Greetings from National Association of the Deaf!
1. Established in 1996, NCPEDP completed its twentieth anniversary this year.
2. 3rd December 2016 will mark the first anniversary of the launch of Hon’ble Prime Minister's flagship ‘Accessible India Campaign’ or ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’ which has brought the issue of accessibility outside of the disability discourse into the public realm.
3. 2016 also celebrates the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda, providing for a disability inclusive development agenda for the first time.
4. Last but not the least, the most important celebration reverberating across the United Nations and disability organisations worldwide is the celebration of the 10 years of the UNCRPD - the first human rights convention concerning persons with disabilities.
As you can see, we have much to celebrate and our celebrations are, therefore, going to be bigger and better than ever before! At the same time, the celebrations are also a means to come together, to debate and discuss our achievements and the way ahead. They provide a platform to engage other stakeholders, to share issues effecting people with disabilities and work together to find and implement solutions to calibrate the way forward in a manner that ensures inclusion of people with disabilities in all future developments and policies adopted across Governments and the private sector. Therefore, you can even use this opportunity to make your demands but in a mild and toned down manner!
Also, NCPEDP with us organise the 'Walk to Freedom' at India Gate, New Delhi on 3rd December, 2016!. The general theme will be the celebration on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities but the collaterals can also be designed keeping in mind the above 4 sub-themes. Apart from this, we will also demand for the passage of the RPWD Bill 2014 and Driving License for the Deaf.