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A leveller called luxury

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:35 -- admin

At Mumbai's domestic airport, a reflexology parlour - which offers 30-minute foot massages for Rs 950 - employs visually-impaired masseurs from lower-income backgrounds. They make their way around using a chair-numbering system, use a speaking clock to keep track of massage time, and converse in polite English - symbols of the chaotic junction where indulgence and indigence converge in the city. Mumbai is no stranger to luxury goods and services, just as it carries the dubious distinction of being the most unequal city in the world.

TN CM announces resource centre for differently-abled children

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:33 -- admin

In an effort to help differently-abled children, Tamil Nadu Government has decided to set up a State Resource Centre here, the first of its kind in the country.
Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, the Chief Minister, Ms Jayalalithaa, said the centre would have specialised doctors associated with Ministry of Social Welfare and Health besides experts and consultants from various fields.

Travelling woes of the differently abled

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:26 -- admin

Though the Ministry of Railways has taken a number of measures to make public transport facilities accessible to differently abled persons, the associations for differently abled persons say that there are flaws in implementation and most of the provisions did not reach them effectively.

According to members of the associations, it is ironical that persons with disabilities (PWDs) are not allowed to book tickets online.

Differently-abled students fight Delhi University apathy

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:19 -- admin

Around 800 differently-abled students of Delhi University are feeling forlorn and forsaken. Since early March, when a girl student with loco-motor disability, was hit by a speeding bike while crossing the road near the central library in North Campus, a feeling of willful neglect by the university authorities has grown among these students.

Not Disabled But Differently Abled

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:14 -- admin

Children with disabilities often get bullied and teased by their peers and this takes shape on their identity especially in adolescence. Nazneen Aibara stresses on how important it is for regular teachers and special educators to go beyond the curriculum and spare an extra moment with a student with special needs about just how unique their talents are.
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Feluda reaches out to the blind

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:12 -- admin

Now the blind in India, especially Bengal, who never got a chance to know Max Carrados, will at least get the joy of reading the celebrated Satyajit Ray series featuring the tall and intelligent south Kolkata Bengali who cracks every difficult case at the end.

Five volumes of Satyajit Ray's ‘Feluda’ detective series along with R K Narayan's ‘The Malgudi Days’ were launched on Braille for the blind here on Saturday.

This blind man fought for 3 yrs to become an IAS officer

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:10 -- admin

My prolonged illness took away my eyesight forever. But it was not my biggest challenge," shares Ajit Kumar Yadav, who recently received appointment letter for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS).
Even after securing a rank of 208 among 791 successful candidates in the Civil Services examination, Ajit was denied an IAS appointment due to his blindness.
But he was not deterred by this.
He fought a three-year legal struggle to get his rightful place.
Ajit lost his vision completely at the tender age of five after suffering from acute diarrhoea.


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