India cannot afford to ignore its 35 mn youth with disabilities: National Convention of Youth with Disabilities


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Mumbai/New Delhi: For young Pratishtha Deveshwar, finding an accessible accommodation to live in with an automated wheelchair has been expensive. She has costs that students without disabilities don’t. Besides, traveling around the city, with cabs that cancel when told she is a wheelchair user is frustrating. But her spirit and family’s support keeps her going.
Pratishtha Deveshwar was one of the inspirational participants at ​​NCPEDP’s National Convention of Youth with Disabilities ​​powered by Accenture. A total of 100 persons with disabilities, including 65 students attended the conference from top notch institutes like  IIT (Kharagpur, Hyderabad, Madras, Roorkee, Guwahati, Delhi); IIM (Bengaluru, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Indore, Ranchi), TISS, NIFT New Delhi, School of Planning & Architecture; Symbiosis Law College Pune, University of Punjab, Aligarh Muslim University, Delhi University, Maulana Azad Medical College, among others, pursuing education in various fields like medicine, engineering, social work, design, architecture, and management.

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