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70 million disabled in India, and only 2% are educated and 1% employed

By Lalitha Sridhar

According to one study, Indians spend Rs 72,000 crore per annum in caring for their disabled family members. The government bears only a fraction of this cost

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Enabling airwaves

By Lalitha Sridhar

It's been a long time coming, but India's first radio programme for the disabled is finally being broadcast every week from All India Radio Madras. If the response is anything to go by, this could be the beginning of a revolution for India's 70 million disabled

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My wheelchair flew like the wind

Disabled activist Naseema Hurzuk's story is representative of the trials and victories of millions of disabled people in India. In these excerpts from her book Naseema, The Incredible Story, she writes about Mohammed who has no hands but can hit a four in a cricket match, about wheelchair basketball matches in England, and more

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Mirakles do happen!

By Indira Gartenberg

A courier service entirely run and staffed by the hearing-impaired? Is it a workable idea? Here's the remarkable story of just such a service surviving against all odds

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25% of Sharayu's workforce is disabled

By Huned Contractor

At Sharayu Precision, Subhash Chuttar employs over 36 mentally and physically challenged men and women who work at jobs ranging from riveting, drilling and greasing to polishing and packing. Chuttar has just won the Helen Keller Award instituted by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People

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Survey finds disabled women doubly disadvantaged

A pioneering study on women with disabilities, conducted in five eastern Indian states, finds that disabled women, besides lacking education and employment opportunities, are completely ignorant about their legal rights

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Disabled children five times more likely to remain out of school than SC/ST children: WB report

Only 1% of funds under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are spent on inclusive education; employment of people with disability fell from 43% in 1991 to 38% in 2002 despite strong economic growth; and negative attitudes towards the disabled persist. These are some of the findings of a new World Bank report on disability in India

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Taj Mahal becomes disabled-friendly

People with disability will now be able to take a closer, more intimate look at the magnificent monument to love thanks to the construction of nine ramps at various points in the complex

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Court raps Maharashtra for failure to fill disabled job quota

The Bombay High Court orders the freezing of recruitment for Maharashtra state government jobs until the backlog of vacant posts earmarked for the disabled is filled

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Govt promises inclusive education for disabled children

In keeping with demands for a more inclusive system of education in India, the government promises to include disabled children in all its educational programmes

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The 'special children' trap

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently announced that positions in the Indian bureaucracy would be open to the disabled, a move that won many plaudits. Yet, writes Neera Kuckreja Sohoni, barriers persist in preventing variously challenged people from accessing education and other services

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Ministry reports neglect the disabled: shadow report

According to a shadow report on disability, released recently, the office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disability has been vacant for over nine months

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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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