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Centre to bring amendments in legislation for disabled

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 21:21

New Delhi: Keeping in view the needs of the
physically challenged in the changing times, the government is
planning to introduce amendments in the legislation related to
protection of their rights in budget session of Parliament.

Government will introduce amendments in the Persons with
Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and
Full Participation) Act, 1995, Minister for Social Justice and
Empowerment Mukul Wasnik said today.

"We are harmonising the legislation and there will be
comprehensive amendment in it keeping in mind the needs of the
disabled persons with changing times. Currently dialogue is
going on with concerned stakeholders on these changes, which
we will bring in the next session of Parliament," he said.

Wasnik was speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of
the ministry`s "fully accessible" website, which was launched
by Minister for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Prithviraj Chavan.

The Ministry is the first in the Union Cabinet to have
come out with a website which can be fully accessed by persons
with physical disabilities.

"Since ours is the nodal ministry looking after welfare
of the physically challenged, I would request all my cabinet
colleagues to make websites of their respective ministries
fully accessible for the physically challenged," Wasnik said.

He said the site will soon be available in Hindi too.
Wasnik also announced that a separate category of awards
-- best website for disabled persons in the government,
private and PSU sectors -- will be instituted in the annual
national awards which are given by the President to the
disabled persons every year on December 3, which is the
International Day of Disabled Persons.

Chavan said that a special recruitment drive for the
disabled is being launched to clear the backlog in various
departments at the earliest.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment D
Napoleon was also present on the launch.

The website has several accessibility features. Persons
with visual impairment can use a `screen reader software`
which reads out the text that appears on a computer monitor.

Persons who have difficulty in using a mouse can use
`voice recognition software` which enables working on the
computer with verbal commands.

It provides features like iconic learning for mentally
retarded and autistic persons, keyboard support for those with
visual or upper limb impairment, navigation facilitation for
those with visual and learning disabilities and transcripts
for audio-video content for the hearing impaired.


First Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 21:21
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