Smriti Irani says greater sensitisation needed on issues related to special needs

Union minister Smriti Irani has asked families having members with special needs to come forward and talk about it. She says this is important to sensitise people about the issue.

Irani, who was speaking at the Inclusive India Summit 2017 said that such sensitisation drives are required more in rural areas where many people are reluctant to say they have a family member with special needs in their household.

She also said there is a need to counsel parents and family members on dealing with disabled people so they don't feel like a burden on their family and society.

She assured all support and cooperation from her ministry for spreading all relevant information and publicising all schemes through Doordarshan and All India Radio to sensitise the masses.

She said career counselling for persons with disabilities should also be given due importance. Irani also said that technology must be used to support the disabled.

Inclusive India Initiative is an awareness campaign of the National Trust aimed at reducing the barriers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, by making workplaces, public zones and educational institutes more inclusive and accessible.

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