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World Social Justice Day: Why Social Justice is Incomplete for Persons with Disabilities Without Accessible Transport Systems

In the 2007 session of the UN General Assembly, the member states unanimously decided to observe 20th February as the World Day of Social Justice, to bring public attention and mobilise political will to promote social development for all. The theme of this year’s World Social Justice Day is ‘Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment’. However, for the 26.8 million persons[1] with disabilities (PWDs) living in India, social integration and access to formal employment remain a …

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Bon Voyage? The World of Travel through Deaf Lens 

by Saudamini Pethe In an attempt to look at the transport accessibility and travel experiences of Deaf individuals, Ms Saudamini Pethe, MA, LLB  pursuant sheds light on the challenges that such people face every single day. Commenting on society’s inability to create an accessible environment for Deaf travellers, this blog provides insights as to how these challenges can be resolved and provides suggestions and recommendations that can bring forth long term accessibility for the Deaf population. …

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“The City Isn’t Made for Me” – Abhishek Anicca

As a person with a disability, I find myself constantly creating space for myself in the city. The city isn’t made for me. Its roads are often too uneven for my numb legs. There one too many stairs at the nearby ATM. There are queues everywhere and you have to look pleadingly to navigate your way to the front. People are hesitant to make space for you. Some stare at you. Others don’t understand your …

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White cane: a symbol of possibility in the lives of visually impaired people

Every year 15th October is observed as the White Cane Safety Day. The day stresses upon the idea of self-reliance in one’s life and recognizes the right to movement of a visually impaired person from one place to another. Former President of United States of America, Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed “The white cane in our society has become one of the symbols of a blind person’s ability to come and go on his own. Its …

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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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