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    ight to Information Guide for people with

    Disability

    Disabled persons are handicapped not because of our disability, but because of lack ofaccess to information about our rights and entitlements and how to get them, says VictorCordeiro of ActionAids disability unit.

    Keeping in mind the maxim information is power the Sakshi Trust and ActionAid haveproduced a Right to Information guide to improve government facilities for DisabledPeople.

    This new handbook places power in the hands of people with disability, and gives ustools to advocate for ourselves, says Codeiro.

    The book contains detailed information on the different benefits that a disabled person isentitled to from the government and provides a step-by-step guide on drafting a Right toInformation application in the context of disability.

    Ready to use applications have been pre-formatted and drafted so they can be easily usedto seek information from any state or central government office.

    It allows everyone to take part in making Indias governance system more transparentand accountable, says ActionAids Nithila Baskaran.

    The RTI guide has been designed especially for use by parents of disabled children,

    caregivers, students, development professionals or any concerned individual involvedwith disability.

    But in addition to disability certification and assistive devices, the main topics coveredare education, employment, public access, poverty alleviation schemes and complaintprocess so it will also be useful to people seeking more general information, addsBaskaran.

    The guide contains RTI applications for:

    1. Obtaining a disability certificate

    2. Facilitating barrier free access in government buildings3. Improving access to public education and employment opportunities for disabledpeople

    4. Ensuring complaints and appeals of disabled people are expedited by theCommissioner PWD

    5. Reservation for PWD in poverty alleviation schemes

    Source:http://www.actionaidindia.org/RTI_guide_Disability_Issues.htm.

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    Right to Information for People with

    DisabilityDeveloped by

    Sakshi Trust Bangalore

    In collaboration with ActionAid India

    Acknowledgments

    Sakshi Trust is grateful for the information shared by Arun Singh, Ganesh, Nithila, PaulRamnathan, S. Balaji, Victor and the ActionAid Team for their insights into the world of

    people with disabilities without which this Guidebook would not have been possible.

    Sakshi Trust is grateful to our volunteers Sneha Madinur and Sushma Nagaraj for theexcellent work done on developing the RTI applications in this guide.

    Disclaimer

    The above guide is prepared only to assist citizens in using the Right to Information Act

    2005. This should not be taken as an alternative to the Act. Readers are advised to

    consult the Right to Information act 2005 before taking any action based on this guide.

    The same can be accessed athttp://rti.nic.in

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    Table of Contents

    1. IntroductionAbout Sakshi

    2. Context of this Guide3. How to use the Guide

    STANDARD FORM FOR APPLYING OR INFORMATION UNDER THE RTIACT 2005 Section 6(1)

    4. Using RTI Step by Step

    a. Identify the Problem:b. General overview of the Department:c. Draft your questionsd. Submit Your Right to Information Applicatione. Locating your PIOf. What next on Responseg. What Next- No Response

    5. Ready to use RTI Interventions Step by Step

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    A. Getting a Disability CertificateB. Getting an allocation in Poverty Alleviation SchemesC. Ensuring barrier free access in Public spaces and offices

    i. Ensuring Barrier Free Access in specific buildingsii. Facilities for independent and easy accesses in Transport sector

    D. Access to education and related services for PWDsi. Reservation of seats for the PWD for a particular course ingovernment education institutions and government aided educationinstitutions both in schools and in colleges :

    ii. Provision of facilities for the PWD including training of teachers ingovernment educational institutions and government aidededucational institutions both in schools and in colleges :

    E. Employment opportunities for the disabledi. Reservation of jobs for the PWD for a particular job description/

    designation in government establishments :ii. Providing employment opportunities for the pwd through self-

    help schemes etc.F. Getting Assistive DevicesG. Ensuring complaints are heard by the Commissioner for PWDs.

    2. Filing a Complaint in case of unsatisfactory response to your RTI applications.3. Handling the Complaint in the State Information Commission4. How to Use the Information Given5. Chief Information Commissioners of States6. List of State Commissioners for People with Disabilities (as on July, 2006)

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    1. IntroductionStratification of society based on age, sex, religion, caste, creed, power, and wealth,physical and mental ability is a reality. Egalitarian society is said to be a myth. Yethistory proves time and again that human beings have made constant efforts to fightagainst injustice based on stratification and bring about some amount of equality, fairnessand respect for human rights above all. Disability is one such stratification, which leadsto a number of social and physical deprivations and disadvantages. According to aconservative estimate, there are about 600 million disabled people across the world, ofthese, 420 million (70%) live in developing countries. 80% of the disabled population indeveloping countries live below the poverty line, that is a staggering 335 million disabledpeople. One out of five of the poorest of the poor is a Person With Disability. Whichmeans that 20% of the poorest of the poor and most marginalized are Persons WithDisabilities.

    These facts are also true of India. According to conservative estimates there are about 60million Persons With Disabilitiy in the country. They constitute 10% of the worldsdisabled population and 15% of the disabled population of the developing countries. Out

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