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Neeraja Chandramohan (left), Director, NIEPMD, with participants at a programme in Chennai on Friday.
Neeraja Chandramohan (left), Director, NIEPMD, with participants at a programme in Chennai on Friday.

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: “There is a paradigm shift from charity to rights-based intervention for disabled youth today,” observed Neeraja Chandramohan, Director, National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), at a sensitisation programme for differently abled youth in the city on Friday.

The programme, aimed at enhancing the core life skills and self-esteem of the differently abled, was organised jointly by the Institute, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) and the Department of Indian History, University of Madras. About 50 differently abled youth took part.

Ms. Neeraja briefed participants on their rights. She said persons with disabilities could bring discriminatory practices to the notice of the Commissioner for the Disabled.

She said every government department had 3 per cent reservation in jobs for persons with disabilities.

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