In our country persons with disability faces numerous instances of exclusion because of impairments from family and in social life, equal education, employment and access to basic services are discriminated at many occasions. The exclusion prevails because of various barriers being created by the society such as attitudinal, environmental and societal. The persistent exclusion often fails to recognize persons with disabilities as human being. Their rights and entitlements as a citizen of the country are overlooked. Despite being recognized as a subgroup requiring specific intervention in the ongoing development initiatives, exclusion continues and therefore social inclusion remains a challenge.
Efforts to incorporate the issue of disability in to the development agenda is gaining momentum over the past few years, however, much more remains to be done in this regard. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) also provides the opportunity for human rights and development actors to actively combine and integrate these two areas. New and innovative thinking and collaboration are required to utilize the Convention so as to bring maximum benefit to persons with disabilities and society.
In this context Sightsavers and CUTS co-organised a State Level Consultation on ‘Mainstreaming Disability in Rajasthan’ in Jaipur at Hotel Jaipur Palace, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. The main objective of the meeting was to sensitize and build the capacity of the participants on this issue.
The key participants in this workshop were developmental organizations, educational institutions, law colleges, media and government officials.