Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni today said that any proposal for inclusion of disability studies in academic discipline should be supported as it will create an awareness in society about the needs and rights of the physically challenged.
Inaugurating a three-day "National Congress on Disability Studies in Secondary and Higher Education in India" here, Soni said: "Attitude has to be changed towards the physically challenged persons as they are challenged in a limited sense only and can do wonders in other areas of their expertise or interests."
"People at work place, society and in the country as a whole must be sensitized about the needs of the physically challenged and their rights within the Constitutional framework," Soni added.
Referring to the socially and economically disadvantaged groups in the country, she said that we must work towards creating an inclusive society where every person would contribute to the growth and development of the country.
"Public awareness campaign for creating such an inclusive growth is the need of the hour," she added.
She said the Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture is sensitive to the special needs of challenged people.
The Minister further added that all the world heritage sites are in the process of providing special facilities for such people.
"Other important monuments will also be provided with facilities, which would improve access to these monuments to people with special needs. This would enable them to appreciate the heritage of this country in the same manner as other citizens," she said.
The Tourism Ministry is also encouraging the hotels and other tourism related infrastructure to be developed in a manner that people with special needs could also use them as effectively as others.