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#RareDiseases - Indian Rett Syndrome Foundation is raising awareness about this genetic brain disorder

In our July campaign on rare diseases, we look at Rett Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects physical movements, mental growth, and communication skills. The syndrome is found mostly in girls and awareness levels are rather low in India Stigma, misinformation and poor support are just some of the major barriers that families caring for children with Rett Syndrome come up against. Compounding this is the fact that the disorder is mostly linked to girls, who face the burden of stigma much more. The Read More...

Get-hooked July 14, 2019

Finance Minister presents Budget - Key highlights

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the first budget of the second term of the Narendra Modi government. This is the first budget for Sitharaman, who is the second woman finance minister after Indira Gandhi. Here are the key announcements so far: India will become a $3 trillion economy in 2019. For this, there is heavy investment needed in infrastructure, digital economy, job creation. More women-led initiatives promised. One woman in every self help group will also be made eligible for a Read More...

Headlines July 5, 2019

Growing number of fake disability certification rackets highlight need for stricter checks & action

People with disabilities and disorders are provided with some exemptions and benefits by the government that can help them find equal standing in mainstream life. This is being hampered by the fact that many non-disabled people use fake documents to claim the benefits of these schemes. Just this month in Mumbai, the Central Railways busted a major racket in which non disabled people were found using fake disability certificates to corner seats in long-distance trains. This is not a one off. The Mumbai Read More...

Get-hooked June 22, 2019

Breast cancer detection training for blind women to be expanded to more Indian cities

In Story of the Week, we look at the Discovering Hands programme in India under which visually impaired women are being trained to detect breast cancer lumps by touch. This year the programme is being expanded to Bengaluru and Kashmir. Hasiba, 25 years old, had signed up for a computer training course at the National Association for the Blind Center of Blind Women and Disabilities in 2016 when she heard about the Discovering Hands programme that was soon to be launched. Under the programme, visually Read More...

Employment June 12, 2019

Budding poet Neerada uses words to shatter notions about autism

Just 17 years old, Neerada Saseendran has already published two books. This teenager on the autism spectrum is raring to make her mark in the literary world. In poetry, Neerada Saseendran finds a powerful medium to express her views about life. Through words, this 17 year old writes about current affairs and other topics close to her heart. Words also offer her a way to shatter the various myths about autism. As a person on the spectrum, this is something especially close to Neerada’s heart. The Read More...

Get-hooked June 10, 2019

Benefits of possessing a disability certificate

A disability certificate is a document that can be used by people with disabilities to avail some benefits and facilities meant for people of the disabled community. As per the 2011 consensus there are around 3 crore disabled people in the country. There are several schemes that the government in India runs for disabled people and a disability certificate is needed to get the benefits of these. I feel it is important to get a disability certificate as it helps get benefits and exemptions in many Read More...

Get-hooked May 28, 2019

I would rather scale Mt. Everest than buy a car - Guest column by Vishant Nagvenker & Monika S Kshatriya

Our guest columnists this week are Vishant Nagvenker, a statistician in the Department of Tourism, Goa Government of Goa and Monika S Kshatriya, a journalist and filmmaker. The two are part of iDare (Initiative for Disability Awareness Rights and Empowerment) in Goa. For most people a car is not just a mode of transport, it’s a display of their aspirations and success. But for me, it’s a lifeline. I have 75% disability in both the lower limbs. Getting from home to the bus stop or a taxi stand is a Read More...

Accessibility April 29, 2019

Political participation of disabled people under focus at meet of wheelchair users in Kerala

In a massive awareness exercise, the All Kerala Wheelchair Rights Federation (AKWRF) held an annual meet in Kochi for over 100 wheelchair users from across the state. The focus was on the various programmes and schemes that need to be implemented for the welfare of wheelchair users. Rights awareness formed a big part of the focus as well. Some crucial gaps in infrastructure availability were discussed like the lack of disabled-friendly coaches in new trains. In the old trains, exclusive coaches earmarked Read More...

Get-hooked April 8, 2019

Vijaya & Dena Banks merged with Bank of Baroda

Branches of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will function as branches of Bank of Baroda from 1 April after the merger coming into effect. This merger is going to make Bank of Baroda India’s second largest public sector bank after the State Bank of India. The sign boards of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will include Now-Bank of Baroda caption along with it. Big statement from the Bank of Baroda chief at #BSBankingForum. He says the public sector bank had informed the government that it was not ready for a merger Read More...

Headlines April 1, 2019

Narendra Modi addresses rallies at Meerut, Uttarakhand & Jammu

On Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed rallies in Meerut, Uttarakhand and Jammu as part of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. While speaking at the rally at Meerut, Modi said that he is confident of his BJP winning the Lok Sabha elections because the nation has seen how the country has progressed ever since BJP came into power in 2014. Modi added that his party will ensure that there is safety and security in the nation when he is in the Prime Minister. Dear friends, Over the next few Read More...

Headlines March 29, 2019

Wheelchair Basketball Introductory camp at Meghalaya

Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, WBFI is happy to announce our new camp at Meghalaya, Shillong. The Introductory camp on Wheelchair Basketball Organised by Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, WBFI in partnership with District Election Officer, East Khasi Hills District Shillong, Meghalaya, District Sports Promotion Society, East Khasi Hills District,Shillong, Meghalaya And Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd.Event DetailsStarts on: Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 09:30 AMEnds on: Thursday, Read More...

Events March 8, 2019

Army kills 3 JeM terrorists in Pulwama

After the recent suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu & Kashmir, security forces had carried out massive operations to eliminate terrorists from the region. Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon has informed that Indian Army has killed the leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammed- JeM terror group in Jammu and Kashmir. Three terrorists were killed by the army in the state after an encounter in Pulwama yesterday. The terrorist are believed to be heading the operation of JeM in Jammu and Kashmir State. JeM terrorists Read More...

Headlines February 20, 2019

Odisha government pulls up district schools for failing inclusion measures

District level authorities in Odisha have been slacking in making the elementary schools accessible for students with disabilities. Time and again the state government has asked the district education departments to take steps to make government elementary schools inclusive. However, there has been no report filed about progress made in this regard. The Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) has now issued a final reminder and asked schools be made inclusive by 2020 with a report about the Read More...

Education January 6, 2019

PM Narendra Modi addresses last 'Mann ki Baat' of the year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the last 'Mann ki Baat' programme of the year 2018 yesterday. It was the 51st telecast of 'Mann ki Baat' on All India Radio since it was started by PM Modi on 3 October 2014. He spoke about Ayushman Bharat, the health insurance scheme launched by the government. PM Modi also mentioned several achievements of his government such as making electricity available in villages across India, construction of the 'Statue of Unity'. PM Narendra Modi said "Let's come together Read More...

Headlines December 31, 2018

Mithali Raj is highest T20I run scorer in India, beats Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma

Indian cricketer Mithali Raj, who is presently captaining India in the ongoing ICC Women's World T20, has achieved a milestone no other Indian cricketer has until now. Raj is the highest T20I run-scorer for India in the T20I format, and is ahead of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Other cricketers in this list are India women's captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Suresh Raina, and M S Dhoni. The International Cricket Council (ICC) shared her achievement through a tweet. Mithali Raj tops an illustrious list of India's Read More...

Headlines November 17, 2018

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

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

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