7 Government Initiatives That Aim to Improve Lives of People with Disabilities


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The government is all set to launch the Accessible India Campaign which will focus on making India a more disabled-friendly nation. From more accessible public places, to disable-friendly television programs, here are seven amazing initiatives which will be a part of the campaign.

After Digital India, Clean India, and Skill India, the government is all set to launch the Accessible India Campaign which will focus on making India a disabled-friendly country.

A joint venture by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Accessible India Campaign will be first launched in seven cities including Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Assam, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Haryana. The programme will focus on grievances of people with disabilities and the problems they face in mobility.

Here are the seven key initiatives by the government which will be a part of the Accessible India Campaign –

1. An audit of 100 government buildings will be done and by July 2016, they will all be converted into fully accessible buildings.

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2. A team of experts will work extensively to conduct awareness programmes and workshops for sensitising all the main stakeholders, including builders and activists.

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3. A web portal will also be created where people can upload pictures and comment on the accessibility of any building.

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4. Government is also planning to introduce set-top boxes to make TV programmes more useful for the visually impaired.

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Set top boxes will be modified by introducing a button on the box, and a remote control that will convert text on the TV screen to voice.

5. Sign languages will be introduced in more than 25 percent of the programmes, starting with Doordarshan, to make television more disabled-friendly.

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Currently there is only one news bulletin with sign language. The government will be training 200 persons in sign language every year, for next five years.

6. Content on government website will also be converted from text to speech mode through screen reader programmes for the visually impaired.

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7. A mobile app will be launched to provide information on disabled-friendly public utilities in a city.

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The app will feature places like ATMs, banks, malls, toilets and will also have user-generated ratings of how disabled-friendly those places are.

All pics: mygov.in

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