|What is a Disability Certificate?|
The Disability Certificate is not just a document for a person with disability but a proof of his/her disability and an important tool for availing the benefits / facilities / rights that they are entitled to, from the Central as well as State Government under various appropriate enabling legislations.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had notified procedures for the Medical Boards of District Civil hospitals for issuance, assessments and the format of Disability Certificate. Details of the existing procedures are listed below.
However in view of the difficulties faced by people across the country in availing of Disability Certificates and the procedural problems, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, is currently reviewing the matter and has sought comments and suggestions from the concerned agencies/users.
Conditions for obtaining Disability CertificateIn order to become eligible for obtaining the Disability Certificate, a person with disability should fulfill the following conditions:
Procedure for obtaining Certificate
Process of Certifications:
A disability certificate shall be issued by a Medical Board consisting of three members duly constituted by the Central/State Government. At least, one shall be a Specialist in the area of mental retardation, namely, Psychiatrist, Pediatrician and clinical Psychologist.
The examination process will consist of three components, namely, clinical assessment, assessment of adaptive behavior and intellectual functioning.
A disability certificate shall be issued by a Medical Board duly constituted by the Central/State Government having, at least three members. Out of which, at least one member shall be a specialist in ophthalmology.
Speech and Hearing Disability
A disability certificate shall be issued by a Medical Board duly constituted by the Central and the State Government. Out of which, at least, one member shall be a specialist in the field of ENT.
A disability certificate shall be issued by a Medical Board of three members duly constituted by the Central and the State Government, out of which, at least, one member shall be a specialist from either the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Orthopedics.
The procedure will remain the same as of various single disabilities. The final disability certificate for multiple disability will be issued by Disability Board which has given higher score of disability by combining the score of different disabilities using the combining formula, i.e., a + b (90-a).
In case, where two scores of disability are equal, the final certificate of multiple disability will be issued by any one of them as decided by Local authority.
The certificate would be valid for a period of five years for those whose disability is temporary. For those who acquire permanent disability, the validity can be shown as 'Permanent'.
Procedure for obtaining Disability CardA parent of the person with disability, or that person himself, will approach to the District Hospital providing all necessary documents and reports as following:
Advantages granted to the owner of Disability CardAfter perusal of the disability certificate, issued in any manner, should be a certificate valid for all practical and theoretical purposes, where the factor of an individual being a person with a disability is material.
All these schemes and services provided to Persons with disabilities differ from state wise. Some services are common but this need to standardize for every individual.
|Last Updated on Monday, 12 December 2011 10:41|
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