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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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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."
I've been reviewing public toilets in Kolkata for my non-profit Loo Watch for a couple of months. In the 25 toilets I've visited so far, there are no provisions to make them accessible to the differently abled or the elderly. I saw a public toilet in the shape of the Sydney Opera House and another shaped like a metro rail coach, but I did not find any grab rails or ramps. How much would it have cost to put such basic elements in these government-run public toilets?