Status of implementation of the CRPD in India

The article is presented as an introduction to CRPD Alternate Report for India (download) drafted by the ‘ the  ‘National Coalition towards the CRPD parallel report’ Co-led by AccessAbility, Puttaparthi; EQUALS Centre for Promotion of Social Justice, Chennai and. Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse, Pune. This article has been written by Shivani Gupta,…

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My wheelchair is not my identity

I became disabled when I was 22 years old in a car accident. There was a very marked change in people’s behaviour towards me, and one of the first things that struck me was the charitable attitude of the “non-disabled” people towards persons with disabilities. I can recall clearly one incident that occurred not long after…

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Persons with disabilities in Rural India

I met with two young people with disabilities [both SCI] a couple of days back living in the Rural areas of Andhra Pradesh. When I met them I could see how lucky I am not to be born in such a remote area and to poor family. This young man became disabled when he was…

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Living Independently and being included in the community

Living Independently and being included in the community  In my first reading of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2012, I was very glad to see it being included under the heading ‘Right to Live in the Community’ the words used in this section are very similar to what the CRPD says making it…

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Chiang Mai, Thailand in a wheelchair

I can describe Chiang Mai as a land of steep ramps. With steep ramps one may think that ravelling on a motorised wheelchair would be ideal, but mind you that public transport (tuk-tuk and songthaew) is not accessible and one needs to use regular saloon taxis to get around where carrying a motorised wheelchair may…

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Universal Design India Principles

Co-authors: Abir Mullick, Anjlee Agarwal, Balaram S., Debkumar Chakrabarti, Gaurav Raheja, Haimanti Banerjee, Rachna Khare, Ravi Shankar and Shivani Gupta (In alphabetical order) copyright: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad Disclaimer The UDI principles are stand alone universal design ideologies that  focus in Indianness and inclusivity as they relate to age, gender, disability, caste, class, religion, poverty…

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Disability and the UK Visa

I had been invited for a business meeting to London on a short notice. I knew getting a visa for UK was not an easy task at all and needed time. I asked the company I was going to meet and who was sponsoring my trip to send invitation letters for me and my carer…

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