[AI] disability census
rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Mon Apr 19 01:56:10 EDT 2010
Rangling about the most proper disability question in census form is stretched beyond limit, in my opinion.
Enumerators, who are usually local teachers do not have sufficient expertise or time or motivation to properly record the categories being contemplated in the question.
Categories should be suitably confined to basic three and mental retardation, without including enigmatic category of mentally ill.
It is difficult to get data about it, and even our law after recognizing it, does pretty little for it. In fact, it is a condition requiring differing responses from law or policy than disability.
I don't know why some NGOs are bent upon pressing for it to utter neglect of other disabilities. In my opinion, physical and sensory disability require different response on one hand, and mental disabilities require altogether different response. We are bungling them together.
Further, apart from categories, some easy to gather data like independent living etc. may give more accurate picture of disability.
Besides, we in India, need not complicate disability by including hidden disabilities like cardiac conditions, alcoholism which are included in some advanced nations.
Disability should always be measured by relatively permanent practical effects requiring some differential treatment to alleviate them as a policy response rather than some conditions impairing functioning temporarily requiring medical treatment or so.
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From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Vamshi. G
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Subject: Re: [AI] disability sensus
What do you mean by hidden or invisible disability?
I don't see any such term unless a person wants to hide his
disability, which, in my view, is unnecessary.
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On 4/18/10, Jean Parker <radioforever at gmail.com> wrote:
> You said:
> "Caste, religion etc. can't be identified without a certificate, but
> disability can be identified by the very presence of the person. So,
> I don't know how and why we want to hide this aspect"
> What if it is a hidden or invisible disability? The presence of the person
> would neither confirm or deny the presence of a disability.
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