55th International Week of the Deaf Celebrations 2012, A Friendship Evening at T. T. Stadium, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 7th October, 2012

55th International Week of the Deaf Celebrations 2012, A Friendship Evening at T. T. Stadium, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 7th October, 2012, Organised by Madhya Pradesh Association of the Deaf

55th International Week of the Deaf was celebrated on 7th October 2012 hosted by Bhopal Deaf Association in association with M.P. Association of the Deaf. There were many programs that were held simultaneously in the capital of M.P. The program was conducted in 2 parts.

The first part was the Deaf Awareness Rally where around 500-600 deaf people participated from all over M.P. The rally began in the morning at 11:00 from Motilal Science College till T.T Nagar Stadium. We created awareness for Sign Language and deaf culture amongst the hearing public. The placards too were very helpful for passing our message and our needs.

The second part of the program was held in T.T Stadium community hall in the form of cultural programs, a friendship evening which included the sharing of the progress in the Deaf community in recent years. It was an auspicious event where both, BDFC and DCF performed dance numbers and plays. This year also saw the birth of a new organisation, "Deaf Can Foundation" which is headed by Mrs. Priti Shah Soni under which things like vocational and educational training takes place. Many other things that were conducted by her were elaborated for the deaf people. The program marked the glorious presence of Mr. Kamlesh Dutta, Head of Indian Oil Corp. who was overwhelmed and wished us best of our future. Mr. Jaichand Singh, Acting Secretary of BDA shared about the progress that their association is making. On this occasion Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Mr. Saju Stephen, Joint-Secretary, NAD, Mr. Kamlesh Dongre, Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Association of Deaf and Mr. Anoop Chitwadgi, President of Bhopal Deaf Association were present.

Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD said that he has attended several programs but the way this program was conducted was new and different. He also wished his best to the entire community.

Moreover we had an opportunity to meet Mr. Gokarand from Bhilai, Chattisgarh who is deaf and has lost both his hands. He is a marvel and independent. From eating to studying, writing and even sending a SMS or operating a computer, he does it with the help of his legs.

The program was delightfully interpreted by Ms. Khushi Soni, Ms. Mini Chitawadgi, and Ms. Khushi Dongre. We, like every citizen of this country, have our rights and the implementation of the Disability Act will bring equality, independence and rightful participation in all social, economic spheres and improve the quality of living.






Part of NCPEDP's Equality+20

Campaign to mark 20 years of the Disability Act 1995

Dear Friends,

This year is a milestone year for the Indian disability movement. It marks 20 years of the Disability Act 1995 - India's first ever legislation that laid the foundation for equal rights of persons with disabilities.

For almost half a century after India won Independence, people with disabilities in the country were not considered to be equal citizens. They did not have equal rights when it came to education, employment, social and political opportunities. This changed when on December 22, 1995 both Houses of Parliament passed the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Bill of 1995.

The 1995 law paved the way for schools, colleges and universities to be inclusive; it ensured that people with disabilities found employment both in the public and private sector; and started the movement towards an accessible and inclusive India. It is because of the 1995 Act that today, millions of people with disabilities in India can dream to demand beyond what this Act provides.

is now poised to be one of the first countries in the world to have begun the process of getting a stronger disability rights legislation based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This proposed new law stands to take the country to the next level of inclusion. Yes, it is true that the country still has a long way to go when it comes to disability rights, but it is also equally important to recognize that all the successes we have had so far would not have been possible had the country not started its journey towards equality and inclusion 20 years ago.

To commemorate 20 years of the Disability Act 1995, to celebrate the successes, to introspect on the missed targets and to pave the roadmap for the coming years, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is launching a campaign called ‘Equality+20’. Over the next six months, we will have a variety of activities running up to December 2015.

These are:

‘Signs of the Times’
: This will be a competition among young students to develop a logo to commemorate 20 years of the Disability Act 1995. The winning logo will be unveiled and adopted on December 3, 2015, which is also the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

‘Walk to Freedom’
: On December 3, NCPEDP will organize a rally at India Gate to celebrate 20 years of freedom. We expect to have a few thousand people with disabilities, their friends and families from across the country for this event.

20 stories & more
: This will be a campaign that will leverage the power of individual stories from across the country on how the Disability Act 1995 changed their lives. This campaign will encompass a variety of media: social media (through a few hashtag campaigns such as #Equality20, #20storiesofchange, #20yearsofdisability, #DisabilityRightsMatter, etc.); a post-card/letter campaign spanning the grassroots; and also a photo campaign. Selected stories would then be collated in the form of a book.

Equality+20 Conference
: On December 1 and 2, 2015, NCPEDP will organize a conference that will host both national and international experts to assess the present scenario of rights of persons with disabilities in India in consonance with the global movement and India’s role internationally.

Please join us in celebrating 20 years of disability rights in India, 20 years of equality, 20 years of inclusion.

With best wishes,

Javed Abidi

Honorary Director, NCPEDP

Communication Unit:
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)
C -43, South Extension Part II
New Delhi - 110 049, India
Tel.: 91-11-26265647 / 26265648

Please get download : Logo Competition Flyer (1)


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