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Thursday, 25 June 2015

J&K Handicapped Association meets Governor

A delegation of the J&K Handicapped Association, Srinagar, led by Abdul Rashid Bhat, President of the Association, called on N N Vohra, Governor, at the Raj Bhavan here today and presented to him a Memorandum on the problems faced by them and their demands.

The demands presented by the delegation included, interalia, provision of land for construction of office of the Association; providing a specially designed vehicle to the Association which is suitable for meeting the requirements of the physically challenged, vertical reservation quota in employment; reservation for handicapped students in professional colleges; suitable transfer and promotion policies; appointment of full time Disability Commissioner as per “Disability Act of 1998”; opening a Rehabilitation Center in each district headquarter; enhancement of monthly pension; conveyance allowance to the disabled employees; and establishment of an Advisory Board for Handicapped in the State.

The Governor observed that he would address the Chief Minister in regard to the issues raised, including the establishment of an Advisory Board for Handicapped in the State.

The delegation comprised Kamal Kishor Verma; Abdul Majeed Baba; Javid Sher Gojri, Nazir Ahmad Ganie; Parvez Ahmad Dar; Mohammad Amin Sofi, and Ghulam Hassan Pandith.

Source: Kashmir Times, 22nd June 2015 

Sensory Overload: How People With Autism Experience the World

Adults and children with autism experience the world much differently than we do, so why don't we design homes, parks, and neighborhoods with them in mind? To do this, designers need to take into account the diverse range of experiences for people with autism spectrum disorder, who now account for more than 1 percent of the population. It truly is a spectrum of disorders. As Sherry Ahrentzen, professor of housing studies at the University of Florida and co-author of the upcoming book, At Home with Autism: Designing for the Spectrum, explained at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference in Los Angeles, "if you know one person with autism, you really know just one person with autism."

Autism spectrum disorder is a "psychological, cognitive disorder that creates intellectual and mood disabilities." People with autism have a "blend of cognitive strengths and weaknesses." In general, they have the capacity for "detailed thinking, expansive long-term thinking, and examining complex patterns." But they have problems with "understanding social nuances, filtering stimuli, and planning daily living."

However, Ahrentzen argues that "autism isn't just a medical condition, it's also a cultural one." To help people with autism, "we must first acknowledge the diversity of human conditions." To do this, we must understand that "disability is really a social construction. We create environments that enable or disable people."

Kim Steele, director of urban and health initiatives at the elemental group, co-author of At Home with Autism, has a daughter with autism. In her effort to create a more empathetic environment for her, Steele seems to have truly learned what it means to have autism. Steele and Ahrentzen also interviewed many people with autism to better understand how they experience the environment and to create design guidelines that will improve their quality of life:

"People with autism focus on details, not global perspective. A fleck of white on a shirt, a flickering light, a noise command attention. Their default is too many details." While this focus may work well for some types of work that are repetitive and require attention to detail, "it can be a huge problem, as too much input is stressful." For example, Steele's daughter will flap and rock to help refocus attention into something more manageable. "Outside, in the neighborhood, she will fall on the ground and collapse when the details are too much."

To alleviate the stress from all this stimuli, planners, landscape architects, and architects need to make the built environment "more predictable and familiar," perhaps simpler. For example, for most of us, the "kitchen is a place to prepare food, socialize, and eat." For those with autism, "it must be a place to prepare food only, you eat and socialize somewhere else." In another example, Steele explained how hallways can only be seen as conduits. They are not places to stop and talk. "Multi-functional spaces are not acceptable. The meaning is environments is very specific." To help those with autism, designers must create places that "create transparency through spatial sequences and smooth transitions between uses."

Those with autism have various levels of receptivity to the environment, so creating quiet, safe spaces with high-quality lighting is important, too. "Some display hyper-receptivity. This means they may have a problem with noise." For one person with autism they spoke to, "the noise was so disorientating, she couldn't find her body in space." However, in contrast, some people with autism experience "hypo-receptivity, meaning they are under responsive to stimuli." Steele's daughter has this issue. "She can touch a hot stove burner and not realize she is burning herself. She can scald herself in the shower and not know it."

Outside the home, smaller spaces with fewer details may be better. For example, those with autism avoid big box stores. "The acoustics and lighting are bad." According to one person with autism they interviewed, they only go to small shops, which are more manageable.

For landscape architects, those with autism will want residential landscapes and public gardens and parks that are "controlled environments they view as safe." They will also want "things you can lift, engage with." They like swings and "almost universally love to swim." In fact, those with autism will be "drawn to water in all forms," which can also be dangerous. "Designers will need to create safe swimming pools." But Steele also cautioned that hyper-receptive people will be overwhelmed with "gardens with too many different plants."

Eve Edelstein, New School of Architecture & Design, said that "moving through any environment involves the same plastic part of our brains." Edelstein, a leader in the emerging field of "neuro-architecture," argues that design guidelines for indoors then relate to outdoors, too. "What we learn works for hospitals will also work in gardens. It's about brain function in space." She added that what will be good for those with autism will also work for those with a range of other disabilities, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Edelstein believes the journey from theory and design guidelines to actual practice in the world at large will be a "tough one." An interdisciplinary design approach is a must for any project that will be more soothing to those dealing with the constant onslaught of too many details.

Source: Huffington post, 25th June 2015

Facial discrimination: Living with a disfigured face

Enabling India: Invisible Barriers

There are some barriers that are visible and others that are invisible. People with disabilities face not just physical but also attitudinal barriers when they travel. Because of a lack of public awareness, it often becomes their biggest challenge. Take for instance the simple things that travellers take for granted, like going shopping or eating out at restaurants. These activities are impossible for people with disabilities and their families.

Parents of children with special needs recall how insensitive and offensive comments have ruined their vacations. Ruchika Sethi, whose daughter has special needs, said, "You are on the beach, or your room at the hotel or you are at an eatery,  and people think it is their right to come and ask you what the problem is? And at that time it reduces your entire trip down to that. Am I travelling with a problem or am I travelling with a joy? She is a little person with thoughts and ideas and emotions and love within her."

However, there are stories of change too. Gita Dang tells us of the time she took her daughter Kanika shopping in Delhi for her sister's wedding. Kanika has Down's syndrome and has faced attitudinal barriers in public places. This time the experience was positive. Kanika was treated with dignity like any other customer by an attentive and professional shop assistant.

Gita Dang said, "I saw Kanika engaging with the sales guy about the lehngas she might like to buy for her sister's wedding. And it was a solid 45 minutes conversation where he helped her shop and shortlist. Everybody should be able to have those experiences, whether or not I'm there. I just feel that there are a lot of sales people who don't know how to react because they are not seeing our children out there. Our children are all isolated."

Shopowner Rajeev Tandon of Ushnak Mall said, "Should you not be friendly? After all everybody is human. They have a special need, that doesn't matter. You have to welcome everyone. You have to honour your customer no matter what."

According to Anil Dang, Kanika's father, "Really and truly, it is just natural, and this should be taken as such. But I guess people don't have adequate exposure to it. The moment they start having exposure to it, I think our society is very adaptive and it learns very rapidly."

According to analysts, the best solution for bringing in positive attitudes is familiarity. This can be achieved by getting people with and without disabilities to mingle.

Source: ND TV , 23rd June 2015

Handicapped' parking signs replaced with new, updated icons

Cigna Medical Group has a new design for its handicapped parking signs, and it's a design you'll soon be seeing more often.

Using white spray paint and stencils, Cigna employees spent Wednesday morning updating the old handicapped symbols in parking places at its Phoenix Central Multi-Specialty Center.

The employees painted the new icons on 38 parking spaces, as a part of Cigna's nationwide project to visually redefine what people with disabilities can do.

"Oh, I love this new symbol. I love that it more accurately reflects life as a person in a wheelchair. I like that," said Jennifer Longdon.

Longdon is in a wheelchair and is a disability advocate.

Cigna Medical Group is the first business in the Valley to adopt a new design for the handicapped symbol.

The City of Phoenix adopted it just a few months ago and soon city buildings will boast it too.

"It's going to be seen at all city parking lots and as well as any city symbol that would reflect the old accessibility symbol, over time, though Not immediately, but as the need arises for the changes," said Peter Fischer, citywide ADA Coordinator.

The handicapped symbol in parking spaces is no long sitting static like in the old design, but this one is on the move.

And that's the reason Cigna was so quick to jump on board with the new design. It's a design that we won't just see across the Valley but around the nation and the world as well.

"We support the well-being and the health and the sense of security of all of our customers and this couldn't have been a better symbol of our mission," said Ed Kim, General Manager and President of Cigna Medical Group.

So now, the 38 parking spaces at Cigna are setting the trend, and building momentum in the movement.

"I think it's really important and I'm glad that Cigna was willing to take this on," said Longdon.

Cigna has 23 other office buildings across the Valley and will be painting those parking spaces throughout the year.

Source: kpho, 24th June 2015

The struggle of young people with disabilities to stay out of nursing homes

Many young people end up in nursing homes because it is a matter of "where else can they go?" Samantha Kennerley, of Youngcare, says.

Many young people end up in nursing homes because it is a matter of "where else can they go?" Samantha Kennerley, of Youngcare, says. 

For many people, finding a new home is a lengthy, costly and exhausting process, but for people living with a disability the search is even more challenging.

Someone who knows the struggle of finding suitable housing is Virginia Samuela.

Eight years ago at age 34 "V", as she prefers to be known, suffered two strokes in just three days, leaving her confined to a wheelchair.

V and her husband Darrin in front of their new home in Macquarie Fields.

V and her husband Darrin in front of their new home in Macquarie Fields. 

V spent a year in hospital, fighting against the hospital's attempts to move her into a nursing home.

"Nursing homes are places where people go to die, not to live," V said.

Having successfully fought to stay out of aged care, V was then granted the Supported Living Fund, an individualised accommodation package for people with a disability, by the NSW government.

With her funding secured, the next step was finding a home.

"Somebody pretty much had to die for me to get a house"

The Department of Housing had grim hopes of V finding a home that suited her needs.
"What they told me right at the beginning ... was that somebody pretty much had to die for me to get a house, there was such a shortage of housing," she said.

In the end, it took seven long years for an appropriate house to become available.
"The truth of the matter is, I've come to find out, that someone did pass away in this house and that is how I got [it]."

Young people in aged care

V's struggle to find a home is not unique, with many young people forced into poor living situations, like a nursing home, due to a lack of adequate accommodation.

On Wednesday a Senate inquiry looking into the adequacy of existing residential care for people with a disability handed down its recommendations.

Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds, who secured support for the inquiry in December last year, said that there was a need for "a dignified and implementable pathway forward" in a bid to support the accommodation needs of younger Australians with disabilities.

There is no proper reporting around the number of young people in aged care - one of the recommendations of the committee is to introduce a national database - but the report estimated there are currently more than 7100 people under the the age of 65 living in nursing homes.

Youngcare's Samantha Kennerley says there are a range of reasons why people with a disability are placed into aged care, but generally it is due to the shortage of accommodation options.

"They don't need to be in hospitals, so it is a matter of where else can they go? That is often where aged care comes into play because there is no where else," Kennerley said.

Dr Di Winkler, of the Summer Foundation, an organisation that aims to keep young people out of nursing homes, says there needs to be a move away from developing segregated housing for people with a disability.

To do that Winkler says there needs to be more accessible and affordable housing developed, with one idea to make a percentage of new developments built specifically for people with disabilities.
"We need to start now, this is something we should have acted on two years ago. While we wait, more young people will go into nursing homes" Winkler said.

V is unable to reach the taps or access the kitchen cupboards in her new home. Photographer: Fred Kroh.

"I can't cook in the kitchen"

V moved into her new home with her husband Darrin, in February, the first time they were finally able to live together since being married.

While V is greatful to have been given the opperunity to move out of supported acoomodation and live with her husband, her new home is less than ideal.

The home has been modified to include an entry ramp, a hobless shower and shower rail, but there are still many simple tasks V cannot do on her own.

She can't reach the taps, nor the cupboards in the kitchen. Her bedroom door isn't wide enough for her chair and the cramped space makes it hard for V to manoeuvre around.

"Whilst it is modified for a person with a disability to actually get in and out of the house, it is not purpose-built for somebody with a disability," V said.

"It doesn't really promote my independence when I can't cook in the kitchen or I can't reach the taps."

V's home is in Macquarie Fields, about 14 kilometres from Campbelltown in New South Wales, but it is too far to from her local shops for her to travel safely on her own.

"I am feeling very isolated because I am not able to be part of the community."

"My next move will probably be back into a nursing home"

Moving again isn't really an option for V.

"It took years to get me to this point I can't even imagine how much longer it would take, if I ever decided to move.

"I don't even feel like I have the right to move.

"I am 42 now, I am thinking my next move will probably be back into a nursing home."

Source: Domain , 25th June 2015

New robot can be remotely controlled by the thoughts of disabled people

Scientists have developed a “brain-machine approach” to enable patients with limited mobility or paralysis to remotely control a robot with their thoughts, says the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The team of researchers at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI), headed by José del R. Millán, announced the research on June 23, 2015. The findings were published in the June special edition of the Proceedings of the IEEE, an issue that is dedicated to brain-machine interfaces.

Man in a wheelchair controls a robot from his hospital bed to communicate on Skype

The researchers tested nine people with disabilities and ten people without disabilities in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Participants wore hats with electrodes capable of analyzing their brain signals. Their thought instructions were transmitted via the Internet in real time from their home country. The robot in the EPFL lab had a screen, wheels, and a video camera to record its movement while displaying the face of the remote pilot via Skype. The person at the controls could interact with other robots in the robot’s path.

"Each of the 9 subjects with disabilities managed to remotely control the robot with ease after less than 10 days of training," said Professor Millán. The robot is capable of avoiding obstacles even when it is told not to avoid them. If the robot does not receive instructions, it will continue to move on its predetermined path until ordered to stop. This allows pilot time to rest while navigating. Researchers did not find any differences between the piloting abilities of disabled people or people without disabilities.

Professor Millán says that it is too soon for this type of technology to become a part of the daily lives of people with disabilities. "For this to happen, insurance companies will have to help finance these technologies."

Source: Examiner, 24th June 2015

Figure of disabled aspirants at DU goes up by 70%

The number of candidates for Delhi University`s persons with disability quota has risen by over 70% this year. There are a total of 1,031 candidates in all three disability categories—blindness and low vision (460), hearing impairment (137) and locomotor disability and cerebral palsy (434)—combined, a sharp increase from 2014`s 600-odd. However, even if all 1,031 find seats in DU, there would still be vacancies in the persons with disability quota which is 3% of the total—54,000—undergraduate seats.

The Equal Opportunity Cell will study the marks scored by these applicants and is planning to write to the Dean Students` Welfare "to direct college to keep cut-offs for reserved categories realistic". "There may be just a few students in the 95% and above group but colleges set cutoffs with only them in mind. At some colleges, the first cut-off for PWD candidates is only a few percentage points lower than what it is for general-category," says Bipin Tiwary, OSD-EOC.

For instance, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College`s computer science cut-off was 98-100% for general category... 

Source: nyoooz, 21st June 2015 

NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards

The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) in association with Mphasis will give away the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards on the eve of the Independence Day.

The awards will be given away to those who have been doing exemplary work for the cause of accessibility, thus ensuring a life of equality and dignity for people with disabilities. Access symbolises the true spirit of freedom as far as persons with disabilities are concerned.

The annual NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards were instituted in 2010.

“We feel it is very important to honour the ones who are making a contribution in this area,” said Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, NCPEDP.

The awards will cover accessibility in the following fields: a) Built Environment, b) Transport, c) Information and Communication Technology, d) Services, and e) Aids and Appliances. Individuals and organisations are being invited to nominate for the awards. These will be given under the following three categories.

In category A, for persons with disabilities, awards are given to people with disabilities who have created an impact in Accessibility and Universal Design in any of the areas such as built environment, transport infrastructure, service provision, information and communication technology (ICT), universally designed consumer products, mobility and independent living aids, or assisting technology in their personal/professional capacity. Every year, awards in this category are given to three people across the country.

In category B, for working professionals, awards are given to people who work for the cause of Accessibility and Universal Design. She/he may be an employee of an education institute/NGO/corporate/government body that has taken up the cause, or may be a consultant or freelancer who has devoted her/his time for the cause. Her/his individual contribution to the cause is a major reason for the success achieved by the organisation/firm/movement. Every year, awards in this category are given out to three people across the country.

In category C, for companies/organisations, awards are given to those companies or organisations who have taken up the cause of Accessibility and Universal Design. The selection criteria will not only be for adopting accessibility policies, but also for implementing them at the workplace. Every year, awards in this category are presented to four companies/organisations across the country.

Source: Assam Tribune, 22nd June 2015

Why are institutes still using the word “handicapped”?

A Union Ministry had issued an advisory against it a year ago

A year after an advisory by the Union Ministry of Social Justices and Empowerment stating that various national institutes for persons with disabilities should discard the use of the word “handicapped” in their institute name and rename them — institutes continue to flout the recommendation and stick to “discriminatory names”.

National institutes such as National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, National Institute of Mentally Handicapped, National Institute of Visually Handicapped and National Institute for Orthopaedically Handicapped were instructed to remove the word “handicapped”, but to no avail.

“The word is simply not going away despite instructions to do away and replace it,” said disability activist Satendra Singh, Assistant Professor at University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur hospitals.

“I wrote to the directors of these national institutes asking why the name hasn’t been changed so far. Nobody replied except the National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped. Even when the consultation and change was done last year, no consultation was done with disabled people organisations,” said Dr. Singh.

He filed an RTI application asking about the ban on the expression of the word “handicapped” and renaming national institutes accordingly.

“The response from the Ministry stated that that the file dealing with this issue was not readily traceable in the division. The information will be provided as and when the file is traced in the division,” said Dr. Singh.

He applied again in May and got a response stating that “a committee was set up under the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and directors of the national institutes suggested following names in names for the establishments.’’

The RTI added that the committee felt that there was no need to change the names of National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities and Swami Vivekanand National Institute for Rehabilitation, Training and Research as they do not involve the expression handicapped.

“Negative terminology fosters attitudinal barriers. What is also shocking is the fact the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment doesn’t have the facility to provide information (circulars or RTI responses) in Braille. They told me that this information can be formatted only at the National Institute for Visually Handicapped, Dehradun,” said Dr. Singh.

While the directors of the institute refused to comment on the issue saying they were not authorised to speak to the media, a senior ministry official said the change of name was a long drawn process and takes time.

Source: The Hindu, 24th June 2015

IIT-JEE: Toppers speak in Indore

Janak Agrawal scored second position in the All India chart.

For hundreds of Indore students who were appeared in JEE (advanced) test, Wednesday evening brought big cheer for them and their family members, especially for Janak Agrawal, Mukesh Pareekh, Krati Tiwari and Shantanu Dubey who scored top positions in their respective categories.
Soon, as the news spread, their families started getting congratulatory messages and phone calls from relatives, friends and teachers.

Janak Agrawal - AIR - 2

Janak Agrawal who scored second position in the All India chart said he always expected top position in all India ranking as he started preparing for the exam two years in advance.

Son of Rajesh Agrawal - who owns his own business and Manisha Agrawal, housewife, Janak now wants to opt computer science from IIT Bombay.

“My performance in the board exam and now top position in JEE (advanced) will help me to get what I want,” confident Janak said.

Student of Indore Loha Vyapari Association (ILVA) Higher Secondary School, Janak, said he attributed his success to his parents and teachers.

“I got my parents' support and teachers round-the-clock and that's only reason I achieved biggest success of my life,” he added.

Mukesh Pareek - AIR - 3

Mukesh Pareek, who bagged all India rank 3 said, “Being among the topper always gives you a nice feeling”.

A student of Agrasen School, Mukesh who scored 94 percent in his board examination this year, said his hard work finally paid off. "I am happy with the result and it feels nice to be among the toppers." He wants to pursue computer science from IIT-Bombay.

Krati Tiwari (AIR - 47) - Topper in girls category

Hailing from Mhow it was firm dedication and a strong will to succeed in life which got Krati selected for her IIT-JEE. Studying religiously for seven-eight hours daily Krati would travel to Indore to attend coaching classes and her school.

“I would leave the house at around five in the morning as I had to travel to Indore where I would study and attend my coaching,” said Krati.

Coming from a very simple family, Krati's father works as a bank officer and her mother is a housewife. Setting her goals early in life, she is now determined to pursue computer science engineering from IIT-Bombay.

Shantanu Dubey (physically challenged category rank-1)

Securing the first rank all over India in physically handicapped category, 17-year-old Shantanu aspired to be an engineer when he was barely eight.

“People would hardly believe it but I wanted to be an engineer since I was in class third. But that is true,” said the lad.

Stating his success mantra to be sheer dedication and focus towards his goal, Sanjay Dubey divisional commissioner and father of Shantanu said, “In the past three years Shantanu had become completely focussed with the goal he had. We never saw him taking any breaks. We had our share of holidays but he was always dedicated to studies. Its hard work that fetched him results.”

Source: Hindustan Times, 18th June 2015

Modern hospital for physically handicapped at Bilaspur likely - Raipur ( Chattisgarh )

Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh today met a delegation of Akhil Bharatiya Vikalang Chetna Parishad led by National General Secretary Dr. D.P.  Agrawal at his official residence. The delegation submitted a memorandum stating that they are keen on starting a modern surgical hospital  for physically handicapped at Bilaspur.
The delegation members said that modern surgical hospitals for handicapped are already functioning at Bhavnagar in Gujarat, Udaipur in Rajasthan, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and if it is started in Bilaspur then it will be the fifth modern hospital for the physically handicapped. The  Chetna Parishad is keen on the project.

Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh assured the delegation members that the State Government will provide all assistance to them in the noble project. The delegation gave details of the rehabilitation of physically handicapped persons done by the Parishad . Akhil Bharatiya Vikalang Chetna Parishad  has been established in the year 2000 and conducted 56 camps till date. About 1800 physically handicapped persons have benefitted till now. The Parishad conducts community marriages of handicapped at Bilaspur, Raipur and various other cities every year. The Parishad conducts seminars in States , national-level and global-level to create awareness with regard to the rehabilitation of handicapped. Dr. Raman Singh appreciated the work done for the physically handicapped by the Chetna Parishad.

Source: CMO Web, 18th June 2015 

Government committed for empowerment of Disabled: Shri Thaawar Chand Gahlot

The government has recognized differently abled persons as an integral part of Human Resource and is committed towards Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the country.

Standing by the commitment towards empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) a camp for free of cost distribution of assistive aids and appliances held here today. The Camp organized by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur working under Department Of Empowerment Of Persons With Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Institute for Physically Handicapped and The Leprosy Mission Trust, India in close association with district administration, North East Delhi. 

¬The event was inaugurated by the Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment. 

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the disabled are highly talented and are the integral part of Human Resource. He said that the union government has taken several initiatives for the welfare of differently abled persons. He applauded the effort of empowering the persons affected from Leprosy in the camp wherein 554 ADL Kits (Assistance for Daily Living) were distributed. 

A total of 592 Persons with different kind of disabilities were provided 1356 numbers of aids and assistive devices by ALIMCO valuing more than Rs 61 Lakh under the ADIP scheme of Government of India in the camp. These beneficiaries were pre identified during the assessment camps conducted in Noth-East district of Delhi on 28th to 29th Nov, 2014. 

High quality Aids and Assistive devices were distributed in the camp manufactured by ALIMCO in which 554 ADL Kits (Assistance for Daily Living) for persons affected from leprosy were distributed. An ADL Kit which includes a mobile phone consists of items providing assistance for daily living for leprosy affected persons that includes - Universal Cuff, Nail Cutting Device, Soap Holder, Button Hook to facilitate buttoning, Zipper Pull –Hook with a ring at one end, Writing Aid or Adapted pen with positioning splint, Rubber Gloves, Insulated Scissors, Insulated Tumbler or Adapted Glass Holder, Wider Brim Plate, Long Handled Lever Tap. 

Among Various other assistive aids and devices for different kind of disabilities distributed in the camp were 413-Tricycles, 35-Wheelchairs, 268-Crutches Axilla, 17-Walking Stick for Orthopedically Impaired persons 34-Behind The Ear - Hearing Aid machines for Hearing Impaired persons and 08- MSIED Kit (Multi Sensory Inclusive Educational Kit) for Children with Special Needs. 

Senior officers from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, District administration, ALIMCO, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Institute for Physically Handicapped and The Leprosy Mission Trust were present during the event. 

Source: India Education diary, 20th June 2015