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New Delhi to host one-day workshop on "Building Legal Capacity of Persons with intellectual and Development Disabilities"
A one-day national workshop on "Building Legal Capacity of Persons with intellectual and Development Disabilities (PwIDDs)" is going to be organized in Delhi on May 9. The workshop is being organized by the National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI, at Indian Law Institute in New Delhi.

An e-mail circular informs that the workshop will be attended by the Hon'ble Supreme Court Judge; Secretary DEPwD; WHO representatives, IIMS experts and National Legal Service Authorities representatives for their valuable inputs.

Various NGOs, concerned individuals, parents, care givers, service providers, law students, etc., working for the cause of persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities have asked to contribute papers, share experiences and suggest for legal capacity building of PwIDDs. The workshop has planned to bring out a compendium of inputs, experiences and research papers shared during the workshop.

Intellectual disability (ID) is characterised by extremely low general learning disability and mental retardation (MR) or extremely slow pace of learning. In medical sciences, ID is often seen as a generalized neuro-developmental disorder characterized by unsually impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning of a person.

 According some estimates, in a community, 2% to 5% people could have ID or may be intellectually challenged. However, they to have their rights to live, learn and have health care.

When seen from learnability and cognitive development viewpoints, ID can be related to a person's mental level and functional skills in his or her social and physical environments. ID is often characterised by unusually low IQ (20-50) or extreme intellectual deficits. In syndromic ID, medical and behavioural signs are clearly evident such as in the cases of Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome.

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