The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016
Part 1

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Greetings from ‘Autism Financial Planning’. In my last blog, I concluded my blog series on ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (CRPD). Starting from today’s blog, I will be sharing important provisions of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016. Today’s blog covers an overview about the RPwD Act, 2016.

The RPwD Act, 2016 was enacted on 28 December 2016 which came into force from 19 April, 2017. Through this Act, responsibility has been cast upon the appropriate governments to take effective measures to ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy their rights equally with others.

This is an Act to give effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 13th December 2006. This Convention lays down the following principles for empowerment of persons with disabilities.

– Respect for inherent dignity, autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
– Non-discrimination
– Full & effective participation and inclusion in society
– Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
– Equality of opportunity
– Accessability
– Equality between men and women
– Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities

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The Preamble of this Act clearly states that its aim is to uphold the dignity of every Person with disability in the society and prevent any form of discrimination. The Act also facilitates full acceptance of people with disabilities and ensures full participation and inclusion of such persons in society.

As compared to the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, the scope of disabilities in the RPwD Act, 2016 is comprehensive and broad.

This was an overview about the RPwD Act, 2016 and the objective it aims to achieve. From next blog onwards, I will be discussing the important provisions of RPwD Act, 2016.

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Author Shivani Lohia

Shivani Lohia is a Chartered Accountant by profession and mother to 8 years old child on the autism spectrum. The cause of autism awareness is very close to her heart and she strongly believes in equal education for all & strongly advocates inclusion. She has been homeschooling her son since he was 5 years old.

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