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Lok Sabha passes Autism Bill: Things you need to know

Autism Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday (December 20), had been approved by the Rajya Sabha last week. Here's what you need to know about the Bill.

Lok Sabha has passed Autism Bill in winter session of Parliament.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication.

A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism. The disorder often is accompanied by medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances.

According to an estimate, autism affects 1 in 59 children. Many people suffering from autism also have sensory issues. These sensory issued can include aversions to certain sights, sounds and other sensations.

LOK SABHA PASSES AUTISM BILL:

The lower Houses passed the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

Parliament passed the Bill to streamline the appointment and resignation of members of a trust which helps persons with disability to live independently.

The Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday (December 20), had been approved by the Rajya Sabha last week.

Under the legislation, the chairperson and members of the Board of the National Trust can hold office for a term of three years from the date of their appointment or until their successors are appointed, whichever is longer.

The bill also states that the central government will initiate the process for appointment of the chairperson or any member of the board, at least six months prior to the expiry of their tenure.

Lok Sabha has so far passed four bills in the Winter session which began on December 11.

Let's try to understand the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

WHAT IS AUTISM BILL:

  • The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
  • This includes the bill seeking to ban commercial surrogacy, the one on consumer protection and the transgender bill.
  • The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018 seeks to amend the principal Act enacted in 1999.
  • According to PRS Legislative Research, an independent body, the law allows setting up of a national trust to enable persons with disability to live independently by promoting measures for their protection in case of death of their parents.
  • It also evolves procedures for appointment of their guardians and trustees, and facilitating equal opportunities in society.

It also evolves procedures for appointment of their guardians and trustees, and facilitating equal opportunities in society.

  Dec 23, 2018

Relief for students with disabilities, CBSE exemptions to take effect from 2019

Parents of children with disabilities are happy that the exemptions announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will come into effect from 2019. The board will share the new guidelines on the study course as well as exam rules with the schools that come under it.

Samyuktha Arun, mother to a child with autism, says the exemptions will help ensure that the right to education guaranteed to every child is followed.

It is the human right of every child, including those of special children, to access education. Implementing some relaxations for children with special needs is most welcome and a positive initiative. This will help remove the discriminations they face and help provide a quality life to children with special needs. - Sangeeta Arun, Autism parent

So, what are the main points of the new guidelines? Here they are:

  • Students with disability certificates issued by listed authority will be given a scribe during exams.
  • A student can now have more than one scribe.
  • CBSE will pay the scribe's fee.
  • Assistant superintendent to supervise the exam.
  • Visually-impaired candidates can now use portable video magnifiers.
  • Students can use a computer after getting a certificate from registered medical practitioners. This is to be used for typing answers only.
  • The computer used by visually impaired students cannot have an Internet connection.
  • Parents say that these exemptions are good news especially for kids with borderline issues. Meera Balaji parent to a child with autism, says, "The anxiety levels of the children as well as that of parents will be reduced by a great extent. This will given them more time to hone their life skills. "

The next challenge is to make sure that the information about these new rules are disseminated across all CBSE schools in the country to ensure that the barriers faced by children with special needs during exams in removed completely.

  Oct 15, 2018

List of organizations registered with National Trust upto 31st July 2018

List of organizations registered with National Trust upto 31st July 2018

Dear All,

Please check the name of your organization in the lists at Annexure A, B and C. If the name of your Organization has been left out in the said list and it has got a valid registration upto 31st July, 2018 then you are requested to send scanned copy of National Trust Registration Certificate with contact details at email (ala@thenationaltrust.in) so that the name of your organization is also be included in the said list. Latest by 10th September, 2018

Please treat it most urgent.

The list of Registered Organization under Voluntary Category of the National Trust.(Annexure A)

The list of Registered Organization under Association of Parents of Persons with Disability of the National Trust. (Annexure B)

The list of Registered Organization under Association of Persons with Disability of the National Trust. (Annexure C)

  Sep 02, 2018

Notice Inviting Suggestions and Objections on the Draft Delhi Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules 2018

  Sep 02, 2018

CBSE proposes exemptions for differently abled students

The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) has proposed to provide specific exemptions to differently abled students in the board examinations in accordance with their needs and also said that it is committed to shift to the online mode of examination for such children.

In a report submitted before Punjab and Haryana High Court, the CBSE said that the draft policy will be presented in the winter session before its Curriculum Committee and after clearance it will submitted to the Governing Body for final approval.

The HC had earlier this year directed CBSE to prepare a comprehensive policy for addressing challenges faced by differently abled children. The board in the draft policy said that the teaching, learning and examinations can be made accessible with the use of technology but the major issue is lack of resources.

Students with physical disabilities (visual and hearing impairment and speech and language disability); intellectual disabilities (specific learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder); mental illnesses leading to emotional problems and disability caused due to chronic neurological conditions, blood disorder and multiple disabilities will be provided exemptions.

Exemptions like providing flexibility in choosing subjects, examination through computers, allocation of centre of examinations at nearest possible place to the school, relaxation in attendance, waiving registration fees for class X and Class XII exams are common to most categories.

  Sep 02, 2018
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