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 grow and build our nation.
A youngster who gets a spinal cord injury post a road accident deserves world-class rehabilitation so he or she can contribute to our economy like any other citizen.
The laws of a country determine how progressive or regressive one is. Passing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill immediately this winter session of 2016 would mean - "We have chosen the path of progress as a Nation."
About the Writer
Dr Ketna L. Mehta is founder-trustee of Nina Foundation, an NGO for rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries. She writes extensively in the field of disability studies.