'Special care for the disabled must'

PATNA: Former governor of Tripura and Chhattisgarh D N Sahay said that the disabled, who should be appropriately called physically challenged and differently abled to give them due honour and dignity, need to have special care and attention of the society to develop them as productive citizens and secure their due acceptance in the mainstream.

Inaugurating a three-day meet on "Rehab-2011" sponsored by Rehabilitation Council of India on Monday, he further said that physically challenged persons have right to equal opportunity to develop their latent talent and skills. Only when this is recognised that inclusive social justice and social development would truly be achieved.

Facilities for differently abled at heritage sites

NEW DELHI: The differently abled people have a reason to cheer as the Centre has approved a grant of Rs.5 crore to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to make five of its World Heritage Sites — the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri (all in Agra Circle, Uttar Pradesh); Sun Temple at Konark (Bhubaneswar Circle in Orissa) and Jami Masjid Champaner-Pavgadh (Vadodara Circle in Gujarat) — and 25 other ticketed monuments accessible to persons with disabilities.

The funds released by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry will be used to make access pathways, ramps, toilets, tactile maps, Braille signage, and modifications in ticket counters.

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Differently-abled writes with leg to teach students

Rangapukuria: Shobha Majumdar is not an ordinary teacher of the only primary school at remote Rangapukuria village in North Dinajpur district. She writes with her leg to elucidate a point to her students.

A differently abled person since her birth, Shobha has obtained her post-graduate degree in history followed by a diploma in computer and finally a job in the primary school at Rangapukuria village in the Raiganj block.

With the chalk clasped firmly between her toes, Shobha in her mid-20s moves the leg swiftly on the blackboard kept on the floor and teaches her students.

"Everybody writes with his or her hands. My hands are non-functional. So I write with my leg," she says talking to PTI at her school.

Sobha said her mother Shanti Majumder encouraged her all along to practice writing with her leg.

"Initially, I had faced problem getting admission in school as a student with the authorities thinking I will not be able to continue my studies this way. However, they relented later," she says.

Born into a very poor family, Shobha was given free tuition by her teachers till she passed the board examinations. She then cleared BA and MA in History from North Bengal University.

Apart from teaching in the school, Shobha also helps in the household chores like cutting vegetables with her leg.

Her parents are all very proud of their daughter. "Shobha has realised what we had earlier thought impossible. She has a job," her mother says proudly.

District Magistrate Sunil Dandapat said the district administration would felicitate Shobha for what she has done.


Differently abled demand right to contest polls

CHENNAI: Members of the Tamil Nadu Association for the Welfare of the Differently Abled demanded the right to contest polls to Assembly, parliament and local bodiest. They went on a differently abled rights awareness campaign that was flagged off in the city on Sunday by member of Parliament Kanimozhi.
The members listed 17 demands, including right to be part of State and central politics, besides three percent reservation during nomination of candidates for elections.
“We also want three percent reservation in the Rajya Sabha. We have submitted our demands to Kanimozhi MP,” said K Gopinath, State president, TNAFWDA.
The members also demanded easy access to public buildings such as banks, schools, hospitals by constructing side rails, ramps, lifts and special toilets. They want differently abled people to be appointed in the committee that assesses the quality of aids and appliances given to the disabled.
“We have been finding it tough to get licences for three-wheelers (two-wheelers) and four-wheelers. We want the right to get licences sooner and easier. Besides non-discrimination, we want the right to get job to be made a fundamental right for us and right to sue and help get punishment for those who portray differently abled people in a bad light,” said Gopinath.
Mayor M Subramanian and Anna University Vice-Chancellor Mannar Jawahar were present during the rally.

More sops for differently-abled

Feb 28, CHENNAI: A recent GO issued by the Tamil Nadu government has now extended the conveyance allowance offered to differently-abled government employees to such employees in public sector units too. The extension is an addition done to an earlier GO released in October 2010, where the government had increased the conveyance allowance from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000.

However, this is only applicable for those PSUs whose payscales match that of government organisations. D Ponnusamy, general secretary for the Differently Abled Government Service Employees Welfare Organisation said, "Earlier, only a few public sector units chose to give conveyance allowance for differently abled. But after the allowance was increased to Rs 1,000, many differently abled welfare organisation approached the chief minister and requested that it be extended to public sector too."

Love lights up the day for special kids

NAGPUR: Celebrating love took myriad forms on the occasion of Valentine's Day. It on an entirely different hue at St Ursula high school grounds on Monday as a sea of differently abled children was soaked in the spirit of sportsmanship.

To make the day more special for the most special children, Rotary Club of Nagpur arranged a sports carnival for them. With a huge participation of around 600 children from 42 schools from in and around the city, the event did manage to fulfill its aim of spreading love, surpassing physical and mental disabilities.

The races and the games were modified to allow the children to participate and perform. Along with shot put, a similar game with a soft ball was arranged for smaller children. Competitions like spot jumping, race on wheelchair and a race allowing the use of crutches also formed a part of the event. Across different categories, more than hundred sporting events took place. The arrangements were made to be as user-friendly as possible. Even the directions for the various games and other instructions were directed towards the teachers.

"At most such sporting meets, some typical events are organized. The arrangements, too, are not as good as they are here, with some packaged food given away for the sake of it. Never have I been to an event of this magnitude with so many special children around. The students are periodically being served juices, sherbets, fruits. Though most of these children are unable to express themselves, I can say by the look on their faces how happy they are," said Prashant Palkandwar, a special educator from Sant Vittukbaba Mentally Retarded Girls' and Boys' School, who came with his students from Takalghat for the event.

One such face was that of 8-year-old Zeba. Lit up completely even while recounting the events of the day, this little girl from Rashtramata Manovikas Akshaya Kendra, spoke of the fun she had while playing soft-ball and running around. It was touching to see the Rotarians serving food and drinks, clearing tables, picking up the soiled plates and even cleaning the tables all by themselves while serving batch after batch of children and teachers.

"Credit must also be given to participating schools and Zilla Parishad, who took pains to bring the students here from far away places in the city early in the morning. Despite difficulties faced by them and us, the fact that the children are so happy is enough to say we have succeeded in our endeavour," said Manish Bhati of Rotary Club.

Guidelines Facilities for Differently-Abled Persons

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Guidelines Facilities for Differently-Abled Persons

Introduction | Objectives| Eligibility| Financial Assistance| Provision of Facilities| How to Apply for the Schemes| Procedures of Processing the Application and Monitoring| Proforma|
1. Introduction

The Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 indicates that disabled persons should have access to education at all levels. Though service to disabled children in India is more than 100 years old, the coverage of these children in the formal school system is not even 5 per cent. The report of manpower development published by the Rehabilitation Council of India reveals that more than 1,00,000 teachers will be needed in the next ten years to cater to the educational needs of disabled children in schools. Bachelor's and master's level teacher programmes are needed for preparing
teachers to help disabled children realise the objective of education for all. The University Grants Commission (UGC) will support selected university departments and colleges of education in the country to offer special education, with financial assistance available under the programme of Integrated Education for Disabled Children by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, or within the available resources of the UGC.
The UGC had started the scheme of assistance to universities/colleges to facilitate Teacher Preparation in Special Education (TEPSE) and Higher Education for Persons with Special Needs (Differently-abled Persons) (HEPSN) during the Ninth Five-Year Plan, keeping in view the need to provide special education programmes as well as infrastructure to differently-abled persons. The infrastructure needs to be designed in a manner to enable them to easily access classrooms, laboratories, toilets, etc.

2. Objectives

The objectives of the scheme are as follows:

To encourage universities/colleges of education in the country to promote teacher preparation programmes in the field of special education.

To provide equal educational opportunities to disabled persons in higher education institutions.

To create awareness among the functionaries of higher education about the specific educational needs of persons with disabilities.

To equip higher education institutions with the facilities to provide access to disabled persons.

To provide appropriate financial assistance to disabled individuals to increase their sustainability in higher education.

To explore suitable placement opportunities for educated disabled graduates in public as well as private sector enterprises.

To monitor the implementation of all existing and future legislation and policies pertaining to higher education of persons with disabilities.
This scheme is aimed particularly at:

providing assistance to universities/colleges of education to start teacher preparation courses in special education at the B.Ed./M.Ed. level; and

Creating appropriate facilities for persons with special needs in higher education.

College offering special education course at B.Ed. and/or M.Ed. level will be given assistance as per the following conditions.

The college/university department should have the approval of the Rehabilitation Council of India for starting the concerned teacher preparation programme in special education.

The college should have a model school where disabled children are admitted. In the absence of its own model school, the college should produce in writing the acceptance of a special/integrated school in the vicinity to function as a model school.

The college should have a minimum of five years of experience in running B.Ed. level teacher preparation courses.

The university/college applying for grant for any one of the activities of the scheme should have enrolled a minimum of 10 disabled persons, including physically handicapped, mentally retarded and visually impaired in the academic year.

The university/college should have constituted an expert committee involving faculty members from the university, experts in the field and persons with disabilities themselves. The committee should meet at least once a year to review the activities related to the concerned scheme(s).

Institutions applying for the scheme should have been approved by the UGC under sections 2(f) and 12(B).
4. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance to the university departments and colleges of education will be given by the UGC as per the following norms:

The institution must have one professor or one reader and two lecturers to run a B.Ed. course; and one professor, one reader and three lecturers for an M.Ed. course in special education in any one of the specific disability areas with a minimum of 20 students and a maximum of 30.

Assistance from the UGC will be for the Tenth Plan period and the implementing institute should give an undertaking that it will continue the course with the assistance of the state government or generate its own resources to meet the expenditure of the course after the Plan.

The implementing institute should also provide extension services to the special schools and integrated schools to strengthen the quality of special education in those settings.

In addition to the salary grant, the UGC will provide a maximum of Rs.1,00,000/- per year per institute towards purchase of books, journals, special aids and appliances for its special education teacher preparation courses.

A mid-term evaluation may be carried out by the UGC.
5. Provision of Facilities

This scheme has three components. They are enumerated as follows:

Establishment of Special Units for Differently-abled Persons in Universities/Colleges
It is a fact that uiversities and clleges are not fully aware of the needs of differently-abled persons in higher education. In order to develop awareness in the higher education system and also to provide necessary guidance and counselling to differently-abled persons, it is proposed to establish special units in universities/colleges in the country.
The functions of this unit will be to:

facilitate admission of persons with disability;

provide guidance and counselling to differently-abled individuals;

create awareness about the needs of persons with disabilities, and other general issues concerning disabilities; and

assist disabled graduates to gain successful employment in the public as well as private sector.
The special unit will be coordinated by a faculty member to be nominated by the head of the institution. He/she will work as honorary coordinator for which a token honorarium of Rs.3000/- per month will be paid. There is also a provision for the appointment of one honorary placement officer for the special unit from amongst the faculty members of the university, and he/she will be paid a token honorarium of Rs.2000/- per month.
The coordinator and the placement officer will be assisted by a team of three student volunteers who will be paid a stipend of Rs.1000/- each per month. Honorarium for all categories will be paid from the date of joining. The unit will also have a budgetary provision of Rs.30,000/- per annum towards programmes, stationery, contingencies, etc., for efficient and independent functioning in order to achieve its objectives.The disability unit will also be involved in arranging awareness programmes on disabilities within the institute and also in other higher education institutes in their respective states. A budgetary provision of Rs.20,000/- per unit per year will be made by the UGC.
In addition, the unit will also be responsible for the following:

To circulate Government of India and Commission's decisions and to collect regularly, on an annual basis, information regarding course-wise admissions of differently-abled candidates in universities and colleges for different courses, and to take follow-up action, where required.

To circulate Government of India and Commission's decisions, and to collect information with respect to appointments, training of persons with disabilities in teaching and non-teaching posts in the universities and colleges, and take follow-up action where required.

To collect reports and information regarding Government of India orders on the various aspects of education, training and employment of differently-abled persons for evolving new policies or modifying existing ones.

To analyse information so collected, under 1 to 3 above, and prepare reports and digests for onward transmission to the Ministry of Human Resource Development/UGC and any other authorities as may be required.

To deal with representations received from differently-abled persons regarding their admission, recruitment, promotion and other similar matters in universities/colleges.

To function as a unit to redress grievances of differently-abled students and employees of the institution, and render them necessary help in solving their academic as well as administrative problems.

To maintain a register of employment for differently-abled persons for various posts in the respective universities/colleges.

Any other work assigned from time to time to promote higher education among differently-abled persons. i. To do all such things as may be deemed conducive for the welfare of differently-abled students, teachers and non-teaching employees.

Providing Access to Persons with Disabilities
It has been felt that persons with disabilities need special arrangements in the environment for their mobility and independent functioning. It is also a fact that many institutes have architectural barriers that disabled persons find difficult for their day-to-day functioning.
The universities and colleges under this scheme are expected to address this problem according to the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995, and ensure that all existing structures as well as future construction projects in their campuses are made disabled friendly.
The institutes should create special facilities such as ramps, rails and special toilets, and make other necessary changes to suit the special needs of differently-abled persons. For this purpose, the UGC will make a one-time grant of up to Rs.5 lakh per university/college.

Providing Special Equipment to Augment Educational Services for Differently-abled Persons
Persons with disabilities require special aids and appliances for their daily functioning. These aids are available via various schemes of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. There may also be a need for special types of expensive equipment, which may need to be acquired by the institutes.
Availability of devices such as low-vision aids, scanners, mobility devices, etc. in the institutes would enrich the educational experiences of persons with disabilities. Therefore, universities/colleges are encouraged to procure such devices. The UGC will provide an ad hoc one-time grant of up to Rs.3.0 lakh per university/college during the Tenth Plan period.
6. How to Apply for the Schemes

Application for specific projects should be sent in the prescribed proforma in triplicate (Proforma A for TEPSE and Proforma B for HEPSN)

Each proposal should have been scrutinised and recommended by the expert committee to be formed by the implementing institutions.
7. Procedures of Processing the Application and Monitoring

The proposals received from the university departments and colleges will be placed before an expert committee constituted by the UGC for this purpose. Once the proposal is approved, the UGC will release funds as per the following criteria. For projects that are of recurring nature, the UGC will release funds for one year. The grant for second year will be released only after receiving a utilisation certificate along with an audited statement of accounts and progress report of the project.

For projects that are of non-recurring nature, 50 per cent of the total amount allocated will be released at the time of approval of the proposal. Subsequently, 40 per cent will be released on receipt of: i. progress report; and ii. statement of expenditure and un-audited utilisation certificate. The balance of 10 per cent will be released on receipt of an audited utilisation certificate. 3. A mid-term evaluation may be carried out by the UGC.

Differently abled Exposes their thanks to Mamtha and TN CM

Trichy district differently abled association's monthly meeting held on Sunday. The district secretary of the association Marikkannan was preside the meeting. differently abled government employees association's state joint secretary subramaniyan was presence.

in this meeting following resolutions are taken, such as

1. Expose our thanks to railway minister Mamtha Banarji and Tamilnadu CM for implementing of special unreserved coaches in trains for differently abled.

2. Should take need ful action to give free note books for diffidently abled students in next week.

3.Condemn the Murugan I.A.S(rtd.) for his unlike statement in Thuklak magazine against the differently abled which makes wound the heart of differently abled.

District vice president Krishnasamy, differently abled government employees association's Bakyaraj, Organizer Devarajan, Executive membrs Mariyappan, Lakshmanan, Kannan, Subramani and members participated in this meeting.