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The disabled community doesn't like adjectives such as special people, persons with special needs, differently-abled or for that matter divyangjan (divine bodied) being used in reference to them. They want access to education, employment and economic viability. Let's work towards changing mindsets, not names.
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The Supreme Court today directed budget airline Spicejet to pay Rs 10 Lakh as damages to a flyer, suffering from cerebral palsy, who was forcibly offloaded in 2012, saying the manner in which she was...
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It is great to see the Minister of Railways' interest in access for persons with disabilities. His vision, if executed, will immensely help make the railways accessible for generations to come. However, as a wheelchair user who has never travelled I do hope the minister does look at some immediate steps he can take in making the railways accessible to the current citizenry of this country. For as Keynes said, "In the long run we are all dead."
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In my previous post, I wrote about the many challenges, frustrations and humiliations that we, the disabled population of India, face. But we are not the only ones who are victims of insensitivity. Our spouses and children also have to tolerate humiliating situations on a regular basis. You will be shocked, annoyed and even amused when I tell you about the questions they have to field every day. Their answers, though, rock!
Vindhya began operating in 2006. We started by employing three physically challenged people. Today, we have over a 1000 employees and projected revenue of $4.2 million for 2015-2016. Vindhya is unique because it is a "for profit" organisation and has purposefully moved away from the NGO route. Our idea was to bring business and philanthropy together, envisioning an entirely new model of job creation for differently-abled people, one that is self-sustainable.
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Not every person with disabilities is able to break through; social pressure to be asexual generally triumphs. There is little recognition of--or thought invested in--the sexual rights of the differently-abled. And, as with most social tragedies, it's the women who suffer the most.
In early 2013, a shooting schedule for ‘Margarita With A Straw’ took place in New Delhi. Kalki Koechlin, who plays the role of Laila Kapoor, a woman with cerebral-palsy, had decided that while the sch...