Disability Management and Rehab Centre to come up at Shimla

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Shimla, Mar 29 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary today said the government has granted no objection certificate to J.M Institute of Speech and Hearing, Patna for opening of an Institute of Disability Management and Rehabilitation at Shimla.

The Institute has been working in this field since last 25 years and was being supported by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for its projects, Ms Chaudhry said in a release.

It was running various Human Resource Development Programmes of Rehabilitation Council of India and Universities for many years now.

The organisation had requested for allotment of at least 10 acre of land in Shimla as well as recommendation of the H P University for affiliation of various courses in the area of Disability Management and Rehabilitation.

She said that the organization had also requested the State Government for finding a suitable accommodation to start courses and other activities from the academic session-2008-09.

The matter was under active consideration of the Government, which would help in complying with the directions of state High Court regarding the implementation of Section-49 of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1955, she added.

Ms Chaudhary said according to a survey conducted by the ICDS wing of Social Justice and Empowerment Department, 52206 persons with disabilities were identified in the State up to December, 2006.

The setting up of the Institute would cater to the needs of disabled persons besides promoting research activities involving action research, social research, research related to therapeutics, diagnostic methodology, aids and appliances, she added.

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