Continuation of 1st Part…
- Parents should also see that siblings of the special child, grandparents and near relatives living with them acquire knowledge of disability. It would then be a bogie of like behaviours meted but effectively for the betterment of the special child. Parents group can persuade trainers or specialists to have some sitting with the siblings, grandparents and near relatives of the family.
- Parents often are found to be ignorant about the facilities and assistance given by the State. With the introduction of various Acts, the Government have intensified pattern and volume of assistance to the person with disabilities. The details of facilities and opportunities can be available in the Office of the Commissioner for persons with disabilities or Director of Social Welfare, Department of Mass Education Extension at Kolkata and offices of the District Magistrates (Social Welfare Section) in the districts. Various non-government organizations working in the disability sector can also help the parents in this regard.
6. There are these laws in the country – i) Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights & Full Participation) Act 1995, ii) National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act 1999, iii) Mental Health Act 1987, & iv) Rehabilitation Council of India Act 1992. All these laws have various provisions of assistance covering all aspects of living. Important subjects relate to early identification, certification with the percentage of disability, education, employment, barrier-free environment creation, social security, non-discrimination, affirmative actions all for benefit of the persons with disabilities parents if knowledgeable about the provisions of the Acts can choose the right and shortest track to get the desired facility.
To be Continued……
Commissioner Disabilities, Govt. of West Bengal