Accept RTIs in Braille from blind, provide them info in accessible formats
Organized jointly by the Disabled Students Association (DSA)and Umang Foundation, a Shimla-based Non-profit organization, a training workshop on Right to Information (RTI) was held for students with disabilities on September 17.
As many as 35 students participated in the workshop which was presided by Navneet Yadav, a UNDP consultant. According to Mukesh Kumar, spokesperson of DSA, it was the first RTI workshop for the disabled students in the state.
Ajai Srivastava, university’s Nodal Officer for Disability Affairs and Chairman of Umang Foundation, was the resource person in the workshop
The state government should change its rules to accept RTI applications in Braille and supply information to the blind persons in the format which is accessible to them including Braille and CD.
Newly enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 has made it mandatory for the government to prepare all documents in an accessible format.
He said that the use of RTI was very effective in solving problems of the disabled students. The reservation quota in admission and hostels, accessibility, basic amenities, scholarship and non-implementation of disability laws are the main issues before the disabled students.
He said that the information collected through RTI can make a good story for journalists and also can be used to file PILs in the High Court
Impairments don’t make people disable but the lack of information,
He quoted examples of insensitivity the government and educational institutions towards the disabled. He said filing RTI applications and using the information in an effective manner can solve their problems.
UNDP consultant Navneet Yadav said he was keen to work with Umang Foundation to prepare a training module on disaster management for Himachal’s disabled students.