Replacing Pity With Potential Can Transform Disabled Children’s Rights

Hosted by Chirag Chinnappa 
Edited by Manasi Nene

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment announced its intent to sensitise and train 10,000 key functionaries (such as government officials, teachers and healthcare workers) in matters related to disabilities, and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

While this is certainly a commendable move, there is a lot more that must be done to build a truly inclusive India. The biggest hurdle in this journey is to change the perception that people and society at large have about children with disabilities. In conversation with Chirag Chinnappa, Jo Chopra-McGowan of the Latika Roy Foundation explains why this is important and how this can start in the classroom.

This is the second part of our conversation with Jo Chopra-McGowan, on realising the rights of children with disabilities and their access to education. You can watch part 1 here.

Chirag is the Co-Founder of and Chief Editor at The Bastion. Most of his work is fuelled by dinner-table conversations where adults hold unwavering beliefs and an even stronger will to listen selectively.
Manasi is a writer, filmmaker, and musician who is keen on exploring issues of education, technology and community mental health. She has also been active in the beatboxing and slam poetry communities of India. Off-the-clock, she can be found cycling, daydreaming, or daydreaming about cycling. Manasi works as The Bastion's Multimedia Associate.


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