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The situation

According to the National Census of 2011, 268 million people or 2.21 per cent of India’s population live with a disability (although this is likely to be a conservative number as data on disability is limited, and the global percentage of disability is estimated at 15 per cent). In 2014, the new government launched an ‘Accessible India’ campaign, selecting cities that were to be made fully accessible for people with disabilities. In the meantime, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 was passed by the Indian parliament, which for the first time in Indian legal history defined ‘public building’ and ‘public service and facility’ to include many privately owned places and services/facilities that are widely meant for public use.

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What we’re calling for

Good progress has been made on accessibility but unfortunately, it has been mostly concentrated in urban or semi-urban areas and is still not adequate, particularly as a large proportion of people with disabilities in India live in rural areas. In order to make accessibility a way of life, a lot still needs to be done both at policy level as well as on the ground.

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3,114 people

signed our call to the government of India to make all public places fully accessible by 2025 (as ensured in the national Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act of 2016).

A conference room with three people seated at a long table. One person is standing and speaking, another is doing sign language translation. The event banner reads 'Sightsavers welcomes you at the launch of Equal World Campaign - Making all public places fully accessible for people with disabilities. Date: 20th July 2019. Venue: Hotel Excellency, Bhubaneswar.


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