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

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published Published on May 21, 2020   modified Modified on May 22, 2020

-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 become “truly Atmanirbhar”. As per National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)’s survey, Locked Down and Left Behind A Report on the Status of PwDs in India during COVID-19 Crisis, “Many of the challenges confronting PwDs during lockdown could have been addressed had the government duly enforced its own directives”.

As per the directives, COVID-19 information in accessible formats, doorstep delivery of essentials, 24×7 helpline number at state level for ‘Divyangjan’ with facilities of sign language interpretation and video calling, among others should be in place.

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The Indian Express, 21 May, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/lockdown-people-with-disabilities-survey-disability-inclusive-guidelines-ncpedp-6420549/

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