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An Overview

Around 10 per cent of the world’s population is suffering from some disability or the other. They are the world’s largest minority. Disability rates are significantly higher among groups with lower educational attainment in the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and development. The World Bank estimates that 20 percent of the world’s poorest people are disabled, and tend to be regarded in their own communities as the most disadvantaged. It must also be remembered by everyone that anyone can be disabled at anytime either by accident or disease.
Persons with disability do have many abilities which are being increasingly recognized and encouraged to integrate them into mainstream society. Technology too has been a great enabler for persons with disabilities to attain their potential and live life independently. In India, these advancements have not reached the target population to the desired extent.
A major part of the disabled population is a productive workforce which has been disenfranchised on basic rights of education and livelihoods. In fact it is estimated that less than 3% of disabled persons are actually engaged in any type of economic activity. It is important to note that most disabled persons are not out of work because of their disability. They have learnt to cope with their impairment but a greater challenge is the social and practical barriers that exist in everyday life.

Most of the families with disabled persons live below the poverty line. Lack of facilities and opportunities prevent disabled persons from gaining suitable education, training and employment. Unemployment remains a major challenge and lack of economic empowerment results in multiple disability and depression among disabled persons. It is necessary to provide opportunities for them to study, to get trained in skill sets and get placed in jobs. As we live in the 21st century where every one talks of equal rights then why not give the disabled their share of rights. We the normal people are the ones who create continuous barriers. Do we keep them in mind while we design any infrastructure in society? We need to be more considerate. There should be a continuous effort to provide a disabled friendly environment at educational institutions, training centers, places of work and public spaces so that persons with disability can lead a dignified and independent life.
These include- inaccessible training places, insensitive employers who do not hire skilled persons with disabilities or provide basic accessibility at the workplace. PwDs need to be facilitated to access various schemes of the Government which targets disabled persons. Though there are a number of vocational training and skills development training offered by Government and NGOs, these are not in line with the times and do not address “employability” skills required for today’s job environment. Also, existing leading professional training institutes require sensitization to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities in their programs and place them in jobs.

Cheshire Disability Trust