The passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal parliamentary session. Nearly a decade after India signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it has finally made its domestic laws compliant with the charter. Apart from meeting global commitments, the law is needed to realise the vast human potential the nation wastes at present.
Although, as per Census 2011, only 2.2% of the population has disabilities, there is general agreement that a more realistic number is 4-5% of the population, with elimination of underreporting and a broader definition now adopted in the law to embrace 21categories including autism, thalassemia and victims of acid attacks.
Source : http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-editorials/passage-of-the-disabilities-act-was-only-redeeming-feature-of-this-parliament-session/