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SC directs accessibility for disabled persons in public places and colleges, universities

The Disability Law Initiative and the Human Rights Law Network obtained two far-reaching judgments from the Supreme Court last Friday to make public places and higher education accessible for disabled persons. The first judgment gives the Government three months to place a plan before the Court to make Govt. buildings, airports, buses, railway stations, web […]

December 21, 2017

Disabilities Commissioners have protective powers, say Courts

Recently, there has been some concern in the disability community as to whether the Central and State Disabilities Commissioners have effective powers to protect the rights and entitlements of disabled persons in India. When provisions in disability law such as reservations in higher education and employment, and equal access to public places and facilities are […]

December 14, 2017

Disabled candidate not unfit to be an engineer, says Delhi High Court to Railways

In an impact judgment for disabled persons argued by the Disability Law Initiative, the Delhi High Court has negated the stand of the Railways that the disability of a candidate renders him unfit to hold the post of engineer in the services of the Government of India. The High Court found that the action of […]

October 30, 2017

Accessibility in higher education: The new Disability Act

It is well recognized that the one challenge faced by persons with disabilities in joining the mainstream in India is the difficulty in accessing higher education, a prerequisite to gainful employment. Despite the 1995 Disability Act making it mandatory for universities and colleges all over the country to provide accessible courses and campus facilities, very […]

September 19, 2017

Are the Employment Provisions in the New Disability Act Satisfactory?

By Viswesh Sekhar (email: INTRODUCTION Integration of persons with disabilities into the mainstream is possible and can be achieved to a greater extent when they are gainfully employed. Gainful employment of persons with disabilities breaks the nexus between poverty and disability and has fallouts that lead to the empowerment of persons with disabilities as […]

July 12, 2017