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:: Free Education for Children with Disabilities in India

  • Date : 2014/12/04
  • Disabled World - www.disabled-world.com
  • Synopsis : Free education will soon be offered to children with disabilities 6 - 18 years old as mandated by the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

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Presenting awards to achievers in various fields, who are disabled, on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, she said it was important to ensure education and equality to all.

Similar to sports event, organized at district and State level for senior citizens, Umashree said it had to be done even for people with disabilities.

"Begin with district level and then have the best of districts compete at State level. In the event that will be organized on International Day of Persons with Disabilities from next year on, let winners be given awards," she said adding "we should also have competitions organized for them even at Hampi and Dasara Utsava."

Braille calendar for year 2015 was also released on the occasion.

Also, Niramaya Arogya Vima Yojane was formally launched at the event.

Ashwin Karthik, a person with cerebral palsy, working as software engineer with Emphasis was honoured.

His mother Prabha Nagaraj and friend Bharath, who have supported him through his ups and downs, were also lauded.

A cash award of Rs 50,000 was given to two organizations for exemplary work in helping people with disabilities, eight other voluntary organizations were given Rs 25,000, for four teachers who have been teaching students with disabilities and Rs 10,000 was presented.

People with disabilities, who have achieved marks in various fields, were given Rs 15,000.

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