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Daily Archives: 2016/12/13

'Accessible Puducherry'- Workshop

Satya Special School organized a Workshop on “ACCESSIBLE PUDUCHERRY – A STEP TOWARDS AN INCLUSION” on 21st October 2016 at Convention cum Cultural Center, Pondicherry University (A Central Univeristy). Department of Social Work has taken a profound initiative by hosting the event.

India has an estimated 70 million disabled people. Most of them remain confined to their homes due to complete lack of accessible infrastructure. Any attempt to travel, enter buildings, parks, shops etc can be impossible, unsafe or humiliating. They, therefore remain unseen, unheard, unaccounted and are rightly called – an invisible minority.
Accessibility has been one of the most neglected issues in the disability sector in India and is probably one of the crucial factors that can free up the potential and availability of opportunities for disabled people.

The Disability Act (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) was passed by the Indian Parliament in 1995. The Act mandates non-discrimination in transportation and the built environment. However, there has not been much progress so far on these aspects, in India.

Access and Accessible refer to the freedom of choice to enter approach, communicate or make use of a situation or environment without assistance and undue difficulties.
Keeping the above, the following objectives were focused at the workshop:

1. Create awareness on accessibility among various stake-holders
2. Current status on accessibility in Puducherry
3. Road map towards an inclusive Puducherry

And the distinguished Speakers for Accessibility workshop are:

Dr. Chdambaram for the topic ‘Accessibility in Educational institutions – Pondicherry University’ ; Mr. Alkahj for ‘African Perspective on Accessibility – CIAI Pondicherry’ ; Mr. Sudhakar for ‘Accessibility Aids and its Importance – Mobility India’; Dr. Srinivas Murthy for ‘Accessibility for persons with mental disability’ ; Ms. Susmita for Accessible Auroville and Dr. Gulam for ‘Accessibility in Developed countries’ – Pondicherry university

CAT-3 on Auroville Charter

Mita, Inge and Sandhira were facilitating the CAT-3 ( Create Auroville Together ) on 8th dec2016. All the residents in Auroville were invited to this new form of interactive workshops being organized, which has the intention to revitalize the spirit of Auroville in all its residents and in-turn into all the actions and decisions we make. It is also a space where Aurovillians can come together and put on their thinking cap and maybe look old virtues with new perspective. The mood of the workshop was very joyous and participants were feeling good to mingle amongst each other, as the format of the workshop was very interactive.
At the end of the workshop, participants , each gave their personal sharing on their relation with the Auroville charter and what values it imbibe’s into them. And as the name suggest, Creating Auroville Together, participants were clearly feeling the joy of being together and looking out for each other. The workshop ended , on a very creative note, the participants together formed , the Auroville Symbol and recited the opening part of the Auroville Charter.
” Auroville belongs to no one … one must be a willing servitor of the divine “

Comments: 0 Date: 13 Dec 2016

General Meeting On Appeal Process

A General Meeting was organized by the Auroville Council and facilitated by Elisa and Niva, representing the appeal process sub-group.

The residents of Auroville were invited to be part of this meeting to clear any doubts, to put forth their suggestions and views and ultimately reach a stage were a clear decision on the mandate of the appeal process is possible to be agreed upon.

The appeal process comes out in form of a relief for those Aurovillians, who had difference in opinion towards some of the decisions passed by the main working groups for the first year experiencing the process. In the past, Aurovillians had no option but to rely and keep total faith on the good will of the working groups. The basic grievance often experienced is in a situation, where he feels maybe if more vital data or crucial experiences were shared with that particular working group, maybe the decision could have been made under different light. To tackle these arbitrary situation correctly and consciously, the Auroville Council has created the appeal process. The decisions appealed against, will be subject to case by case review with an intention to uphold the ideals of Auroville at all time and support improving the decision making process of the working groups. The final ratification decision of the appeal process will be completed via the RAS . For any further information, the Auroville Council may be contacted.

Comments: 0 Date: 13 Dec 2016
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