Differently abled, but making up just 1% of the IT-ITeS pool

India may be one of the biggest hubs for the IT-ITeS (Information Technology and IT-Enabled services) industry, but the employment opportunities it offers to persons with disabilities are dismal. Less than 1% of the almost 39 lakh employees in these companies are persons with disabilities. “There are no official statistics as many corporates are reluctant… Read More Differently abled, but making up just 1% of the IT-ITeS pool

An architect’s initiative to make art accessible for the visually impaired

  Siddhant secured a post-graduate diploma in Indian arts and aesthetics from Gyan Prabha. A Stavros Niarchos scholar, he completed an MA in Heritage Management from the University of Kent, Greece campus. It was Greece that changed things for Siddhant as he saw how accessible the museums were. These boasted of disabled-friendly galleries, and the… Read More An architect’s initiative to make art accessible for the visually impaired

New app to help users locate disabled-friendly places in India

New Delhi: In a first, a Delhi-based start- up has launched a new smartphone app that can help people with special needs to find disabled-friendly restaurants, tourist locations and other public places across India. The app, called BillionAbles, is India’s first lifestyle app for persons with disabilities and special needs, according to its founder Sameer Garg.… Read More New app to help users locate disabled-friendly places in India

Disability group wants Apex Court to take cognizance of Home Ministry guidelines on national anthem

The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled has asked the Supreme Court to consider, in its next hearing on February 14, issues related with the guidelines prescribed by the Home Ministry on the national anthem vis a vis disabled people. The disability group believes that the guidelines, issued in compliance with the Supreme… Read More Disability group wants Apex Court to take cognizance of Home Ministry guidelines on national anthem

Delhi woman’s plight shows India’s cab services still shun disabled riders

In a post that is now being widely shared, Preeti Singh writes about the plight and humiliation she faced on July 17, when she tried to avail of Uber’s services. But it is clear she’s not alone when it comes to being discriminated. “My disability is not my identity,” 24-year-old Preeti Singh says, with astounding… Read More Delhi woman’s plight shows India’s cab services still shun disabled riders