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Volume 6 Issue 11

November 15, 2009


  • Right to Read and Copyright Challenges

    There is an estimated 70 million people in India who cannot read the printed word or are ‘print impaired’. The solution for them is to convert information into formats such as Braille, large print, audio, electronic and other formats which they can access using assistive technologies. Well, let’s do that then. What is the problem, you may ask. But it is easier said than done. Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. takes a look.



  • N.C.P.E.D.P. Chairperson receives Japan’s highest civilian honour
    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Chairperson of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) was awarded ‘The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun’ in Tokyo, by His Majesty, Akihito, Emperor of Japan, for his outstanding contribution in promoting bilateral economic relations between Japan and India on November 5
  • 11th N.C.P.E.D.P. Shell Helen Keller Awards announced
    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The winners of the much coveted N.C.P.E.D.P. Shell Helen Keller Awards for 2009 have been announced. This is the 11th edition of these awards instituted by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.), to honour individuals and organisations who have been working towards promoting equal opportunities and providing gainful employment for persons with disabilities. The Awards will be given on December 2 in New Delhi.
  • ‘No to Amendments! Yes to New Law!!’ is the war cry for World Disability Day 2009
    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: World Disability Day (W.D.D.) is just around the corner. Like every year, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) is organizing ‘Walk to Freedom’ at India Gate, New Delhi. N.C.P.E.D.P. has been celebrating W.D.D. for twelve successive years with the aim of making this one-day a memorable and special day for all disabled people and their supporters. Thousands of disabled people from across the country throng India Gate to celebrate this day on December 3.
  • Accessibility knowledge series launched
    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: In the run up to Techshare India 2010, to be held on February 15 and 16, an educational series to inform and introduce people to accessibility and assistive technology has been launched. The series christened ‘Accessibility Knowledge Series’, over the next few months, will endeavour to clear the doubts that citizens normally have on disability issues and will address how to bridge the barriers that persons with disabilities face.
  • Ministry fixes no technical criteria for conducting access audits!
    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: After a fourteen year slumber, the Ministry of Urban Development recently jolted into action to make public places accessible to disabled persons. Accordingly, it invited tenders from interested parties to conduct access audits of 50 government buildings in Delhi. However, an application filed under Right to Information (R.T.I.) Act has revealed shocking details.
  • Military schools debar disabled children

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: A Public Interest Litigation (P.I.L.) has been filed in the Delhi High Court against the discriminatory advertisements for admission into military schools run by the Government of India, which debar disabled children from taking part in the admission process.

  • Doctors ditch camp meant to disburse disability certificates

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: In a shocking incident of government apathy, around a hundred disabled children who travelled miles through a hilly terrain to attend a camp for disbursing disability certificates at Shillai, Himachal Pradesh were left in the lurch as the doctors who were supposed to attend the camp did not turn up.

  • U.N. resolution to align M.D.G.s towards disability issues
    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: United Nation’s General Assembly has come up with a resolution for realising the Millennium Development Goals (M.D.G.s) for persons with disabilities urging governments and Member States to explicitly include disability issues and persons with disabilities in national plans and tools designed to contribute to the full realization of M.D.G.s.
  • Shameful discrimination against disabled people

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: A wheelchair user is refused entry into a nightclub in Kolkata. Another is denied entry into a music concert in Mumbai. No, we are not talking about the pre Independence era nor are we talking about apartheid. This is 21st century India. Shocking but true!

  • Demand for audio description of Bollywood films on the rise

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: A survey conducted by Royal National Institute of Blind People (R.N.I.B.), a U.K. based organisation, has revealed that there is a strong demand for audio description of Bollywood films. The survey was conducted to explore the potential interest in audio described Bollywood films among blind and partially sighted film viewers in the U.K. Majority stated that they were more likely to watch a Bollywood film with audio description than without it and most preferred the description to be in Hindi.