The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act 2016

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The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act 2016 has been a landmark legislation which has addressed key barriers which has impeded the upliftment of PwDs. Aligned with UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities), RPwD ACT 2016 is a right based legislation protecting the rights of Persons with disabilities (PwDs) to create an Inclusive society for PwD. For the first time 21 disabilities are recognised under the RPwD Act 2016.

This section will provide an overview of the RPwD Act and key elements of the act and its relevance to establishment, employers & employees.

  1. Introduction to the topic
  2. Contents
  3. What is the RPwD Act 2016?
  4. What does the Act include?
  5. What are the basic rights given under this Act?
  6. What makes the Act worth celebrating?
  7. Quiz
  1. Timeline of Disability related legislation in India
  2. Outline the 2 prominent acts of 1995 and 2006, thereby drawing some parallels with the current RPwD Act 2016
  3. Test your knowledge with a brief quiz
  1. What is an establishment?
  2. Categories of establishments
  3. Quiz
  1. What you should know about the Act as an establishment and as an employee
  2. Non-discrimination in employment
  3. Equal Opportunity Policy
  4. Maintenance of Records
  5. Appointment of a Grievance Redressal Officer
  6. Mandatory observance of accessibility norms
  7. Awareness Campaigns
  8. Penalties for Non-compliance


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