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A trip to remember

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:00 -- geeta.nair

Getting out of the home, camping, trekking and spending time with friends has become more of a fantasy in this new normal, especially for special needs children and their caregivers.

As a parent of a neuro-diverse child, I continue to experience this. With schools closed and therapy classes unavailable, the turns of events since last year has taken a toll on people, physically, mentally and emotionally. This has had an effect on stress levels and behaviour, making things more difficult for parents.

Features and standards essential for accessible travel

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 11:06 -- geeta.nair

The Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standards for Barrier Free Built Environment Persons with Disability and elderly persons, which was released by the Ministry of Urban Development in 2016 has specified the features that accessible buses should possess.

Apart from having low floors, buses should have handrails and foot flights installed in addition to a hydraulic lift or a pull-out foldable ramp.

Kaun Banega Crorepati 13: Himani Bundela becomes first contestant to win Rs 1 cr this season

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 12:37 -- geeta.nair

Himani Bundela, who is visually impaired, is a teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Agra. The 25-year-old revealed that she would use the KBC prize money to start an inclusive coaching centre where differently-abled and other kids can study together.

Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) season 13 was launched a week ago and the show has already got its first crorepati. Himani Bundela took over the hot seat on Monday (August 31) and crossed the 15-question mark to win one crore. As per the channel promo, the 25-year-old, who is visually impaired, managed to win Rs 1 crore.

Wait Until Dark: Visually-impaired para-sprinter Kashafali's epic journey towards sunshine

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 11:27 -- geeta.nair

As a kid Salum Ageze Kashafali would wake up at the wee hours to the sound of bombs with debris scattered around in a ball of smoke.

The little Congolese would often think if the long night of darkness would ever end, if he could ever go to a school like other children, if he could get a meal without begging in a queue.

And then luck smiled on Kashafali and his family as they took refuge in Norway – the land of midnight sun – where he realised his dream of becoming a top-notch sprinter.

Organised focus on multiple sclerosis disease lacking

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 11:09 -- geeta.nair

HYDERABAD: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease listed in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Numerous NGOs are there claiming to work for disabled persons. But services of these NGOs are more or less limited to visible disabilities, like victims of acid attack, people without a limb or hearing impaired.

Ahmedabad: MJ to increase visually impaired members

Mon, 08/23/2021 - 11:26 -- geeta.nair

AHMEDABAD: One of the largest public libraries in Ahmedabad,  the Sheth Maneklal Jethabhai (MJ) public library,  inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi with the donation of his  personal collection of 7,000 books in the 1930s—recently   recently audited the number of books it has for visually  impaired people. A report in this regard claims that some  2,500 audiobooks were recently added to the reference and  regular book stacks. The library also possesses Braille books.

Most MBBS doctors with disabilities denied PG seats in AIIMS

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 12:26 -- geeta.nair

Year after year, the bulk of MBBS doctors with disabilities who clear the post graduate entrance exam for seven All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, including the one in Delhi, are denied admission. Barely 0.4% of seats over the last three years have been given to them despite the disability rights law of 2016 stipulating a 5% reservation. Even the handful who have got admission were mostly given non-clinical subjects which have few takers.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: 'Person first and disabled later', Ekta Bhyan aims to bring social change through sports

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 11:12 -- geeta.nair

It all started in 2016 at Berlin for her and she says she has not looked behind since then. She has crossed one obstacle after another and now flies to Tokyo to throw the club as far as possible to clinch the gold. The Paralympics gold.

Ekta Bhyan, a club and discus thrower, will be fighting for a podium finish at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 in Women's club throw F51.

The Hisar girl is World No 5 and started pursuing the sport at the international level in 2016.


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