News : Need Helpline for Disabled
Hyderabad, Dec 10, 2013 -- There are several government schemes to help physically and mentally challenged persons, but the government has not bothered to disseminate information widely enough about these schemes and thus not many avail of the benefits.
Those working in the field of disability have suggested that one way to increase awareness and provide information is to start a toll-free helpline on the lines of 100. Says Gangadhar Rao, a retired government officer working in the field of the disabled, "If there is a toll-free number, a parent can call-in and ask for details of places where they can seek help.
Time is very important for a physically challenged child as early intervention can go a long way in either rectifying the problem or allowing access to resources that will help the disabled person become independent."
This is one of the simple but effective solutions that disability activists are urging the government to adopt on Human Rights Day. They stress on measures that will help disabled persons become independent and live the best possible life under the circumstances.
Modern technology provides several aids to make life better and easier for disabled persons, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, tricycles, artificial limbs etc., but the government has not been able to supply these free or at low cost to the needy. A senior official claims that the department for the disabled is always short of funds.
The plight of the disabled continues to be very disturbing. They have to run from pillar to post to get even those benefits that are rightfully theirs, which can include something as basic as getting a disability certificate that is necessary to avail of whatever benefits are provided.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013