishes, ambitions and emotional feelings and learns language from family and society to express the same. She underlined the need for making such efforts that could help the hearing–impaired children express their emotions and feelings.

Social Justice Deputy Director Hariom Gupta threw light on the objectives and importance of workshop.

Source: http://www.centralchronicle.com
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Final draft of new disability law submitted

New Delhi, July 01: The final draft of a new disability law has been submitted to Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik, a statement said Friday.

According to the statement, the committee appointed by the ministry to draft the new legislation presented the final draft of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011 to the minister.

"The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 was proposed to be replaced by a new legislation in the light of the experience gained in the implementation of the Act, developments that have taken place in the disability sector over the years, and also the commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)," the statement said.

A committee under Sudha Kaul, vice chairperson of the Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata, and experts including officials from central ministries and persons with disabilities was set up by the ministry April 30, 2010 to draft a new law.

Source: Source: http://mangalorean.com
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Handicap International launched New Projects in Orissa on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

Bhubaneswar, June 30: 'Persons with disabilities are more vulnerable to disaster impacts due to the physical conditions and social environment and they are often left out or invisible in the entire cycle of disaster risk reduction and response at the community level.

This is an area where we all need to look at and work together to ensure that no one is left out' said Surya Narayan Patro, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Orissa.

'We have partnered with Handicap International earlier and together we made accessible six multipurpose cyclone shelters in Balasore, Kendrapara and Jagatsingpur districts with capacity building of persons with disabilities to access, participate and live a life with dignity. The learning of that phase paved the way to strengthen the functional partnership for more 18 multipurpose cyclone shelters again in Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri and Ganjam districts', he added.

He was addressing the launching ceremony of the new project 'Make Community Based Disaster Risk Management Inclusive in South Asia' co–funded by European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Luxembourg, Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) and Handicap International. The project is being implemented in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and works at various levels to include communities, disaster management and disability organizations and policy making institutions in mainstreaming disability in disaster management.

In India, the project will be implemented in two states ? Orissa and West Bengal. In Orissa, the project is conceptualized in partnership with OSDMA in 18 shelters covering 38 communities. The West Bengal part of the project will focus on 6 communities Daspara Sumati II Gram Panchayat of Sagar Island, South 24 Parganas District.

The project has its spread over of 18 months from April 2011 with the objective of 'reducing the vulnerability of Indian populations living in areas most affected by natural disasters, by increasing the awareness and the response capacities of local communities to potential and frequent natural disasters and to reduce the effects on the most vulnerable'. The broad activities planned include enhancing capacities of persons with disabilities by understanding their needs, providing assistive devices and linking them with mainstream development activities including community based disaster risk reduction activities. Simultaneously, activities such as sensitization and training of the Cyclone Shelter Management and Maintenance Committee (CSMMC) members, disability inclusive task force members, the Panchayati Raj Institution members, government and non government actors are planned to enhance capacities of communities at different levels to mainstream disability in community based disaster risk reduction. A major component of the program includes hardware activities, such as modification of the multipurpose cyclone shelters to make them accessible for all, including persons with disabilities. Each shelter, it is planned, will have additional disability friendly equipments. 1

Among others Bichitra Nanda Das, IAS, Managing Director, OSDMA, Kasturi Mahapatra, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Suresh Chandra Suar, Executive Director, OSDMA, Avaya Kumar Nayak, Deputy General Manager, OSDMA, David Thomforde, Disability Coordinator and Hrushikesh Harichandan, Regional Manager, Handicap International have addressed the ceremony and shared their valuable input for the successful.

Around 100 participants including District Emergency Officers from Balasore and Bhadrak, Block Development Officer from Basudevpour, OSDMA Officails, reprsentatives from UNDP, Concern Worldwide India, Civil Defence Organization, XIMB, Bikalanga Manch, NGOs, shalter communities were present in the launching ceremony and shared their views. Handicap International official Shyamal Kishore Das anchored the ceremony and Pulin Kumar Sahu extened the vote of thanks.

Source: Source: http://orissadiary.com
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