The Full Form of PWBD: Persons with Benchmark Disabilities
PWBD stands for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. “Persons with Benchmark Disability” refers to individuals who have physical, intellectual, or mental impairments that substantially limit their daily activities and participation in society.
In many countries, including India, the term “Persons with Benchmark Disability” is used as a legal definition for individuals who qualify for certain benefits and protections under the law. These may include employment opportunities, financial assistance, and access to public spaces and services.
Our constitution has provided a certain percentage of reservation for people in the PWBD category. This category includes the following:
- Blindness and low vision
- Deaf and hard of hearing
- Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, acid attack victims, muscular dystrophy and dwarfism
- Intellectual disability, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder and specific learning disabilities
- Multiple disabilities
The goal of using this term is to recognize the unique challenges that people with disabilities face and to provide them with support to ensure their full participation in society.