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Getting disability certificates in Delhi to become easier

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:00 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

Parents of Avantika Sachdeva and Malini Anchan have been running from pillar to post to get the disability certificate for their children who suffer from various learning handicaps, to get admission in college. Learning that the hospitals are not equipped to allot the disability certificate to their children under current rules, they decided to approach Delhi Commission for Persons with disabilities.

NID Ahmedabad reports rise in applications from people with disabilities

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:21 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

India's premier design institute, the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad has reported a rise in the number of applications under Persons with Disability (PWD) category. This year, NID received a total of 114 applications as against 78 last year. While the institute has roped in BM Institute of Mental Health to scrutinize the applications, they are also in talks to identify discipline-wise disability, to encourage such students.

Making travel accessible to differently-abled

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:17 -- geeta.nair

BENGALURU: In order to provide hassle-free travel to the differently-abled, a startup named, Enable Travel was launched in 2017. Based in Mumbai, it covers more than 85 destinations. In India, they have designed itineraries for places such as Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bombay, Goa, Bangalore, Mysuru and Coorg. All itineraries have been specially designed keeping the disabilities in mind. On an average, they receive 12-15 enquiries every month from Karnataka.

Election Commission to consider vote-from-home facility for people with disabilities

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 14:24 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is clearly committed to the idea of making elections accessible for people with disabilities across India. Apart from voter ID cards in Braille, mobile app to educate and motivate disabled voters, and sign language windows in polling booths, it is looking at several other measures to ensure disabled people are not left out of the voting process.

Some other steps being looked at by the ECI:

EC launches Braille-enabled Voter IDs

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:03 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

The Election Commission on Wednesday launched voter identity cards with Braille label to ensure greater participation of persons with visual impairment in the electoral process.

The Commission also unveiled a strategic framework on “Accessible Elections” on conclusion of a two-day national level consultation with representatives of the Central government, political parties, NGOs and experts on disabilities.

This is how a deaf- blind football fan enjoyed the FIFA match

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:49 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

Football fans all over the world are currently enjoying the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018. Exciting matches are being played every day and fans are cheering for their favorite teams.

31-year-old Carlos Santana is also one such football fan and his favorite team is from Brazil, is own country.

However, Santana is not able to enjoy the matches like other fans as he is deaf and blind. But this year he was able to experience the FIFA World Cup with the help of an interpreter.

magic shows are not limited to sighted people anymore

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 15:42 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

Magic in the Dark

20 June 2018

Don’t be fooled by the grey winter weather. Magic is everywhere in Melbourne in July – even in the dark.

For the first time, members of the blindness and low vision community can participate fully in the Melbourne Magic Festival thanks to Chilean magician Juan Esteban Varela and his incredible show, Magic in the Dark.

The event is designed specifically for people who are blind or have low vision. It’s a sensory thrill ride that’s held in a darkened theatre, and those with sight are blindfolded throughout Varela’s performance.

These blind massage therapists can heal your knots with their touch

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 14:30 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

As Lata Sadashiv gently strokes the base of your neck, the phrase ‘healing touch’ starts to make perfect sense.

A blind massage therapist at Sparsh Foot Spa in Mumbai, her fingers seem to know exactly which spot to hit.

It is a skill that speaks volumes not only about Lata’s years of experience, but also the strong desire to help and heal people.

Sparsh is an initiative of NGO Trinayani. Since it was founded in 2006, the NGO has been working towards creating awareness about disabilities and equal opportunities for disabled people.

Blind lawyer gets disabled clients into IAS

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:40 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

Despite clearing the prestigious Civil Services Examination, Sunder Lal and Abhishek Singh found a seemingly insurmountable barrier in their way.

The two men with disabilities had dreamt of joining the Indian Administrative Service. But the Centre's department of personnel and training (DoPT) put Lal, who has 70 per cent hearing impairment, in the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), while Singh was assigned to the Indian Audit & Accounts Service.

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