The government has implemented a number of schemes and allowances for individuals with developmental disabilities. The purpose of these schemes is to promote the welfare of individuals diagnosed with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities. This presentation highlights a few Central Government benefits that are applicable to individuals with disabilities** of Indian origin. In addition, your State may have added benefits for you according to where you live and the documents you carry that affirm your child’s diagnosis.
This presentation focuses on a number of schemes. For instance, educational schemes, concessions, loans, scholarships and skill training opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
To stay informed and be aware of allowances/mandates that are well within your rights please also read The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016, which was enacted to promote and preserve the rights and dignity of individuals with different forms of disabilities, across all walks of their life : educational, social, legal and cultural. To further learn about more of government schemes check out this link.
**The criteria for the applicability of schemes or concessions may vary depending on the nature and also severity of your child’s disability. Hence, please check the validity/suitability of any scheme/concession that fits your child’s health profile before seeking to avail it.
Acknowledgements: We extend our gratitude to
Mrs. HimaBindu Gattu (Principal & Founding member of Abhilasha: Research centre for special needs- Hyderabad),
Mrs. K. Lakshmi (Founding member & Secretary, Parents Association for Autistic Children/PAAC-Hyderabad) and
Mrs. Radha Ramesh (Director, Vidya Sagar – Chennai)
for taking the time and effort to offer their suggestion and feedback towards this presentation.
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DISCLAIMER: Please note that this guide is for information purposes only and is not a comprehensive guide on schemes and benefits offered to individuals with developmental disabilities by the Government of India. Therefore, please consult a financial advisor/lawyer/social worker for any legal consultations/advise to understand the suitability of schemes and benefits pertaining to your child’s needs.