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After Deliberation Include Sign language in definition. PROVISIONS FOR NEW LAW



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After Deliberation


Include Sign language in definition.

PROVISIONS FOR NEW LAW


  • The concept of ‘communication’ must be looked at more broadly, as helping people connect with each other in a meaningful and empathetic way. ( For Definition in Law )

  • Communication should be across domains, cultures, linguistic backgrounds, individualised forms of expression, non verbal communication, metaphorical communication, etc.

  • Freedom of expression creates an atmosphere of support and care for the larger community. It helps in creating tolerant, adaptive and caring cultures. It creates safe emotional environments.

  • The PD should have the freedom to express oneself in any way they choose to.

  • All modes and forms of expression of PDs to be accepted / recognized.

  • The views and opinions of PWDs expressed should be accepted and not be judged or criticised. Validation and affirmation of what PDs express, and the right to be listened to, should be provided for.

  • Language as a system of communication is based on cognitive ability. Social and Emotional communication (e.g. receiving or giving a hug) is also to be developed to foster interdependence.

  • Personal assistance, communication interpreters and supports to be provided for expressing oneself.

  • Freedom of expression must be established in medical contexts, without it being considered as a further symptom of disability????



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