- 2 August, Bangalore
- 23 August, Guwahati
- October (to be confirmed), Chandigarh
- November (to be confirmed), Goa
The consultations will discuss a paper drafted by Amita Dhanda and myself (On the picture we are having the first discussions on the consultation while on a retreat to the Ramoji Film City). Then, based on the submitted comments and conclusions of the regional consultations a draft amendement proposal will be adopted.
The questions around which the consultation paper is organised are:
- How should the NTA be amended to incorporate the CRPD model of universal legal capacity?
- Should the model be only extended to the named disabilities (mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities)?
- Or should the NTA be amended to make this model available to all disabilities?
- What other amendments should be introduced in the NTA to bring the statute in conformity with the CRPD?
The consultation paper recommends:
- The NTA should introduce an express provision recognizing Universal Legal Capacity and the provision should state that all persons with disabilities have full legal capacity.
- This legal capacity is in no way diminished if a person with disabilities sets up a support network to assist him in the exercise of this legal capacity.
- The National Trust shall accord recognition to support networks and offer assistance to persons with disabilities in setting up such networks.
- The definition of disability should be altered in the NTA and the present restrictive model should be replaced with a universal model. This could be done by adopting the definition of disability incorporated in the CRPD.
- The National Trust shall devise all approved programmes in active consultation with persons with disabilities and their organizations.