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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: mail2viswesh@gmail.com) 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

Special Educators entitled to be treated on par with regular teachers: Calcutta High Court

In a recent judgment allowing a batch of writ petitions filed by the All Bengal Special Educators’ Assocaition demanding equal pay for equal work, a single judge of the Calcutta High Court asked the State Government to immediately take steps for granting approval to the regularisation of the Special Educators as Assistant Teachers in normal […]

June 1, 2017

Supreme Court rejects petition of Oriental Insurance Company to deny persons with disabilities reservation in promotion

In  Oriental Insurance Company vs. Welfare Association of Persons with Disabilities, Disability Law Initiative represented Welfare Association in opposing the petition of Oriental Insurance Company, which sought denial of reservations in promotions to persons with disabilities employed by them.  On 10th April 2017, the Apex Court rejected the Company’s petition, orally observing that the Welfare […]

April 14, 2017

In Rajive Raturi vs. Union of India, Supreme Court to hear arguments on Accessible India Campaign

In Rajive Raturi vs. Union of India, the Apex Court on 27th February 2017  directed to place the matter for a hearing on the Government of India’s report on progress made with the Accessible India Campaign. The Government in it’s status report filed before the Court claimed that several Government buildings in 50 cities in […]

February 27, 2017