Trusting states to do right by special education students is a mistake

(THE CONVERSATION) On Sept. 20, the U.S. Department of Education released a new framework to “rethink” how the department oversees special education services for students with disabilities. As part of this framework, the department plans to provide states with “flexibility” and to “acknowledge” that states are “in the best position to determine implementation of their… Read More Trusting states to do right by special education students is a mistake

HC: Allot med seat to visually challenged boy

MADURAI: Criticising officials at Government Medical College, Pudukottai, for citing pedantic reasons to avoid admitting a visually challenged student, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court has directed the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) to admit him in the college. If seats in the Pudukottai college are filled, authorities are to allot a seat in any other college within the state, the court said. Source… Read More HC: Allot med seat to visually challenged boy

Disability rights groups disappointed over Aadhaar verdict

NEW DELHI: Disability rights groups on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court verdict which upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, as they claimed that thousands of  disabled persons would now be denied pensions and other social security schemes.  In a verdict with far reaching impact, the apex court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar but limited the scope of the controversial biometric… Read More Disability rights groups disappointed over Aadhaar verdict

Government fails disability access deadline

BHUBANESWAR:The State Government has failed to make at least 50 per cent of public buildings in the Capital City accessible for differently-abled persons under Accessible India Campaign. Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability (SSEPD) Director Susanta Mohapatra said under the Centre’s Accessible India drive, 50 per cent of all public buildings in the… Read More Government fails disability access deadline

Accessible India: State acknowledges missing deadline

Bhubaneswar: The state government is now publicly accepting the fact that they have failed to meet the Centre’s deadline on Accessible India Campaign (AIC), which mandates making more than half of the public buildings in the state capital and other cities disabled-friendly. This comes in the wake of a petition filed by a after the Supreme… Read More Accessible India: State acknowledges missing deadline

State fails to abide by norms of ‘Accessible India’

Bhubaneswar: The Union government has rejected the proposal of revised estimates sent by the state government relating to upgrading 15 public buildings in the state capital to disabled-friendly sites under the Accessible India campaign. In its communication to the state government, the Centre has said that the former’s proposals are faulty as there are several lacunae… Read More State fails to abide by norms of ‘Accessible India’