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My take on Relationships and disability – story on NewzHook.com

In this story on NewzHook.com – only media that focuses on disability in India and publishes news in accessible way, I have shared my thoughts on relationships and disability including a personal experience. This story may may provide inputs on what precautions to be taken while choosing a life partner. Read more on NewzHook.com If you have an experience or idea to solve such incidents, do feel free to leave a comment.

Visually impaired, will travel!

This is a guest post by Divya and Ritu of BAT Travels The visually impaired also need a holiday. A holiday that treats them like equals. Disability tour or disability travel may not be the answer. Inclusive travel, most likely, may be. The lesser conversation we have about how different the disabled people are from able-bodied, the better it is. In fact, the conversation should be, how alike we all are, disabled or able-bodied. And therefore the need to go to a new destination, unwind in the new vibe, and come back learning a thing or two about an earlier…

Nominations Open: 18th NCPEDP – Mindtree Helen Keller Awards – 2017

NCPEDP is one of the pioneer organization that encourages inclusion through recognizing role models. While it’s pride for individual to get recognized, purpose of such awards is actually to motivate others around awardees. Here is an announcement from NCPEDP for upcoming 18thNCPEDP Mindtree Helen Keller Awards 2017. As you are aware, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 1996 working as an interface between various stakeholders – Government, Industry and Civil Society Organisations (both national and international) for the empowerment of persons with disabilities. NCPEDP has long believed that inclusion…

Update: GST on Disability related aids and appliances – still need some rollback

Due to energetic and continued efforts put in by disability activists and others across the country, there has been some progress. Here is a quick updated shared by Mr. Javed Abidi of NCPEDP. Based on the 16th GST Council meeting, the rates have now been revised and are as follows: Braille Typewriters – 5% Braille Paper – 5% Braille Watches – 5% Braillers – 5% Carriages for disabled people – motorised or not – 5% Orthopaedic appliances, including crutches, artificial parts of the body, hearing aids, etc. – 12% Cars for physically disabled persons – 18% Even though the rates…

India is driving towards inclusion… STOP discrimination

On public mailing lists and social media, I have recently came across a few incidents of discrimination of people with disabilities that prompted me to write this post. First one is about Punjab National Bank, who is troubling a potential customer who happens to be blind to open a Bank account. In spite showing Circular issued by The Reserve Bank of India [PDF], bank has declined to open an account and provide facilities like Cheque Book, debit card etc., Bank says that they would require customer to sign on a declaration stating something only customer is responsible for safety of…

Should I disclose my disability in resume? – my prospective

One of the thread taling about if a candidate should or should not mention their disability while writing resume?. Thought I would put my prospective here so that it may be helpful to many more. While I agree with my friend Sameer that it’s important to disclose disability to employer, my take is that it should not be done at the resume level. Because the fact is that even today, we have majority of companies who are not sensitized towards people with disabilities. Mostly, first filtering of resumes will happen at recruitment team and that too by Junior level analysts.…

Disability and terms used

I have been following a hot discussion on social networks about terms used to mention “disability” of a person. In the recent speech of Mann Ki beat by Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, he has appealed country to call people with disabilities as “DIVYANG”; which means a person with divine abilities and this has triggered community of people with disabilities to think through. For several years there are words used like Blind, Visually Handicapped, Physically Handicapped, Deaf and Dumb, Mentally rEtarded, Mentally Handicapped etc., and there wasn’t much of a problem though term sounds a bit rude.…

NGOs, let’s be smart; it’s 2015!

It was in 2010, I wrote a post on how I would like to see disability organizations and we are now in mid of 2015; but I don’t see any much change. I got a call from a disability organization (I prefer not to mention the name) and person who called me is their employment officer; whose responsibility is to identify suitable jobs for their clients and the conversation goes as follows: Me: Hello, this is Srini here Caller:Am I speaking to Srinivasu Me: Yes, you are Caller:Hello, my name is xxxx and I have recently joined xxx organization as…

How the visually impaired can use a computer?

Thanks to NASSCOM Foundation for publishing my below article. Most often, people have a question – can a blind person use a computer? If so, do they need a special keyboard or a special computer? Before answering this question, let me take an example of a typist who never looks at the keyboard but can type with speed and accuracy. How is it possible? Practice! Yes, it’s the same in case of people with vision impairment. They just need to be trained. They do not require a special computer – all that they need is assistive technologies. Firstly, let us…

Thousands of Websites; all are citizen centric; but are they accessible to all citizens – a review

Reproduced from CIS Accessibility Blog Thanks CIS for the opportunity. Today, there are about 7800 Central and state government websites hosted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). They are all certainly citizen centric – whether it is the Ministry of Finance, banks, the passport authority, educational board, transport, consumer affairs, or the most important website that generates revenue for the government – the Income Tax Department. However, the question which we need to ask is whether these websites are up-to-date and accessible to everyone? Internet is often more useful to people who are elderly and for people having disabilities. What…