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CBR Practice and Inclusion: Persons with Disabilities in North East India


Nandini Ghosh

Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, IN
About Nandini
Nandini Ghosh is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Institute of Development Studies Kolkata. She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Presidency College Kolkata and Masters from Calcutta University. She completed her PhD degree in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai in 2008. Her areas of interest are Disability Studies, Gender Studies, sociology of marginalisation and social exclusion and social movements. She has published a monograph Impaired Bodies Gendered Lives: Everyday Realities of Disabled Women (Primus Books 2016). She has edited a volume titled Interrogating Disability in India: Theory and Practice (Springer 2016). She also has co-edited two books a) Pratyaha Everyday Lifeworlds: Dilemmas, Contestations and Negotiations (Primus 2015) and b) Caste and Gender in Contemporary India: Power, Privilege and Politics (Routledge 2018).
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In third world countries, Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) was advocated as a core strategy in the 1970s-80s for improvement of the quality of life of persons with disabilities by providing facilities for rehabilitation to persons with disabilities at the community level. This paper explores the long-term impact of CBR programmes undertaken in the North East region of India, in order understand the ways in which targeted interventions led to changes in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families, to discern the extent of their inclusion within communities and any systemic changes brought about towards accessing their human rights. The paper will attempt to reveal how, as a result of CBR initiatives, persons with disabilities, their families and the communities that they live in, experience a quality change in their everyday lives, enjoy better access to an entire range of rights and entitlements and the ways in which such initiatives sustain, even after the exit of a structured CBR programme.
How to Cite: Ghosh, N., 2022. CBR Practice and Inclusion: Persons with Disabilities in North East India. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 32(4), pp.114–133. DOI:
Published on 01 Feb 2022.


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