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Disability sector wins, government drops proposal to amend RPWD Act 2016

In a major victory for disability rights groups, the government of India has decided not to go ahead with the proposed amendments to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act. The decision, announced late Wednesday evening, comes exactly one week after the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment sent a letter to seven NGOs proposing …

Motivational Diaries – Geeta Chouhan | JUL 10th 2020

Life is all about facing challenges but it’s important to never lose hope and stay strong! Youthopedia Motivational Series-1 is back with another legendary life performer Geeta Chouhan, an International wheelchair basketball player, and a budding National-level Tennis player. Seek the best advice from the best coach. When: July 10, 2020 Time: 4 PM onwards …

Are Accessible Cosmetics the Final Frontier in Makeup Inclusivity?

Makeup companies are creating products that are easier to open and apply, especially for people living with A.L.S., Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and other disabilities.   In March 2010, Terri Bryant, a makeup artist and educator, began noticing slight changes to her skill set. Stiffness spanned from her left shoulder down to her fingers, which …

Disability is not a barrier for helping others

AI Research Opening at IIT Delhi

AI Research Opening at IIT Delhi Job Title: Project Assistant (Full time) Location: IIT Delhi (Will be starting remotely) Duration: 1 year (can be extended based on performance) Introduction: The project Mobility Assistant for Visually Impaired (MAVI) at IIT Delhi is looking for early-stage researchers who would like to contribute to an AI project with …

Just 13 years old, singer Adithya Suresh is a social media rockstar!

Adithya Suresh from Kollam, Kerala, is passionate about music. Diagnosed with Brittle Bone disease soon after birth, this teenager is determined to overcome his physical disability to chase his interest. Aditya’s music videos have gone viral and fans love his tunes he tells us on My Take. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle …

Kavitha Kesavan has beaten many odds to become a successful entrepreneur

Kavitha Kesavan from Thrissur, Kerala, was diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis as a class 9 student. Kavitha was bedridden, depressed and had virtually lost hope. But she fought through to become a young entrepreneur with a successful business in handmade products. She also teaches this skill to other people with disabilities. 31-year-old Kavitha Kesavan from Thrissur in Kerala …

Over 3 years after RPWD Act, massive gaps in implementation persist, reveals RTI

Everyone agrees that the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 is a game changing legislation that has the potential to transform the lives of India’s disabled community. Why then over three years after it was passed by both Houses of Parliament, is it yet to show substantial impact? An RTI reveals the major gaps …

DJ Arpan Arora is a powerhouse of energy & all things positive!

31-year-old Arpan Arora from Delhi was diagnosed with dwarfism soon after he was born. This confident youngster did not let public attitudes towards his disability come in the way of choosing what he loves most and that is disco jockeying. Arpan, who also has a learning disability, tells us that determination is key to reaching …

Nehal Tiwari believes autism is not end of the world, there is much more to explore

Nehal Tiwari’s stone paintings are getting her quite a lot of attention in the world of art. Her work has been displayed at many exhibitions and she has a steady clientele who keep coming back for more. Just 21 years old, this young woman is already standing other feet. In our month long #CelebrateAutisticPride campaign, …