D.N.I.S. News Network, India: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) in association with Disability Advocacy Group (D.A.G.), Gujarat organised the Gujarat State Consultation on Census 2011 and Disability on January 30 in Ahmedabad. This was a part of the ‘In Search of the Missing Millions…’ campaign of N.C.P.E.D.P. to spread awareness among people with disabilities and their families to get themselves counted in the Census of 2011 to be conducted from February 9 to 28. It was a packed hall and nearly 100 disabled activists and leaders from across the State participated in the Consultation.
The idea was to brainstorm and devise low cost and effective methods to spread awareness on the question on disability in the Census of 2011. Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, N.C.P.E.D.P. said, “We have come to hear your voices. The idea is to speak less from the dais and hear more from the participants.”
Arvind Patel, Regional Programme Manager, Handicap International, Gujarat; J.L. Nakum, President, D.A.G. and Neeta Panchal, Secretary, D.A.G. also addressed the gathering. It was one of the most enthused crowd and almost everyone in the hall participated actively. Several ideas came up in the discussions. The participants have decided to launch a S.M.S. campaign in the State, send out post cards and write to the media, among other things. Each district came out with their own strategy to spread awareness.