2019 is EC’s Year of Accessible Elections but what we want is a disabled MP in Parliament

One of the big claims of the Election Commission in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls was making voting booths disability-friendly with ramps and accessibility apps. But we need to go beyond just accessible voting. People with disabilities also want a voice in India’s Parliament. There’s now a strong consensus emerging in India’s disability community that regardless of… Read More 2019 is EC’s Year of Accessible Elections but what we want is a disabled MP in Parliament

Dr Deepa Malik, the epitome of ‘ability beyond disability’

Athlete, traveller, motivational speaker, entrepreneur are some of the many hats that Dr Deepa Malik dons and earlier last week she was bestowed with the coveted Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 from the Prime Minister of New Zealand. On her brief visit to New Zealand to receive the Fellowship, Dr Malik was able to… Read More Dr Deepa Malik, the epitome of ‘ability beyond disability’

“Treat us as equals” – Disabled staff manning voting booth in Delhi send out a loud, clear message

Monika Dhankhar sounds exhausted and happy at the end of a grueling day spent officiating at the polling station in Ambedkar Nagar, South Delhi. This was the only booth in the national capital manned by people with disabilities. Dhankhar, 30, a nurse at a government-run hospital was happy to forego a Sunday with husband and… Read More “Treat us as equals” – Disabled staff manning voting booth in Delhi send out a loud, clear message