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Volume 6 Issue 6

September 01, 2009


  • 'Ah, Taj!'- Says the disability sector, but still from a distance
    Recently, Archaeological Survey of India (A.S.I.) announced that the Taj Mahal has been made accessible. N.C.P.E.D.P. commissioned an access audit to verify this claim. Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. takes a look at how the story of Taj Mahal unfolded and how accessible it actually is.


  • "Media glee over the reported accessibility of Taj Mahal may still be premature," Scott Rains
    Scott Rains is an expert on inclusive tourism and universal design. An avid traveller himself, he runs the Rolling Rains Report, a blog on inclusive tourism and Tour Watch, a social networking forum for businesses and individuals catering to travellers with disabilities. In an interview with Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. he shares his experiences in inclusive tourism and sometimes the lack of it!


  • A tribute to Vikas Sharma
    D.N.I.S. News Network: Vikas Sharma (11/05/76 - 22/08/09), Chief Access Consultant, AccessAbility and a post-graduate in Inclusive Environments from U.K., was a respected and loved name in the disability sector. D.N.I.S. pays tribute to the tremendous contribution he made to the sector, his passion for his work and most importantly, for being the person he was.
  • β€œIt is better to repeal the Disability Act and draft a new law,” feels Mukul Wasnik
    D.N.I.S. News Network: In a meeting with a delegation from Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.), on August 29, Mukul Wasnik, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, said he was seriously considering repealing the Disability Act of 1995 and to bring in a new law more in line with U.N.C.R.P.D.
  • N.C.P.E.D.P. forms a national level Core Group on Disability Act 2009
    D.N.I.S. News Network: With a view to broad base the discussion on the proposed amendments to the Disability Act 1995 and to consider the possibility of a new law. N.C.P.E.D.P. is forming a Core Group on "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Respect for Dignity, Effective Participation and Inclusive Opportunities) Act, 2009". The group will have representation from all over the country and across disabilities.
  • Parliament building to become disabled friendly
    D.N.I.S. News Network: Former Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and present Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar has said that the Parliament building would soon become disabled friendly - something that disability rights activists have been demanding for a long time.
  • Department of Information Technology sets up Core Group on draft National Policy on Electronic Access
    D.N.I.S. News Network: Setting a precedence in proactivity for government departments, the Department of Information Technology (D.I.T.) under the Ministry of Information Technology has set up a Core Group to refine the draft National Policy on Electronic Accessibility in a meeting of stakeholders on August 17 in New Delhi. The draft policy has been prepared by N.C.P.E.D.P. in collaboration with BarrierBreak Technologies.
  • B.N. Yugandhar to head N.C.P.E.D.P's Core Group on Rural Development
    D.N.I.S. News Network: B.N. Yugandhar, former member Planning Commission and retired I.A.S. officer is going to head N.C.P.E.D.P.'s Core Group on Rural Development. Yugandhar has been an active supporter of disability issues.
  • Conference of State Parties to U.N.C.R.P.D. on September 2 & 3
    D.N.I.S. News Network: The second session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (U.N.C.R.P.D.) will be held on September 2 and 3 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

  • D.N.I.S. News Network: The Ministry of Human Resource Development has come up with a draft National Policy on Information and Communication Technology in Education which also includes needs of children with disability. D.N.I.S. reported about it in the last issue. But according to Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director, BarrierBreak Technologies, it still has a long way to go.
  • Newly launched Rajya Sabha website not W.C.A.G. compliant
    D.N.I.S. News Network: Showing shocking disregard to government's own guidelines which require websites to be W.C.A.G. 2.0 compliant, the Rajya Sabha’s newly launched website has failed to pass an accessibility test on several counts.
  • A.T.M.s for visually impaired showcased at X.R.C.V.C.
    D.N.I.S. News Network: Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (X.R.C.V.C.), a support and advocacy unit, in collaboration with 2 of the world's largest manufacturers of A.T.M.s, Diebold Systems and N.C.R. Corporation unveiled A.T.M. machines designed for visually impaired people in Mumbai.
  • Revised pension plan to cover disabled siblings of Government employees
    D.N.I.S. News Network: Disabled siblings of Central Government employees will now be eligible for family pension for life. This was said in a statement released by the Ministry of Personnel on August 17.
  • Southern Railways disallows disabled passengers with general tickets from boarding special coach
    D.N.I.S. News Network: In a case of blatant disregard to the principle of inclusion as mandated by U.N.C.R.P.D. and Disability Act, 1995, Southern Railways has decided to accommodate only those disabled passengers who have reserved tickets in the special coach next to guard's cabin in mail and express trains.