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SC Anthem ruling: Home Ministry guidelines for the disabled betray government’s apathy

2017.02.01

The issued guidelines raise the question of lopsided priorities where national symbols like the anthem have been pitted against a basic dignity that the authorities cannot afford to some of its lawful citizens.

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Govt guidelines for disabled during national anthem: Maintain maximum alertness physically

2017.02.01

The Union home ministry has issued guidelines on how people with disabilities can show respect when the national anthem is being played in movie halls or public functions, saying they should not move and position themselves “maintaining the maximum possible alertness physically”.

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CSR for disabled people to get a boost from new law

2017.02.01

With the passage of a new bill on people with disabilities in the winter session and the CSR rules already in place, companies will have more ways to deploy funds

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Fest to celebrate disability, diversity

2017.02.01

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to sensitize people to problems arising from physical disabilities, We Care a travelling festival will showcase films on the theme from across the globe. Set to commence at the Institute of Engineers from Monday, the two-day festival will see the screening of 23 award-winning films. These will include shorts, documentaries and full-length feature films


 

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Expert Talk

Interviews with experts on disability.

Interview with Mr.Manickavelu M, Mindtree

2016.11.04

Manickavelu M (Manix) is Program Director delivering Assistive Technology solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility projects at Mindtree Foundation, Bengaluru.

Manix is involved in number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects supporting under-previledged children category, and specifically Persons with Disability (PwDs).

Getmeenabled team got in touch with Manix over an interview and provide excerpts of the interview here.

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Interview with Prof Shanti Bhattacharya, Dept of Electrical Engineering, IIT Chennai & Namita Jacob Chetana Charitable Trust

2015.12.10

Dr. Shanti Bhattacharya is a Founder Trustee of Chetana Charitable Trust. The Trust seeks to increase awareness on issues of social importance. Shanti is the author of ‘Where is the Button?’, a book for children learning to read, suitable for both the normal and the visually impaired child. In addition to her work on Accessible Reading Materials, she is an enthusiastic birder and enjoys many outdoor activities. Shanti is currently a faculty member in the Dept. of Electrical Engg., at IIT-Madras, and a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for her research on optical devices.

Dr.Namita Jacob is Program Director, Chetana Trust, a volunteer - based organization pioneering projects promoting access to health and education. Their flagship project, the “I COUNT” registry, documented visual abilities in children with developmental disabilities generating system change in services to infants in Chennai. As Advisor with national & international organizations on sensory impairments, multiple disabilities & early childhood development, her work includes direct services, research, professional development and creating resources for individuals with disabilities, their families and professionals who serve them. She authored: What and How does this Child see? with Dr. Lea Hyvarinen and Helping children who are Blind, with Sandy Neiman, used across the world as reference books.

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Interview with Ms Anjlee Agarwal, Founder & Executive Director, Samarthyam

2015.12.10

Ms Anjlee Agarwal, Founder & Executive Director, Samarthyam

Samarthyam is a civil society and research organization founded by persons with disabilities in 1994 and registered in 2001. Samarthyam is accredited by United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Currently working in five countries of Asia Pacific Region- India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Philippines.

 

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Interview with Shankar Subbiah, Assistive Technology Consultant

2015.08.13

   In this interview series, we feature Shankar Subbiah, an assistive technology consultant involved in assisting government departments and NGOs in setting up centres to promote inclusion with the help of assistive technologies. 

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