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Publication Date

Fall 2011

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India: Sustainable Development and Social Change


Historically in India people with disabilities have been pushed to the side and have not been given the attention which they need and deserve. As a result this population has become extremely marginalized and has not been included in making decisions with the rest of society. The main reason why this has become such a marginalized group is because of a negative stigma which has been associated with mental disabilities. Slowly this stigma is beginning to change, but it still affects the way people view and act towards the disabled. The integration of people with disabilities into the rest of society is important for further development in India. This study examines what is helping and what is preventing the social integration of children with disabilities in India. The study took place in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. In each of these locations an NGO was worked with to obtain data through the use interviews and personal observations. This study found that stigma is what is holding people with disabilities back from being able to socially integrate with the rest of society.


Civic and Community Engagement | Inequality and Stratification | Mental and Social Health | Social Welfare


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