Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Cultural Life

Exhibition at National Museum in New Delhi

Knowing and enjoying arts and cultural heritage of his or her own country is an essential component of a person’s emotional well-being and intellectual growth. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPWD) thus reaffirms that all persons with any types of disabilities must enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms, including rights to enjoy arts and culture. However, this is perhaps one of the most neglected aspects of government policy in South Asia in general. According to 2011 Census, India counts 27 million persons with some forms of disabilities with a significant number of youth, who are potentially excluded from the enjoyment of knowing art and cultural heritage.  

UNESCO promotes multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach to explore the possibility of making cultural heritage universally accessible.

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