Government is in the process of bringing a new bill in the ongoing budget session to include dyslexia and autism as disability and increase the number of categories under the Disabilities Act from seven to 19.
- Dyslexia is not included in the categorized disabilities under the Act. We have prepared a new draft bill where the number of disability categories are being sought to be increased from the present seven to 19.
- This will include dyslexia, Down syndrome, autism etc.
- An Inter-Ministerial sub-group has been set up under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which is likely to meet again later this month.
- The attempt is to have 19 categories of disabilities to be included in the Act so that all get the benefits. “We are trying to bring this new bill in the second part of the current session,” Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said.
- The government has also set up committees of doctors and state ministers to identify disabilities like dyslexia and treat it early.
- The government is identifying all children with disabilities through mapping in the next three years which is underway.
- Government was also providing universal identity cards to such children.