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.

Accessibility 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 Asian Age (Delhi Special) 3 Dec 2012

Physical Barriers 

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 

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Attitudinal Barriers 

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

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The Silent Indian National Anthem 

 Dr Satendra Singh's interview on P7 news channel

 
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