This talk will outline the nature of commitments that India has made for the education of children with disabilities under the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, the big paradigm change in thinking that the convention brings to the disability discourse and then look at the present provisioning and situation of education of children with disabilities in the country with a focus on a few states. This talk will also analyse DISE data to reflect on the status of education of children with disabilities.
Ms Radhika M Alkazi is the founder of ASTHA, an organization that works with children / people with disabilities and their families. Radhika Alkazi worked as the Executive Director of ASTHA from 1993 to 2005. ASTHA, a cross disability organization runs services, works in urban resettlement colonies, conducts research, provides information and links action with policy concerns. In this, AARTH-ASTHA prioritizes children and people with disabilities belonging to the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society.It lays special emphasis on partnering with children/ people with disabilities with high support needs.
While she continues to work as the Managing Trustee of AARTH-ASTHA, she has also initiated the Centre for Research and Policy in Disability which focuses on action, research and policy work in the area of disability complementing the work of ASTHA.
The talk is organized by, The Public Accountability and Governance in Education (PAGE) project at CPR, and The Forum for Deliberations on Education (The Forum). It is the ninth in the series by The Forum.