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Before Laal Singh Chaddha, a look at Hindi films that pushed the envelope of disability representation in cinema
Entertainment

Before Laal Singh Chaddha, a look at Hindi films that pushed the envelope of disability representation in cinema

On the heels of Laal Singh Chaddha’s release, it has sprung to my mind that the representation of the differently-abled in Hindi cinema has been somewhere between being reductive and one-dimensional, to memorable and decent.

Viewers living with cerebral palsy laud Surya Kasibhatla's depiction in Jalsa: 'We felt seen'
Entertainment

Viewers living with cerebral palsy laud Surya Kasibhatla's depiction in Jalsa: 'We felt seen'

“I love being in front of the camera but I did not know until this that it was possible to become an actor because of my disability," says Darshana Ramgiri, a fashion blogger and content creator with cerebral palsy, on watching Jalsa.

SC expands definition of vulnerable witness to include age and gender neutral victims of sexual assault
India

SC expands definition of vulnerable witness to include age and gender neutral victims of sexual assault

The apex court also expanded the definition to include any speech or hearing impaired individual or a person suffering from any other disability, who is considered to be a vulnerable witness by the competent court

On the beauty of disabled friendships: Navigating an ableist world with people who make you feel safe and seen
Lifestyle

On the beauty of disabled friendships: Navigating an ableist world with people who make you feel safe and seen

In a world where stating our needs is seen as special or “too much”, having spaces where we belong as our whole selves is healing.

Pixar's Luca takes rare step of portraying a character's disability, without making it a defining characteristic
Entertainment

Pixar's Luca takes rare step of portraying a character's disability, without making it a defining characteristic

The authenticity portrayed in films like Luca only happens when people from the communities represented onscreen are also working behind the camera.

For deafblind individuals in India, grappling with twin challenges of stereotypes and inaccessibility hinders true progress
Lifestyle

For deafblind individuals in India, grappling with twin challenges of stereotypes and inaccessibility hinders true progress

For many deafblind people, their paths and lived experiences are steeped in inaccessibility and hurdles — worsening in the times of COVID-19.

COVID-19 pandemic underlines neglect of human rights, health discrimination towards the disabled
World

COVID-19 pandemic underlines neglect of human rights, health discrimination towards the disabled

Research on COVID-19 and disabled people in low and middle-income countries has found that the pandemic threatens to reverse progress towards reducing poverty and improving access to education and employment for disabled people.

Disability and the education system: Despite legislation, individuals face discrimination and trauma, leading to drop outs
India

Disability and the education system: Despite legislation, individuals face discrimination and trauma, leading to drop outs

Even as recent as 2019, a UNESCO report showed that more than 75 percent of children with disabilities in India are not in schools.

ESA looks to recruit new astronauts while being more diverse, inclusive after 11 years
science

ESA looks to recruit new astronauts while being more diverse, inclusive after 11 years

The agency also said the “time has come” to put disabled people into space as part of an initiative called the Parastronaut Feasibility Project.

From The Witches to Lion King, portraying disabled people as villainous, scary is a media trope with real world consequences
Lifestyle

From The Witches to Lion King, portraying disabled people as villainous, scary is a media trope with real world consequences

Harmful depictions of people with facial deformities, skin conditions, scars as evil have real life consequences for people with disabilities.

Fifty percent of elderly suffer from chronic diseases, 40 percent are disabled: LASI Wave 1 report
science

Fifty percent of elderly suffer from chronic diseases, 40 percent are disabled: LASI Wave 1 report

The LASI Wave 1 field survey, conducted across 35 states and UT from April 2017 to December 2018, was released by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

In discussing accessibility solely through the disability lens, we limit who benefits from access
Lifestyle

In discussing accessibility solely through the disability lens, we limit who benefits from access

What happens when we think of access, not as logistical but an act of making the space open for more people? What would we make possible by opening up how we perceived this act?

Amid reality of medical rationing, ableist bias against disabled people in accessing healthcare must be challenged
Lifestyle

Amid reality of medical rationing, ableist bias against disabled people in accessing healthcare must be challenged

It is not a matter of coincidence that during medical emergencies, we see the system saving those who are 'most useful to society' while disabled people are pushed to the periphery.

Can expressive prosthetic limbs change our perceptions towards disability?
Arts & Culture

Can expressive prosthetic limbs change our perceptions towards disability?

The idea is that by transforming prostheses into accessories, expressive versions can help users make positive statements about themselves.

The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Ira Singhal on fighting discrimination against disability, enabling others
Lifestyle

The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Ira Singhal on fighting discrimination against disability, enabling others

In this episode of Women In Labour, Ira Singhal talks about how she was prevented from joining the civil services because of discrimination against her disability. She contested the case, and then went on to earn the highest score in the country for the civil service exam. Today, she serves in the country’s Indian Administrative Services (IAS).

World Autism Awareness Day 2020: Why 'acceptance' must be prioritised over initiatives like 'light it up blue'
Opinion

World Autism Awareness Day 2020: Why 'acceptance' must be prioritised over initiatives like 'light it up blue'

World over, autistic people have challenged the normative idea of “lighting it up blue” with its harmful connotations, and sought a shift from ‘awareness’ to ‘acceptance’, celebrating April as #AutismAcceptanceMonth.

'Faking well': Notes on navigating spaces, gatekeeping people with disabilities, and asking for help
Life

'Faking well': Notes on navigating spaces, gatekeeping people with disabilities, and asking for help

Disabled people come in all shapes and sizes. Some of our disabilities are visible, some invisible. Some don’t deteriorate. Others fluctuate. Many disabilities — like psycho-social disabilities, chronic pain and fatigue — are increasingly being discussed in India. Still, I’ve learnt that asking for accommodations is among the hardest things to do, writes Srinidhi Raghavan

World Disability Day: Digital accessibility in online space lends independence, greater privacy to the differently-abled
News & Analysis

World Disability Day: Digital accessibility in online space lends independence, greater privacy to the differently-abled

Not all disabled people have access to the internet, the lack of accessibility online makes those who do have access, unable to utilise it to its full potential.

Disability pension tax: Rather than vilifying soldiers, Defence Ministry should work with forces to prevent dishonest claims
India

Disability pension tax: Rather than vilifying soldiers, Defence Ministry should work with forces to prevent dishonest claims

Rather than ordering a blanket change of rules on disability pension tax, the Ministry of Defence should work with the armed forces to institute a foolproof and verifiable system for disability claims