Advocacy Initiatives

> Member of ADVOC  [ Advocacy for the Disabled: Voicing of Capacity ] a group of Disability professionals working towards legal advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. [ 1997 onwards ]

 > Worked on the issue of the ‘Disability Certificate’ with a group at Aarth-Astha. Identified the difficulties encountered by people in getting a disability certificate and listed out a series of measures that need to be put in place. These were then taken- up with the concerned State and Central Government officials. Some of our suggestions have been accepted and included in the new guidelines. [ 2000 onwards ]

> Part of the group that lobbied for inclusion of disability concerns in the Eleventh Five Year Plan with the Planning Commission, Government of India.

 > Part of the core group that lobbied, successfully, for the inclusion of all children with disabilities in the Right to Education Act [ 2009 ]

 > Part of the core group that highlighted the plight of people with mental disabilities in Delhi’s Ashakiran- home for persons with disability. There have been over 130 people who have lost their lives in this government-run home. It resulted in the government taking note and taking some steps to improve the conditions there. [2010 ]

 The year 2010 started on an extremely disturbing note. A newspaper report apprised us of the deplorable condition of children in a government-run institutional care facility in New Delhi.  There were more than twelve children who passed away in one facility in the month of December 2009 alone, besides over a 110 who had passed away in the last couple of years . The conditions in which the children live are enough to send a  shudder down the spine of even the most cold-hearted person.

Unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened. Children passsing away has been a regular feature of  these government-run instititional care facilities in Delhi. A series of deaths have been reported since 2004 and there would be many that have gone unreported and perhaps, unnoticed.

Anandini feels very strongly about this gross violation of the very basic human rights and has taken up the issue. We need to fight for the rights of this very vulnerable group of people who maynot be given a chance to voice their concerns…