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Accessibility is key to empowerment: Disability activist Javed Abidi

Jul 24, 2015

You cannot educate or employ the disabled people with creating accessibility for them, said noted disability rights activist Javed Abidi.

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New Delhi: Javed Abidi, Director of the National Center for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People in India, said in that though the disability rights movement in India has come a long way over the last half a century, but much needs to be done on the accessibility front.

Abidi was sharing his thoughts during an interview for OneWorld's 'Access to Justice' project in partnership with the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India and UNDP.

“Nowadays, the disabled are getting enrolled in schools and colleges and no government educational institutes can dare deny them admission in the present times,” he said.

Talking about the disabled role models like the girl who topped the prestigious Civil Services examination to select IAS and IPS officers this year, Abidi said that though the role models encourage others, most of them who get jobs are those who are minimally disabled while those with serious disabilities do not get ample opportunities.

Abidi said that accessibility is still the biggest challenge for the disabled and added that unless accessibility is created, education and employment is not possible for this community, he said.

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