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Communication and disability: Viewpints from a conference
Today, it is the second day of the three-day International Conference on Disability Communication in Mumbai in which papers are being presented, keynote addresses being delivered and panel discussions are being held on the theme of the conference of which, I am also a part.

While listening to the speakers and browsing through the pre-conference document, the following three viewpoints emerge.

According to Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta from Sweden, abilities and disabilities across different areas of functionality constitute endpoints of a continuum, i.e. areas that are heterogeneous and wherein explicit boarders do not exist.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Sanjay Deshmukh, saidthat communication and the visibility of persons with disabilities need to be on a positive perspective in the mass media, between its digital and non-digital space.

Stephan Rapp, a participant from Sweden, holds that learning and communication evolve continuously and develop through time and space, and cultural encounters appear as a positive dimension as well as a primordial force in this process.

I think that a humanistic approach to both communication and education are required to accept and accommodate the people in the whole range of abilities and their diverse learning styles.

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