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Volume 5 Issue 3

February 01, 2007


  • The Invisible Minority
    The Times of India has chosen Disability as one of the themes for its ‘India Poised’ campaign. The following article by Javed Abidi, Convenor, Disabled Rights Group, is part of the series in this focus area. This is an unabridged version of the one published in The Times of India on 25 January 2007.


  • “People see in me the willingness to fight for what I believe in:” Judith Heumann
    Judith Heumann is a well known American disability rights activist. Heumann was among those who pioneered modern legislation recognising that the U.S. Constitution guarantees equality of access and opportunity to persons with disabilities. She co-founded World Institute on Disability. She also served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Further, she was appointed the World Bank’s first full-time Advisor on Disability and Development in 2002. She is now lead Consultant, Global Partnership for Disability and Development (G.P.D.D.). Heumann was in Delhi for the G.P.D.D. meet and here she shares her views and experiences with Chitra S. Shankar.


  • G.P.D.D. meeting to be held in Delhi
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Global Partnership for Disability and Development (G.P.D.D.) meet is being organised on 01 February 2006 at Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, with the Government and civil society participating.
  • Meet on multiple sclerosis in Chennai
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Madras Neuro Trust 2007 recently organised a three-day meet in Chennai to address the concerns of patients with multiple sclerosis (M.S.), a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the central nervous system.

  • S.C. asks Punjab & Haryana H.C. to re-examine plea of visually disabled person
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Supreme Court has asked the Punjab & Haryana High Court (H.C.) to examine afresh the plea of a visually disabled ex-serviceman Shiv Dass, who filed a petition claiming disability pension even though his service was terminated 23 years ago.

  • Madras High Court orders issuance of notice on circular against blind
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Madras High Court has ordered the issuance of notice returnable by February first week on a writ petition filed by a blind person, Sekar from Porur, seeking to quash a circular of the National Securities Depository Limited (N.S.D.L.) in Mumbai, imposing certain conditions with regard to visually impaired people opening an account with the I.C.I.C.I. Web Trade in Chennai. The First Bench comprising Chief Justice A. P. Shah and Justice K. Chandru ordered the issuance of notice to Union Social Welfare Secretary, Union Finance Secretary, I.C.I.C.I. Web Trade Managing Director, and N.S.D.L. President.
  • Make toilets disabled-friendly: Delhi High Court
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Unhappy over the non-compliance of its earlier orders to make public toilets disabled-friendly, the Delhi High Court has directed Delhi Chief Secretary to convene a meting of M.C.D. and N.D.M.C. top officials immediately.

  • Health Ministry’s national programme offers hope for hearing impaired
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Health Ministry has finally decided to address the menace of deafness, a physical ailment that affects one out of every 12 Indians. The Ministry is launching its first national programme for prevention and control of this disability.

  • Bihar Government concerned over rise in polio cases
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Bihar Government is worried over the alarming rise in polio cases in the state. According to official sources, during the launch of the first polio round for 2007, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the State Health Department to coordinate with all governmental and non-governmental agencies with the pledge to work with “renewed vigour” to eradicate polio.
  • Injectable polio vaccine for places where people say no to polio drops
    D.N.I.S. News Network – In order to bring under control the increasing number of polio cases in the high-risk areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked international agencies to procure injectable polio vaccine for pilot testing in these areas.

  • Finnish law student and activist beats dual disability
    D.N.I.S. News Network – 25-year-old Riku Virtanen, who recently visited Delhi on the invitation of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, is studying to be a human rights lawyer in a top university in Finland. What distinguishes his feat is the fact that he is deaf-blind.

  • Alzheimer’s gene only in old age: Study
    D.N.I.S. News Network – According to a new study, a gene that predisposes its carriers to Alzheimer’s disease appears to get activated only in old age and has nothing to do with mental declines that are sometimes seen early in life.