GUWAHATI, June 20 - A �Capacity Building Training on Disability Inclusion and Rights� was organised on June 17 in Rangia Development Block, Kamrup by Shishu Sarothi, a not-for-profit disability organisation, in collaboration with the District Rural Development Authority, Kamrup.
Kamali Sharma, Block Development Officer, Rangia Block, while in her opening address, appealed to all the participants to spread awareness of disability rights, which would go a long way in better implementation of laws and schemes vis-�-vis the disabled people.
Ramen Deka, MP who was also present during the inaugural session and requested the participants to change their mindset in bringing about a change in the society. He also stressed on inclusion to improve infrastructure.
Nearly 100 persons participated in the training, which involved discussions on disability perceptions, inclusion of Persons with Disability in the mainstream, attitudinal barriers, impact of the poverty-disability cycle and the importance of a rights-based approach.
The training was conducted by the Disability Law Unit - NE (DLU-NE) of Shishu Sarothi. Arman Ali, Executive Director, speaking on the occasion gave an overview of the legal framework of disability rights and provisions and importance of barrier-free access and the roles and functions of the Local Level Committees under the National Trust Act, 1999 in issuance of guardianship certificate for persons with developmental disabilities and the role of the Office of the Deputy Commissioner. The importance of disability certificate was also discussed in the training programme. The participants during the interaction session also shared that lack of awareness about disability has resulted in non-inclusion of disabled people into mainstream schemes and programmes.
Saswati Saikia, Project Officer, Disability Law Unit-NE, Shishu Sarothi, gave the vote of thanks and called upon the participants to create an environment of inclusion for persons with disability in every part of the society.