Activities : Meeting

Meetings

The Indian Sign Language (ISL) version of Meeting.

The topic is meetings. NAD has met different ministers, MLAs, MPs, secretaries, PMO, advocates etc.

I will tell you about them. NAD team met Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. They discussed with him the problem of Govt. Lady Noyce Senior Secondary School for the Deaf on how social welfare department has taken the area and very little space for deaf school is left now. The CM agreed to help us in the issue.

NAD team met President of BJP, Mr. Amit Shah, requesting him to make ISLRTC an autonomous body. He listened to us.

NAD team along with AIFDW team met senior advocate Mr. Ram Jethmalani to request to let ISLRTC be an autonomous body. He accepted our request.

NAD team met Smt. Geetanjali Gupta, Secretary cum commissioner, and the department of Delhi Transport requesting her to resolve the driving license issue. High Court ordered the same in 2011 and it has been 4 years, deaf people still don’t get driving license. She accepted our request.

NAD team met Dr. Jitendra Singh, hon’ble Union Minister for PMO requesting him to separate NIHH from ISLRTC. They explained him that NIHH focuses on oralism whereas this center would be sign language specific. He did understand our request.

Mr. Ichiro Miyamoto, director of WEDRSA visited NAD’s office and saw the working of NAD. We hope to extend our links with them more.

NAD’s team met Shri Nitin Gadkari, hon’ble minister of road, transport and highways and discussed the issue of driving license; deaf people have been waiting for four years even after high court order. He advised us to meet Joint Secretary as he would help us in the matter.

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Thanks Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Honble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment at his residence

The celebration continued all the way to Hon'ble Minister Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot's residence, New Delhi on 16th December 2016. 500 deaf and disabled people representing various groups reached the Minister's residence to thank him and celebrated with him and the officials of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

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Location: New Delhi    Projects: General
Election of NAD, 2017

NAD is open for Election for the period April 2017 to March 2021. 

Mr. Shilabhadra Pahi is appointed as the Returning Officer and his e-mail is shilupahi@gmail.com

Kindly refer to the letters below for more information and schedule of the Election.

Congratulations to the new Office Bearers of NAD for the Year 2017 to 2021

President

A. S. Narayanan
A. S. Narayanan

Vice President (2 Nos.)

Aqil Chinoy
Aqil Chinoy
TKM Sandeep
TKM Sandeep

General Secretary

Zorin Daud Singha
Zorin Daud Singha

Women Secretary

Geeta Sharma
Geeta Sharma

Treasurer

Vishal Arora
Vishal Arora

Joint Secretary (2 Nos.)

Anuj Jain
Anuj Jain
Saju Stephen
Saju Stephen

Executive Members - Females (2 Nos)

Rupmani Chhetri
Rupmani Chhetri
Priti Shah Soni
Priti Shah Soni

Executive Members - Males (5 Nos)

Nagendra Tiwari
Nagendra Tiwari
Dilip Kumar Jangir
Dilip Kumar Jangir
Sarvesh Jain
Sarvesh Jain
Islam UL Haque
Islam UL Haque
Vacant
Vacant

The General Body Meeting will be held on 26th February 2017.

Documents

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1 Notice of Election Letter to all Members about Election and the Positions JPG / (0.16 MB)
2 Election of Executive Council List of Posts and the Schedule of the Election PDF / (0.21 MB)
3 Nomination Form for Election of 2017-2021 Nomination Form for Election of 2017-2021 to be filled by potential candidates DOCX / (0.02 MB)
4 List of Eligible Candidates for Election / Posts After scrutinizing the Nomination forms, the list of candidates were finalized. PDF / (1.11 MB)
5 The Final List of Candidates The finalised list of Candidates after the withdrawal requests by the Candidates themselves. PDF / (0.66 MB)
Meeting of the National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Mr. Anuj Jain (Joint Secretary, NAD), Mr. G. Surya Pratap (Co-Worker, NAD), Ms. Rupmani Chhetri (Deaf Women Committee, NAD) and Mr. Sachin Singh (Member, NAD) participated  in the Meeting of the National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New Delhi on 10th December, 2016 discussing various issues such as Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, Inclusion of disability in Sustainable Development Goals.

PASS THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES BILL

JUST A FEW MINUTES TO GRANT US OUR RIGHTS -  DEMAND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES !

Its been a six year long wait for 10% people of this great democracy. People with disabilities in the country have waited for a legislation that will bring them closer to their goal of equality and justice. And now so close to achieving it, a cruel twist of fate has blocked their dreams. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which was tabled in the Rajya Sabha last week is yet to see the light of the day, as the Parliament was adjourned. Parliament is reconvening on 14th December.   We have three days to pass this Bill. It will take just a few minutes to change the lives of nearly 10 crore people. People with disabilities want only sixty seconds in the Rajya Sabha time to help change their destinies. No party opposes any aspect of his Bill.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill will affect the lives of close to hundred million disabled people in India who struggle everyday to lead a life of dignity and equality and of equal opportunity. Their struggles against discrimination and deprivation had reached a crescendo which resulted in the Bill.

Some highlights of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill  are given below:

The Bill covers 21 categories of disabilities. People with Autism, Neurological impairment, Dwarfism, Acid Attack Victims, Hemophilia, learning disabilities and several other impairments will benefit from the passing of the Bill.  The earlier Act (Disability Act 1995) covered only seven categories of disabilities.

The Bill  provides rights to people with all disabilities which didn’t exist before like –

-       right to equality and non discrimination 

-       right to home and family

-       access to justice

-       protection from abuse, violence and exploitation

-       protection from cruelty and inhuman treatment

-       right to inherit and own property

-       reproductive rights 

-       accessibility of buildings, transportation, information, communication, technologies, media and electronic goods and has  timelines to make them accessible. 

-       Increase in reservation in higher educational institutions from 3% to 4% for persons with disabilities. With an improved definition of disability, a lot more people would be covered.

-       Increase in Government and public sector employment from 3% to 4% for persons with disabilities and covers more categories of people with disabilities like intellectual impairment, mental illness, autism, multiple disabilities, etc.

-       Increase from 3% to 4% reservation in all poverty alleviation programmes. With improvement in definition of disabilities, more people will benefit from programmes. Further, it says quantum of assistance to persons with disabilities under social security schemes and programmes shall be at least twenty-five per cent higher than similar schemes applicable to others. Recognising “disability cost‟ and making a provision for it would be a major gain.

-       Reservation in allotment of agricultural land and land for purpose of housing, business, recreation, etc. which will help people with disabilities to acquire assets

-       There are punishments and penalties for those who violate the provisions of the Bill.

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Location: Seminar Hall, USI, New Delhi     Projects: RPWD
Meeting of the National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of National Association of the Deaf, and Mr. Sachin Singh, Member of NAD participated in the meeting on 5th  – 6th March 2016 at Seminar Hall, USI, New Delhi.

NCPEDP with support from Mphasis organised a training on accessibility standards and audits for National Disability Network leaders from across the country. Here are some pictures. This training is being conducted by DEOC - Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre.

National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities India (NCRPD) meeting held in Delhi. Issues such as the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, the amendment to the National Building Code, future course of the National Disability Network, DPI India and the upcoming DPI World Assembly, among others were discussed. 

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Location: The American Diner, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi     Projects: Awareness
NAD Team met Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt

Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD got the message from Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt yesterday evening. He could not believe how Mahesh Bhatt got to know his mobile number. Finally Mr. Anuj Jain sent a reply to him that he and his team will meet him. He (Joint Secretary of NAD), his wife Reena Jain, his daughter Ananta Jain, Mr. Zorin Singha (President of NAD) and her daughter Interpreter Asha Singha met Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt at India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road in the morning. They discussed on how he made special film for the deaf.

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Location: Civil Lines, New Delhi    Projects: Education
NAD Team met Hon’ble Chief Minster of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD and Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Woment Secretary of NAD with Sign Language Interpreter Ms. Surbhi Taneja met Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Delhi Government at his resident in New Delhi on 9th November, 2016. They talked with Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi with deep anguish to bring a matter of grave concern to his notice. The Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Goverment has illegally seized more than half the area of the Govt. Lady Noyce Sr. Secondary School for the Deaf. The junior deaf students have been secretively sent to school in North Delhi, situated in Timarpur.

  • First of all, NAD Team want to present the location as well as history of the school so that the ‘reality’ is well perceived and understood generally. During the British rule, around during 2nd November 1931, Shri. Kalidass Bhattarcharyya, B.A. (Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA), Founder & Principal established a school for the deaf children near Delhi Gate, out of love and care for them. This was the first school of this kind know as Govt. Lady Noyce School for Deaf & Dumb.
  • Many well-known commercial and ancient historical monuments like Chakra-Stambh of Ashok era, Firozshah Kotla Fort, Delhi Gate, Mahatma Gandhiji’s Samadhi and Museum, famous cricket and football stadiums of international standard are situated around this Deaf School which is a pride for us. It is situation between New Delhi and Old Delhi, an important facility for us: – the deaf students and our parents.
  • The first Prime Minister of India – Chacha Nehru himself graced an “Establishment Day” Ceremony of this school which was an encouragement for deaf students. 
  • Few years ago, Office of the Department of Social Welfare of Delhi Government (Congress) was shifted from Kasturba Gandhi Marg to the premises of Govt. Lady Noyce Sr. Secondary School for the Deaf temporarily during the renovation of the Office buildings of the Department of the Social Welfare. At that time the Department of the Social Welfare assured the School that after renovation, the Office will be shifted in its old premises (Kasturba Gandhi Marg). But many years have passed since the renovation completed, the office have still occupied more than half of the school premises, and deaf students of primary classes also are being shifted to Nehru Vihar (Timarpur) School which is located far off. 
  • Being an alumni of this deaf school, NAD Team tried to meet the Principal to know why these innocent and tiny deaf students are being shifted far off and when this office of Delhi Government will return back to its own premises? Their answer was that these students are being shifted because the school has not sufficient accommodation. Now, it is clear from above statement that the Government is working secretly on a mollified plan to hand over the whole land of the school to the said the Department of Social Welfare. 
  • The Department of Social Welfare (Congress) had took a huge advantage of the deaf children and violating the fundamental rights of these students and attempting to tread the mission of Late Shri. Kalidass Bhattacharyya – the founder & principal of this deaf school. Land requirement of the Govt. Office might be fulfilled by allotting some another building/accommodation to them. This has totally destroyed NAD Team’s right of education, otherwise why would the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Goverment seize our deaf school. 
  • NAD Team have written letters to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Shiela Dixit, and the Child & Women, Education Minister, Smt. Kiran Walia. But they did not take action anything. It wasted our time since 2012-13. 

Now, different Deaf  NGOs working for the welfare of deaf with NAD Team are opposing this wrongful imposition by the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Government. All of them are protesting against this unauthorised possession by the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Goverment. 

In this context, they all are requested to take positive and solid steps to oust the Department of Welfare Social from the school premises.

Shri Arvind Kejriwal listened to them in sign language through Interpreter. He said he will look into these letters and will send them to the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Govt.

Location: Chandigarh    Projects: ISLRTC
NAD Team met Shri Satya Jain, Ex-MP of Chandigarh

Shri Yogesh Kumar, Public Relation Officer of NAD with Interpreter Babli met Shri Satya Jain, Ex-MP of Chandigarh on 11th September, 2015. They spoke to Shri Satya Jain that they needed his help for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. He said he will send the letter to Cabinet Secretariat for approval the ISLRTC as an autonomous body immediately after meeting with the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.

Location: Chandigarh    Projects: ISLRTC
NAD Team Met Different VIPs

Shri Yogesh Kumar, Public Relation Officer of NAD with Interpreter Babli met Shri Balramji Dass, Governor of Chhattisgarh, Shri Surjit Kumar Jayani, Minister for Health, Govt. of Punjab, Shri Vijay Dev, Advisor to Administration of Chandigarh, Smt. Kirron Ker, MP of Chandigarh and Shri Sanjay Tandon, President of BJP, Chandigarh on 10th September, 2015. They spoke to all of them that they needed their help for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. They said they will speak to the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body after the Cabinet Secretariat approval immediately.

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Location: BJP Headquarters, New Delhi    Projects: ISLRTC
NAD Team met Shri Amit Shah, President of BJP

Shri A.S.Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Shri Anuj, Joint Secretary of NAD, Smt. Geeta Sharma, Woman Secretary of NAD and Ms. Riya Taneja, Interpreter met Shri Amit Shah, President of BJP. Shri Amit Shah is a very nice person and would tell Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, about ISLRTC as an autonomous body must be approved by the Cabinet as soon as possible.

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Location: Seminar Hall, USI, New Delhi    Projects: RPWD
Meeting of National Committee on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD, Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary of NAD and Mr. Sachin Singh, Member of NAD participated in the meeting on 5th & 6th September 2015 at Seminar Hall, USI, New Delhi.

A very good 2 days long meeting. Heavy duty brainstorming. Many new ideas. NCRPD committed itself to making India accessible. We will unveil the agenda as we go along. For now, one single demand. Let's all collectively ensure that the 98 Smart Cities are built/developed on the principles of Universal Design. Don't allow any more construction which effectively leaves disabled people out and not just excludes them but discriminates against them.

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NAD Team met Smt. Kirron Kher, Hon’ble Member of Parliament of Chandigarh

Shri Yogesh Kumar, Public Relation Officer of NAD with Interpreter Babli visited the residence of Smt. Kirron Kher, MP of Chandigarh on 25th August, 2015. They spoke to Smt. Kirron Kher that they needed her help for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. She said she will speak to the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body.

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Location: New Delhi    Projects: ISLRTC
NAD Team & AIFDW Team met Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani

Shri A. S. Narayanan, Secretary, Shri Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of National Associaiton of the Deaf and Smt. Uma Kapoor, General Secretary of All India Foundation of Deaf Women visited the residence of Shri Ram Jethmalani, Senior Advocate on 25th July, 2015. We spoke to Shri Ram Jethmalani that we needed his help for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. He said we should make request letter for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous. He will tell Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minster. He fully supported us. We thanked greatly to Smt. Uma Kapoor, General Secretary of AIFDW led us to meet Shri Ram Jethmalani.

NAD Team met Smt. Gitanjali Gupta, Secretary Cum Commissioner, the Department of Delhi Transport

Shri Zorin Singha, President and Shri Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of National Associaiton of the Deaf spoke to the Secretary-CUM-Commissioner Smt. Gitanjali Gupta, the Department of Delhi Transport (Ministry of Transport, Delhi Government) on 15th July, 2015. She said that she is in total agreement that deaf people can drive.

After looking at all our documents and the high court order. She came across one problem. If in the medical certificate the doctor states that the applicant is not medically fit to drive, then she cannot overrule it. So, a reference of this will be made to the Govt of India seeking for the clarification of the order that was passed and for the formulation of the policy for the granting licence to the deaf sector by the Transport Commissioner.

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NAD Team met Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment

Shri Zorin Singha, President, Shri Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of National Associaiton of the Deaf with NAD Members visited the residence of Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment early morning on 6th July, 2015. They spoke to Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot that we, the deaf people in India, needed his help for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. He said he had already spoken to Dr. Jitendra Singh, PMO regarding ISLRTC. They requested him to encourage Dr. Jitendra to approve the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. He said he would do it surely.

He asked them how to learn the sign language. They taught him the alphabetic and words sign language. He was very inspired to learn it. He spent 45 minutes learning sign language from them. It was a very wonderful experience with Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, being a very kind and understanding person.

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NAD Team met Dr. Jitendra Singh, Honble Union Minister for PMO for Demand ISLRTC as an Autonomy Body

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), MOS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Government will sympathetically consider setting up "Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre" as an independent body for the benefit of those suffering from impaired hearing. He was talking to a delegation of National Association of the Deaf (NAD) led by its Secretary, Shri A.S. Narayanan, who requested for withdrawal of the order placing the proposed Indian Sign Language Research Training Centre under Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH). They demanded that the proposed autonomous institute for sign language research and training should, instead of being placed under another institute, be managed by concerned experts dealing with hearing impairment as well as by representatives of the Association of the deaf.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave the deputation a patient hearing and said, the number of persons suffering from hearing impairment in India has gone up in recent years and even though the official census placed their number at 5 million, some of the other surveys have placed their number at much higher figure. In this background, he said, special consideration has to be given to the peculiar requirements of this section of society, so that their talent and aptitudes can be put to the best use and their potential can be exploited in the best possible manner.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, he has understood the contention expressed by the representatives of NAD that Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped deals more with therapeutic management like cochlear implant, etc., to restore hearing and may not be actually imparting the non-pharmaceutical training like sign language, etc. He would, therefore, take up the issue and try to find a way out, he said.

The Honorable Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Dr. Rajendra Singh met with the same delegation which met the Minister of Social Justice on 5th. Dr. Singh gave us a very patient hearing and gave us very positive assurance. Dr. Singh who is a medical professor turned minister worked as a Professor of diabetic medicines before joining politics. His academic and medical background took no time to understand how critical it is to mix language with therapeautic and clinical services. the language of the text may look wired to west but for us Indians it is a long overdue outcome. I would like to tell you that Secretary of Department of Empowerment of PWD Sh. Lov Verma and Joint secretary Sh. A. K. Awasthi played an important role to brief the minister in a very positive way (while we were waiting on meeting table). Many thanks to the two friend of deaf people. On 5th after meeting the minister Secretary Sh. Lov Verma set with us for long and we did not miss this opportunity to talk him over various issues and about who deaf people are on the street. Shri Lov Verma had joined the ministry in February and had no background knowledge about the sign language users, deaf community, deaf culture. However after our talk and seeing the huge crowd he realised how valid is our demands. He seems to be a efficient man and we expect him to work with us from now on. The huge crowd was the first big help to force the Minister of social justice to leave parliament and meet us and promise us to take us to priminister office in 15 days but within 24 hours we got phone call to meet the Minister Dr. Singh. The chain of events and outcomes suggests that we worked very organised way for the first time with unity and vigour. Thank you all for your supports. Long live our team leader Shri A.S. Narayanan. We look forward to the official circular/order stating that our 3 demands are met and ISLRTC is officially autonomous.

Press Information Bureau 

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances Pensions 08-May-2015 18:00 IST

Government to consider Institute for impaired hearing: Dr Jitendra

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Government will sympathetically consider setting up Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre as an independent body for the benefit of those suffering from impaired hearing. He was talking to a delegation of “National Association of the Deaf” (NAD) led by its Secretary, Shri A.S. Narayanan, who requested for withdrawal of the order placing the proposed Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre under Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH). They demanded that the proposed autonomous institute for sign language research and training should, instead of being placed under another institute, be managed by concerned experts dealing with hearing impairment as well as by representatives of the Association of the deaf.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave the deputation a patient hearing and said, the number of persons suffering from hearing impairment in India has gone up in recent years and even though the official census placed their number at 5 million, some of the other surveys have placed their number at much higher figure. In this background, he said, special consideration has to be given to the peculiar requirements of this section of society, so that their talent and aptitudes can be put to the best use and their potential can be exploited in the best possible manner.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, he has understood the contention expressed by the representatives of NAD that Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped deals more with therapeutic management like cochlear implant, etc., to restore hearing and may not be actually imparting the non-pharmaceutical training like sign language, etc. He would, therefore, take up the issue and try to find a way out, he said.

Links from:- http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=121492

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Location: NAD Office, New Delhi    Projects: General
Mr. Ichiro Miyamoto, Director of WFDRSA Visited NAD’s Office

Mr. Ichiro Miyamoto, Director of World Federation of the Deaf Regional for South Asia visited the NAD's Office, Delhi on 5th March, 2015. We, Mr. Anuj Jain, Project Director of NAD, Ms. Sonia Bhatia, Coordinator of NAD, Mr. Rahul Garg, Assistant Coordinator of NAD & Mr. Raj Kumar Jain, Supervisor of NAD had an informal discussion with him about our work's report files, participant files, NAD policy files, etc and also have talked with him about the Deaf Community in India.

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Location: Café Coffee Day, New Delhi    Projects: General
World Federation of the Deaf Regional South Asia met NAD & AIFD Teams

Mr. Ichiro Miyamoto, Director of WFDRSA from Japan met Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD, Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD, Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Onkar Sharma, General Secretary of AIFD, Mr. Suresh Ahuja, Executive Member of AIFD & Mr. E. K. Jose, Executive Member of AIFD at Cafe Coffee Day, Janpath, New Delhi on 4th March, 2015.

We, A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD, Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD, Mr. Vishal Arora, Treasurer of NAD had an informal discussion with Mr. Ichiro Miyamoto, Director of WFDRSA from Japan about want to work together with AIFD in the future and have the talks about the Deaf Community in India.

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Location: New Delhi    Projects: Accessibility
World Bank India's Country Director

DPI delegation consisting of Javed Abidi, G. Syamala, Jagdish Chander, Meenu Mani, Samuel Mani, A. S. Narayanan and Geeta Sharma met the Country Director of World Bank, Onno Ruhl on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. The meeting was a very productive one with Onno Ruhl's very pragmatic and positive approach.

The delegation highlighted / emphasised on the following 4 points:

  1. World Bank should view disability in a cross-cutting manner i.e. inclusive of age, gender, caste (with respect to India), socio-economic background, etc. Also, their focus should be on all disabilities.
  2. World Bank should carry out an Impact Assessment Study: as to what impacts (positive/negative/none) have their projects had on persons with disabilities.
  3. Financial Inclusion: World Bank should plan their projects which include livelihood generation for persons with disabilities. For this they should engage with DPOs, activists, experts and Government institutions.
  4. When the Bank gives loans to countries, one of the yardstick or deliverable should be increased social, financial, political, universal inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres. They should develop monitoring mechanisms for the same.

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Location: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi    Projects: General
Core Committee of the National Disability Network (NDN)

The Core Committee of the National Disability Network (NDN) met recently at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Various issues related to the composition of the Network, induction of new members and chalking out a future plan of action, especially vis-a-vis advocacy for the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, were discussed.

Members of the Core Committee during their discussions. Seen from left to right are Arman Ali, Director, ShishuSarothi; JavedAbidi, Honorary Director, NCPEDP and NDN Convenor; M. Srinivasulu, President, Network of the Persons with Disability Organizations (NPDO) ; Dr. Shanti Auluck, Director, Muskaan and A.S. Narayanan, Secretary, National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

Members of the Core Committee. Seen here are Kanchan Pamnani, Advocate; Sign Language Interpreter and Pradeep Raj, General Secretary, Federation of Disabled Rights amongst other members.

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Location: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi    Projects: RPWD
The Round Table on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites Bill

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) organized a 'Roundtable on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill' on 31st January to 1st February in New Delhi, India.

The Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) earlier in 2014. The Committee then invited feedback and suggestions from the general public on the Bill and received an overwhelming response from various organizations, activists and individuals.

NCPEDP commissioned a Study to the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC) to collate feedback and suggestions that were sent to the Committee. This was completed in December 2014.

Based on the findings of the Study, NCPEDP decided to organize a Roundtable meeting of a few key leaders of the Indian disability movement from across the country. Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD & Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary of NAD were invited to participate in the workshop.

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NAD Team Met Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road, Transport & Highways

Shri Zorin Singha, President, Shri A.S. Narayanan, Secretary, and Ms. Angel Singha (Interpreter) National Association of the Deaf (NAD) met Nitin Gadkari, Hon'ble Minister of Road, Transport and Highways on 28th January, 2015. NAD requested for his intervention vis-a-vis the issue of driving licenses for deaf persons. NAD is also working with the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (MSJE) to work towards a solution. Hope a positive response from the Ministry.

Location: New Delhi    Projects: Awareness ISLRTC
Delegation of NAD Team Meets & Congratulates Shri Rajnath Singh, President BJP

Anuj Jain (Joint Secretary), Sonia Bhatia, Rajesh Khandelwal & PinkeyKhandelwal (Sign Language Interpretation) of National Association of the Deaf (NAD) meets & congratulates BJP President, Rajnath Singh for his victory election for his MP on Saturday morning on 24th May, 2014 to request that the Prime Minister's Swearing In Ceremony on Monday, 26th May 2014 must feature sign language interpretation.

BJP President listens intently as Anuj Jain explains his point regarding the importance of Sign Language for India's 18 million deaf citizens.

A visibly pleased NAD delegation at the end of the meeting. We are told that orders have been issued and 3 Sign Language interpreters are being put on duty for the occasion.

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Location: USI, New Delhi    Projects: General
Core Commitee of National Disability Network (NDN)

Core Commitee of National Disability Network (NDN) during their discussions. Core Commitee members include: Kanchan Pamnani, M. Srinivasulu, Pradeep Raj, Arman Ali and A.S. Narayanan (represented here by Anuj Jain of NAD) and Dr. Shanti Auluck (not in picture) in New Delhi, India

National Disability Network (N.D.N.)

The idea of forming a national-level disability network came from the need to build a strong cross-disability rights movement in India.

The genesis

To create a movement it was important to link disability groups around the country so that they could all share ideas and participate in the decision-making process. So far, groups in different parts of the country had been doing exemplary work without sharing their experiences.

The network's mission

The aim of the National Disability Network (N.D.N.) is that the cross disability rights movement is spread equitably across the entire country, and that there is an environment of empathy towards the rights and the needs of persons with disability. The goal of the N.D.N. is to have at least one disability organisation/disability group in all 593 districts of our country.

Objectives

  • To promote local advocacy groups and build leadership in the disability sector.
  • To facilitate local advocacy groups to join hands with state-level groups to eventually form a National Network that will act as a pressure group to influence meaningful policies at various levels - village, block, district, state and national regarding persons with disabilities.
  • To empower disabled people and organisations and to sensitise other concerned sectors through systematic information dissemination on disability related issues like legislations, relevant policies, research findings and current developments.
  • To closely monitor and jointly lobby with the governments, corporates and other allied sectors to advocate the adoption and implementation of appropriate policies / legislations.
  • To bring issues related to disability to the forefront of national development through a network that will have representation from all states, union territories and districts of the country.
  • To build a common cross-disability platform for sharing of concerns by disabled people from all the corners of the country and to build a joint strategy for a cohesive disability movement in India.
  1. Role of the State Partners The National Disability Network has carved a niche for itself at both the state and national levels. Many disabled leaders and self help groups have emerged at not just the state level but also at the district levels:- 1. The N.D.N. provides its partners with a clear set of expectations to guide their activities. These are:Expansion of the network: A state partner, in the first year, must forge three partnerships at the district level. These could be with an N.G.O. or a disability group or even a disabled individual, who is interested in taking the disability movement forward in that district. The responsibilities of the state partner would include coordinating with the district partners to carry out the various activities at the state / district level; keeping the state network vibrant through regular communication with its partners; planning the agenda for advocacy in the state and communicating back to N.C.P.E.D.P. and other state partners on the various activities of the State Network.

    In the second year, three more partnerships will have to be forged at the district level. The idea is to map the entire state in a span of five years.

  2. Information dissemination: It is the responsibility of the state/U.T. partner to send disability related information and important updates that they receive from N.C.P.E.D.P. and other sources from time to time, to their district partners and others in their state and to also encourage them to disseminate those materials widely.

  3. Joint advocacy campaigns and activities with partners:Our state/U.T. partners are expected to provide the much needed momentum to the disability movement in their respective states/U.T.s in collaboration with their district partners. Joint activities and campaigns should be taken up to bring to the fore and to the attention of concerned authorities the various issues concerning disabled people.

    There are various instances of collective pressure applied by our network members at the policy level, which have yielded positive results.

  4. Unified World Disability Day celebrations: The World Disability Day (3rd December) offers an excellent opportunity to bring the needs, concerns and rights of people with disabilities to national attention. One of the annual events for the National Disability Network is celebrating World Disability Day in a unified manner. This is done by having a common theme for an All India celebration.

Sustaining the N.D.N. is a very big challenge for all of us. All the Partners should work towards making the Network vibrant. From our side, N.C.P.E.D.P. would like to make a commitment to send an information package to all the state/union territory partners at least once every month. This is apart from the regular mailers that go out to everyone on our mailing list. We would organise national and zonal Meets for the Partners for them to interact with each other and get further trained in advocacy issues/strategies. We would also diligently compile all the reports received from the state/union territory Partners and present them in the form of a 'Yearly Report of the National Disability Network'.

Similarly, we would like our state/union territory partners to also make a few commitments. They should endeavour to work towards fulfilling the goals of the Network and keep other partners and N.C.P.E.D.P. informed about the various achievements and challenges faced in building the state union territory Network. The state/union territory partners should send a report on their state network once a quarter (once in every three months). The state partners should encourage their district partners to share information and report progress on a regular basis with them.

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Location: USI, New Delhi    Projects: RPWD
National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD) meeting was held in Delhi on 12-13 April, 2014. Nearly 25 leaders and experts from across disability and across the country participated in this very important meeting. NCRPD was formed in 2008 and has in the past, led advocacy initiatives vis-a-vis disability issues. In fact, the idea of a new law on disability came from a meeting of NCRPD (something that many opposed & ridiculed at that point). Day 1 of the meeting discussed important issues such as the way forward on ALL disability legislations; presentation form the Gujarat National Disability Network (NDN) partner; a presentation on rights of persons affected by leprosy and work done my Disabled Rights Group (DRG) and NDN in inclusion of disability in the formulation of the 12th Five Year Plan

Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary and Vishal Arora, Treasurer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) at the National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD) meeting in New Delhi, India

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Location: New Delhi    Projects: General
All India Federation of The Deaf Team Visited NAD’s Office

Mr. Onkar Sharma, General Secretary of AIFD, Mr. Suraj Prakash, Treasurer of AIFD, Mr. Vijay Chhabra, Public Relation Officer of AIFD & Mr. Suresh Ahuja, Executive Member of AIFD visited the NAD's Office, Delhi on 29th March, 2014. We, A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD, Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD, Mr. Vishal Arora, Treasurer of NAD, Ms. Angel Singha, Interpreter of NAD, & Mr. Raj Kumar Jain, Program Officer of NAD had an informal discussion with them about working together for and with the Deaf Community in India.

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Location: Kashmiri Gate, Delhi    Projects: Accessibility
Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi

Mr. Vijay Dev (IAS), Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi invited AADI (NGO) Nidhi, Muskaan (NGO), other 7 Disabled Group and Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of National Association of the Deaf attended the meeting on 13th March, 2014 at Chief Electoral Officer, Kashmiri Gate, Delhi for accessible for polling stations upcoming Lok Sabha General Election in Delhi on 10th April, 2014.

Summary of discussions noted down:

Many disabled people were unable to access polling stations for booths. There was no assistance for ramps for wheelchair users, some personal assistance, no signage, no posters showing for deaf people. Disabled persons demanded Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi that they should provide accessible for every disabled persons enter in the polling stations. There will be 2473 Polling Stations in Delhi including 11700 Polling Booths. Mr. Vijay Dev (IAS), Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi said, "Motto is clear - this election 2014 must be a historiacally different and pleasant, big challenge. Mindset problem-biggest challenge must change mindset of electoral officer. What must do - how do we train them? We trained for electoral management procedural. Disability should become integral. What should be the curriculum? We must have qualified people. Interface down the level. All must be sincere and sensitive to disabled persons till lowest level of officer. We will have zero tolerance of complaints about our officials. We will audit them. And behaviour modification. Infrastructure - wheelchair, ramp, other facilities but need sensitized people. We want to learn from you. what should be the training elements? Please help prepare curriculum. 2nd Issue - physical logistics & hardware on paper instructions for ramp have been there. Is it done at 100% at every places? All categories of disabilities for signages, handouts, seamless travel, outside gate may be closed. Also for management there is a pole which can make a problem. We will all be a team. Best possible - pleasant experience. First limitation - electoral rolls don't have any categorization. Please provide us list of people who are disabled. We want to flag them. Basic minimum facilities - components of this that do you suggest. We have 2534 locations for polling in Delhi. Fort the first time it will be done in India. Locomotor disability - person who able to enter. We must do the audit. MCD engineer says, I have done it but must have audit. Signage - we should ensure. Make a template for basic facilities. We don't have much time. Actionable things - so we can achieve this objective. At the end of meeting we should have action plan on logistics & human resource development. We have hardly 20 days left. Financial resources are important. Social welfare dept from Delhi govt can help. How many disabled are there? They can tell us. Auditing can be done by social welfare dept. We will do 5-10 and give you feedback. Give the list of polling stations. They can choose among the list. We are here for this purpose. Without you people we could not do. When disabled are there, the feedback is taken seriously. There must be a template. Your specialization are you can make the template. We have everything ready. Polling station is prepared in 3 days. Finances & logistics will not be a problem. Let's us be clear. We will tell the govt agencies. You be the third party audit. Delhi Election is accessible to blind, wheelchair persons, mental retarded persons, deaf persons etc. Three problems - attitudual barrier can't tackle now. This long term but we most start. Training is there we can give the training. We will hold people accountable.. People who do mischief we will handle them. Physical access is very important for disabled people. For audit need visual, orthopaedic, and deaf people to do the audit. Simulation exercise must be conducted. Separate category will be there. Training - special education has knowledge."

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Update Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2013

Based on all the feedback received, DRG has had two internal meetings to review the entire matter. Later today, at 5.30 pm, we have convened a meeting of all the key people based in Delhi. SK Rungta, Rajive Raturi, representative of RVM, Merry Barua, and several others have all agreed to meet. We will keep you informed.

NEW DISABILITY RIGHTS BILL UPDATE; 24TH JANUARY: An extremely important meeting took place earlier today evening at AADI. The following persons attended: SK Rungta, National Federation of the Blind; Deependra Manocha, National Association of the Blind;Merry Barua, Action for Autism; Rashtriya Viklang Manch's Shailendra; Muralidharan, Nprd India; Rajive Raturi, HRLN; Radhika Alkazi, ARTH ASTHA; S hanti Auluck,Muskaan Dera;Syamala Gidugu, AADI; Vandana Bedi, AADI; Dorodi Sharma, NCPEDP; and me. The discussion was centred around 3 options:

  1. to kill the Bill and not allow it to be tabled;
  2. to try and get it tabled and then referred to a Standing Committee;
  3. to try and get it passed.

The broad understanding that emerged was for us to first identify the most significant/glaring issues that need to be addressed. Take those to MSJE and negotiate corrections and changes. Based on their response, decide the further course of action and NOT rush into the "kill the bill" mood. We decided to meet again tomorrow. The meeting would take place at NAD.

HARD AT WORK (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): Shanti Auluck, Merry Barua, G. Syamala, Dipendra Manocha, SK Rungta, Rajive Raturi, and Shailendra Yadav. Vandana Bedi and Javed Abidi are also present but not seen in the photo.

NEW DISABILITY RIGHTS BILL UPDATE; 27TH JANUARY: Undaunted by barbs, criticism, even personal insults, one moves on. Ahead. The group that was formed on 24th January, at an emergency meeting in AADI, had it's third meeting today. At NFB. After some back and forth, a joint position has been formed. The group has agreed to operate under the banner entitled 'Joint Forum for Disability Rights'. A draft has already been circulated, reasonably widely I would say. But, anyhow, once our Joint Memorandum is ready (by tomorrow, I hope), we will unveil it. Then, we would lobby for it. We will leave no stone unturned to "Save the Bill". With some modifications and changes of course.

Various disability sector leaders/groups met again in Delhi today to revisit the situation with the new law and discuss the strategies ahead. This includes people from AADI, Action for Autism, Arth-Astha, DRG, HRLN, Jan Madhyam, Muskaan, NAB, National Thalassemia Welfare Society, Northern Railway Physically Handicapped Employees Welfare Association, NPRD, NCPEDP, PARIVAAR, Snehi, Swablamban among others.

NEW DISABILITY RIGHTS BILL UPDATE; 29TH JANUARY: It is beyond a shadow of doubt now that a significant majority, across the Nation, wants to SAVE the Bill. It is equally true that by and large nobody wants the Bill to be passed by the Parliament in it's present shape. If the Governments listens to us and makes the 20 odd changes we have placed before them, I for one would argue (and advocate) that the Bill should get passed in the upcoming session. If not, then obviously the matter would get referred to the Standing Committee and the sector would have to wait for another 1.5 to 2 years for the law to get enacted. One of my biggest concerns right now are people who inspite of having an impairment are not even considered as disabled persons. Anyway, let's see. The next few days would be one of the most interesting (as well as challenging!) times in my 22 years in the Indian disability sector.

GOOD NEWS: The new Disability Rights Bill is to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, 5th February, the very 1st day of the Parliament. Joint Forum is in a meeting right now. More later.

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Location: Shashtri Bhawan, New Delhi    Projects: Accessibility
Delegation of Disabled Activists Meets Shri. Manish Tewari, Minister for Information & Broadcasting

For the first time in the history of the nation, this year’s Republic Day telecast may also include simultaneous Sign Language interpretation.(26/01/2014) Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Manish Tewari assured a delegation of disability activists of Disabled Rights Group (DRG) of his full support on this issue.

The members of the delegation which called upon Manish Tewari were: Javed Abidi (Convenor, DRG), Neelam Jolly (VISHWAS), Zorin Singha & A. S. Narayanan (National Association of the Deaf) with Angel Singha as interpreter. Also, present at the meeting were the Secretary of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Secretary of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

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Delegation of Disabled Activists Meets Smt. Sonia Gandhi, MP & Chairperson of UPA

A nine-member delegation of the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD) met Congress President, Sonia Gandhi today in its continuing effort to seek the support of major political parties to ensure the introduction and passage of the Disability Rights Bill when Parliament is re-convened early next month and also to have a Sign Language Interpreter on TV during the Republic Day Telecast.

The Congress President assured the delegation of her party's full support in ensuring the passage of the Bill.

The members of the delegation which called upon Sonia Gandhi were: Javed Abidi (Convener, DRG), Muralidharan (Secretary, NPRD), Merry Barua (Action for Autism), Syamala Gidugu (AADI), Neelam Jolly (VISHWAS), Radhika Alkazi (Aarth-Aastha), George Abraham (Score) and Zorin Singha & A.S. Narayanan (National Association for the Deaf).

Delegation of Disabled Activists Meets Shri Arun Jaitley, MP & Opposition Leader of Rajya Sabha

An eight-member delegation of the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) met ArunJaitley, leader of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha, this morning in its continuing effort to seek the support of major political parties to ensure the introduction and passage of the Disability Rights Bill when parliament is convened to pass the Vote on Account in February.

The DRG-NPRD delegation explained to the BJP leader that that though the process of drafting the new law started over four years back and has gone through various stages, the Bill is yet to be introduced in the Parliament.

Arun Jaitley assured the delegation that he is all for the speedy enactment of this legislation and pledged his party’s support in getting this important Bill passed.

The members of the delegation which called upon Arun Jaitley were: Javed Abidi (Convener, DRG); Muralidharan (Secretary, NPRD); Syamala Gidugu (AADI); Neelam Jolly (VISHWAS); RadhikaAlkazi (Aarth-Aastha); Merry Barua (Action for Autism); and Zorin Singha and AS Narayanan (National Association for the Deaf).

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Delegation of Disabled Activists Meets Shri Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India

A eight-member delegation of the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) met the Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari this morning in their continuing effort to garner support for the introduction and passage of the Disability Rights Bill when parliament is convened to pass the Vote on Account.

The delegation tried to impress upon the Vice President that there has been an inordinate delay in introducing and passing the Bill which spells out the rights of persons with disabilities, though the process of drafting the new law started over four years back and has gone through various stages. The delegation sought the Vice President's support in ensuring that this extremely important piece of legislation is taken up by the government for introduction and enactment.

Shri Hamid Ansari gave the delegation a patient hearing. He said that he empathises with the cause and is all for the speedy enactment of this legislation. The Vice President said that since India has signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons (UNCRPD), it is incumbent that India harmonise its laws also in consonance with the UNCRPD.

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Location: CPI (M) Central Committee Office, 27-29 Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi    Projects: RPWD
Delegation of Disabled Activists Meets Shri Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist Party

A seven-member delegation of the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) and the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) met CPI(M) General Secretary Shri Prakash Karat today to garner support for the introduction and passage of the Disability Rights Bill when parliament is convened to pass the Vote on Account in late January/early February.

The delegation tried to impress upon the CPI(M) leader that though the process of drafting the new law started over four years back and has gone through various stages, the delay in introducing this legislation in the Parliament is inexplicable.

The delegation conveyed to Shri Prakash Karat that this extremely important piece of legislation must be taken up by both, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha for enactment.

The CPI(M) General Secretary who gave the delegation a patient hearing said that his party is for the speedy enactment of this legislation which spells out the rights of persons with disabilities. He offered the full support of the CPI(M) in Parliament in getting this important piece of legislation passed.

The DRG & the NPRD while thanking Shri Prakash Karat hope that other political parties will offer the same amount of support for the speedy enactment of the Disability Rights Bill.

The members of the delegation who called upon Shri Prakash Karat were: Javed Abidi (Convener, DRG), Muralidharan (Secretary, NPRD), Syamala Gidugu (AADI), Merry Barua (Action for Autism), Radhika Alkazi (Aarth-Aastha), Zorin Singha & Anuj Jain (National Association of the Deaf) and Dipendra Manocha (National Association for the Blind).

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Location: AADI, Hauz Khas, New Delhi    Projects: RPWD
Save the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill Discussion

Disabled Rights Group (DRG) is convened a meeting (Tuesday, 24th December) of all the NGOs and DPOs based in Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon at AADI to discuss further steps and strategy in order to ensure that the voice of the disability sector is heard by the Government as well as Opposition. The aim was to discuss a way forward and conceptualize strategies to ensure that the voices of people with disabilities are heard by the Government and the Opposition.

G. Syamala of AADI addresses the group. She is seen along with a sign language interpreter. Participants of the meeting convened by the Disabled Rights Group (DRG).

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Delhi High Court directs the Centre to appoint Sign Language Interpreters in Public Offices

In response to a petition filed by the National Association of the Deaf (N.A.D.), the Delhi High Court has directed the Central Government to conduct a survey of various Government offices to ascertain the number of Sign Language interpreters required to help persons with hearing impairment communicate with officials in order to access various public services.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A. K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also asked the Government to conclude the survey within three months and to appoint a nodal officer to coordinate the exercise.

After hearing the petitioners, the bench gave the directions to “undertake a study/assessment/ survey of the public buildings, hospitals, places of amusement and entertainment, facilities like airports, railway stations, bus stops and other places requiring availability of Sign Language Interpreters” to assess the requirement of interpreters at each of these places.

The survey would also assess for each particular organisation if the Sign Language Interpreters should be formally appointed or whether they should be empanelled with them to be available at short notice or with prior appointment, said the order.

Furthermore, the bench directed the Government to “recruit an adequate number of interpreters at specific points of interface of persons with disability with Government services such as disability commissioners, special employment exchanges, vocational rehabilitation centres and district disability rehabilitation centres and in all the major Departments and Ministries.”

It also passed the order to create a pool of Sigh Language Interpreters to provide services at major railway stations, major airports, banks, post offices, hospitals, bus terminals, police stations, places of education, vocational rehabilitation centres, major administration offices, in the judiciary, employment exchanges and for Government interviews for jobs involving people with hearing impairment.

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Prerna Kids get help to nail Totu's paedophiles

It’s an absolutely horrifying case which took place at Shimla an NGO named Prerna was caught embroiled in a sexual abuse case... Prerna was established in 2003. There were 5 teachers, 4 male & 1 female at present 3 male teachers were staying in the hostel. The institute has 24 students out of which 9 deaf girls and 11 deaf boys were staying in the hostel. It was here where the atrocities that the staff was indulging are with the students came to light. 3 staff members along with the Vice Principal were found guilty of raping 6 girls in the age group of 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, and 22 respectively. A girl even became pregnant at the tender age of 18.

This incident came to light, thanks to the courage of a young girl named Shilpa (Name Changed). She was a student who in the month of March’2009 joined the organization. Initially the students were very shy and hesitant to open up the problems they were facing because they feared their teachers, but as she became closer and friendly to the other deaf children at Prerna she came to know about two things: Firstly the teachers were not trained and were not qualified to teach sign language. Secondly she came know that they were being imposed to sexual abuse. She then told her mother about the whole conspiracy going on at Prerna. She told police and arrested one principal, three teachers on 19th March, 2009

It was only after the culprits arrested that the extent of torture that the children had been exposed to became evident. The smallest girl was 13 yrs of age. Children were all traumatize as they were victims of sexual harassment. And the girl who had been impregnate by them 2yrs back was also present and underwent the same ordeal.

We met Mr. Shekhar (named changed) father of Aarti (named changed) victim who told us he had been a member of a club in the name of the same institution which was a big fraud. Apart from the government they use to charge money from the parents very often. This society was basically eyewash to show the parents the dedication and sincerity to their profession.

This is a very sad case that has come to everybody’s attention. It is very essential that something is done about and the law doesn’t set these culprits free. It is a shameful incident and we should ensure that their punishment is so harsh that everybody will think twice before doing such heinous crime.

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National Awareness Workshop on UNCRPD and 11th 5 Year Plan

The NAD was represented at the meeting by Zorin Singha, A.S.Narayanan, MamtaNagpal, Geeta Sharma, and Mr. T. Raghava was a special invitee. The 11th 5 year plan and the UNCRPD was discussed at length and the salient features of the 2 documents were outlined for action. The need for an action plan on advocacy was shared and work on the action plan was begun at the meeting. The work ahead will be taken up by the National Committee.

National Awareness Workshop on UNCRPD and XIth 5 Year Plan

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1st National Committee Meeting, 2008

The Secretary of NAD, Mr. A.S.Narayanan, has been chosen to represent the deaf community of India on the National Committee for Monitoring the Implementation of the 11th 5 year plan and the UNCRPD.

The Committee met for the first time on 28th and 29th September to discuss the action plan for the future.

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