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Cinema, electronic media and trainings need to be sensitive to differently abled persons and their sevice providers, suggest papers at Mumbai conference
Both the media and disability training for the caregivers need to be responsive, suggested the research paper presented by Dr Lalit Kishore, citizen journalist and senior research fellow at Jaipur based NGO Disha, during the three-day conference on Disability Communication in Mumbai from January 9 to 11.

Dr Kishore's paper titled "An Evaluation Study of Institution Based Mother and Child Program for Parents of Differently Abled Children of Jaipur" outlined the training module and session structures and procedures. He stressed the need for proper language and communication pitching of the training sessions. He suggested that resource persons for the training should be trained in total communication skills to be effective.

In an another paper by Manish Sachan and VK Tyagi, the coverage of disabilities issues in the media were discussed. It was expressed on the basis of exploratory study that the people with disabilities had undergone a lack of representation in the news coverage. The paper's authors held that their study had implications for the Department of Empowerment of Persons of GOI.

The paper by Vikas Gawande and Geeta Kashyap was titled "Beyond Sympathy: Representation of Disability in Hindi Cinema". The paper reveals that the way cinema portrays the persons with disabilities is undesirable since it evokes sympathy and pity. According to Vikas, the movies depicting the achievements of the differently-abled also need to be filmed as biopics like those of Mary Kom, MS Dhoni, Milkha Singh, etc., to change the mindset of people.

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