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 sites, TV programs, etc all over India accessible, and the second one has set up an Expert Committee under the University Grants Commission to monitor the 5% reservation for disabled students in colleges and universities and also to go into their special needs (such as e-books, note takers, sign language interpreters, ramps, etc). See the judgments and the press coverage below.

SC judgment on accessible higher education                     SC judgment on access to public places

Press Coverage:

LiveLaw on Access To Higher Education              Times of India

The Hindu on Accessible Higher Education        LiveLaw on Access to Public Places

The Hindu on Access to Public Places