Office of The Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India

CHAPTER IV - PREVENTATION AND EARLY DETECTION OF DISABILITIES

25. Appropriate Governments and local authorities to take certain steps for the prevention of occurrence of disabilities. - Within the limits of their economic capacity and development, the appropriate Governments and the local authorities, with a view to preventing the occurrence of disabilities, shall

  • undertake or cause to be undertaken surveys, investigations and research concerning the cause of occurrence of disabilities;
  • promote various methods of preventing disabilities;
  • screen all the children at least once in a year for the purpose of identifying "at-risk" cases;
  • provide facilities for training to the staff at the primary health centres;
  • sponsor or cause to be sponsored awareness campaigns and disseminate or cause to be disseminated information for general hygiene, health and sanitation;
  • take measures for pre-natal, parental and post-natal care of mother and child;
  • educate the public through the pre-schools, schools, primary health centres, village level workers and anganwadi workers;
  • create awareness amongst the masses through television, radio and other mass media on the causes of disabilities and the preventive measures to be adopted.

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