English_Master June 8, 2016 No Comments
REHABILITATION OF   THE HANDICAPPED All along, society has tended to treat the handicapped as a class apart—objects of sympathy and charity. The fact that persons with handicaps, too, are human beings and that they cannot be denied their basic rights to love and care, education and training, gainful employment and ultimate social integration is being realized all over the world including India. Few may know that several years ago, the UN framed the rights of disabled persons; similarly, a Convention held in Belgium several years ago formulated the rights of the mentally challenged. Today both the government and the community have recognized that the welfare of the disabled is an integral part of the human resource development and accordingly efforts are being made by both official and non-official agencies to make the handicapped self-reliant and self-confident through a series of measures like education and training, provision of employment and their social integration into the national mainstream. According to a survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) in 1991, there were 16.15 million people suffering from physical disability and they constituted 1.9 percent of the total population of the country then. According to another sample survey conducted by the NSSO the same year in respect of children in...
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