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In issues handled by the Disability Law Group of the Cane Foundation, one question that often props up is whether persons with disabilities have a right to live independently. This question is primarily pertinent in community settings when persons with disabilities seek facilities for living life free from barriers placed by the society. The Indian law on disability, which is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does not specifically
In a case decided in January, 2020, the Supreme Court held that reservations provided under the 1995 PwD Act extend to promotions as well. Question which arose in this case was whether persons, governed under “The persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995” (PwD Act), can be given reservation in promotion. The Court answered the question in the affirmative. While doing so it cited Indra Sawhney, Rajeev Kumar and
A volunteer of the Cane Foundation, Mr. Madhava Rao, took up a study on compliance of IIMs with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act from the faculty hiring perspective. He filed RTI applications to  all Indian Institutes of Management which are designated as Institutes of National Importance, in order to understand how many of their faculty members staff are persons with disabilities, and whether they have disability policies to govern their approach to persons
The Right to accessible housing for persons with disabilities has been recognized under the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in which India is a member state. In furtherance of its membership to UNCRPD, India enacted the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPD Act), which recognizes the importance of accessible housing in the preamble itself.  The RPD Act
“Bringing sight to blind and low-vision people,” is the caption of Be My Eyes App. The simple objective of the App is to help persons with blindness or visual impairment by connecting them to sighted volunteers. It was launched in 2015, and is currently available on both IOS and Android phones. The App has more than 2 million volunteers, who offer support in 180 languages. All a person with blindness needs to do to get

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