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Volume 4 Issue 16

August 15, 2006


  • Born into bondage in ‘Free India’
    As we commemorate India’s 60th year of Independence, Javed Abidi, Executive Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.), and Convenor of Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.) that effectively lobbied for the passage of The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, through his critical commentary, portrays the abysmal picture as far as India’s 70 million disabled citizens are concerned.


  • Are Indian disabled citizens truly independent?
    As the current issue of D.N.I.S. happens to coincide with our country’s Independence Day, we decided to ask a dozen leaders from the Indian cross-disability movement one pertinent question - Are Indian disabled citizens truly independent?


  • Disabled tribal girl denied medical seat
    D.N.I.S. News Network – What polio could not do, the Veer Surendra Sai (V.S.S.) Medical College authorities have managed to do – shatter the spirits of a disabled tribal girl, Susmita Horo. The student was denied admission to M.B.B.S. course by the medical college in Burla, on grounds that she was disabled beyond the accepted norm.
  • Bright dyslexic girl denied admission in College of Art
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Sonum Gayatri Malhotra, a bright student having dyslexia, has secured 84 per cent in Class XII. Yet, the College of Art, Delhi, has refused admission to her in Bachelor of Fine Arts course, on grounds that she has not submitted the ‘suitability’ certificate from Ministry of Labour’s Vocational Rehabilitation Centre.

  • Victim of ignorance; mentally ill chained at home for years
    D.N.I.S. News Network – When it comes to mental illness, majority of the people in India are ignorant about most aspects of this disability. The stigma attached to mental illness is such that they prefer to turn a blind eye to it, and also pretend that those suffering from the illness are non-existent by simply shutting the doors on them. Faridkot district in Punjab is a case in point.
  • 85-year-old man fights for 45 years; yet not given disability certificate
    D.N.I.S. News Network – This can happen only in India! An 85-year-old man, who lost both his arms and an eye in the early 60s, has been trying for the last 45 years to get himself a disability certificate from the Himachal Pradesh Government, to earn a paltry pension. And all in vain.
  • N.P.d.O. organises State Level Consultation on N.R.E.G.A. & Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
    D.N.I.S. News Network – A State Level Consultation on N.R.E.G.A. & Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities was recently organised by Network of Persons with Disabilities Organisations (N.P.d.O.), in Hyderabad.

  • I.S.I.C. to start Masters in Prosthetics & Orthotics
    D.N.I.S. News Network - The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (I.S.I.C.), Delhi, has taken a major initiative by deciding to introduce Masters in Prosthetics & Orthotics (M.P.O.) course. The aim of this programme is to impart knowledge and skills on technical advancements and promote research in the field of rehabilitation that deals with use of advanced aids.

  • I.C.A.M.B.S. announces commencement of academic programmes
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Institute of Child and Adolescents Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (I.C.A.M.B.S.) has announced the commencement of academic programmes from the first week of September 2006. The new education programme announced, is the first of its kind in the country.
  • Book on Cerebral Palsy released in the Capital
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Sage Publications launched a book “Management of Cerebral Palsy: A Transdisciplinary Approach” at the United Nations House, in the Capital recently.

  • Manual dealing with Sensory Integration dysfunction published
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Sabala (ActionAid India) and Bangalore Children’s Hospital have jointly published a manual titled “Making Sense of Sensory Integration”.
  • Study reveals that obesity causes dementia
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The chances of middle-aged people developing dementia later in life have been calculated for the first time in a study that also outlines key lifestyle changes required to reduce the risk.