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It’s been over two months since Tarun Gupta, a 17-year-old boy with autism, went missing. Social media has been flooded with images of the boy and appeals from his father seeking information. The incident highlights the high risk that children and adults with intellectual disabilities face of getting lost. To create awareness, Special Child Assistance Network, a Chennai-based parent support group, launched a campaign called Spot a Wandering Child or Adult with Disability on World Disability Day to sensitise the public.Wandering away from home or school is a common problem among children and adults with intellectual, cognitive, social, or communication disabilities. While in most cases, they are found within a short of span of time and returned to their families, there are many who are never found at all.
Moved by these incidents, prominent Chennai parent support group Special Child Assistance Network (SCAN) has launched a public awareness campaign in the city. This will be done through a series of public messages and posters, initially in English and Tamil. The first communication was released on 3 December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities.The intent is to make people aware of this danger, help people spot a missing child or adult with such issues, and give them tips on what to do when they see such a person who needs help. – Gopinath Ramakrishnan, Co-founder, Special Child Assistance Network.“We have an Awareness Agenda for the Lost Child Campaign”,  This includes reaching out to:

Social Media.
Neighbourhood places (temples, malls, supermarkets, schools).
Meet the Disability Commissioner to explain awareness campaign and seek
Meet the local state authority.
Approach government authorities for awareness programme and training, especially Railways, State Transport Authority.
Training programme for officials and volunteers.
Regular government-sponsored awareness campaign with NGO volunteers.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has kept its promise and announced a cash reward of ₹ 3 lakh to the physically disabled cricketers for their win in the first ever T20 Physical Disability World Cricket Series.
Recognition finally for India’s physically disabled cricketers from India’s top cricket body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has announced cash awards for the physically disabled cricketers for their victory in the first ever T20 Physical Disability World Cricket Series in England in August this year.
The CoA has sanctioned ₹ 3 lakh each for every player on the India Divyang Cricket Team and ₹ 2 lakh for the support staff. The idea, said a CoA member, was to encourage the cricketers to do better in the future.
We are happy and delighted with the announcement. The physically disabled cricketers have been waiting for this recognition for a long time. We are also thrilled with all the congratulatory messages and good wishes coming our way. Money apart, the support the BCCI has promised going ahead makes us feel hopeful. Many players face financial problems and this will make them feel secure. I hope the BCCI continues to support us like this in future. – Vikrant Keni, Captain, Physically Disabled Cricket Team, India. Read More Link opens up in New Tab or Window
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To avoid the inconvenience of undergoing disability certification tests again under the RPWD Act 2016, Delhi Disabilities Commissioner has asked the Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) to issue a clarification to all states and union territories. This is to ensure that people with disabilities are not inconvenienced or deprived of their entitlements.
When Devesh Sharma, who has 40% vision, got his appointment letter for the post of Junior Judicial Assistant (Technical) in the disabled (Low Vision) category from the Delhi High Court, he was asked to get a fitness test done. Devesh had a disability certificate under the older Persons with Disabilities Act 1995.
Devesh's appointment letter, however, did not mention his disability and the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RMLH), Delhi assessed him as a general candidate. He was unfit with a visual disability of 30%. Devesh had earlier been medically examined by the Indian Railways and declared fit with his visual disability assessed at 40%.
Devesh complained to the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, NCT of Delhiand the matter was taken up under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016. RML said that it relied on the website of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which is the Centre's coordinating agency in recruitment matters. The DoPT website states that a disabled candidate is eligible for reservation if the percentage of disability is 40%, when the latest guidelines after RPWD Act specify 30%.
Devesh was re-examined and found eligible and a new disability certificate was issued. Devesh, however, opted not to take up the Delhi High Court job. The matter could have ended there. However, Delhi Disabilities Commissioner T D Dhariyal told NewzHook that he decided to take it up to prevent other disabled candidates from undergoing the same hassle.
A clarification was also sought by senior authorities about whether people with visual impairments need to be re-examined before issuing the UDID card.
Old Act vs RPWD Act 2016
Section 56 of the RPWD Act, 2016 states, The Central Government shall notify guidelines for the purpose of assessing the extent of specified disability in a person. Guidelines for assessment of disability and certification after the 1995 Act were issued by the Centre. Guidelines for assessing the extent of specified disability under the new Act were notified by the Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) and the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE) in 2018.
"Since the guidelines for certification were done over a period of two years, any person with disability in Delhi could be expected to get a disability certificate under the RPWD Act only after May 2019", points out Mr Dhariyal. Given the likelihood that many people may have got assessed as per the old guidelines, he said it is "not reasonable" to re-assess a person certified under the previous Act.
Rule 20 of RPWD Rules 2017 states that the disability certificates issued under PwD Act, 1995 will continue to be valid even after the RPWD Act. "If a post is identified for a person with 'low vision', a person with lesser extent of disability cannot be declared as medically unfit, irrespective of whether the post is reserved or not. So, even if the complainant is tested to be having less than 40% visual impairment, as per the new guidelines, he cannot be declared medically unfit for the job. That would be absolutely illogical", stated the Commissioner.
To avoid confusion and harassment, the Commissioner has recommended that the relevant government ministries issue a clarification to the administration in all the states and union territories. This is "so that persons with disabilities in such situations are not unnecessarily inconvenienced and /or deprived of their entitlements".
The Secretary, Health and Family Welfare in the Government of Delhi has also been asked to issue a clarification to all the medical and certifying authorities in the national capital.
"The guidelines are varying across India and therefore why should a person with disability be affected?", points out the Commissioner. "This way everyone should be made aware".
Welcoming the direction Prashant Ranjan Verma, General Secretary, National Association for the Blind said Devesh's situation is not unique. "Such problems are coming up often with regards to disability certificates. There are cases when organisations are not accepting documents in certain formats or details even though the RPWD Act clearly says they are valid. People are being forced to get new certificates or even told by employers to get disability certificates from hospitals of their choice. This leads to loss of jobs or needless anxiety. This direction is useful in this regard". Read More Link opens up in New Tab or Window
In #TechThursday, we feature Arise, the Standing Wheelchair launched by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Arise is India's first indigenously designed Standing Wheelchair and has been tested on over 50 people with spinal cord injuries.
A standing wheelchair that allows the user to shift positions independently and in a controlled manner. That's what Arise designed by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras promises.
Arise has been launched in India with the support of United Kingdom-based foundation Wellcome and is all set for commercial production in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems.
The Standing Wheelchair was launched at the IIT Madras Research Park in the presence of Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment.
Arise was designed developed by the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT Madras. Since 2015 the R2D2 has been involved in research related to human movement, influence of orthotic and prosthetic devices on human movement, and the design and development of mechanisms, products and assistive devices for people with disabilities. The commercialisation of the Standing Wheelchair technology was made possible with the support of Wellcome, which brought together the research and manufacturing partners. What's even better is that thanks to a novel mass-manufacturable mechanical design, Arise will be made available at affordable prices.
Advantages of AriseUsers of conventional wheelchairs face many difficulties. Being seated for long periods can lead to secondary health problems such as poor blood circulation and pressure sores. They need considerable effort, aids and assistance to stand and this makes them avoid doing so as frequently as they need to or wish to.
This is where standing wheelchairs can play a critical role as users can arise from the seated position to a standing position by themselves and vice versa.
Praising the work done by R2D2, Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras said, "The Centre and Phoenix Medical Systems are to be congratulated for their persistent efforts to make the device user-friendly and affordable."
Arise was designed in three stages. In the first stage, a hand-operated, linkage-based mechanism was developed to achieve the standing functionality. A proof-of-concept prototype was used to validate the functioning of the standing mechanism. Arise was designed such that the user can propel it independently and in a controlled manner by using their arms. The effort required is no more than that required to propel the wheelchair. A gas-spring helps reduce the effort required by the user.
"We are delighted to have been able to support this new, affordable and accessible innovation, which will be crucial to improving the lives of wheelchair users across India", said Philip Jordan, Partner, Wellcome Innovations Team. "The standing wheelchairs can help reduce the health problems associated with sitting wheelchairs. They can also empower users to be more independent in daily life, opening more opportunities and improving mental health."
Highlighting the safety features of Arise, Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Phoenix Medical Systems, said the interlocking mechanism ensures that the wheelchair remains in a locked state if the knee block is not in position. "The dimensions of Arise were made adjustable and adequate safety features were incorporated."
Testing partners include NGOs, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, individuals who provided inputs. Rigorous mechanical testing ensured that the device would be rugged and of high quality.
"A one-time custom-fitting of Arise is necessary to provide maximum benefit to the user", said Professor Sujatha Srinivasan, Founder-Head, R2D2."To maximise impact of our devices, R2D2 will work to create awareness about their suitability, availability, and necessary fitting and training".
At the end of the third stage, Arise was tested by more than 50 people with spinal injuries. Their feedback was positive with a couple of them pointing out that they were able to stand independently after three years, thanks to Arise. Another person said that, with Arise, he found it easier to stand compared with using callipers. Arise was found to be stable even in outdoor use in rural areas, on uneven terrain.
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Job Fair ID:CMP-05079-Q1T3G4
Job Fair Name:
NCSC DA (VRC) at Delhi, East on 8th Nov'19
Job Fair Venue:
Model Career Centre/ National Career Service Centre for DA (VRC), Plot no 9-11, Vikas Marg, Karkardooma, Delhi -110092, East, Delhi.
No. of Participating Job Seekers:29
Registration Date/Time:5th Nov 2019 10:00 AM to 7th Nov 2019 5:00 PM
Job Fair Start Date/Time:8th Nov 2019 9:30 AM
Job Fair End Date/Time:8th Nov 2019 5:00 PM
Job Fair Description:
Job Fair for both General candidates and PwD (OH) candidates 
1. No. of Companies - 14 (like, IBM, Vacobine, Handygo BPO, ECS, Global Logic, Aegis, Maruti Suzuki, Om Innovations, Citiyano Solutions Pvt, Bagai Steels Pvt Ltd, Vakma and others) 
2. No. of Vacancies- 250 
3. Qualification - 10th, 12th, Graduate and above 4. Location - Delhi NCR 5. Age -18-32 6. Salary - 9000 to 22000 for further details contact - 011-22372243
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A doctor told him he would never climb again. Defiant, Herr used a local machine shop to hack together custom prostheses from rubber, metal and wood. He went on to become a successful climber.
The legend today is busy creating bionic limbs at the MIT Biomechatronics lab that emulate the function of natural limbs.
Despite being a double amputee himself, his breakthrough advances in bionic limbs provide greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities.
“I viewed the missing biological part of my body as an opportunity, a blank palette for which to create,” he said during the 2015 “Autodesk University” conference.
Co-director of the MIT Center for Extreme Bionics as well as Founder of BionX Inc, Herr has heralded a new bionic age, which was visible to the audience at the recently-concluded “Science in the Age of Experience” conference in Boston this month, organized by the 3DExperience French major Dassault Systemes.
Herr’s inventions have been named to TIME Magazine “Top Ten Inventions list -- “Rheo”, a computer-controlled knee prosthesis which is outfitted with a microprocessor that continually senses the joint’s position and the loads applied to the limb and “EmPower”, a powered ankle-foot prosthesis which emulates the action of a biological leg and, for the first time, provides amputees with a natural gait.
“Today’s leading innovation-led companies are calling for a brand new vision to address the world’s many sustainability challenges with a truly holistic scientific and business approach,” said Patrick Johnson, VP, R&D, Research & Technology Strategy, Dassault Systèmes.
“We hope to expand our horizons, go beyond borders and experience scientific innovation at large,” he added.
For Herr, the bionic innovation has already begun.
The charismatic leader wears two next-generation prosthetic legs, each barely visible under the “cuff of his gray slacks, which produce a faint percussive buzz with each footfall, like the sound of a tiny electric drill”.
The sound serves almost as a leitmotif - you hear it, faintly, as he ascends the stairs to his office in the glass-and-metal MIT Media Lab or as he ambles across the stage during a conference.
A team of MIT researchers under his guidance recently showed that nerves made to express proteins that can be activated by light can produce limb movements that can be adjusted in real-time, using cues generated by the motion of the limb itself.
The technique leads to movement that is smoother and less fatiguing than similar electrical systems that are sometimes used to stimulate nerves in spinal cord injury patients and others.
“Artificial electrical stimulation of muscle often results in fatigue and poor controllability. In this study, we showed a mitigation of these common problems with optogenetic muscle control,” said Herr, who led the research team.
“This has great promise for the development of solutions for patients suffering from debilitating conditions like muscle paralysis.”
For amputees, robotic limbs that move like the real thing and are controlled by the mind are a game changer.
The “smart limbs” being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are possible because of the “Ewing Amputation”.
The procedure developed between MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital protects the nerves and muscles so the limb can continue to communicate with the brain, reports CBS-Boston.
“So being both the scientist and the user I have advantages that other people don’t have,” said Herr, who helped develop the surgery and is leading the development of the robotic limbs.
“My legs are basically power tools. So I go home at night, I put my batteries into a charger.”
Herr uses a form of robotic limbs but what’s different about the “smart limbs” is that the “Ewing Amputation” allows the brain to control the machine.
“So when we did our first human patient and we put the bionic limb on him and we saw natural movements emerged, emerging through the mechatronics in natural ways it was truly exhilarating,” Herr noted.
“My personal experience underscored for me how poorly designed the world is,” he says, “and the profound human suffering that’s caused by bad design.” Read More Link opens up in New Tab or Window
In the countless tales of sheer will triumphing all odds, the gutsy chapter of Para swimmer Suyash Jadhav would find a unique spot for its defiance and determination.
Suyash Jadhav is still only 25, but he has struggled massive obstacles and risen above all fear to carve out a successful and inspiring career for himself.
Born in Solapur, Maharashtra, Suyash started swimming at a very young age, following in his father’s footsteps who was a national level swimmer himself. Much like all of us, he to had dreams. He aspired to fulfill his father’s destiny one day by competing and winning medals at the international stage.
However, tragedy struck at a very young age, when on a day that would change his life forever, ended with Suyash suffering serious injuries to his upper limbs after getting accidentally electrocuted by unprotected wiring at a construction site. Both his arms had to be amputated and he subsequently spent six months in hospital following the incident.
But he had a heart of a warrior and didn't want to give up on his dream and love for swimming. He participated in differently-abled competitions at domestic as well as international international.  
He first shone to prominence in 2015 when he won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2015 IWAS World Games in Sochi, Russia. In the tournament, his achievements also made him the first Indian Para swimmer to register the ‘A’ qualifying mark for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
e followed this up with four medals at the 2015 Winter Open Polish Championship, and continued his medal-winning form into 2016, winning three silver medals at the German swimming championship.
Suyansh Jadhav starred again in the 2018 Asian Para Games as he went on to win one gold and two bronze medals at the tournament. With 12 medals already in the bag, the Solapur native is accomplishing heights no one would have dared to tread after early setback in life.
It is a fairytale story - that has defiance, abundant will power, strength, and above all the courage to win.
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India's flagship retailer Big Bazaar regularly conducts internship programmes where young adults with intellectual disabilities are given hands on experience in retail operations in major stores. These programmes are being across many stores in India.
"I like working in the women's fashion section", says Reet Kaur Ghura, with a shy smile, "especially arranging the tops, pants and dresses and organising clothes in the hangers". The 19-year-old is among the 12 young adults with intellectual disabilities being put through the paces of various retail operations at the Big Bazaar store at HyperCITY Malad, Mumbai.
These youngsters are the first to undergo a full day's training programme across various sections ranging from food, household products to fashion.
Khushi Thakkar, 19, is arranging food items on the shelves watched by a senior Big Bazaar employee or Buddy. "I make sure that the labels of the food items face front when I arrange", says Khushi. She loves coming here because "I like to help everyone and enjoy the work".
Retail giant Big Bazaar is walking the talk when it comes to inclusion at the workplace. Not only is it making shopping accessible to people with disabilities, the group is also promoting inclusion at the workplace. The retail Internship programme for youth with intellectual disabilities is a part of this.
Many of the trainees have done similar stints in other stores and seem at ease with the music and lights as they go about their work calmly and efficiently. Nimesh Dinesh Shah, Department Manager, Fashion, and a Buddy, is full of admiration. "It's so great to see them learning so much especially when you consider that some of them are still in class 12. We are also making it easy for them by taking it in a step by step manner".
The youngsters are from the Sol's ARC, the Mumbai NGO, that is dedicated to building programmes centered around equitable learning and employment opportunities across India. "We are here to see how it is working on the ground", says Rachita Pujari, Partnership Manager/Trainer, Sol's ARC. "Those with prior experience are more confident but they all need constant support in terms of knowing what the next task is and require clear instructions".
What comes across is the passion to learn. Leena Bharadwaj, a Buddy, can't stop marvelling at Reet's dedication. "She is focused, listens to instructions carefully and does everything just right".
The training programme has been divided into stages with customer engagement kept minimal until trainees get used to the tasks. At the fashion section for instance, they were initially taught to open the garment packages, followed by folding and hanging the clothes. "We then showed them how to put the hard tacks properly without touching the bar code", explains Nimesh. Once they master this, they will be taught about the different types of fits.
Today, Sanskar Dhir is learning how to put size cubes in every hanger to distinguish between the garment sizes. "It makes me so happy to do this", says the 20-year-old. "I am so excited to do this internship and would like to work in Big Bazaar all the time".
Placing this team at HyperCITY , says Aarti Nagpal, Human Resources Head, Mumbai, Big Bazaar, was a deliberate choice. "This store has all the categories and the trainees get to perform a wider range of tasks". Aarti is pleasantly surprised by how quickly they have picked up various skills. "They are learning how to distinguish between various fabrics now".
What also helps is the presence of many employees with disabilities at the store. "We have a hearing impaired employee for instance in a crucial role and this helps because there's already an inclusive atmosphere and are not regarded as different", says Gokul Krishna, Store Manager. There's no difference in output either between the disabled trainees and others, he adds.
After the internship, the trainees will head back to complete the rest of the Retail Management Programme at Sol's ARC. NGO Founder Sonali Saini says the full day internship is crucial to deciding their strengths.
"This 15-day internship will help us understand whether our youngsters have the stamina to do a full day and the kind of roles they are good at", says Sonali. The feedback until now has surprised her. "We never thought that all of them had the stamina to do a full day's internship. We were sure some would not be able to cope but that's not the case. My trainers tell me they have to keep reminding them to take a break!".
For the Big Bazaar team, the trainees bring a happy spirit to work. "They have such a great sense of humour", says Gokul. Aarti is looking forward to having them back for more such internships. "Their output is really good and they work with a lot of enthusiasm because they don't get bored with the repetitive nature of the tasks". Read More Link opens up in New Tab or Window
International Autism Conference
The first international autism conference on autism was held in January 2019. It won the strong attendance of over 800 people and 30 eminent speakers from across the world. The second edition of the international conference on autism shall be held in 2020. With this, we hope to reach many more people and facilitate dialogue and awareness among people. Stay updated about the conference through the IAC website.
Event Details
Starts on: Friday, 10 Jan 2020 at 12:00 AM
Ends on: Sunday, 12 Jan 2020 at 12:00 AM
City: Kolkata
Location: Amity University
Event Charges: Free
Venue Accessibility: Contact Organizer
Registration Link
Organizer Details
Organizer Name: India Autism Center
Organizer Phone: +91 33 4015 0000
Organizer Email: conference@indiaautismcenter.org
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Ahead of 20th Helen Keller Awards, NCPEDP hosts workshop to skill youth with disabilities for jobs.
Private sector must create more jobs
Employment for persons with disabilities not a CSR issue but a rights issue: NCPEDP
A workshop on skilling youth with disabilities was successfully organized by NCPEDP- National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People in partnership with Youth4Jobs Foundation and Axis Bank. 
The theme was to identify solutions to enhance the scope of employment of persons with disabilities – given the framework of the implications of the RPwD Act for the private sector. The discussions centered around creating sustainable employment opportunities for persons with disabilities by training them and also the important aspect of career progression.
Over 60 members from the development sector as well as corporates attended the same.
During his keynote, Mr. Himanshu Mishra, Axis Bank said,
“Axis bank emphasizes on diverse hiring which includes people with disabilities, and we understand that private/corporate sector needs to do their fair share to empower people with disabilities through employment”.
Ms. Aradhana Lal, Vice President – sustainability initiatives at The Lemon Tree Hotel Company shared her perspective- “three things that are crucial to career progression:
First is training – functional, technical, leadership and soft skills at all stages whether entry level or supervisory.
The second is setting up of processes and systems that are agnostic of who the manager is and whether he has a disability!
The third is an open culture that does not discriminate against persons with disabilities.”
Mr. Arman Ali, Executive Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People also shared,
“this workshop is a first step towards understanding and involving more people from across the country. Persons with disabilities still do not look at the private sector as a source of employment so there’s a lot of work to be done. There should be options for people with disabilities in rural areas to be skilled in agricultural trade which allow them to live in their homes with their families”.
In September 2019, Arman Ali had represented India at the 22nd Session of the Working Group of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, where a shift from the medical model of disability to the rights based model and simultaneous removal of environmental and attitudinal barriers that prevent inclusion and equality were discussed. Key among them being accessibility of transportation services, including transport concessions and licenses, accessibility of information and acceleration of the implementation of the barrier-free buildings- all of which are critical to employment of persons with disabilities. 
NCPEDP is committed to promoting the employment of persons with disabilities. They organize the Hellen Keller awards every year, that recognize individuals, NGOs and corporates who work towards creating employment for persons with disabilities. This workshop was a fitting prelude to the 20th edition of the Hellen Keller award.
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Aimed especially at helping people with cognitive disabilities, Google has announced a new accessibility tool named Action Blocks which would allow users to pre-write Google Assistant commands and place shortcuts to them on their home screen.
Action Blocks are an expansion of 'DIVA', the accessibility initiative announced by the tech giant back at the I/O 2019 conference.
'DIVA' aims to make smart speakers more usable for anyone who finds it hard to use spoken commands, by hooking them up to physical controls that are programmed to activate pre-configured actions.
"Think about the last time you did something seemingly simple on your phone, like booking a rideshare. To do this, you had to unlock your phone, find the right app and type in your pickup location. The process required you to read and write, remember your selections and focus for several minutes at a time.
"For the 630 million people in the world with some form of cognitive disability, it's not that easy. So we've been experimenting with how the Assistant and Android can work together to reduce the complexity of these tasks for people with cognitive disabilities," Ajit Narayanan, Staff Software Engineer, Accessibility, Google, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
According to the tech giant, Action Blocks is the first of its efforts to empower people with cognitive disabilities, help them gain independence, connect with loved ones and engage in the world as they are. Read More Link opens up in New Tab or Window
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its findings on India which it adopted during the 22nd Session of the Working Group of the Committee in September 2019.
The recommendations of the Committee include that all laws must be amended to align them with UN-CRPD(Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities) – this includes amending Article 15 of the Indian Constitution to specifically mention disability as a ground of discrimination. 
The Committee was extremely appreciative of the Indian Government’s efforts to recognise and enforce rights of persons with disabilities, ensure protection from discrimination on the basis of disability and measures taken to make the electoral processes accessible through the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act. 
It also took cognisance of the separate Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, that had been created in 2012., as also the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled.
However, its recommendations were in spirit with the “nothing about us without us’ slogan that is almost an anthem in the global disability sector.
Key recommendations to the Government of India include:
Absence of measures to combat multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities including women, children and elderly and those from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, Dalits and Adivasi, persons with disabilities living with HIV/AIDS, indigenous persons with disabilities, those belonging to ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons with disabilities etc.
To repeal the use of derogatory or controversial terminology like  ‘Divyangjan’, ‘unsound mind’, ‘retarded’, ‘leper’ and ‘lunatic’ from Government policies and documents
A shift from the medical model of disability to the rights based model and simultaneous removal of environmental and attitudinal barriers that prevent inclusion and equality. For e.g.; accessibility of transportation services, including transport concessions and licenses, accessibility of information and acceleration of the implementation of the barrier-free buildings.
Faster implementation of the accessibility provisions under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 by taking a cross-sectoral approach, requiring all ministries engaged in public infrastructure to include accessibility in all planning and implementation processes with a time frame, budget and monitoring and evaluation to improve accessibility, especially in rural areas- and involving persons with disabilities in the same.
In particular the Committee  focused on the discriminatory laws related to persons affected by leprosy in India.
Commenting on this CRPD monitoring process, Arman Ali, Executive Director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), who attended the meeting as co-convener of the United National Coalition on the CRPD says
“The emphasis of the Government, during the briefing, was more on the policy framework laid out in the RPWD Act and less on the implementation mechanisms. The concluding observations are a great support to us as we push for implementation of the Act and we are looking forward to engaging with the Government and civil society as we plan the way forward to address the observations.”
The committee also emphasised that Census 2021 must generate authentic disaggregated data on PwDs for India and that an autonomous nodal agency like the NHRC that could be given responsibility of monitoring implementation of the CRPD. 
ABOUT THE COMMITTEE
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 international independent experts, who monitor implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the  findings or Concluding Observations, as they are also called, cover how India is doing with regard to the rights of persons with disabilities, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action and the Government has time until November 2025 to respond to these observations.
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Samsung Good Vibes is a two-way communication app that allows the deafblind to send and receive messages with friends, family or anybody else through their smartphones. It translates Morse Code input into text or voice and vice versa.
An app with two interfaces.
For the Deafblind
A deafblind person can send a message from the app by tapping on the screen using Morse Code—where all letters of the English alphabet are combinations of dots and dashes. The letters can be input as short tap for a dot and long press for a dash.

Likewise, incoming messages can be understood as vibrations by the deafblind, where small vibration means a dot and long vibration means a dash.
For people with normal sight and hearing
Anyone can send a message, by typing or speaking. It has a standard chat/voice interface that delivers the message to the deafblind person as Morse Code vibrations.
Samsung India Good Vibes App: Caring for the impossible
Without the ability to see, hear or speak, the deafblind can’t express themselves. This is the challenge faced by lakhs of deafblind people in India. Samsung presents Good Vibes, a two-way communication app that enables them to communicate with family, friends or anyone else through their smartphones.
How it works
To get a detailed overview on how to use the app – Download User Manual

To learn more about Morse Code – Download the Guide

Download the App
Galaxy Store

FAQ
Who are the deafblind?
Deafblind is a term that is used when a person has a combination of impaired vision, hearing and speech.

What is Samsung Good Vibes App?
Samsung Good Vibes is a two-way communication app for the deafblind. It allows the deafblind to communicate with friends, family or anyone else through their smartphone. It translates Morse Code input into text or voice and vice versa.

What is Morse Code?
Morse Code is a detailed system of dots, dashes, and spaces used to represent numbers, punctuation, and letters of the alphabet. It is used both as a code and a way to communicate without the ability or need to use actual characters.

How Samsung Good Vibes app works?
Samsung Good Vibes uses the vibrations of a smartphone. Through Morse Code, a language almost as old as Braille, the app lets the deafblind feel the vibrations, one letter at a time.

Who is this Samsung Good Vibes app for?
The app is for the deafblind. These are people who can’t see, hear or speak. They can only navigate the world through their sense of touch.

How do the deafblind contact anyone in case of an emergency?
The Samsung Good Vibes app comes with an SOS feature that is activated by shaking the phone 5 times. This dials the emergency contact number.

Can the deafblind use Samsung Good Vibes in any other language?
The app uses Morse Code which is converted from the letters of the English alphabet. Basic knowledge of the alphabet is required for using the app.

How can a deafblind person learn to use the app?
There is a section of the app to learn and practice Morse Code. With every alphabet, the corresponding vibration starts playing in this section. 
To know more please refer to the User Manual.

How can a deafblind person open the app after the phone is turned on?
The Samsung Good Vibes app has an ‘Always On’ setting. Once the app is installed in Deafblind mode, the setting allows the app to automatically open on the phone of the deafblind even after a restart. To know more please refer to the User Manual.

How do the deafblind choose a message recipient?
The deafblind have to simply input the short name of the recipient in the first message to them and send. To know more please refer to the User Manual.

Can the Deafblind use the Samsung Good Vibes app by themselves?
The initial download and registration is required to be done by the caregiver. Once the contacts have been added, the deafblind can use the app on their own.

How do we choose the deafblind interface?
After the registration, the user gets to choose the interface. 
Please refer to the user manual for details.

What if I add a contact who doesn’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app?
If a contact is added and they don’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app, then an SMS goes to the contact prompting them to download it.

How does the deafblind person know who is sending the message?
The name of the sender comes before the first message sent by them. 
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Divya Nayan is a reading machine for visually impaired or illiterate person where any printed or digital document can be accessed in the form of speech output.
The device uses a contact line scanner for acquiring the image of a printed document. User manually scans the document by placing the device on printed document without knowing the direction of text flow, moving the device over the document to be read.

It uses optical character recognition technique to convert the image into text and a text to speech converter further converts the text into audio. Audio files are organized in the machine and can be listened back.

The device is standalone, portable, completely wireless and IoT enabled. It can analyze a multicolumn document to provide seamless reading and is capable of page, text, and word level navigation while reading. Currently the device supports Hindi and English but can be further configured to other Indian and foreign languages.

It is equipped with user inter-faces such as internal speaker, rechargeable battery, USB, headphones, SD card, Wi-Fi and bluetooth 

Features
Wireless & Portable – The device is standalone, portable, completely wireless and IoT enabled.
Multi-functional – Read printed, e-books, e-news, recording and reading speech.
Multi-language – Currently supports Hindi and English documents reading in Indian accent.
Online Processing – Document: Batch Processing Organisation
Document Storage – Sync Document
Device Demonstration & Trials
Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh.
Patiala School for the Blind.
Navchetna – A Charitable Institute for the Blind, Patiala
Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh
Composite Regional Centre(CRC) for Persons with Disabilities, Lucknow
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ALFAA, Autism Society of India and Manushyaa Blossom organize the exclusive workshop to Help Improve The Symptoms Of AUTISM and other CHRONIC diseases using Siddha-based nano bio medicines.

Key Persons

Prof Guna Magesan, Director, International Operations.
He was the Vice Chancellor of Institute of Advanced Research

Shri Kaviarasu Balakrishnan, Managing Director
He has discovered more than 50 nano bio materials and synthesized more than 15 nano compounds.

Manushyaa blossom’s currently focuses on the following conditions

  • Autism & Epilepsy
  • Liver disorders
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Lung disorder
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Manhood problems (eg.ED) and women related issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Date & Venue

DATE: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 TIME: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

VENUE Assisted Living for Autistic Adults (ALFAA) Centre

ADDRESS No 9, Omega Avenue, Mathrushree Layout,
Maragondanahalli Main Road KR Puram, Bangalore.

Registration

RS. 200 FOR ASI MEMBERS
RS. 250 FOR ALL OTHERS

Notes

ASI OR ALFAA DOES NOT endorse any TREATMENT OR THERAPY, PARENTS ARE TO MAKE THEIR OWN Independent DECISION

Contact

For more information, please contact 
Ruby Singh +91 9741 41 8103

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For disabled in Delhi, metro is only accessible transport. It must be made free. Delhi’s deputy chief minister travelled in a local bus to ask women about the free metro and bus transport facilities. Read More
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A British climber has become the first blind  person to lead climb the 450-foot high Old Man of Hoy, on the Orkney Islands.

Jesse Dufton, a GB para climber, made history when he topped the towering sandstone column after a seven-hour feat placing protective equipment and clipping his rope to it as he climbed.

Accompanied by his sighted climbing partner, Molly Thompson, the pair scaled the iconic East Face Route, which was the line first climbed by Sir Chris Bonnington in 1966.

A radio link meant that Ms Thompson could offer directions to holds, but as she was belaying him from below most of the climb he was having to operate largely by touch.

"I did it," Mr Dufton said. “I led all 6 pitches placing my own gear, feeling my way up."
 

This is the most adventurous hard trad rock route I’ve done - it was truly epic.”

The pair scaled the iconic East Face Route, which was the line first climbed by Sir Chris Bonington in 1966 

While the landmark has previously been climbed by other blind climbers, they have followed after a sighted partner who has already placed the rope and protection gear.
 

Trad - "traditional" - climbs do not have fixed bolts drilled into the rock where ropes can be attached, typically because the geology is too soft or it is a protected landmark.

Instead climbers secure themselves with an assortment of metal "nuts" which drop into cracks and jam in place, or camming devices, which can be placed in flared gaps and expand when the weight of a falling climber is applied.

Due to weather limitations the attempt could not be made until the day the team had planned to leave Hoy. 
 

But once the weather changed they had to walk for over an hour from the campsite, and then ascend the steep, slippery cliffs to the base of the stack. 

This 300m section alone took approximately one-and-a-half hours and the pair didn’t start climbing until 3pm.

Even with the long days at the Orkney latitude, the amount of daylight remaining was a worry as Mr Dufton had to painstakingly find secure handholds and suitable places for protection that would hold his fall.

The ascent marks the culmination of a joint project between Jesse and director Alastair Lee, who is making a film about the blind climber to form part of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour.

For the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy, Alastair climbed a pitch ahead to film Jesse from the route itself, alongside supporting cameras on the mainland and in the air via a drone.
 

Mr Lee said: “I’ve never seen him searching around for holds so much, holding himself in strenuous positions as the obvious footholds sat quietly unused and all the sand on the holds.

“It must have felt pretty insecure to say the least.

“But on he battled, and what a glorious ascent it was - staggering.”

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Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma! actress Ali Stroker has become the first wheelchair user to be nominated for, and win, a Tony Award.

She won best featured actress for her role as Ado Annie in the Broadway play.

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CHENNAI: The city will soon get a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus with a foldable ramp to help disabled passengers board and get off the vehicle. This is a first in south India.
A team comprising top officials of the MTC and the state department for welfare of differently abled will inspect bus at Chrompet on Friday.



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Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test for MBA and MCA.

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Very Great! I have been learning for new words, sentence and moral etc due to lack of English communication in past time which is useful a lot for me. I am very interesting to be read it. Thank you so much giving us to be learnt useful DEF-ISL!

– Sonu Sunny

Contact Details

Deaf EnAbled Foundation
th Floor, 605 & 606, Navketan Complex,
S D. Road, Secunderabad, Telangana – 500 003
Mobile +91 97033 81112
Email: info@def.org.in

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National Seminar on “Role of Young and Adolescent Girls with Disabilities in National Integration of India” organized by Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies In collaboration with Human Rights and Disability Studies Programmes, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi

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ROFESSION TAX EXEMPTION
COMPANY CASES (STATUTE)
Tamil Nadu Tax on Professions, Trades Callings and Employments Act.1991 (Act No.24 of 1992)
Received the assent of the Governor on 12th June 1992)

Profession Tax Exemptions for Persons with Disabilities (Tamil Nadu)

Extract

Exemption:- Nothing contained in this Act shall apply to

  • (a) The members of the armed forces of the union serving in any part of this State, that is to say, to whom the provisions of the Army Act, 1950 (Central Act 46 of 1950), the Air Force Act.1950 Central Act 45 of 1950) or the Navy Act, 1957 (Central Act 62 of 1957) applies;
  • (b)Physically disabled persons with total disability in one or both the hands or legs, spastics totally dumb or deaf persons or totally blind persons.

Provided that such physical disability shall be duly certified by a registered medical practitioner
in the service of the State Government not below the rank of a Civil Surgeon.

References and Downloads

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Introductory camp on Wheelchair Basketball

Event Date: 3th March, 2019 09.30am 4th March, 2019 – 12.30pm.
Venue : Labon Sports Club, Indoor sports stadium, Labon Sports Club , Shillong , Meghalaya India

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Introductory camp on Wheelchair Basketball

Event Date: th March, 2019 09.30am th March, 2019 – 12.30pm.
Venue : Mount Litera Zee School, Behind Hotel Uday Residency, kichha bye pass, road- 263153, Rudrapur , Uttarakhand India
 

Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, WBFI is happy to announce our new camp at Uttarakhand State. This WCBB introductory camp will be in partnership with Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd at Mount Litra Zee School, Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, March 6 and 7, 2019. Mount Litra Zee school and Disability sports society are our other partners. We are expecting 25 players out of which 8 will be women.

Contact
email : wbfiindia@gmail.com | rajaraman.kalyani@gmail.com
Phone : 9841098056 / 9841609601.

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Guidelines for conducting written examination for persons with Benchmark disabilities

References :
1. O.M. No. 34-02/2015-DD.III dated 29.08.2018 ( Dept. Empowerment of Persons with disabilities) dated 14.01.2019
2. F.No. 6-2/2013(SCT) 21-02-2019

Para XII on page 3 of above guidelines may be substituted with the following :

UGC Extra Benefits for Women with Disabilities - Written Exam Compensatory Time for persons with disabilities - UGCThe word “extra time or additional time” that is being currently used should be changed to “compensatory time” and the same should bot be less than 20 minutes per hour of examination for persons who are allowed use of scribe / reader / lab assistant.

All the candidates with benchmark disabilities who are eligible for availing the facility of scribe in terms of guidelines IV may be allowed addition time of minimum of one hour for examination of 3 hours duration whether they use the facility of scribe or not.

In case the duration of the examination is less than an hour, then the duration of additional time should be allowed on pro-rata basis. Additional time should not the less than 5 minutes and should be in the multiple of 5.

Download : UGC notification (PDF, 128KB)

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Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) and Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (RKMVU), Coimbatore are conducting a Certificate Course on Pre-employability Skills for Persons with Disabilities (Hearing and speech impairments and Locomotor Impairments). It is a Free course with accommodation. The only cost would be your travel to Coimbatore if you are from another town / city. The course is from March 2017 to May 2017 with intermediate break for Holidays. This course will be useful for your preparation towards Banking and other Government examinations as you are taught language and written communication skills as well as computers operations, if required. Please find below in the link a PDF file with more details on this course Read More
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An online beneficiaries registration system, ‘On-line On-Site’, was launched  to ensure transparency in schemes implemented by the ministry to provide assistive aids Persons with Disabilities.

Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot, who inaugurated a mega camp for free of cost distribution of Assistive Aids and Appliances to  Persons with Disabilities under the ADIP scheme at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, said that this registration system will help in saving time.

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