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Seminar in Mumbai aims to offer parents of kids with Down syndrome support & information

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder and is caused due to changes in the genetic structure. Instead of the 46 chromosomes that ideally exist in the humans, there are 47 in people with Down syndrome. One in every 700 newborns are affected by the syndrome across the globe. The extra genes cause changes in development of the embryo in a pregnant woman and result in physical and mental disabilities in the child. While there is no cure for the condition, proper quality of care and treatment can go a long way to Read More...

Get-hooked September 19, 2018

Inclusion & profitability go hand in hand for Vindhya e-Infomedia

People with disabilities are potential change makers, and the world needs to recognize that. It is this belief that lies at the core of Vindhya e-Infomedia, a BPO that employes people with disabilities. Vindhya is the brainchild of couple, Pavithra YS and Ashok. Founded in 2006, the organization trains people with different kinds of disabilities to work at their centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Today, there are over 1,700 people, with and without disabilities, employed at Vindhya. When you enter Read More...

Get-hooked September 19, 2018

End the laws that discriminate against people with leprosy, join the social media campaign!

India's top national cross disability advocacy group, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) has been working towards mainstreaming people affected by leprosy into the disability rights movement in India. People with leprosy and their families face major stigma and discrimination in India. This is not only from people at large but even laws that discriminate in a significant way. One of the oldest laws in India, The Lepers Act of 1898, sanctioned the arrest and Read More...

Get-hooked August 19, 2018

Punjab University takes welcome steps to make access easier for disabled students, staff

The Punjab University (PU) in Chandigarh has prepared a blueprint on how it plans to make access easier for students and staff members with disabilities. The blueprint is a comprehensive one, looking at transportation, academics, computer facilities, reservation, accommodation and mode of examination. The facilities which do not need finances will come into effect in 2018. In another welcome step, the PU has approved free health insurance for all disabled students. For transportation, the standing Read More...

Education July 27, 2018

Samarthanam is all about providing opportunities to disabled people!

Samarthanam, an NGO that works towards the welfare of disabled people, has already carved a niche in India. Spread across six states in India with nearly 500 employees, Samarthanam has been providing vocational training and developmental initiatives for not only disabled people, but those from economically backward families as well. Samarthanam was started in 1997 by Mahantesh G Kivadasannavar and Late Nagesh SP Samarthanam. The NGO has already won many national and international accolades. Mahantesh, who Read More...

Get-hooked July 25, 2018

Disability Pension Scheme - Delhi NCR Region

What does the National Capital offer as pension for people with disabilities? Well, the Delhi government offers the Subsistence Allowance or Financial Allowance scheme. It is implemented by the Delhi Social Welfare Department and is a combination of the State and the Central government contributions. Allowance The grant is Rs 2,500 per month Eligibility criteria Age of beneficiary should not be more than 60 years. Family income should not be more than Rs 75,000 per month. Beneficiary has to be living Read More...

Get-hooked July 7, 2018

Gyan Prabha - Educational & Vocational Support scheme for people with disabilities

The Gyan Prabha scheme aims to motivate people with disabilities to pursue higher education or skill development courses. About Gyan Prabha There are three categories of courses supported - Professional, Graduation and Post-Graduation Courses, and Vocational Courses. Specific amount per course will be given to cover fees, transportation, books, out of pocket expenses, etc. The frequency and duration of funding will depend on the specific course structure of the courses. The frequency can be monthly, Read More...

Employment April 23, 2018

Sahyogi - Caregiver Training Scheme to create workforce to look after people with disabilities

India has a vast population of people with disabilities who need care and support. The role of caregiver is a critical one, that is going to be in great demand. The Sahyogi programme under the National Trust is working to build a workforce of caregivers for people with disabilities and their families. For those interested in being a part of this workforce, here are the key details. About Sahyogi Provide training and build a skilled workforce of caregivers to provide care for disabled people and Read More...

Get-hooked April 19, 2018

Gharaunda - Group Home for adults with disabilities

The National Trust has many schemes for adults and children with disabilities. Today we look at a scheme for adults, called Gharaunda. About Gharaunda Under this, housing and care services are provided throughout the lifetime of a person with autism, cerebral palsy, and multiple disabilities. Adequate and quality care service with acceptable living standards. This includes provision of basic medical care from professional doctors. Vocational activities, pre-vocational activities and assistance for Read More...

Get-hooked April 14, 2018

Vikaas - Day Care scheme for children with disabilities above 10 years

The National Trust has many schemes to educate and empower children with disabilities. Today we look at Vikaas Day Care Scheme. About Vikaas This is a scheme for people with autism, cerebral palsy, and multiple disabilities above the age of 10 years. The aim is to improve interpersonal and vocational skills. A day care scheme that aims to improve interpersonal and vocational skills. Each batch will have 30 disabled people. Day care open for at least 21 days in a month. Care-giving support Read More...

Get-hooked April 11, 2018

2nd Blind Car Rally 2018 - Patiala

We are happy to announce the 2nd edition of Blind Car Rally of Patiala. It is a proud moment for us that this event is now a part of "Patiala Heritage Week" being celebrated by Government of Punjab from 18th to 25th Feb 2018. The rally registration fee of Rs 2000 and documents* need to be submitted at Amar Ashram, Patiala. DOCUMENTS* Driving License, Registration Certificate,Insurance, Pollution Certificate, Authorization letter in case the vehicle is not registered under the Driver`s Name. Kindly call Read More...

Events February 17, 2018

Losing his arms has not stopped Ganesh Kamath from running a successful business

The story behind the successful Mangalore-based company GK Decorators is quite incredible. Company founder lost both arms in an accident The man who started the company is Ganesh Kamath, and when it comes to organising major events in the region, his company GK Decorators is the one everyone goes to. His form recently did the entire set up for the Dharma Sansad in Udupi. What is remarkable about Kamath is that he is also a double amputee, who lost both his hands in an electrical accident many years Read More...

Get-hooked January 2, 2018

Why We Don't Deserve To Live - My Take by Swarnalatha J , founder of Swarga Foundation

In My Take this week, Swarnalatha J, founder of the Swarga Foundation, which works towards promoting awareness about neuro muscular disorders, makes a passionate, moving case for inclusion. Shyam Sundar, who is 14 years old, and is affected with Muscular Dystrophy is one of the brightest boys in his class. He's 5.5 feet tall and weighs about 50 kilos. It's difficult for people to lift him. There are no ramps to classrooms and no accessible toilets in his school. He stopped attending classes and studies Read More...

Get-hooked December 15, 2017

In a welcome move, therapy for autism to be free of cost at private centers in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to include therapy for autism under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme. This means the therapy will be free of cost in private centers. Autism spectrum disorder affects social interaction and communication skills in children. Since it is a neurological condition, the therapy for autism has been listed as one of the treatments to be borne under the CMCHIS scheme. The treatment is costly and the inclusion of the therapy will help poorer families. Read More...

Get-hooked November 18, 2017

For the first time, proposal to set up homes for the disabled in Washim, Maharashtra

For the first time in Maharashtra, a Municipal Council has sent a proposal to build homes for the disabled under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The proposal has been sent by the Washim Municipal Council and has been approved by the appraisal committee. Washim is located in the Vidarbha region. The proposal has to get the approval of the state-level monitoring committee before it is sent to the central government for final approval. The proposal suggests building 101 homes in Washim, and there is a Read More...

Get-hooked November 9, 2017

Deaf boy raises funds to buy hearing aids for deaf kids!

Braden Baker was just 10 years old when he was diagnosed as being deaf. He grew up wearing hearing aids, and realized how valuable they were when the family dog destroyed them, twice. That led him to realize how expensive they were because hearing aids are not covered by insurance. His parents told him he had to become more careful. Braden started thinking about other deaf kids who are unable to afford such costly devices. So, he started a fundraising page on GoFundMe. Braden uses his mother's Facebook Read More...

Get-hooked October 4, 2017

Odisha government to give free pre-recruitment coaching to disabled

The government of Odisha has announced that it will arrange for free coaching to be given to people with disabilities in the state. The coaching will be given for the recruitment tests in different posts to eligible candidates. The government took the decision in view of the success achieved by several disabled people in different competitive examinations this year. The coaching will help the disabled people get jobs in various departments like banking, Staff Selection Commission (SSC), OSSC, railway and Read More...

Get-hooked August 25, 2017

Why the RPWD matters to me

For deep-rooted permanent change to happen there is a need for updated laws and a mechanism to implement them. Then truly differences would be leveraged as every child has an inner talent and their positives are applauded rather than be 'labeled' disabled. The disabled must have equal rights to education, employment, rehabilitation, enterprise, sports, leisure and recreation, property, insurance, travel and more. The 150 million people with disabilities in our country need to be given equal opportunity to Read More...

Get-hooked December 14, 2016

Mobility solutions for people with disabilities - My Take

I always had a passion for cars and could not imagine anyone missing out on the joy of driving. I started off by modifying a car for a friend and then experimented on my own car. Then I took it forward by doing this for friends. Soon, people with all types of requirements started reaching out. I felt there was an unmet need and that I must do what I enjoy doing, which is reach out to people with disabilities. Many think that people with disabilities cannot drive. They are, in fact, among the safest drivers Read More...

Get-hooked August 31, 2016


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