Social Department of Zila Parishad (ZP) and Education Department, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have taken the initiative to issue disability certificates to autistic children from the Government Medical College (GMC) and Mayo Hospital. District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC), had also joined hands in this initiative.
The certificate issues will commence from the second week of August after proper assessment.
Nagpur is the first city to introduce the rule in Maharashtra. Earlier, the autistic children were certified by means of a report which was issued from Sion Hospital, Mumbai after paying Rs. 3,500. Now the certificate will be provided in the city by paying just Rs. 10.
After the disability certificate, the children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be able to get all the benefits provided by private organizations and the state as well as the central government.
With this step, after Mumbai, Nagpur will be the only city to provide Learning Disability (LD) certificates.
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan Project Coordinator Abhijeet Raut told TOI,"Parents of autistic children can get the certificate by paying the meagre amount within a week, without much hassle. This initiative adds Nagpur to the elite cities across the country, where a disabled person can procure a certificate irrespective of disability, defined under People with Disability (PWD) Act 1995 and National Trust Act 1999".