Towards a life of dignity and independence

It was the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, but with a difference in Delhi. The 2015 commemoration coincided with 20 years of the passage of the relevant law, The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 — the first-ever legal protection in post-independent India exclusively targeting people with various, though not all, impairments. Appropriately, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), the country’s premier organisation for advocacy, marked the occasion with a consultation among stakeholders to take stock and strategise for the future.
The highlight of the Equality+20 conference was the release of the book, 20 Stories of Change,by Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE). The NCPEDP compilation catalogues the creative use of the current law by people with impairments and by their parents, from remote regions, to ensure that their disability was not held against them in the enjoyment of equal rights and opportunities.

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