RPWD Act 2016 - Educational benefits

The Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 provides special educational facilities for people with benchmark disabilities. Benchmark disability means people with at least 40% of disability.

The Bill says that children with benchmark disabilities between the ages of six to 18 years have the right to free education in a nearby school or a special school if required.

At least 5% of seats must be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities in all government and government-associated schools of higher education.

Persons with disabilities will be allowed a relaxation in the upper age limit by five years for admission in higher education institutes.

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