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Nurturing the difference

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:12 -- geeta.nair

It is time we upgrade our infrastructure, broaden mentalities, look away from traditional teaching methods and incorporate new ones for specially-abled children. By Sakshi Sharma

Conversations about inclusive education for differently-abled children in mainstream schools is a debate that has been alive for a while but its implementation is a challenge and hence, yet to be completely realised.

Government to roll back tax on disability pension for forces

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:05 -- geeta.nair

Disability pensions in the Indian armed forces will continue to be exempt from tax, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed to senior government officials, effectively rolling back a recent order that brought the provision in the tax net.

At the same time, however, the minister has called on the three services – the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy -- to device a mechanism to reduce instances of misuse of the rules, according to people familiar with the developments who asked not to be named.

Deepanjali Trust, lighting up lives of visually impaired

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:33 -- geeta.nair

BENGALURU: Here is an organisation that provides for opportunities to the deserving, young, and talented children. However, they come with disabilities of any form or from marginalized economic backgrounds. Deepanjali Trust for the Disabled was established in 2012 by three highly motivated graduates who were all visually impaired but had a strong desire to help people with disabilities and help them explore the life opportunities for which they themselves had to fight so hard to get.

Enjoy this Independence Day with an inclusive trek at Raigad, Maharashtra

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:44 -- geeta.nair

The Blind Graduates' Forum of India is organising an inclusive trek on the occasion of India's 73rd Independence Day. The BGFI works to empower the visually impaired community in many ways.

On the occasion of India's Independence Day, the Blind Graduates Forum of India (BGFI) is organising an inclusive trek to the picturesque Sankshi Fort in Maharashtra's Raigad district. This is a magnificent fort built by a king called Sankand is at a height of 800 meters.

Punjab records 19% jump in eye donations

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:35 -- geeta.nair

With the world gearing up to celebrate the World Organ Donation Day on Tuesday, Punjab has something to add to the cheer. The state’s health and family welfare department has recorded an increase of almost 19% in eye donations, data on its website shows.

The department collected over 1,517 corneas in 2018-19 (April 1 to March 31); in 2017-18, the number was 1,274, which was just 1.3% increase over the 2016-17 figure of 1,257. Ludhiana recorded the highest corneal donations at 382, followed by Amritsar (267) and Jalandhar (173). 

Special Educators Forum-India demands separate national education policy for children with disabilities August 12, 2019

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 10:09 -- geeta.nair

The Special Educators Forum-India has demanded a separate education policy for children and people with disabilities on the grounds that the new draft National Education Policy fails to address the needs of the community.

Slamming the draft National Education Policy (NEP) for failing to address the needs of children with disabilities, the Special Educators’ Form – India (SEFI) has asked the Centre to frame a separate policy for the community.

Plea to increase quota for persons with vision impairment

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:59 -- geeta.nair

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on Tuesday urged the Centre to increase reservation for visually impaired persons in government jobs and education to 2% within the 4% quota for persons with disabilities.

The current reservation of 1% for persons with vision impairment was not commensurate with the number of persons with such disability in the country and needs to enhanced. But even 1% reservation for persons with vision impairment is not being implemented properly, the federation officebearers said at a press conference here.

Gurugram inaccessible for specially abled

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:16 -- geeta.nair

Sumedha Sharma

Working with an automobile giant, 36-year-old Haruto from Japan and his nine-year-old daughter Sakura were excited about living in Gurugram for six months.  Having heard so much about cosmopolitan city Gurugram and its infrastructural development from his friends, Haruto was sure that it would be best suited to get her daughter a slice of Indian life. Two weeks in the city and Sakura was on her flight back home to Kyoto.

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