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Barring a few, most states and UTs ignored the guidelines to help persons with disabilities during the lockdown

A recent survey conducted by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) -- a Delhi-based non-profit organisation -- shows how persons with disabilities in the country were disproportionately affected by the COVID–19 crisis. The report by NCPEDP has observed that persons with disabilities, particularly those from economically deprived sections, went through severe hardship during the lockdown. Without sufficient access to food or money, many of them faced hunger...

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Persons with Disability face severe challenges in lockdown, says report -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

-The Hindu Limited access to doorstep delivery of essentials, govt helplines and financial govt aid are key problems Limited access to doorstep delivery of essentials, government helplines and financial assistance from the government were among the key problems faced by persons with Disability, according to a report on ‘status of persons with disabilities in India during the COVID-19 crisis’, released by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)...

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Lockdown and Persons with Disabilities: Survey recommends enforcing Disability inclusive guidelines across India

-The Indian Express The report, which comprised approximately 73 per cent males and 27 per cent females, showed that over "73 per cent of those interviewed were facing severe challenges on account of the lockdown". Considering the numerous challenges that Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) have been facing during lockdown, a recent survey recommends enforcing the March 27, 2020 Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) guidelines for securing financial support to...

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Professor GVS Murthy, vice-president and director, Indian Indian Institute of Public Health at Hyderabad, interviewed by Bindu Shajan Perappadan (The Hindu)

-The Hindu ‘They experience hardships in accessing information on prevention and risk of infection’ People with disabilities need much more support than others in the face of a pandemic. They may not be eating properly and may experience higher stress because they are unable to understand what is happening all around them, says Professor G.V.S. Murthy, vice-president and director, Indian Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad. * What are the unique challenges that...

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Disabled and extremely poor -Vani S Kulkarni & Raghav Gaiha

-The Hindu There is a link between Disability, loss of employment and impoverishment in rural India Of the world’s population, 15% live with some form of Disability. Are disabilities associated with economic hardships through loss of employment and consequent impoverishment in rural India? For lack of more recent data (the NSS does not cover disabilities) we tried to answer this question by using the two rounds of the India Human Development Survey...

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