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Make differently abled children aware of their rights: HC judge

india Updated: Dec 01, 2013 18:36 IST

Justice Rajiv Sharma of the Himachal Pradesh high court on Sunday accentuated upon making differently abled children aware about their rights enshrined in the Indian constitution.

Speaking in a workshop organised for differently abled children by Shimla-based NGO Umang foundation here on Sunday, Sharma said special children had been brought under the ambit of the Right to Education Act after amendment in 2012.

“There are rights reserved for specially children, but they also need to know about their rights,” said Sharma.

Underlining the need to change the mindset, he said people were required to change their thinking and attitude for differently abled children. “These children are brave as in spite of difficulties they are doing well in the field of education,” he said.

Sharma said participation of differently abled in politics was must for framing and implementation of law. He said there was no need to create a separate centre to impart education to them. In fact these children need to be treated like normal ones.

“Differently abled children should be accepted with a positive attitude,” he said, adding that they should be encouraged by all.

Referring to the emergency situation, he underlined the need to have special arrangements for differently abled employees in all offices. “To ensure safe evacuation of differently abled people during natural calamities, arrangement should be made in all offices,” he added.

Meanwhile, president of Umang foundation Ajai Srivastava said nearly 120 special, visually impaired and deaf and dumb students from across the state participated in the workshop.

“Students were taught about their rights given to them by the constitution of India,” said Srivastava.
Elaborating about the workshop, he said these children were provided education with the help of society's support.

In order to make education easy for visually impaired students, the foundation also distributed 10 “Angel playar” among visually impaired students. “Angel playar is an electronic device used for studying by visually impaired students,” he said.

He said, “These students want to live a normal life and we have to help and encourage them.” Srivastava said various issues were discussed in the workshop, especially problems being faced by these children.