2017 India Report



Employment Rights of Persons with Disabilities in India

Contributors to the Publication

  • Marcia Rioux, DRPI Principal Investigator and Project Director, Toronto, Canada
  • Viswesh Sekhar, Research Scholar, Faculty of Law, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India
  • Anuradha Echambadi, Swadhikaar, Hyderabad, India
  • Alexis Buettgen, DRPI Research Assistant, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Paula Hearn, DRPI Project Coordinator, Toronto, Canada
  • Medapati Krishna Reddy, Admin Head, Swadhikaar, Hyderabad
  • Pavan Kumar Muntha, Chief Executive Officer, Swadhikaar, Hyderabad


This project is undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada); York University and other funding agencies and organizations. The project’s success would not be possible without the contribution and guidance of the organizational partners: Swadhikaar Centre for Disabilities Information, Research and Resource Development (India), National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (Nepal), Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (Bangladesh), and Subhi Association for Women with Disabilities; our dedicated Work Placement Coordinators and Country Coordinators; and the commitment of individual contributors based in Canada.

We greatly appreciate the individuals with disabilities, NGOs and government representatives who have shared their insights and experiences with us as we developed and revised this report. Your time and contributions to this work have been critical to our understanding of the experiences, challenges and opportunities for employment of people with disabilities in India. We hope to continue to share knowledge and best practices to achieve our mutual goals of promoting quality employment for people with disabilities.

This report would not have been possible without the time, dedication and commitment of a team of local interviewers and analysts. This team included approximately 50 people with various disabilities who collected the data and information described in this report. We would particularly like to thank R Padma, G Sailaja, B Bujji Babu, M Narashima, Suresh Digumarthi, G Krishna, Priyanka and Abdul Sajid Ali. We would like to place on record our acknowledgments to Ms. Priti Bhama for providing the graphs used in this report.  We are also particularly thankful to Sreedhar Ganta, DRPI-AWARE Country Coordinator, Hyderabad, India.

We would also like to acknowledge the foundational work of Mr Bengt Lindqvist. Bengt was the co-founder and co-director of Disability Rights Promotion International. Bengt had a singular influence on disability of the 20th and well into the 21st century as a teacher, politician, advocate, and as a UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.


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