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Deaf students protest against discrimination December 4, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination.

New Delhi, Dec 3: Protesting against alleged discrimination of the physically challenged people in jobs, scores of deaf and dumb youth today marched from India Gate to Vijay Chowk here on the occasion of World Disability Day.

The activists, under the banner of National Association of Deaf blocked the road near India Gate for a few minutes, shouting anti-government slogans.

“However no one was detained,” police said.

NAD president Arun Rao said they have submitted a memorandum to Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar seeking her intervention to help bring the deaf people in the mainstream such as civil services.

“The injustice that has been highlighted in the recent case of three hearing impaired including Mani Ram Sharma and Manoj Savadisan who despite qualifying the civil services have not been allotted adequate posting in services,” Rao claimed.

If this was the case with bright student one can just imagine the plight of the less educated deaf youth, he said.

He said that there was an urgent need to have sign language interpreters in the government jobs who can provide access to services.

“Also it is high time that an academy of sign language and deaf education is set up to research deaf languages and create the appropriate teaching methodology for such disabled youth,” Rao said.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Newkerala.com

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