India Rehabilitation policies, Some Local Level Initiatives for Inclusion

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  • First global report on disability

    • 1 billion disabled people worldwide: 15 pc of the global population

  • Despite all the shift towards inclusion, disabled people remain ‘second class citizens’ according to WHO and WB

  • Barriers/Problems

    • Stigma/negative social attitude

    • Discrimination

    • Lack of adequate healthcare and rehabilitation services

    • Inaccessible transport, buildings and information/built environment

    • A large proportion of the physically challenged are not even aware of their entitlements


  • Census 2001: 2.19 crore persons with disabilities in India (2.13% of the total population)

  • India is a signatory to the Proclamation on the Full Participation and Equality of People with Disabilities in the Asian and the Pacific Region.

  • The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995

    • Notes

    • Provides for the Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities which has been mandated to take steps to safeguard the rights of the persons with disabilities

  • Compliance with the recommendations in the law has been extremely uneven

    • Because it says that the concerned organisations/governments/local bodies should adopt these measures within the “limits of their economic capacity and development”

Other initiatives by the govt

  • Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India, 1972

  • National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation

  • Rehabilitation Council of India Act, 1992

  • National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disability Act, 1999

  • National Policy for Persons with Disabilities 2006

    • Physical rehab

    • Educational rehab

    • Economic rehab

  • New legislation for persons with Disabilities has been proposed

Some Local Level Initiatives for Inclusion

  • Mayurbhanj District Administration (Orissa) launched an initiative called ‘Window of Hope’

  • Re-engineering of complex government processes to suit the needs of the differently abled peoples

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