Action for Ability Development & Inclusion (AADI), Delhi held a series of trainings for porters (Coolies) at New Delhi, Nizamuddin and Agra Cantt Railway Stations where we were also present from 19th to 24th November, 2012. These training were meant to facilitate porters in assisting persons with varied disabilities. We held 18 such training at different stations side by side. We shared our communication barriers at railway stations especially when all announcements inside the station are auditory. We taught them basic sign language which would make the communication easier with the deaf counterpart. It was an eye opener for us and the porters at how open and willing they were to suggestions and changes and clearing their doubts.
This training was essential because around 1,400 delegates from 75 countries will be travelling from train to Agra, India for the first CBR World Congress in India from 26th to 28th November 2012 which was organised by CBR India Network. The Congress would facilitate and develop/strengthen CBR as a key strategy to reduce poverty and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families, and ensure that the benefits of the convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities reach majority of the world’s people with disabilities.