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India to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities with awards function in New Delhi
President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the "National Award for Divyangjan, 2017" at a function organized by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, 2017 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, stated an official release.

According to the release, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot; Minister of States for Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar and Ramdas Athawale will also be present the occasion.

President Kovind with present National Awards to Individuals, Institutions, Organisations, State/District etc for their outstanding achievements and work done towards empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. The National Awards are presented in 14 main categories.

Last year, the Parliament passed "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill - 2016" to replace the PwD Act, 1995 to treat 'Disability' as an evolving and dynamic concept and the types of disabilities have been increased from 7 to 21.

The 21 recognized disabilities are: Blindness; Low-vision; Leprosy Cured persons; Hearing Impairment (deaf and hard of hearing); Locomotor Disability; Dwarfism; Intellectual Disability; Mental Illness; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Cerebral Palsy; Muscular Dystrophy; Chronic Neurological conditions; Specific Learning Disabilities; Multiple Sclerosis; Speech and Language disability; Thalassemia; Haemophilia; Sickle Cell disease; Multiple Disabilities including deaf blindness; Acid Attack victim; and Parkinson's disease.

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