Using the Section 36 Procedure
19. Set up booths or stalls at legal aid or disability rights events
Often, DPOs lack the resources required to organize large-scale events to raise awareness of the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act, 2013 (DRPA). Many governmental and non-governmental organizations organize large-scale fairs or other events to commemorate specific dates, including the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd. These events attract many persons with disabilities and their supporters who may already be highly motivated to learn about and assert their rights.
The experience of USAID’s EPD program is that DPOs can effectively reach many prospective Section 36 applicants by reserving a booth or stall at highly trafficked events. This strategy allows DPOs to maximize their resources while disseminate information about the DRPA and the Section 36 procedure. Having a visible presence at these events can give DPOs an important opportunity to educate and network with other organizations, too.
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