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Category: Disability Support

Be My Eyes – Volunteer to Help a Person with Blindness

Posted in Accessibility, and Disability Support

“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…

Flying with Disability in India – Brief on DGCA Guidelines

Posted in Disability Support, and Travel

DGCA Guidelines for Persons with Disabilities Air travel is quite stressful as is, and it becomes rather burdensome when you are unable to avail the assistance you need. If you are a person with disabilities or reduced mobility, you are legally entitled to avail services from your chosen airline provider. You are also entitled to receive assistance from the airline and airport staff to make your air travel experience hassle-free. The Directorate General of Civil…

Flying with Disability – Aviation Guidelines in India

Posted in Accessibility, Disability Support, and Travel

Directorate General of Civil Aviation Guidelines for Persons with Disabilities and/or Reduced Mobility 1. AIRLINE SPECIFIC No airline shall refuse to carry persons with disability or reduced mobility and their assistive aids/devices, escorts and guide dogs including their presence in the cabin, provided such persons or their representatives, at the time of booking, inform the airline of their requirement(s). The airlines shall incorporate appropriate provisions on their website within three months from the date of…

Blind in Dubai – Persons with Determination

Posted in Accessibility, and Disability Support

Recently, I visited Dubai on a business trip and got a peek into what the city had to offer for persons with blindness. They call persons with disabilities as ‘persons with determination.’ I am not sure what to make of it. If someone says that you are determined, may be, you have to take it on face value. But, I found myself wondering why they were making a big deal out of it. Anyway, applying…

Persons with Blindness can’t be Judges – Says Supreme Court

Posted in Case Review, Disability Support, and Employement

In this case, the Supreme Court had to address the validity of rules and orders that limited appointment of civil judges and district judges to persons with partial blindness (between 40-50 percent of blindness). In the case, a person with seventy (70) percent blindness was denied appointment as a judge because he was more than fifty (50) percent blind, the specified outer limit. Surprisingly, the Supreme Court came to the conclusion in the case that…