Exhibition Poster:

Inauguration: Thursday, 22 May 2014, 4pm

Will be inaugurated by Mr. V.S.Basavaraju (Executive Director of APD) &
Ms. Jacqueline Colaco (Ms. Jacqueline advocates for better awareness and sensitivity towards people with disability)

Duration of the exhibition:
from Friday, 23 May to Saturday, 31 May 2014

9am to 5pm daily (Sunday Holiday)

The Association of People with Disability (APD) - (Main Campus)
6th Cross, Hutchins Road
Off, Hennur Road, Lingarajapuram,
St. Thomas Town Post
Bangalore-560 084,
Phone (91 80) 25475165

Exhibition brief:

Scott Hamilton has rightly said,

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

“...People with disabilities, themselves, must lead the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). They must be at the forefront. At every forum, in every meeting room. From New York or Geneva to small towns, villages, and slums...The disability movement must invest in people with disabilities.... ”
Javed Abidi - Chairperson, Disabled Peoples International (D.P.I.)
Source - www.dnis.org

India has an estimated 70 million disabled people, most of them confined to their homes due to a complete lack of accessible infrastructure. Accessibility has been one of the most neglected issues in the disability sector in India – it is probably one of the crucial factors that can free up the potential of, and availability of opportunities for, disabled people.
Source - www.ncpedp.org

The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.
Link to world report on disability

The introductory para of the world report on disability states:
“Many people with disabilities do not have equal access to health care, education, and employment opportunities, do not receive the disability-related services that they require, and experience exclusion from everyday life activities. Following the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), disability is increasingly understood as a human rights issue. Disability is also an important development issue with an increasing body of evidence showing that persons with disabilities experience worse socioeconomic outcomes and poverty than persons without disabilities.”

India is home to a large population of persons with disabilities (2.1% of the population as per Census of India 2001). The persons with disabilities form a section of society that face different forms of exclusion. The exclusion can be cultural, social, economic, financial, educational, and so on. Creating awareness on the plight of persons with disabilities, and their fundamental rights as citizens of our country is an important task and challenge before us all.

Through this exhibition, we want to use the artistic medium available to us to create awareness and to highlight the difficulties faced by persons with disabilities, and particularly issues related to their dignity as individuals.

We believe that the process of creating awareness will be a never ending one, and as part of our exhibition, we have the following objectives:

- To bring about an attitudinal change in society to how the persons with disabilities are perceived.
- To reach out to young people in order to enable them to consider issues of inclusiveness when they take up responsible positions in the business/corporate world in the future.
- To speak out and highlight problems faced by persons with disabilities and ensure their rights are respected.

- To create awareness regarding the strengths, capabilities, success stories, and achievements of persons with disabilities.

- To create awareness regarding the constitutional and fundamental rights of persons with disabilities to equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation.
- To let one and all know that disability is not a stigma in any way.
- To share pertinent information from the Persons with Disability Act-1995, the rights of persons with disabilities bill, information related to accessibility, reservations, the discrimination and problems faced by persons with disabilities while applying for, and during employment.
- To highlight the work done by various individuals/organizations/corporations in rehabilitation and welfare; the statistical data available on disability in India and the various welfare schemes of the government.
- To highlight the importance of society retuning their focus on the abilities and capabilities of the persons with disabilities, instead of their disabilities and limitations.
- To sensitize personnel working in the private as well as the government who interact with persons with disabilities on a daily basis, that the persons with disabilities should be treated with dignity like everyone else.

Much credible work is being done and is continued to be done in the disability sector by individuals, NGOs, corporations, the Government, and various private/social organizations in our country, and all over the world. We want to augment the efforts of these individuals and organizations. We believe that "creating awareness" will be a never ending process in the path to having a better life for persons with disabilities.

Policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, academics, organizations and individuals working in the disability sector are definitely well informed. However, most members of the public are not even aware of the law/bill, the different types of disabilities, nor are they aware of the different types of problems faced by persons with disabilities. How then will they be able to work towards respecting their rights and their dignity?

We also need to wipe away the stigma attached to the issue of disability, and ensure that people are not discriminated against due to their disabilities. One should encourage persons with disabilities to speak out openly about their problems, so that a proactive response and solution can be found and implemented for their special needs. Information is a powerful tool when it can lead to self-advocacy and empowerment. The right information can help facilitate a positive and beneficial action.

- Neha Utmani & P.L.Jose

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Artists' info:
Neha Utmani - MFA, Visual Art, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
P.L.Jose - www.pljose.com/

Earlier exhibition on the same theme:
Thalam Art Gallery - Bangalore - December 2013
Click to read the article published in The Hindu

© 2014 - P.L.Jose