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Space shrinks for differently abled in locals

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:57 -- nikita.jain

In what indicates a continued encroachment of travel space reserved for differently abled commuters on the Mumbai suburban railways, there has been a manifold increase in the number of cases of unauthorised travel on Western Railway (WR) and on Central Railway (CR) in the last four years, according to data obtained from Railways.

Diff-Abled Raring to Vote, but Ramps Raise Concerns

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 15:22 -- nikita.jain

Both times when she chose to register her ballot, Evelyn Jonathan decided to ride to the booth on her modified two-wheeler, “As soon as I arrived at the school where I had to vote, people noticed that I needed to walk with crutches and were nice enough to let me jump the queue,” smiles the copywriter, who is all set to go out and vote on Thursday.

Poll official shifted for acting arbitrarily

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 15:10 -- nikita.jain

A Polling officer at Kovilpathu Municipal elementary school in Nagapattinam district was shifted from duty following a complaint by a political party that he cast votes of visually impaired people against their preference, officials said.

Rajendran was shifted on a complaint from Manitha Neya Makkal Katchi that the officer, under the guise of helping the visually impaired, cast the votes to a particular candidate and not the one preferred by the voters.

Aother officer was posted in his place, they said.

Disabilities of our democracy

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:56 -- nikita.jain

When an electoral system structurally discriminates against particular categories such as persons with disabilities, it is tantamount to a failure of the democracy as a whole.
The citizens of India are in the process of casting their votes in what is being widely hailed as the largest election in human history. By sheer size, the 16th Lok Sabha elections signal a triumph not only for India, but for democratic exercises around the world.

Dropping a holiday bombshell on people with disability shows poor judgment

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:32 -- nikita.jain

Kevin Andrews chose Easter to reveal that thousands of Australians were likely to face reassessments of pensions – a worrying announcement for vulnerable people

Readers will no doubt be familiar with the Kinder Surprise phenomenon. A marketing wunderkinds slant on the Easter egg, the Kinder Surprise is often placed strategically in check outs within toddler reach, and the attraction more often lies with the plastic toy inside it, rather than the promised calcium-rich chocolate hit.

Blind cricket struggles for recognition in India

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:48 -- nikita.jain

Despite recent successes, including winning the T20 World Cup, visually impaired players are not getting the backing that could turn them into professionals
Shekhar Naik, India's visually-impaired cricket captain, defends a ball, Bangalore, April 12, 2014
Shekhar Naik:" If the BCCI recognise us, we could get more sponsors. We have 40,000 blind cricketers right now and given some help it could double, even triple". 

Quashing of job advertisement; HC asks Centre, Delhi government to reply

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:23 -- deepti.gahrotra
The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre and the city government to respond to a PIL seeking quashing of an advertisement for jobs on the ground that seats have not been reserved for persons with disabilities including visually-impaired ones.

"We would expect that by the next date of hearing, the respondents would submit their views with regard to issues raised in the petition," a bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Jayant Nath said.


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