Disability Right

As India’s cross disability umbrella Organization breaking barriers, promoting rights and ensuring the implementation of laws has always been high on the list of Empathy Foundation’s priorities. This, at a time when a legal framework for the recognition of disability rights had not even come into existence in India… clearly Empathy's was a vision whose time had come, because coincidentally 1996 saw the passage of the Persons with Disabilities Act as well. It was this clarity of conviction that led us frontward as a forerunner of the country’s struggle towards empowerment and a guarantee of rights and legislation.

Thus our efforts to promote, to ensure and to forge ahead with rights and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities continues to be the bedrock of the Foundation. Working in consonance with the government, NGOs in the disability sector, the media and society at large, Empathy continues to be unrelenting in this quest.

Disability Rights and Laws:

National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation

http://www.nhfdc.org

Provides information on loans available for persons with disabilities and their families.

National Trust

http:///www.thenationaltrust.in

The Government has set up a National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities.

Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities:

http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in

The Chief Commissioner is authorized on his/her own motion or on application to look into complaints relating to deprivation of rights of persons with disabilities; and non-implementation of laws, rules, bye-laws, instructions issued by appropriate authorities for the welfare and protection of rights of the disabled.

Persons with Disabilities Act 1995

http://www.disabilityindia.org/pwdacts.cfm

Rehabilitation Council of India:

http://www.rehabcouncil.nic.in

The RCI is a statutory body set up by the Government of India with the responsibility of standardizing and regulating the training of personnel and professional in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education