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Standing up for the rights of the disabled

By Teresa Rehman

In the northeastern state of Assam, riddled with insurgency, the rights of disabled people get even lower priority than elsewhere in the country. Disability Law Unit-North East has come up with successful legal interventions to secure the rights of the disabled in the region and to spread awareness about the protections available under the law

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A school for Mr Datta

Denied state support, octogenarian Kanailal Datta set up New Barrackpore's first school for mentally and physically challenged children

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Tejas brings education and independence to disabled rural women

The Disability Law Unit, an organisation fighting for the rights of disabled people, has started a rural initiative called Tejas that aims to make disabled rural women economically independent

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Sankara Eye Hospital's goal: Vision 20/20 by 2020

The Sankara Eye Hospital, which started up in Coimbatore as a small community eye care movement, now serves a population of over 15 million people

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Disabilities can be reversed: Impact India Foundation

The Impact India Foundation, which set up the unique Lifeline Express, is working on an innovative project which aims to halve the incidence of disabilities in three areas of India, each with a population of one million, in just three years

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Samarthya advocates barrier-free access for all

By Lalitha Sridhar

Two disabled travel enthusiasts are lobbying for a universal barrier-free environment. They have been responsible for making the Dilli Haat the first barrier-free tourist spot in India

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The importance of advocacy

By Lalitha Sridhar

Ninety-nine percent of organisations working with the disabled are welfare, rehabilitation and service-oriented. The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People believes it's time to get away from the welfare approach and focus on advocacy for the empowerment of the disabled

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The Touch and Smell Garden

M S Swaminathan Foundation's unique Touch and Smell Garden for the visually impaired was set up on the basic principle that it is not by sight alone that we perceive objects

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Chennai's Darshini group: `The only prerequisite is an aptitude for helping'

By Lalitha Sridhar

A group of women in Chennai get together to read, teach and pamper their visually impaired students to prepare them to take up secure jobs and live confident lives

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Thiramayin Thissaiyyil, the popular radio programme, gives disabled people a voice

By Lalitha Sridhar

Produced by Ability Foundation, in association with All India Radio, Chennai, this pioneering radio programme focuses on the advocacy of disability-related issues and dissemination of information to disabled people

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