NEW DELHI, Dec 3 - India is doing a �commendable job� in providing accessible environment to disabled people, but a �lot more need to be done� to improve the scenario, especially in providing them education and skills, a top official of the UNESCO said on Monday.
Al-Amin Yusuph, Advisor for Communication and Information, UNESCO India office here, said this on the occasion of International Day of Disabled Persons, a United Nations sanctioned day, which aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of such people and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
�We congratulate India for the steps taken, be it political, legislative or social for improving accessibility for them in various public spaces and enhancing their lives in general. But, much more need to be done in India, and around the world,� Yusuph said.
This year�s theme for the day focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which pledges to �leave no one behind�.
�We need to increase awareness, whether politically, socio-economically or culturally. People with disability are more likely to face adverse socio-economic outcomes than those who do not have any, like less education, poorer health outcomes, high poverty rates,� Yusuph said.
The UNESCO official, at an event here, also urged the media and other stakeholders to play a constructive role in improving the scenario.
�I strongly emphasise that many times, including in the media, promoting people with disability in a positive way is often portrayed as charity or sympathy. We all need to work together and it is not a matter of charity but human rights,� he said.
In his address, Yusuph also highlighted that besides improving accessible environment, work also needs to be done on education and skill of the disabled people. � PTI