We at NCPEDP believe that advocacy is a critical process of the struggle for the rights of disabled people’s disability movement. Over the years, NCPEDP has conducted evidence-based advocacy and has partnered with institutions, policymakers and disability activists to advocate for disability inclusion in the mainstream agenda. Our agenda is to uphold the idea of ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ and take it forward.
Awareness Raising & Sensitisation
People with disabilities are often considered as afterthought. As the world's single largest minority, people with disabilities are often discriminated against and excluded. The exclusion is mostly due to a lack of awareness and sensitization on the part of individuals and institutions alike.
Keeping the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPwD Act), 2016 at its core, NCPEDP regularly conducts awareness raising and sensitization amongst the masses, people with disabilities themselves; Disabled People’s Organizations; youth; governments; private sector and other stakeholders for creating an inclusive and accessible society.
Youth Mobilisation & Empowerment
According to the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) State of the World’s Population report , India has the largest population of youth in the world i.e., 28% of the country’s population. Estimates suggest that there are between 180 and 220 million youth with disabilities worldwide and nearly 80% of them live in developing countries. This further suggests that there is a substantial number of disabled youth in the country and yet, the voices of these disabled youth have still not found sufficient resonance in the policy making and decision making processes nor have they been given a platform for voicing their opinions and issues even within the disability rights movement itself.
We at NCPEDP believe that as the future torchbearers, youth with disabilities should be equal stakeholders in ensuring an inclusive world. The National Convention for Youth with Disabilities is one such initiative that provides the platform to the youth with disabilities to enhance their leadership potential.