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
6th Cross, Hutchins Road
Off, Hennur Road, Lingarajapuram,
St. Thomas Town Post
Phone (91 80) 25475165
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
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
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- Neha Utmani & P.L.Jose
As information/weblinks contained in the "source weblinks"
provided as part of this exhibition brief, may change/get
updated/deleted from the source, we request you to please refer
to the recent/uptodate content..
Neha Utmani - MFA, Visual Art, Karnataka Chitrakala
P.L.Jose - www.pljose.com/
Earlier exhibition on the same theme:
Thalam Art Gallery - Bangalore - December 2013
to read the article published in The Hindu
© 2014 - P.L.Jose