National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) organized 2ndNational Convention for Youth with Disabilities in USI Residency, New Delhi on 25th & 26thMarch, 2014.
The objective of the Convention is to reach out to young disabled people and expose them to the social sector movement of India, including disability and other allied fields. This would help us to identify and inspire the next generation leadership of not just the Indian disability sector but also those who could be agents of change in other fields. Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of N.A.D. was requested to speak at one of the sessions on ‘Disability Movement in India’. He talked about the struggles of the Indian Deaf community of 18 million. Anuj Jain has been working with and for the deaf and hard of hearing sector for over 25 years. He is the Joint Secretary of National Association of the Deaf, the only truly national and grassroots Disabled People's Organisation that fights for the rights of deaf people in India. He has been a part of many developments of the Indian Deaf community but most recently is the accessible telecast of Republic Day Parade 2014 via ISL interpreter, & the Rights of Persons with Disabilities among others. He has demanded Social Welfare Dept., Delhi Govt to vacate the deaf school which they continue its use space for the deaf school was illegal. He also demanded Delhi Govt for providing the driving license for the deaf. He was one of the few selected participants to the Grassroots International Advocacy Leadership Training by Gallaudet University, Washington D.C. He is currently involved in a Sign Language Project where an introduction course on Indian Sign Language is being developed with Delhi University and Delhi Police for cadets in training. He participated in the Chief Electoral Officer Meeting with AADI, Muskaan and many other NGOs regarding accessible for polling stations including polling booths for Blind People, Orthopaedic People, Deaf People and Lesprosy People.
The Convention, a second of its kind, was a 2 day affair which included addresses and interactive sessions with well known voices of the social sector (including social entrepreneurs), senior leaders from the corporate world, and bureaucrats as well as politicians.
They had participation from the top universities, colleges, and other educational institutions of the country including 6 Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. This included the IITs, IIMs, other management, media and law colleges.