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Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:29 -- geeta.nair

The State Government on Monday appointed social activist Dr Minati Behera as the new State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved Behera’s name from among three names recommended by the Search Committee formed by the Government for the post.  The post had been lying vacant for some days after the retirement of Kasturi Mohapatra.

Three­-dimensional picture books are now available for visually impaired children

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:05 -- nikita.jain

Tom Yeh says he had the idea when he was reading "Goodnight Moon" to his then-3-year-old son.
"I really enjoy reading stories with my son, and I thought I might be able to contribute to making books for visually impaired children more tactile," Yeh said in an interview with CUEngineering. "Three­-dimensional printing holds the key to simplifying the making of tactile picture books."

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.

Provide writers for disabled students: Delhi HC to ICAI

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 12:25 -- geeta.nair

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS): The Delhi High Court Monday directed the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to prepare a panel of writers to assist disabled students in appearing for the chartered accountancy examinations that it conducts.

The court has asked that the panel be constituted within six months.

Levelling the playing field

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 12:36 -- deepti.gahrotra

The latest Supreme Court ruling on the rights of persons with disabilities has struck down an arbitrary proviso in current government policy that had become an impediment in the mandatory reservation of three per cent of jobs for this important section of the population. In disposing of an appeal from the Union of India, the court has pronounced that the quota should be computed uniformly across all grades of employment, thereby removing a discrepancy in the 2005 government order.

Blind faith in justice: Visually impaired lawyers fight for differently-abled

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 12:07 -- deepti.gahrotra

It was his moment of glory when the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment on October 8, 2013, ordered three per cent reservation to all differently-abled persons in central and state government jobs.

For 59-year-old S.K. Rungta, it was the culmination of a 15-year-old legal battle. Almost 37 years after the Ministry of Social Justice promised it and 18 years after the Disablity Act made the quota mandatory, it had remained merely on paper forcing him to move the court.

Give mentally-disabled a suitable job: SC

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:06 -- deepti.gahrotra

State administration cannot dispense with ore reduce rank of a government servant if he or she acquires disability including mental illness or retardation during service, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Quoting the provisions of The Persons with disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 a bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice SJ Mukopadhyaya held that if a person is found unsuitable for the post he or she holds on account of acquired disability during service, he or she should be moved to another post suitable to his or her state.


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