Usually we talk about people struggling with hearing and sight loss on this site. Because that is an all-encompassing topic, it is very rare for us to hone in on a specific area of the world. However, India seems to be getting a lot of attention in the news lately, so we thought it would be interesting to see where they stood on the subject. That’s when we discovered a piece about India’s Disability Act, which was signed in 1995.

Maybe you’ve been struggling in these uncertain economic times, so when you saw that we had a free job alert, you got excited. In all truth, it was this alert that led us to do a little research on India’s disability laws. Since there are now a good deal of engineering jobs, diploma jobs, and bank jobs available in India, it seemed prudent to understand a little more about how they advocate for people with disabilities.

India’s Disability Act

It’s for Kids and Adults

The first thing we would like to point out about India’s Disability Act, is that it’s for kids and adults. Many times we see that these regulations are specific to children. Of course, the children of India have some very specific benefits according to this 1995 piece of legislation (read the act here). It states that they:

  • Have the right to free education.
  • Can remain in school until the age of 18.
  • Will attend integrated or special schools during that time.
  • May receive appropriate forms of transportation.
  • Can utilize the removal of architectural barriers.
  • Have curriculum restructured and modified.
  • Will receive books, teaching materials, uniforms, and scholarships for free.
  • Can attend schools with vocational training.

Parents are also given special and unique benefits. These include:

  • The ability to move ahead in the court system to address their grievances when it pertains to their disabled children.
  • Obtaining a special certificate to access the previous mentioned facilities.

Adults will find encouragement from India’s Disabilities Act as well. They will note that funding is provided for the construction of schools, roads, and ramps for those with disabilities. And, they will be further bolstered by the fact that India sets aside 3% of its governmental jobs for people living with disabilities.

Affirmative action is also allotted for within this legislation.

What does that mean?

It means that disabled individuals in India will get their homes and businesses at concessional rates (learn more). They will also have access to factories and entrepreneurial dreams at those same rates. And, aids and accessories will be made available to them.

But There’s a Problem

This act went into effect in 1995. However, it would appear that India hasn’t really done a lot to protect people with disabilities as it applies to the UNs rules and regulations. Therefore, 2010 led to a very serious proposal. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had to face documents suggesting that 101 things be amended within the Disabilities Act. This received a lot of criticism.

The main problem appears to be the fact that India is not adhering to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities as designed and provided for by the United Nations. And, since there are 70 million people in India who are living with disabilities, there is a significant demand for these things to be rectified. But, India is sticking to the four laws that are already in place. You can read all about them here.

With this information, hopefully you will be able to determine whether you want to pursue employment in India or not.