GUEST COLUMN: Rights and Advocacy in Cerebral Palsy - DHRUV MEHTA

The needs of children and adults with Cerebral Palsy can be either of mobility ,or along with mobility can be of sight, hearing, communication, perception, behavior or epilepsy. Be it locomotor disability of sitting, standing or walking, or use of hands, or seeing, hearing, communication, reading, writing, learning, each child and adult with Cerebral Palsy has a right to be treated with dignity, respected , and the basic needs of Education, Food, Shelter, Medical care, Social acceptance and Livelihood should be  met and taken care of.

The Disability Act 1995 of India, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability  2007, and many other laws and acts have a common theme, message- of inclusion, non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, full and effective participation in society, respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including freedom to make one’s own choices, accessibility, equality between men and women.

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