Disabled employment in limbo

Disabled choose private institutions/NGOs as the government suspends employment training programmes and shuts special employment exchanges. Disabled people are not getting jobs from the employment training program provided by the Department for the Empowerment of Differently abled and Senior Citizens (DWDSC). It has been suspended since 2018. The last training session provided to the disabled […]

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A masked hurdle for dyslexic children

Teachers have to repeat instructions multiple times to be understood. As schools are reopening, dyslexic children are having trouble in the learning process as the teachers have to wear masks which muffle their voices. According to a study,“While masks prevent the spread of COVID, they also make spoken language more difficult for children to understand, […]

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Substandard flying for the blind

Absent Braille safety manuals and lavatories without Braille buttons add to the travel woes of the blind. Blind passengers complain that their safety on board is compromised as most airlines do not instruct them with safety and evacuation procedures. Apart from missing Braille safety manuals, lavatories prove to be equally inefficient due to missing Braille […]

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Employment: Succour for the differently-abled

More job opportunities and a change in mindsets is helping differently-abled people find employment and dignity. The employment of differently-abled takes a turn as new opportunities arise. A report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) indicates a dip in the unemployment rate by 26.6 percent between April 2020 and September 2021. Lekha, Placement […]

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No books, low funds leave disabled students out of school

Only 21 percent of eligible people in Karnataka’s disabled community have completed secondary education, NITI Aayog’s SDG India report says. Bengaluru: Disabled students in Karnataka are pushed to special schools due to a lack of books under the New Education Policy. Low funding from the government does not provide them with the infrastructure they need […]

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Traffic signals turn a blind eye towards the blind

Missing auditory signals prove to be a stumbling block for the visually-impaired Blind people struggle to cross roads as the city has just eight auditory traffic signals in place on major intersections. Amarnath, a visually-impaired assistant, Department for the Empowerment of Differently-abled and Senior Citizens said, “It is impossible to walk on roads in general, […]

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Disability-friendly public buildings still a pipe dream

Accessibility for the disabled in prominent public buildings in the city ends at just the ramps. Several well-known public buildings in Bangalore are still not fully accessible to disabled people. This is despite the Accessible India Campaign being run since the last five years, with the primary goal of increasing the number of accessible government […]

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Most restaurants not accessible to the disabled

Bangalore was considered to be the most livable city in the country. However, people with disabilities like blindness, deafness, dwarfism, locomotor disability, etc. face challenges to access restaurants. Bengaluru: Restaurants don’t easily offer menus that are accessible to visually impaired, people with hearing impairments or locomotor disabilities which puts them at a disadvantage. In December […]

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Differently-Abled Can’t Access Metro Washrooms

Washrooms for the differently-abled people at various metro stations remain inaccessible as most of them are locked or are unhygienic. Bangalore: Washrooms for the differently-abled people at Rajajinagarmetro station and many other stations remain locked. The washrooms are either not maintained properly or lack the basic infrastructure. This makes it difficult for differently-abled people to […]

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