Sunday, September 5, 2010


CBR Forum E-News Bulletin
– A Compilation of News, Information and Updates
August 2010 - CBR Forum - E- News Bulletin
Networking, Advocacy and Lobbying – in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and enhance the potential to exercise these rights.
Compiled by:
C. Mahesh, Advocacy Coordinator
New law on anvil for welfare of disabled
The government will bring a new legislation to harmonise the provisions of the Persons with Disability Act with the spirit and principles of the UN Convention, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik said Thursday.

New Legislation to replace Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995

Meeting Minutes of the Committee

Disabled quota push

New Delhi, Aug. 13: For the first time, a job quota will be thrust on the private sector if the government accepts a panel’s recommendation for reservations for the disabled and turns it into law.

‘New disability law shrouded in secrecy'
BANGALORE: Ironic as it is, the process of drafting the new disability law that seeks to do away with the “regressive and outdated” Persons with Disability Act (1995) is non-inclusive and entirely opaque, disability rights activists decry.

‘Disability law drafting process non-consultative’
Disability activists from across the State have urged the panel set up by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to draft the new Disability Bill to include the community and make the process transparent. Disability and Census of 2011
Counting the “invisible” children of Mother India.

Boy overcomes cerebral palsy, gets seat in IIT
Noida: Ali Abbas smiled contentedly as friends and family poured in to congratulate him on cracking the IIT-JEE.The son of a former additional district judge,R H Zaidi,Abbas had fought against all odds he suffers from cerebral palsy since birth to realise his dream of studying in the prestigious institution.

Cerebral Palsied person succeded in CA
Ajeetsingh Shekhawat of Gandhinagar Gujarat is a rare case of such jiant success.

Change your mindset on physically challenged: Bombay high court tells govt
Krutika Purohit, 17, had nursed the dream of being a physiotherapist since she was nine. However, with her visual disability, clearing the MHCET for pursuing a degree course in physiotherapy with a good score and obtaining

Visually challenged girl can attend class

A 17-year-old visually challenged girl, who was denied admission to a physiotherapy course because of her disability, can attend lectures until her petition is decided, the Bombay High Court ruled on Tuesday.

Speech impaired girl cracks BE
Shweta Kulkarni is first such girl from Karnataka to accomplish this task

Bombay high court opens MBBS door for disabled student
Just days after it told the state government that the latter needed to change its mindset in accommodating the disabled, the Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the state to grant a 19-year-old physically challenged student provisional admission to an MBBS course.

A girl of grit and determination
Losing her right arm in a train mishap, Shreya Sen learns to use her left

'Include dyslexia as a disability while amending RTE Act'
Taking forward the agenda set by actor Aamir Khan in the Bollywood film Taare Zameen Par, a Parliamentary Committee has suggested that dyslexia and any other type of disability, if existing, need to be included in the definition of “child with disability” while amending the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill 2010.

'Governmet schools more disabled-friendly'
CHENNAI: Members of the Spastic Society along with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan conducted an awareness rally here on Monday, demanding that more number of physically-challenged children should be inducted into the government schools. They felt that government schools were more disabled-friendly than private schools.

No admission in hostel for visually impaired
LUCKNOW: The hall of residence for visually impaired students in the Lucknow University, the Acharya Narendra Deo (AND) hostel, is yet to see an entry.

Disabled kids not getting proper care at Shishu Grih
LUCKNOW: The change of guard at the Rajkiya Shishu Grih on Prag Narain Road has hit the disabled children hard.

Disabled lecturer accuses professor of harassment
CHENNAI: A young physically challenged doctorate degree holder, who was appointed as a lecturer in the History department in the Presidency College (Evening College), a government-run institution, has filed a police complaint alleging that a professor in the department had prevented him from assuming charge.

Handicapped due to lack of disabled-friendly vehicles
Organising Committee now shopping for special mini buses to ferry physically challenged VIPs during CWG

For disabled on capital roads hurdles remain
With thousands of disabled visitors and athletes expected in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games, the government is hard at work to make the city "disabled-friendly".

PCI asks disabled swimmers to arrange funds for World C''ship
New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) Highlighting the discrimination faced by disabled athletes, an NGO has alleged that country's top handicapped swimmers have been asked by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) to find individual sponsors to participate in this month's World Championship in Holland.

Paralympic swimmers run for sanction
NEW DELHI: For the first time, Indian swimmers - four of them with varying levels of disability - have qualified for the biggest event in paralympic swimming, the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championship in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Specially-abled athletes cry foul
Even as the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games and other civic agencies are being sharply criticised for failing to complete the work on time in connection with the Commonwealth Games-2010, the disabled athletes seems to have been completely left behind.

Disabled athletes protest discrimination, mismanagement
Braving the heavy rain, hundreds of disabled athletes Tuesday protested outside Sports Minister M.S. Gill's residence here, condemning the rampant mismanagement in disability sports in India.

Disabled athletes to gherao Sports Minister's home
Angry at the continued apathy of the union sports minister towards sports for the disabled, hundreds of disabled athletes and activists from all over the country will protest outside the minister's residence in Delhi on Tuesday. "Under the banner of Disabled Rights Group (DRG), the disabled athletes and disability activists will gherao the residence of M.S. Gill at Mother Teresa Road," said Javed Abidi, convener, Disabled Rights Group

Anand lends monetary support to visually impaired players
NEW DELHI: In a kind gesture, Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand is giving financial support to Indian team in their preparation for the World Blind Chess Championship to be held in Belgrade, Serbia from August 26 to September 4.

Drive to check fake disability certificates
To check the issuance of disability certificates to ineligible people, the state’s Department for Disabled Welfare will be issuing certificates to beneficiaries through open camps.

1 booked for ''fake'' disability certificate
CHANDIGARH: UT police has booked a Sector-21 woman resident for producing a fake disability certificate before Panjab University for getting admission in its department of law under the physically-handicapped quota in 1986.

31 disabled protestors held
Thirty one physically challenged men were arrested for protesting outside the muniicpal commissioner’s office by taking off their shirts on Tuesday. The protestors said 20 of them had paid deposits to the corporation for allocation of stalls but only six were allotted stalls. The rest were waiting to get their stalls for the last 10 months, they claimed.

'Cops lack sensitivity for disabled'
CHENNAI: Yet another effort by the differently-abled to reach out to the State government failed in the city when police lathi-charged a group of visually challenged people proceeding to meet Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who also holds the portfolio of their welfare.

Haryana gives free travel facility to people with 100 percent disability
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has given another facility to the hundred per cent physically challenged persons as now they would be able to travel free in State Roadways buses also to Delhi and Chandigarh for treatment at hospitals. The person accompanying such physically challenged persons would also be entitled to travel free in the State Roadways buses.

It's Bus Day out for the disable
BANGALORE: "Where am I sitting? Is it a car or a bus?" That's what 6-year-old Ameena asked while travelling with transport minister R Ashoka in a Volvo bus on Wednesday.

No entry for disabled in parks?
CHANDIGARH: Known for having spacious environs and pedestrian-friendly roads…The revolving gates installed at most city parks as well as other spaces in the green belt keep the disabled at bay.

A ray of hope for the disabled
CHENNAI: A job fair for the disabled saw 53 private companies interviewing 2,070 candidates and shortlisting 479 of them on Sunday, lending them a ray of hope after having knocked in vain at the doors of the government for long.

An exclusive market for the disabled
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: This Onam season is bringing to an end the desperate wait of disabled persons in front of markets. The Cooperative Department-supported Onam market for disabled will be inaugurated at Mudavanmugal on Tuesday. It will be a market for the disabled by the disabled.

Attempts to find shelter for disabled abandoned boy fail
Read more: Attempts to find shelter for disabled abandoned boy fail

Tenant, friend held for killing blind couple
The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested two persons for the murder of a visually impaired couple in Vivek Vihar.

Breaking the sounds of silence
It requires ample of patience and a patient perseverance to teach the hearing impaired. That is the first and the only qualification for a person to take up a course in teaching the hearing impaired.

Jaipur: Hearing impaired bike lifter arrested
Jaipur: A hearing impaired youth has been arrested in Jaipur for allegedly stealing motorcycles, police said on Friday.
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Bengal job score: less than 1%
New Delhi, Aug. 18: Not even 1 per cent households in Bengal got the promised 100 days’ work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in 2009, the latest report of the rural development ministry has revealed.

Metro paves path for blind
The heart of the city’s public transport system has finally opened its eyes to the needs of the visually challenged.

Making freedom work
When Javed Abidi, who suffers from a spinal malady, went to the US for studies in the 1980s, he was pleasantly surprised to find that he could access every nook and corner of the campus on his wheel chair. But back home in Delhi, most public places were not disabled-friendly, remembers Abidi. Not that it was surprising. There was no law governing the rights of people with disabilities.

New media programmes for differently-abled
The department of communication and journalism at the Mumbai University, and the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped have come together for the first time to take on the issues of differently-abled persons and accessible media, websites and universal design. While the university and the institute have had many collaborative programs in the past, this course is a completely new addition.

NTPC to open new facilities at Korba hospital
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will open a Directly Observed Treatment Centre (DOT) and a District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) at its Korba hospital to take care of tuberculosis patients and disabled persons

Indian disabled dancers perform with hope
Physically disabled boys as well as deaf and mute girls perform "Bharatanatyam on wheels" during their practice session in New Delhi August 22, 2010

Theatrical sight
Around 55 visually impaired girls attended a theatre workshop to combat stage fear and develop communication skills

Shoot without sight
The local students of Blind With Camera Project were merited in reverse when at an exhibition of their photographs at the NCPA in 2007, an ageing individual declared indignantly that those pictures could not have been taken by the visually impaired: they must have been shot by people with sight, and were being palmed off as blind art. In his defence, at his age it’s probably easier to believe a technological miracle than a social one

Call the blind, blind and not disabled: Gulzar
“One needs to call the blind, blind instead of different names such as challenged, disabled or impaired,” said lyricist Gulzar as he inaugurated a three day ‘Disability Awareness Program’ at the American Center, Churchgate, on Monday.

My picnic to Bannerghatta National Park


Third session of the Conference of States Parties (UNHQ New York)
1-3 September 2010, UNHQ New York

Int’l Quran Contest for the Hearing-impaired Planned in Kuwait
According to Al-Ray daily, the contest will be organized by the Al-Islah cultural-social institute with the cooperation of Kuwait-based Al-Raya Company.

Mass. court sets rules on testimony by disabled
BOSTON - The highest court in Massachusetts has issued new guidelines to ensure witnesses with disabilities that affect how they communicate get a fair chance to testify in court.

London 2012 Paralympics: Channel 4 makes disability sport its main event
Channel 4 announces 150 hours of live event coverage, proving its commitment showcasing London 2012 Paralympics.

Disability rights activist calls for shutdown of Presto
Disability rights activist David Lepofsky is calling on the Ontario government to shut down Presto until what he says are barriers to visually impaired and dyslexic people are removed.

Qld wants disabled to vote from home
Voters with a disability may be able to cast their ballot from home under a proposal by Queensland's state electoral commission.

Visually Impaired Runnerto Run in European Meet
The visually impaired sprinter Jason Smyth, 23, will be the first Paralympic champion to compete at the European Championships.

Equal opportunities emphasized for disabled persons
ISLAMABAD: Effort should be made for empowerment and economic rehabilitation of disabled persons and they should be provided equal opportunities in every segment of the society, believed participants in three-day Regional leadership conference for persons with Disabilities in South Asia inaugurated on Saturday.

Disabled woman 'may have starved to death after her carer mother died suddenly'
A disabled woman may have been left to starve to death after her mother, who cared for her full time, died suddenly in her bed.
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Cardiff arts venue tours for visually impaired
Blind and visually impaired people will be able to explore an iconic Cardiff venue with a series of special tours.

Paraplegic blazes trail riding motocross
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — On a chilly Mother's Day in 2002, Bob Mrozek, a high school junior and motocross racer, took his off-road motorcycle out on a familiar trail. His journey ended abruptly when he lost control and was hurled over the handlebars. He lay three hours in a ditch before help arrived

50% of Brazilian buses for persons with disabilities-Veep
Accra, Aug. 11, GNA - Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday announced that 50 per cent of buses expected from Brazil would be friendly to persons with disabilities.

Young people with disabilities take to the skies
A group of young people with disabilities will find the sky is the limit this week when they have a free flying lesson at a Bedfordshire airfield.

Disabled man films Northern Rail refusal in Manchester
Qamar Khaliq said he tried in vain to persuade the guard to get him a ramp so he could board the train

Disasters especially tough on people with disabilities, mental disorders
Disaster response teams should adjust for needs of victims in each disaster

Holiday centre for disabled adults opens
A new centre offering short breaks for adults with learning difficulties and complex needs has officially opened in the capital.

C: RESOURCES – Newsletter, Publication,Journal, Guideline,Website
Ministry of Urban Development has prepared Model Building Bye-Laws

Ministry of Urban Development is the nodal Ministry for implementation of barrier-free built environment for the disabled and elderly persons as envisaged in Section 46 of The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

A guide to the UN disability convention
By The Equality and Human Rights Commission

MIW is about making the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) WORK!

Empowered LCD South Asia's News Letter, January 2010 - June 2010, Volume 6, No. 1

Young Voices - Series of films on Disability

GPDD has a new website

Source E-Bulletin: Disability, Inclusion and Development
This email bulletin is a selection of 25 resources recently added to the Source collection on Disability, Inclusion & Development.

Third session of the Conference of States Parties (UNHQ New York)
1-3 September 2010, UNHQ New York

First Announcement of 1st CBR National Seminar
10th & 11th Dec, New Delhi,
Theme - “CBR - Strategy for Inclusive development”
Hosted by Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) India Network

OHCHR study on the role of international cooperation in support of the CRPD
As many of you will know already, the Human Rights Council has requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to develop a study on the Role of international cooperation in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

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