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This website is an initiative of Disability Rights Association Of Goa (DRAG) and Goa Sudharop to share information about disability in Goa.

Goa has 33,012 persons with disability as per Census 2011, out of which 17,016 are males and 15,996 are females. Out of the 33,012 persons with disability, 4,964 (15%) persons are with visual impairment, 5,347 (16%) persons are with hearing impairment, 5,578 (16%) persons are with mobility impairment, 1,817 (6%) persons are with intellectual impairment, 5,272 (16%) persons with speech impairment, 1,675 (5%) persons are with mentall illness impairment, 2,575 (8%) persons are with multiple disabilities and 5,784 (18%) are with any other disability like learning disability and autism. National Sample Survey 2002 states that there are 22,000 persons with disability in Goa as on 2002. The Census 2011 states that there were 15,749 persons with disability in Goa. The total number of persons with disability in Goa as on 31st March, 2014 is estimated at 40,000 people.

DRAG members at Azad Maidan, Panaji on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Disability Rights Association of Goa is a registered charitable society recognized by the Directorate of Social Welfare, Government Of Goa. It was started in October 2003 by disabled persons with the following aims and objectives:

• To advocate and lobby on the issues of persons with disabilities
• To create awareness on disability issues
• To share information and resources with the disabled
• To network with like minded organizations for the welfare of the disabled in Goa

It is a member of the Goa State Co-ordination Committee for the welfare of persons with disability and the National Committee on the Protection of Rights of Persons with Disability formed by the National Centre for the Promotion of Employment of Disabled Persons, New Delhi. For its efforts, DRAG has won The Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award for the year 2004-05 for Exceptional Act of Social Courage and The Goa State Award 2007 for the Best NGO for the Welfare of the Disabled in Goa. It was nominated for the Navhind Times Viva Goa’s Goan Achievers Award for Best NGO for Social Empowerment for the year 2010.