News : State-wide Disability Toll Free Helpline Launched
Tiruchi, India, Feb 11, 2015 -- A State-wide disability toll free helpline was launched at the Institute of Rehabilitation Science and Special Education, Holy Cross College.
Information regarding different disabilities and services for persons with special needs in the State would be provided through the service available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
K.Manivasan, State Commissioner for the Differently Abled, launched the helpline. He also inaugurated a workshop for persons with special needs and released the Disability Helpline Manual: "Nalla Nanban".
Mr.Manivasan said that Tamil Nadu is a pioneer in the welfare of the differently-abled and had received the best State award for the service to disabled during 2013-14.
Preventing the onset of disability is an important aspect in the welfare of differently-abled.
Early prevention centres for the deaf and mentally-challenged were functioning in 32 districts and for the visually-challenged in 11 districts, Mr.Manivasan said.
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In Chennai, audio-enabled signals would be installed at 150 traffic signal points initially to help visually challenged cross roads. The government was extending number of scholarships to differently-abled persons to prevent dropouts in schools, he said.
A voluntary project, ‘be the change’, was also inaugurated by Mr.Manivasan. Interested general public could render volunteer service to persons with special needs, particularly at the Holy Cross Blossoms Opportunity School.
Lilly Verghese, secretary, Holy Cross College, and Sister Jeusin Francis, principal of the college, and Nagammal, assistant professor, Post Graduate and Research Department of Rehabilitation Science, Holy Cross College, spoke.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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