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| | posted on:Success Stories

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Sasmita Kumari Jena
(Hindustan Times Photo)

The UPSC started allowing visually-impaired candidates to write the civil services examination in 2006. The Odisha Public Service Commission, however, did not care for them till 2015, when the Odisha HC, responding to a PIL, asked the examination panel to allow them.

This year, eight visually-impaired candidates managed to make it to the final list, passing through the rigours of the examination, making them eligible to join the government service as Class-I officials.“The feeling is nothing less than that of scaling the Mt Everest,” said Behera.

Visually impaired man crosses legal barriers to crack state civil service exams

Visually impaired Sannyas Behera from Odisha has created rays of hope for the scholars with physical disabilities by getting 220th rank in Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) 2015.

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| | posted on:Campaigns, Inclusion

Inclusive Holi 2017 – Hosted by Explore Differently and partnership with Shree Agarwal Navyuvak Sangh

Date: 13th March, 2017 .
Venue : Agarwal Vidyalaya , E.V.K. Sampath Road, Near Dhinathandi, Chennai – 600 001. Tamil Nadu | India.

Inclusive Holi 2017 – Hosted by Explore Differently

Inclusive Holi will have children and adults of all abilities, celebrate the festival of color.

Inclusive Holi is free and open for all abilities.

The celebration will happen at Agarwal Vidyalaya, E.V.K. Sampath Road, Near Dhinathandi, Chennai – 01; which is accessible for wheelchairs too.

We encourage participation by persons with a disability. The person could have mobility challenge or a vision challenge or a verbal impairment or likes and we would be around to help out the connection with him or her to the rest of the people joining celebration.

We also encourage participation from persons who do not have a disability, but have an inclusive mind-set.

The aim of this festival celebration is, besides having joys, also to sensitize the need and explore ways to be inclusive as possible to people of all abilities; including those with a disability. We hope this celebration will help the persons of both sides of the wall “disability” to break the barriers.

What to bring –

  • Drinking water
  • An inclusive mind-set
  • Come with “as much white as possible” clothes

Please do not bring any colors. SAANS Holi celebrations over past few years have followed a tradition of using only organic and dry colors; which will be provided as a part of celebration.

If you are travelling alone to the venue and if you need support during your arrival, there will be some people available. Similarly, if you wish to travel back alone, there will be the support to organize cab or an auto. For more details and or for informing what support you may need, write to

If you want to volunteer for the inclusive events by Explore Differently; please write to, specifying the name of the event that you want to join and also your contact details.

| | posted on:Conference

National Conference on Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language – ISLRTC

Date: 20th March, 2017 21st March, 2017
Venue : Vigyan Bhawan , Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi – 110001, New Delhi | India.

National Conference on Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language – Organized by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC)
National Conference on Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language

Objectives of the Conference

  • To Provide a common platform to all the professionals working in the field of education for the Deaf and ISL to share experience on various aspects of education and employment of the Deaf.
  • To record the feedback from various stakeholders to make ISL dictionary a comprehensive and more user friendly.
  • To highlight the regional variations in ISL to showcase its linguistic richness and variety.
  • To understand the procedure in establishing commonality in the usage of ISL to facilitate better communication across the country.
  • To promote ISL as an education mode for the Deaf students at primary, secondary and higher education levels.
  • To promote Educational Bilingualism as a mode of educating the Deaf in inclusive education.
  • To provide a comprehensive perspective on the education of the Deaf, Deaf adults, advocacy to promote ISL and literacy development through ISL.
  • To critically appraise and bring forth various facets of linguistics of ISL

Sub Themes:

  • Lexicography and ISL.
  • Education and the employment of the Deaf.
  • Variations of ISL.
  • Commonality in ISL dictionary to facilitate communication.
  • ROle of ISL in Language acquisition.
  • Literacy Development and role of ISL dictionary.
  • Digital dictionaries and ISL.
  • ISL linguistics and role of ISL dictionary.
  • Bilingualism and inclusive education.
  • Early sing Language Input.
  • Social Inclusion through ISL.

Contact Details

Dr. Abhishek Kumar Srivastave, Assistant PRofessor, ISLRTC
Phone : 07639266553

Mr. Harish Soni, Assistant Professor,ISLRTC
Phone: 09179562095

Ms. Kasturi Sridhar, Consultant, ISLRTC
Phone: 09880391282

Ms. Meera Bhatia, CEO, Sai Swayam Society
Phone : 09873117855

Mr. A.S Narayanan, General Secretary,
NAD (981024165, SMS only)

Important Dates

Submission of full- paper : 03.03.2017
Communication of acceptance : 07.03.2017


Brochure and Application (PDF, 6.6MB)
Application (PDF, 128KB)

Contact Details


Room No. 511 and 512, 5th floor, PDUNIPPD,4, Vishnu Digamber Marg, New Delhi, Delhi1110002 ,India.

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| | posted on:Seminar

Seminar on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Youth

Date: 22rd Feb, 2017.
Venue : Stella Maris College , Chennai Tamil Nadu. India

Seminar on Mental Health and Wellbeing in YouthSchizophrenia Research Foundation and Department of Social Work, Stella Maris College cordially invite you to a Seminar on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Youth.

Seminar on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Youth.

Contact Details


R/7a , North Main Road, Anna Nagar West Extension, Kailash Colony, Sector A, Anna Nagar West Extension, Chennai, Tamil Nadu600 101 ,India.

Phone : 9444410815
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| | posted on:Seminar, Workshops

India’s Premiere Seminar and Workshop on Aphasia Therapy : RCI Approved CRE Workshop- A Three Day Workshop

Hosted by Sri Ramachandra University, Indian Council of Medical Research and Bhoomika Trust

Date: 23rd Feb, 2017 25th Feb, 2017.
Venue : Sri Ramachandra University , No.1 Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai – 600 116, Tamil Nadu. India

Workshop on Aphasia TherapyThis 3-day course provides a broad overview of traditional and new approaches to the management of aphasia. It builds on principles of plasticity and integrates impairment and activity / participation techniques that aim to improve the underlying language deficit as well as real-life communication effectiveness.

A variety of treatments are described in depth, including their theoretical underpinnings, the current evidence supporting their efficacy, and detailed administration procedures. Extensive video samples illustrate their application and provide opportunities of discussion.

International Faculty offering 3-day intensive knowledge and skill training in Aphasia and Rehabilitation.

Speaker Profiles :

Leora R. Cherney Profile ImageLeora R. Cherney, Ph.D., CC-SLP
Senior Research Scientist, Northwestern University, Chicago

Leora R. Cherney, Ph.D., BC-ANCDS, CC-SLP is a Senior Research Scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, illinois and Professor of both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwester University.

She has had 35+ years of clinical experience working with adults with neurogenic communication disorders.

Ann K. Oehring Profile ImageAnn K. Oehring, MA, CCC-SLP
Consultant and Director of Chicago Speech and Langugage Services, Chicago

Ann K. Oehring, MA, CCC-SLP is a consultant with the center for Aphasia Research and Treatment at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Chicago, Illinois and is the Director of Chicago Speech and Language Services, Chicago, Illinois.

She has 30 years of clinical experience working with adults with neurogenic communication disorders.

Day1 (23 Feb 2017)

  • Aphasia Treatment: Building on Principles of Learning and Neuroplasticity
  • Linguistic Approaches : Addressing Semantics
  • Linguistic Approaches : Addressing Grammar
  • Intensive Language Action Therapy : Targeting Multiple Domains and Outcomes

Day 2 (24 Feb 2017)

  • Addressing Phonology
  • Aphasia and the Right Hemisphere
  • Working with Apraxia o Speech within an Aphasia Program
  • Multimodality Treatment Approaches
  • Loose Training Approaches
  • Oral Reading for Language in Aphasia
  • Scripting for Aphasia

Day 3 (25 Feb 2017)

  • Introduction to the LIfe Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA)
  • Using Technology for Rehabilitation and Using Technology to Facilitate Everyday Communication
  • Supported Concession : Training Conversational Partners including Health care Producers
  • Working with Aphasia Groups
  • The Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program
  • THe Future of Aphasia Therapy

For Registration

Murali Vedachalam | +91 98410 76244
Latha | +91 9884114111

For More information

Dr. Prakash | +91 98403 50109
R. C. | +91 98401 99567


Application Download : Registration Form (PDF, 2MB)
Brochure Download : Brochure (PDF, 8MB)

| | posted on:Competition

Logo Design Contest for Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC)

ISLRTC Logo Design Contest

(ISLRTC) Terms and Conditions

  • The competition is open to citizens of India only.
  • Participants must have accurate and updated MyGov Profile.
  • The logo must be original and should not violate any provision of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957.
  • The logo must not contain any provocative, objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • All entries must be submitted to the creative corner section of Entries submitted through any other medium/ mode would not be considered for evaluation.
  • The winning design of the logo would be the intellectual property of the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India and the winner cannot exercise any right over it, after acceptance of the prize. The prize winning logo is meant to be used by Government of India for official, promotional and display purposes.
  • Anyone found infringing on others’ copyright would be disqualified from the competition. Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, (Government of India ) does not bear any responsibility for copyright violations or infringements of
    intellectual property carried out by the participants
  • The logo must be in English or Hindi language.
  • Plagiarism of any nature would not be allowed.
  • The last date for submission is 22nd February, 2017 at 1700 Hrs.
  • The winning entry will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- only.

Logo Design Contest for Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) Technical Parameters

Design Logo

  • The participant should upload the logo as a file in JPG, PNG or CDR/AI format in high resolution.
  • The winner of the competition will be required to submit the design in an editable and open digital file format.
  • Do not imprint or watermark your logo design.
  • Logo should be designed in color.
  • For actual utilization of the award-winning logo, the size may vary from 4 cms x 4 cms to 60 cms x 60 cms. Please keep this aspect in mind while designing the Logo.
  • The Logo should be usable on the website/social media such as Twitter/Facebook, on printed materials such as b/w press releases, stationery and signages, video material, etc.
  • The Logo should be in high resolution with minimum 300 DPI.

Click here for the contest details

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| | posted on:Education, Resources

tamil nadu government go ordersதமிழ்நாடு அரசு, அரசு மற்றும் அரசு உதவி பெறுகின்ற கல்லூரிகள் மற்றும் பல்கலைக்கழங்களில் பயிலும் மாற்றுத்திறனாளிகளுக்கு தனிக்கட்டணம் ( Special Fees ) மற்றும் கல்விக்கட்டணம் ( Tuition Fees) செலுத்துவதிலிருந்து விதிவிலக்கு அளித்திருக்கிறது.

Special and Tuition Fees Exemption G.O for Differently Abled – Tamil Nadu Government Orders

G.O Ms.No. 30 (Special Fees )

Dt: 28/06/2010
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G.O Ms.No. 135 (Tuition Fees )

Dt: 20/09/2008
( Download PDF )

வருமான உச்ச வரம்பு நீக்கம் 

நேர்முகக் கடித எண். 4121/மா.திந. 2/2010 -1 06.7.2010
( Download PDF )

மேலும் தமிழ்நாடு அரசு மாற்றுத்திறனாளிகளுக்கு வழங்கியுள்ள அரசாணைகளை பதிவிறக்கம் செய்யவும் மற்றும் தெரிந்துகொள்ளவும் பின்வரும் வலைதள பக்கத்தை பார்க்கவும்

Tamil Nadu Government Orders (G.O) for Differently abled

| | posted on:Jobs

Job Fair for the Differently Abled

Date: 26th Feb 2017
Venue : Loyola College , Sterling Road, Near Nungambakkam Railway Station, Nungambakkam, Chennai- 600034, Tamil Nadu. | India.

Job fair differently abledA Career Fair exclusively for the Differently-abled. This year’s mega job fair is proposed on 26th February, Sunday, 2017 at Loyola College, Chennai amid four categories of Differently-abled (Hearing Impaired, Speech Impaired, Visually Impaired and Orthopedically Impaired) job seekers (Freshers / Experienced), eminent and open-minded job providers and many versatile dignitaries.

Job Fair exclusively for Persons with Disabilities organized by The Headway Foundation, Opportunity Infotech and Ooruni Foundation which aims at “Connecting Socially Responsible HR Professionals and Employers with Differently-Abled Budding Professionals”


Job Seekers Registration
Employer Registration
Volunteer Registration

Contact Details


Email :
Phone : +91 95 515 000 61
Phone : +91 99 629 331 77

| | posted on:Sports

19th National Chess Championship Deaf

Date: 21 Feb 2017 25 Feb 2017
Venue : Trust Plaza II Auditorium , Tirur – 676107, Kerala. | India.

19th National Chess Championship deaf -Kerala

About the Event

The 19th National Chess Championship deaf is scheduled to held at Trust Plaza II Auditorium, Kerala on 21 – 25 FEB 2017.

Contact Details


1B Institutional Area, Near Janta Flats, Sarita Vihar, Coimbatore, New Delhi110076 ,India.

Email :
Phone : 98 65 114 756

| | posted on:Jobs

Back Office Voice and Non-voice Process

back office voice and non-voice process


Industry: Banking Sector

Occupational Category: bank process

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week

Excellent opportunity for Graduate job seekers with Orthopaedic disabilities, low vision or are Hard of hearing in Hyderabad in back office voice and non-voice process. Interview with Top MNC on Feb 14, 2017 arranged by v-shesh (2016 National Award winner for Best placement Agency).

Educational requirements:

  • 12th / Graduate

Experience requirements:

  • Freshers & Experienced

Please register by clicking on the below link and v-shesh will contact you with details:

Please rush your resume to

Please feel free to contact Deepak at 097 910 32 332

Date Posted: 2017-02-13