The Constitution of India recognizes all persons as equal before the law and guarantees them the right to live life with dignity. This would necessarily mean that the State (Government) should create conditions that would allow disabled persons to live and enjoy the same quality of life as other people. However, this has not become a reality in India, due to the continued physical and social barriers that have successfully stigmatized disability in society.
This stigma stems from apathy, lack of compulsory directives by the government, and a general non-recognition of the fact that disabled persons can contribute as much to society as able persons provided we create conducive conditions. Although there are strong legal provisions to deal with the rights of disabled persons, a paradigm shift in the thought process of society and a change in the mainstream value system is necessary before these rights can truly be realized.
In this section, we will talk about all the constitutional and legal provisions, as well as government orders pertaining to the domain of visual impairment. Additionally, judgments given by various courts, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD), and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are also listed.
The Constitution of India entails special provisions for the disabled population in India. In order to minimize cases of discrimination, it is important, that each and every person is aware of their rights. This section lists all the above-mentioned provisions.