A very Happy Disability Pride Month to all of you!
I, Rahul, managed to secure admission into the University of Oxford funded through the most prestigious scholarship namely, the Rhodes Scholarship and yet was denied access to a coaching institute for the IELTS exam. Amar Jain, an exceptionally hard working and talented corporate lawyer, spent 8 years in tier-1 commercial law firms in India and yet never got promoted. Anchal Bhateja topped the district in grade 10 and yet was denied admission by almost all the schools of her city in class 11.
Our stories of unrelenting hard work and ubiquitous discrimination have one commonality that we all are blind. In 2022, we decided to set out on a mission to ensure that Persons with Disabilities do not face discrimination in any form including digital and infrastructural accessibility and to help other persons with disabilities access the opportunities that we had to fight hard for. we called it Mission Accessibility.
We are a bold and ambitious initiative launched by blind lawyers Rahul Bajaj and Amar Jain, committed to promoting accessibility as a right for disabled individuals and securing greater compliance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. With your support, we can bridge existing gaps and create a more accessible India.
MA stands out as a unique organization, combining the strengths of being a young initiative, having legal expertise, technical know-how and lived experience of disability challenges. We are working to make products, services, and environments accessible to all.
We have launched Project RPWD generation wherein we have identified 10 issues that affect the PwD community in the areas of discrimination, inaccessibility and institutional remedies. These issues are namely:
- Inaccessible public buildings and spaces such as museums, places of religious importance, government-run recreational spaces, and an on-going government-run urban development project.
- Inaccessible physical infrastructure run by private service providers and retailers, such as hotels, gyms, and malls.
- Educational institutions who do not have an equal opportunity policy and have inaccessible curriculum and institutional infrastructure.
- Inaccessibility of housing Societies/ colonies/ apartments/ gated communities in terms of their physical infrastructure and terms and conditions of sale.
- Denial of equal opportunity to persons with disabilities to internship/jobs/promotion at law firms, MNCs, and educational institutions.
- Burdensome certification requirements to establish your disability.
- Establishment of special courts in every district to try offences against the disabled.
- Accessibility of digital platforms run by government and private establishments.
- Having independent and effective disability commissioners.
- The bar on the disabled becoming police officers.
We also intend to take up grievances on behalf of PwDs who have been wronged in any way. While the above 10 causes are aimed at ushering in a more accessible society, our grievance redressal work is aimed at helping specific individuals secure access to justice.
We aim to raise an amount of Rs. 8,00,000 (eight Lakh) to fund these two projects by 31 July 2023.
No contribution is less contribution. Every single rupee counts. Your contribution will directly support our efforts to sensitize decisionmakers, engage in grievance redressal and usher in systemic reforms.
This Disability Pride Month, join us in our mission to promote the rights of disabled individuals by donating right away.!
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