Source/Credit: The Hindu

The Lok Sabha, on Friday, December 16, 2016, passed the Disabilities Bill stipulating a jail term of up to two years and a maximum fine of Rs. 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons.

The bill, which aims at securing and enhancing the rights and entitlements of disabled persons, also gives effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and related matters. In the bill, disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept and the types of disabilities have been increased from existing seven to 21.
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Source/Credit: Open Society Foundations

Around the world, children are excluded from schools where they belong because of disability, race, language, religion, gender, and poverty.

But every child has the right to be supported by their parents and community to grow, learn, and develop in the early years, and, upon reaching school age, to go to school and be welcomed and included by teachers and peers alike. When all children, regardless of their differences, are educated together, everyone benefits—this is the cornerstone of inclusive education.
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Source/Credit: Brookes Publishing Co.

Beth Foraker of the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion answers a few questions about successful inclusion. She also shares two wonderful, personal success stories—one of them featuring her own son, Patrick. Read on to learn from one of the most passionate and knowledgeable inclusion advocates in the online community!
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