An eye for empowerment
Mritunjay Tiwary has brought eyesight to tens of thousands of people through his eye hospital in rural Bihar.
But his vision of development extends much farther.
MERCHANTS OF HOPE
Dolly Basu's production of The Merchant of Venice, with special children cast in nearly all roles, has taught her as much
as it has helped the children themselves.
Art and Theatre
New interventions for the deafblind
A number of development organisations are working to diagnose deafblindess in children, and provide learning tools and techniques that can mainstream
RIGHTS OF THE DISABLED
Implement the UNCRPD, say activists
India has ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but done very little to protect the rights of the disabled
in accordance with it.
The ability debates
Quite a few debates are currently raging in the disability rights movement. Special schools or inclusive education, community based rehabilitation or
institutionalised rehabilitation, job reservations or none -
Prasanna Kumar Pincha
discusses these and other questions.
Bringing disabled kids back to school
When a teacher specially trained to handle children with special needs
started work at a local government school in Bangalore, children
were benefited and stopped dropping out. The teacher helped them learn
concepts they were unable to in the regular classes.
TOOLS TO HELP
Tech to the aid of autistic children
Recent research has shown that computer/digital technologies can
help children with autism (and other disabilities) learn and
communicate better. A computer training workshop for parents and
children was held recently at Bangalore.
CHILD HEALTH / DISABILITY
In UP, the war on polio stumbles
In India's most populous state, with its low levels of sanitation, and high malnutrition rates, polio has made a dangerous comeback. The world is now
looking at India to stem the spread as fears of the disease spreading to other parts of the world have come true.
EDUCATING THE DISABLED
Included by law, but little else
Children with disabilities are routinely edged out of an education system that's hesitant to acknowledge diversity.
Inclusion may be the key word in India's current education policy, but there is a world of difference between the
law and its implementation.
MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE DISABLED
Able but unwilling?
On World Disability Day and the few days following it, there was some coverage in the media of issues that concern the
disabled population. But, considering that this represents peak coverage for the year
it is hardly adequate, especially as the number of disabled persons in India
is huge, writes
Living in a gray zone
travels across the country, finding disabled children living in isolation and despair, carrying nature's cruel
dispensation. But he is heartened as well by inspiring work that so many organisations carry out, and hopes that a
brighter future awaits the children, thanks to their efforts.
Bringing hope to the rural disabled
Since 1988, SANCHAR has worked to improve the lives of the disabled in rural West Bengal. And with the
increasing resources available by law to assist the handicapped now, SANCHAR is working to make sure
panchayats tap into these to help their community.
Defogging the demon
Some studies estimate that roughly 10 million Indians may be suffering from epilepsy. But social stigma and economic barriers are keeping treatment out of reach for the majority.
Unlike polio, which has a national eradication programme, epilepsy treatment has seen no such focus yet, finds
The unfinished war on polio
As new cases of polio are reported in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka,
health departments scramble to respond quickly, and to stamp out
the potential resurgence of a virus once thought defeated.
reports on a neighbourhood program in Shorpur that reaches every last child,
with the help of victims themselves.
Crippling delivery to the disabled
The Ministry of Social Justice says it has made good progress in empowerment of
the disabled. But a recent Comptroller and Auditor General appraisal found many failings including
a shocking note that the government may have been flying blind.
Including the excluded
The intimacy and inclusiveness provided by community media scores over the benefits
offered by mainstream media.
This strength needs to be embraced, and will be a valuable asset in serving
the disabled, who are often at the margins of public attention, says