disability rights

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Petition to Shri U K Bandyopadhyay (Security Officer), Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 6, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -8, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 7, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -5, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -4, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 3, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 2, Shri Rahul Naferia, Shri A.K.S. Billawaria, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Sh. Vishal Gagan, Sh. K.V.S. Rao, Dr. Vinod Aggarwal, B.S. Bhullar, J.S. Rawat, JDG, G. T. Selvan, K. P. Srivastav, Lalit Gupta, Shri. Jyoti Narayan

Enforce Disabled Friendly Screening Procedures at Indian Airports Security Check Points

I fly frequently for work, both domestically and internationally from several Indian airports. Each time I pass through the security check points at the airports, I am treated like a criminal because I use a prosthetic limb (artificial leg) for my mobility.  I am asked and many a times even forced to strip and to remove my prosthetic. The security staff then picks up my prosthetic limb and puts it on the x-ray machine as if it is a piece of luggage, while I am left immobile and in a state of agony praying that I receive my prosthetic undamaged. The international norms for checking prosthetic do not require amputees to strip, to remove their prosthetic/artificial limb; nor do they require wheel-chair users to stand up & to not use their own wheel chairs. Shouldn't that be equally easy to implement in India as well? I understand that the security staff/CISF is simply following the dictates of BCAS, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.  I therefore, protest against the human rights violation by BCAS not only on my behalf but also on the behalf of my fellow beings/PwDs, Persons with disabilities- for enforcing the most inhumane and insensitive screening procedures that PwDs are forced to go through at the cost of their physical safety, privacy, dignity and emotional trauma, at the Indian airports. The dictate of BCAS to the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) at Indian Airports to regard persons with disabilities including amputees like me who use/wear prosthetics such as artificial limb/limbs, a bigger security risk; to ask them to strip and remove their prosthetic and, to make the wheel chair users stand up for thorough checking & not use their wheel chairs - as they all may be carriers of explosives and weapons - is a violation of their human rights of life, liberty, fairness, respect, equality and dignity. The entire screening procedure for the persons with disabilities and medical conditions, and the insensitivity of the rustic security staff (CISF) at the Indian airports towards them need a makeover.  We are living in a human world.  These procedures and the rustic security staff got to have a humane face.  They need to be sensitized and humanized.  I am asking that CISF treats people with disabilities (including those with medical conditions and limited mobility) with dignity, respect, care & courtesy. I am not asking that the national security & the security of fliers be compromised. I am only asking BCAS to: 1) Enforce mine's and my team's manual- "Screening Guidelines to be followed by CISF Security Staff for Passengers with Disabilities at Indian Airports" and include the manual in the Standard Operating Procedure.  Doing so will go a long way in sensitising CISF. The manual abides by the world class screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions. It also abides by the language of CRPD and it was composed under the guidance of leading disability experts of India. I had personally handed over the manual to Mr. Ajay Kumar and Mr. O.P. Singh, senior CISF officers, in June, 2014. The manual was approved by the office of CISF in New-Delhi. However BCAS has not incorporated it in its SOP. 2) Install full body scanners (like in U.S.) at Indian airports. The scanners will ensure highest level of security while safeguarding the privacy, safety and dignity of persons with disabilities. 3) Enforce zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination and infringement of the privacy, dignity, respect and human rights of PwDs. My campaign's manager Smiti Bhatia and I have written several letters and emails to BCAS and CISF officials, PM Modi, Ashok Gajapathi and several others.  However we have not received any response from them. I am asking for a meeting with PM Shri Narendra Modi, Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, and the Director General of BCAS Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to discuss with them the difficulties faced by Persons with Disabilities and how we can resolve them.   Sign my petition to ask PM Modi, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to implement policies and procedures that will make security screening at Indian airports hassle free for Persons with Disabilities. Petitioner, Rajesh Bhatia      

Rajesh Bhatia
2,327 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Ralph Goodale

Let’s end bullying in Canadian schools!

“I have been hurt. I have been hit by my peers, they have said mean words to me. I sometimes tried to tell teachers, but I did not feel listened to. This made me feel hurt and sad.” - *Jenny. As a teacher of special needs students, I have the honour of working with amazing young people that face challenges in their everyday lives, because they are different. Many of my students report having suffered from bullying at one point or another while attending school. Sexual harassment, emotional and physical aggression, and online bullying are all very real threats to their well-being and can impact their self-esteems - and the rest of their lives. When I asked my students what change they want to promote in society, they unanimously asked for better norms and mechanisms to prevent bullying in schools. They want students, educators, policymakers, parents and communities to work together and be part of the solution. Right now, bullying norms and policies are implemented at the provincial or territorial levels, and are not consistent across Canada. My students are asking our government to ensure preventing and addressing bullying is a priority for our leaders, and to ensure all provinces and territories have effective norms to ensure every student has a safe and dignified experience at school. According to studies, successful interventions decrease the amount of bullying in the school by 20 to 70 percent. Interventions work best when part of a systemic, whole school approach, in which an anti-bullying policy and anti-bullying initiatives are implemented throughout the school. We are asking The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety, to formally include a Canada-wide norm in the National Crime Prevention Strategy, that promotes whole school approaches to bullying in all provinces and territories. Join us in making our schools safe for everyone. Please sign and share this petition to ensure bullying prevention becomes a priority in our country! #EndBulllyingCanada

Isabelle Therrien
15,213 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Minister Lisa Macleod

Necessity for out of Home Respite/Group Homes for Adults with Disabilities.

When we as parents of adults with disabilities face burnout due to 24 hour in home care, there is absolutely nowhere for us to place our loved one in a safe environment with qualified staff for a weekend or a week if we need a break to regroup, need a vacation, or become ill.  If we are unable to care for them in the long term, there are very few qualified group homes/facilities with a waitlist that spans for years!  This is unacceptable.  As aging parents of adults with disabilities, what do we do? Nursing Homes are not an option!  Out of Home Respite is a necessity for adults with disabilities and parents/caregivers should be able to access when needed in a crisis or if/when a break is needed. Most of us have In-Home Respite Workers, but at the end of the day it's not enough.  Our loved one's needs outweigh the supports in-home. Premier Doug Ford and the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa Macleod must address this issue and work with the Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) to examine the reality that aging parents cannot be caregivers forever.  There must be options for families. The Ontario Government must allocate funds to erect group homes and provide funding to existing agencies, allowing them to expand on their services for adults with disabilities.  Parents of adults with disabilities are stressed, burnt out and need a resolution to this issue.  We love them dearly, and only want the best care for them. Join us in making sure we have the necessary ressources to properly care for our loved ones.  

Michelle Helou
28,076 supporters