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Author of the article- Mr. Prashant Agarwal, President of Narayan Seva Sansthan. NSS is a non-profit organization serving differently-abled and underprivileged individuals. Social inclusion for both differently-abled and the general population has been imbibed, however, what is more, striking is the inability of differently-abled, especially women not able to seek the same opportunities and health access. This is majorly faced in the rural parts of India where the minimum health requirement is unfulfilled as compared to the situation in Urban parts of India. 15% of the world’s population suffers from a disability.

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190 million (3.8%) people aged 15 years and older have significant complications, often requiring health services. What is even more complicated is the new disabilities rising and chronic health conditions in the aging population. This was furthermore complicated with COVID-19 where isolation protocols raised serious cases of mental health challenges amongst the differently-abled.

As per the census 2011, among the female disabled persons, 55% are illiterate. This number rose amidst COVID-19 where the number of female dropouts increased as most families could not sustain education due to unemployment. Central Government on the other hand was trying its best with campaigns such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao that encouraged the education of the girl child. The Government must look at various aspects from the point of view of encouraging and empowering females who are differently-abled or girls with a certain percentage of disability.

 Differently-abled yet abled: Skilling girls through vocational programs and integrated AI subjects which are the thing of the future. Carpet making and designing or even Jewellery designing through organic products is a great option for girls with disabilities to take up. Large Corporations and Organisations or even NGOs can come forward to fund such projects that would help the differently-abled women and give them a sense of hope.

 Education opportunities in the health sector: Nursing roles are the best roles that can be offered to those who are differently abled. Support staff in hospitals amidst the COVID-19 the crisis was needed the most. Differently-abled women with leg disabilities can be offered training and can look for opportunities in health management, Admin, or even Nursing staff in hospitals.

 Mental health counselors: Most of the mental health challenges were faced by people with disabilities during the COVID-19 period. Coping up was a task for a few but for those who had always wanted to pursue something in medicine and were unable to, they can obviously try a hand at Psychology and stress counseling. This would also mean more and more institutions must have programs in relation to stress management and mental health.

 Health sector education opportunities for differently-abled women- Major concern starting for differently-abled women’s education in India is inaccessibility and un-friendly books. Many women never pursued or tried to study medicine due to not having proper facilities at their local level. Also, social protection for them at ground level seems zero for them that is why their social inclusion from the planning stage is missing which is a crucial part of the need
in today’s world.

 Learnings from covid-19- People witnessed real issues when they realized that health infrastructure was unable to serve the people’s needs in the pandemic. Weak medical services were hampering hard in the rural part of India. At the same time, differently-abled women were expecting their babies in the COVID- panic world. The central government has announced multiple plans of action for the safety of pregnant women. But still, at large, the problem was not
resolved. All in all differently-abled individuals especially women must create a consortium through social
communities to come together and create opportunities for those who seek them. This can be funded by institutions and large corporates. Also, Narayan Seva Sansthan is running the school for orphans and poor children’s in the Udaipur, Rajasthan with no fees for bringing them into mainlines.  Author of the article- Mr. Prashant Agarwal, President of Narayan Seva Sansthan. NSS is a non-profit organization serving differently-abled and underprivileged
individuals.

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