Inclusive India Initiative under National Trust hopes to empower people with Developmental

Disabilities. The Initiativehas been launched to Sensitise people to the need for Equal

opportunities, protection of Rights and Full participation of individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Autism,

Intellectual Disabilities and Multiple Disabilities.

What, Why?

Inclusive India, is an endeavour by the National Trust for persons with
developmental/intellectual disabilities in India. Its aim is to spread
the awareness to facilitate inclusion.

A broad term, Inclusion, can mean different things for different
people. For example, it means policies that include different economic
strata of society, it means gender equality, non-exclusion on the basis
of religion, caste or creed and full participation of persons with
disabilities in the society and place of work.

For the purpose of Inclusive India Initiative, the focus is on
inclusion of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It means that persons with developmental disabilities live and
participate in the community as citizens with equal rights. Inclusion is
the opportunity to live and be valued for one’s uniqueness and
abilities – ‘like everyone’. It should result in presence and
participation of all people in a community with or regardless of
disabilities.

Aligned with the goals of the United Nations Convention for the

rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD), this initiative aims at
full participation by persons with intellectual/developmental
disabilities in their schools, colleges, communities and workplaces.

This will result in an enhanced sense of belonging for persons with
developmental disabilities and significant human, social and economic
development of the society, as communities become stronger when all are
valued and included.

The vision of National Trust, working for the physical, economic and
socio-cultural empowerment of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy,
Intellectual Disabilities and Multiple Disabilities, is a world where
people with intellectual disabilities and their families are valued and
can participate equally in all spheres of society.

Created by an act of Parliament, the National Trust, is an autonomous
body under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities,
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, with a
vision of a country in which disability is embraced as a natural part of
diversity and is not avoided.