Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology (ICT), or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes or discrimination. The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.
and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights recognized by
the CRPD and are not only objectives, but also pre-requisites for the enjoyment
of other rights. The CRPD (Article 9, accessibility) seeks to enable persons
with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of
life and development. It calls upon States Parties to take appropriate measures
to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to all aspects of society,
on an equal basis with others, as well as to identify and eliminate obstacles
and barriers to accessibility.
The commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2012 provides an opportunity to address this exclusion by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.
The Times of India, 3 Dec 2012 - Few ATMs disabled-friendly
Hindustan Times, 3 Dec 2012- Access denied: Delhi not for disabled
Health India, 3 Dec 2012 - IDPwD: How inclusive and accessible is our society?
The Times of India, 29 Oct 2012 - No ease of access for disabled to post offices
The Statesman, 5 Nov 2012 - Capital Shocker: Post offices lack facilities for disabled
The Hindu, 12 Nov 2012 - Many post offices not accessible to disabled, reveals RTI query
Cross The Hurdle Magazine - TravelAbility: Inaccessible Sim's Park
Barriers to information and communications technology
Accessibility report of Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) survey of 7,800 websites of the Government of India
The Asian Age, 3 Dec 2012 - 33% of students with learning disability are gifted
Millennium Post, 4 Dec 2012 - Black armband silent protest against GTB Hospital
Millennium Post, 7 Aug 2012 - Delhi's policy for disabled has a long way to go : RTI
Dainik Jagran, 21 June 2012 - Discrimination of PwD's in getting assistive devices
DNIS, Mar, 2011 - MSJE doesn't consider disabled doctors fit for teaching jobs
The Silent Indian National Anthem
Dr Satendra Singh's interview on P7 news channel