Inclusiveness and Disability
Inclusiveness of the society is one of the most important parameters to understand its position on the social and economic development scale. A report by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation estimates around 2 million kids disabled in just the age group of 0-6 years. When it comes to education more the 39% of them (5-19 years) are not attending any educational educational institution.
The more startling fact found was that more than 54% of differently abled children with multiple disabilities and around 50% of children with mental illness have never attended schooling. The illiteracy rate among differently abled population is also particularly high with only 55% of them termed as literates in the report by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. And around just above 6% of them are graduates or above.
It is crucial, to create interactions at community level which encourage more participation of differently abled children, integrating them back into our formal system. Sports will not only remove barriers, but will also provide platform for social interaction. Sporting potential does not recognise religious, language, caste or other socio-economic barriers. The paralympic games show how sport can also overcome disability barriers. Increased participation in sport could build bridges and mutual understanding, respect and tolerance across India's many communities.
A case study of the Cambodian National Volleyball league conducted by Dasra showed that 60% of persons with disability found employment post their participation in the sports program due to increased confidence and skills such as social interaction acquired through sports.
- To advocate and create centres of sports development for differently abled persons on a PAN India scale.
- To provide the necessary equipments and skilled coaches to undertake training for disabled persons at school and community level.
- To advocate and increase provisions for both financial and social support of para athletes and also to provide skill development to disabled people through sports to increase their employability.
- To make at least one local ground accessible for every local community.Creating campaigns to increase awareness about the issues faced by disabled segment of population and create platforms for public debates to improve their quality of life.