Person with Disability Act, 1995

1)Disability Act(1995) acts as a mile stone in the field of Special Education in India.

2)The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people face. 

3)This Act gives disabled people rights in the areas of: employment education access to goods, facilities and services buying or renting land or property.

4)In this Act, the term “ Disability” means Blindness, Low vision,  Leprosy-cured, Hearing impairment,Locomotor disability, Mental retardation and Mental illness.

5)The Act also allows the government to set minimum standards so that disabled people can use public transport easily.

Role of R.C.I in Person with Disability Act, 1995

1)Role of RCI is really appreciable in regulating the policies and programmes in the area of special education.

2)The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) was set up as a registered society in 1986. On September, 1992 the RCI Act was enacted by Parliament and it became a Statutory on 22 June 1993. 

3)RCI is to regulate and monitor services given to persons with disability, and to maintain a Central Rehabilitation Register of all qualified professionals and personnel working in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education.

Objectives of R.C.I in Person with Disability Act, 1995

1) To regulate the training policies and programmes in the field of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

2)To bring about standardization of training courses for professionals dealing with persons with disabilities.

3) To regulate these standards in all training institutions uniformly throughout the country.

4)To recognize institutions/ organizations/ universities running master’s degree/bachelor’s degree/ P.G.Diploma/ Diploma/ Certificate courses in the field of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

5) To promote research in Rehabilitation and Special Education.

6)To recognize and respond to all learners with special needs and attributes.

7)To change the attitude of society in accepting them and identifying their needs.

8)To utilize their contributions for the progress of the country and in turn increase their self-concept and status in society.