The general apathy towards the plight of children with disabilities in terms of infrastructural development, inadequate number of schools and roadblocks in attaining the certificates for disability were also cited as major hindrances.
According to a UNICEF report, there are around 3 crore children in India suffering from some form of disability. The Sixth All-India Educational Survey (NCERT 1998) reports that of India’s 20 crore school-aged children (6–14 years) require special needs education.
Dr. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Prasanna Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disability and Dr. Jayakumar Christian, CEO and National Director, World Vision India were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jayakumar Christian, CEO & National Director, World Vision India said, “While policies push for inclusive education, merely enrolling children with disabilities in regular schools isn’t enough. Unless every child feels that they are empowered enough to help shape the nation, we still have a long way to go.”
Some of the demands made by the children at the assembly.
1. Access to Anganwadi centres
2. Need for disability certificates and all govt. entitlements
3. To be treated at par with other children
4. School buildings to be friendly for them
5. Access to safe drinking water and friendly toilet facility for children with disability
6. Need for specially trained teachers and learning aids should be friendly for children with disability
7. Access to healthcare facility within 3 kms
8. More awareness programs about their rights