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An uphill struggle for securing rights of the disabled

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:43 -- nikita.jain

Being a member of the erstwhile drafting committee for the Rights of People with Disabilities Bill 2012, I can testify to its stand that ‘it cannot be made perfect as every process involves breaking something else’. That was our guiding principle while drafting the Bill — one that was been jinxed from the beginning given the ups and downs with regard to opinions about it within the sector.

Education volunteer thrashes visually impaired

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:26 -- nikita.jain

A 13-year-old visually impaired student of a resource centre at Government Primary School, Surgapurai, Kotkapura, was admitted to a hospital after he was allegedly thrashed by an education volunteer.

Parminder Kumar, a student of Class-2, was allegedly beaten up by the volunteer on Tuesday and was admitted to the civil hospital at Kotpkapura on the same day. He is still under treatment in the hospital.

"The victim has several injury marks due to the alleged cane beating on his back, arms, legs and head," said the mother of the victim.

Class action suit alleges POS devices in Apple stores discriminate against the visually impaired

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:15 -- nikita.jain

A new class action lawsuit against Apple alleges that the company is in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not designing and providing store employees with point of sale devices (POS) that can independently be used by blind people.

He had a vision, but rules blinded them!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:25 -- nikita.jain

A banking aspirant was made to run from pillar to post by a nationalised  bank before finally denying him the opportunity to appear for an interview for the post of a probationary officer.

The candidate, a visually-impaired student, had competed with lakhs of other students to clear the written examination. However, he was denied an interview by the bank’s interview board saying he was not a graduate on July 1, 2013, a pre-condition to appear for the interview.


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