Chapters on disability soon in school curriculum: HRD minister

Asia-Pacific, July 25 2016

NEW DELHI: Chapters on disability will soon be included in school curriculum to increase awareness and sensitize the youth about the issue, Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.

At a bikers’ rally organized here to spread awareness about universal accessibility for persons with disabilities, Javadekar said educational institutes would be made accessible to persons with disabilities in a phased manner, according to an official statement.

The ‘Ride for Accessibility’ was organized as part of a campaign run by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to spread awareness about the issue.

Flagged off from India Gate, it saw the participation of leading biker groups from the city.

The department of empowerment of persons with disabilities (Divyangjan) is running an Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) for creating universal accessibility in built environment, public transportation and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) eco-system.

The campaign was initially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 3 last year on the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Social justice and empowerment minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot highlighted the objectives of ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’ and urged citiznes to come forward to support the campaign.

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, ambassador of the Accessible India Campaign, praised the indomitable spirit of persons with disabilities.

The ministry is making efforts to make the campaign a mass movement by involving citizens and sensitizing the society towards disability and the need for accessibility.

Source: Times of India

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