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The Deaf-Blind Community in India

Many of us in society regard disabled individuals as either ‘helpless’ or ‘inspiring.’ For the longest time, every reference of Helen Keller was filtered via the lens of inspiration, i.e. “She has done so much despite being deafblind.” She was an author, activist, and lecturer, thus the most well-known deafblind person. Recently, a series of tweets, TikTok videos, and comments referred to her as “fraud/fake news.” Some of those posts believed that a deafblind person …

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Can We Talk About Periods and Disability? Why Menstruation is more Challenging for Women with Special Needs

Even though menstruation is a naturally occurring physiological phenomenon, it is still considered a taboo topic in India. Unfortunately, menstrual hygiene management becomes all the more difficult for women with disabilities, especially those living in poverty. According to WHO, disability is not just a health problem, it also includes the stigmas and barriers that society puts on people with impairments by not recognizing their needs and subjecting them to discrimination [1]. Due to the stigma …

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Education in the times of Lockdown and the Challenges for Students with Disabilities

Education in the times of Lockdown and the Challenges for Students with Disabilities The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our education system in an unforeseen way. Children from the rural areas suffered most in terms of their education during this period, owing to a variety of reasons ranging from unavailability of resource materials and proper internet connection to dropping out of schools to support the financial burden on their family. In this blog we focus on …

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