Sunday, 19 February 2017
Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a charitable school based in Noida, has launched a picture-based mobile application to help speech impaired and differently-abled children in learning through augmentative and alternative communication. The app has been named as 'Vaakya' and this has been launched as part of the 18th foundation day celebration of the school. The application is immensely helpful for persons who are speech impaired, affected by autism, cerebral palsy and various other mental and physical conditions, Director of the school, Vandana Sharma told Press Trust of India. She also said that it is an augmentative and alternative communication tool and can also be used during rehabilitation.
According to the product description, Vaakya is a picture based AAC app designed for people with speech impairments. This may be in the case of aphasia, MND/ALS, after a stroke, in case of vocal cord problems or other speech problems. It is also suitable for Individuals affected by autism, cerebral palsy and various other mental and physical conditions. The app is an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) tool and can also be used to practice during rehabilitation. Even for individuals with such conditions that are unable to read, it works as an effective tool to communicate as it depends on images and audio instead of text.
With the app, a user can create a combination of custom images and audio which are relate-able to an individual user in order to effectively communicate. For educators, therapists and guardian's, multiple users can be created which can contain images and audio customized to relate to each specific individual.
The app has been made available for free download from Feb 16, Vandana Sharma said.
The Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan is run by the Ponty Chadha Foundation and is for the specially-abled children. The school also launched an e-commerce portal that sells products made by special children.
Source : PioneerNews Via PTI , 19th Feb 2017
A loan mela meant for distributing interest-free loans among differently abled people for starting self employment initiatives was held here on Saturday.
Eligible applicants were given Rs. 25,000 loan through cooperative banks under the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC) scheme. District Collector Prashant M.Wadnere participated in the mela. P.Janci, District Differently Abled Welfare Officer, was present.
Source : The Hindu , 19th Feb 2017
As per the provision, the owners of sanctioned units had the first right to construct their homes as daily wage labourers up to a period of 90 days.
After lagging behind in constructing homes under Mukhyamantri Gramin BPL Awas Yojana, the rural development department has now relaxed norms to allow third parties to execute work on request from beneficiaries.
As per the provision, the owners of sanctioned units had the first right to construct their homes as daily wage labourers up to a period of 90 days. The payment to them was also linked with MGNREGA funds.
However, it has been observed that construction of more than one lakh homes have been pending. In most cases, the beneficiaries were either old or handicapped to carry out construction work.
“Persons who are 60 years and above, physically challenged and not able to work or monitor the construction work can give it in writing and the construction of their homes will be given to an authorized agency,” said an official.
“The payment in such cases will not go to the accounts of beneficiaries but will be instead transferred to panchayat samitis,” added the official.
A letter has also been issued by additional chief secretary Sudarshan Sethi to the CEO’s of zila parishads. The state government is aiming to complete as many homes as possible before March 2017.
Source : Economic Times , 16th Feb 2017
In recent times, the central and state governments of India started to provide various welfare schemes and plans for the handicapped people who are about to be called as Physically challenged people. In order to boost their confidence level and to provide necessary help for those people to make them to live normal life several welfare schemes are introduced by both central and as well as the state government.
Recently, the state government of Kerala hinted about launching special scheme for the physically challenged people in the state. The scheme will be the useful for those people to live their life just like the ordinary people does.
Special scheme Announced in Kerala state
Few days ago, the state government of Kerala announced that it’s going to introduce a new scheme which will improve living standards of the state physically challenged people. This new scheme will be implemented along with the involvement of the state employment department. The scheme is about to provide various training and skill development activities by which the beneficiaries would able to learn and improve their strengths and with their strengths they can find relevant jobs.
Also the scheme is mainly focused on providing suitable employment opportunity to those physically challenged people of the Kerala state. The scheme, which going to hit the floor in near future along with the involvement of state employment department, is about to teach the beneficiaries of the hot skills and necessary trainings in such a way to grab the available jobs opportunities for physically challenged peoples.
Key Points about the upcoming new scheme for physically challenged people in Kerala
- As per the data released by the state government officials the upcoming special scheme for the physically challenged people will be beneficial for around 80K peoples of the Kerala state.
- Under this upcoming scheme, the respective governance body will provide efficient guidance and training to the rightful beneficiaries of the scheme. The guidance would be focused in such a way that it should develop their skills which are required to grab the jobs in the society.
- In addition to those training and career guidance, the scheme will assistance disabled people who are interested in taking competitive exams. For such people, appropriate coaching will be provided under the professional guidance.
- For people who are interested in starting their own businesses will be offered rightful assistance by the state government of the Kerala in such a way that they can be easily step in to the startups.
- In this new scheme, the rightful candidature will be chosen to appropriate training from the physically challenged people based on their skills, Interest, educational qualification and any other experiences which they posses.
- The state government along with the employment department will provide enough financial assistance to the physically challenged people to start the entrepreneurship, by training them with sufficient soft skills and industrial training program.
The announcement about this new scheme came from the state governor P. Sathasivam while addressing at the other welfare scheme press meet, during his speech he added that the state government will do all the necessary things for the disabled people to get shine in their career.
Source : PM Awas Yojna , 16th Feb 2017
On Tuesday, a 15-year-old physically and mentally challenged girl was raped by her neighbour at Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri district,
On Wednesday, the police said that Kalipada Nandi(61 yrs old) allegedly raped the girl on Tuesday. He raped her when she was alone at home. He took the benefits of her handicapped. He easily raped her in the absence of her parents. When the girl informed her parents about it, her father lodged.
Source : Dekh News, 18th Feb 2017
During peak hours, the handicapped coach is more often than not occupied by the able-bodied looking to avoid crowds.
On a regular day, the CR authorities catch around 40 commuters travelling in the handicap compartment. When special drives are conducted, the number goes up to as many as 70 people.
Source : Mid Day , 15th Feb 2017
Sunday, 12 February 2017
India successfully defended their title in the T20 Blind World Cup on Sunday at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore by beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final by nine wickets. Incidentally, in the previous and only edition of the T20 World Cup for the visually impaired, Pakistan had been on the losing end then too.
However, on the day that mattered, Pakistan batted first and put together 197/9 on the scoreboard with Badar Munir scoring 57 from 37 balls hitting eight fours and one six during the way. He enjoyed support from Muhammad Jamil, who scored 24 from 15 balls with the duo putting together 58 runs.
The hosts lost Reddy for 43 when he tried to go for a run but was caught short by Israr Hassan. Up next for India was Ketan Patel who, unfortunately, retired hurt at 26. Dunna Venkatesh walked into the middle and gave Jayaramaiah good company. India crossed the line win in the 18th over in spectacular fashion – with a boundary. Jayaramaiah missed out on the century by just one run as he remained unbeaten on 99 when the winning runs were hit.
Source : Indian Express , 12th Feb 2017
The State Human Rights Commission has ‘admitted’ a petition filed by an NGO seeking adherence to the various orders by the authorities regarding reservation of seats for the women as well as handicapped persons in every public transport vehicle.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing next week, chairman of ‘Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights’ M.M. Shuja, who has filed it, told Kashmir Reader.
“There are various standing orders issued by the competent authorities especially by Regional Transport Officers of Jammu as well as Kashmir, specifying quota of seats for ladies and physically disabled person in every public transport vehicle,” he said.
However, Shuja said, neither such quota is reserved nor any specific mark is displayed on the reserved seats for ladies and physically disabled persons both in State Road Transport buses and other private transport vehicles.
“It has also been observed that in overcrowded public transport vehicles ladies and even disabled persons keep standing with the result the dignity of women and respect for disabled gets compromised,” he said. “Unscrupulous elements standing in such buses even indulge in indecent acts and gestures,” he said.
huja has also sought compliance of the government orders for concession in fare to student community as also directions from the commission to the drivers of public transport to wear uniform during driving.
Source : Kashmeer Reader , 4th Feb 2017