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What you need to know about Multiple Sclerosis

What you need to know about Multiple Sclerosis

Interview with Renuka Malaker, National Secretary (Hon), Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, by DEOC What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which theRead more about What you need to know about Multiple Sclerosis[…]

A comprehensive list of FAQs on Parkinson’s disease

A comprehensive list of FAQs on Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Nicole D’souza, a Neurophysiotherapist, in her interview with DEOC explained the Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the support that is available and accommodations that employers can provide to ensure a non-discriminating and an inclusive workplace. 1. Parkinson’s Disease is included as a disability in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016. Can you pleaseRead more about A comprehensive list of FAQs on Parkinson’s disease[…]

Blood disorders included in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 Explained

Blood disorders included in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 Explained

  In an interview to Rama Krishnamachari, DEOC, Dr. J.S Arora, National Thalassemia Welfare Society (NTWS), has explained the blood disorders included in The Rights of Persons with Disabilties Act (RPWD), 2016 and how employers and educational institutions can accommodate people with blood disorders. Dr. J.S. Arora has been a strong advocate for the rightsRead more about Blood disorders included in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 Explained[…]

The Leprosy myth busting – all you need to know about Leprosy and the rights of people affected by Leprosy

The Leprosy myth busting – all you need to know about Leprosy and the rights of people affected by Leprosy

DEOC is planning to bring a series of articles on different impairment categories with the aim to share with readers not just about the impairment but break any myths that one may have and the barriers that exist in the society which prevent their equal participation. Many people think that Leprosy is eradicated in theRead more about The Leprosy myth busting – all you need to know about Leprosy and the rights of people affected by Leprosy[…]

Frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment

Frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment

DEOC’s Principal Architect, Ruchira Sarin, who specialises in universal design, has answered  a few frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment. What is Access Audit of a building? An access audit is a method of evaluating a building/infrastructure against pre-determined standards to identify the barriers as well as good features in itsRead more about Frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment[…]

Simulation exercises for disability sensitization – different viewpoints

Simulation exercises for disability sensitization – different viewpoints

One of the ways that organizations sensitize people about disability is through simulation exercises – i.e. make people sit on a wheelchair, blindfold them, give ear plugs, tie their hands up etc. in order for them to experience disability. Some feel this helps understand barriers faced by people with disabilities, while others are quite againstRead more about Simulation exercises for disability sensitization – different viewpoints[…]

How to ensure equal growth opportunities for employees with disabilities at your workplace

How to ensure equal growth opportunities for employees with disabilities at your workplace

In India, companies, especially in service industries like IT, Hospitality, Retail etc., have been hiring persons with disability for more than a decade. By and large, we have not heard of any major stories of the initiative failing. On the contrary, all the early adopters have experienced a direct impact on the business, which alsoRead more about How to ensure equal growth opportunities for employees with disabilities at your workplace[…]

The Importance of Collecting and Maintaining Data of Persons with Disabilities by Corporates

The Importance of Collecting and Maintaining Data of Persons with Disabilities by Corporates

In India most companies do not collect  data on employees with disability. Even if they do, it is quite ad hoc or even inappropriate. Let me explain it with a real story of  a multinational company in India. As per the Fire Audit requirements, database of employees with disabilities should be maintained by the SecurityRead more about The Importance of Collecting and Maintaining Data of Persons with Disabilities by Corporates[…]