Along with the rest of the world, hundreds of differently-abled persons within Dimapur also observed ‘World Disability Day’ in a programme organized by Prodigals’ Home, People in Need Foundation and Development Association of Nagaland in association with SSA-IED, International Committee of Red Cross and Dimapur District Disabled Persons Parents’ Association, Monday here at IMC.
Making a statement that they were at par with the “normal” persons through their talents, these differently-abled persons observed the day by entertaining the gathering with heart melting songs, beautiful poems, crowd pleasing dances performances and fancy dress presentation which left the gathering spell bound.
Delivering a short speech as chief guest, SDO (C) Dimapur, Dr. Kadambari Bhagat pointed out that disabled persons have immense enthusiasm towards life and that it was important to nurture them when they were young so that they could live a fulfilling life.
Asserting that it was now time to enhance the disabled people and enable them to live an independent life so that they could fully participant in all aspects of life, Bhagat reminded the gathering that the day was observed not only to remove the physical barriers but also the social barriers.
While exhorting the gathering, DEO Dimapur, Nungshila Shohe also appealed the institutes to be disabled people friendly and also create an environment where they could access education.
Stating that free education was provided to the disabled persons, Shohe urged the parents to avail the opportunities and make them differently-abled children so that they could contribute to the family and society.
Presenting a short report on Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) activities, director of Prodigals’ Home, Dimapur, K. Ela pointed out that CBR was a systematized approach within general community and believes that people with disabilities had abilities who desire to live an independent life and they can achieve that.
CBR believed that if taught, the disabled persons could learn and perform what “normal” people did in a different way, said Ela.
Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) and a senior specialist in the health and family welfare department, Dr. Imlitemsü Ozükum, also spoke on ‘Disability: a medical perspective’.
The gathering was enthralled with a welcome song by Dimapur District Disabled Persons Parents’ Association, solo performances by Shekholu (Bade Village) and Masala Imsong, fancy dress presentation by Asenla and friends (Chumukedima block), poem by Sumit (Doyapur) and crowd pleasing dance performances by Chemba (Doyapur) and Along Jamir (United Disabled Families Group).
MOKOKCHUNG: Along with the rest of the world, “World Disabled Day” was observed on December 3 at Town Hall, Mokokchung organized by Care & Support Society and EDRC, Mokokchung Village, Khensa and Kubolung under the theme “Removing barriers to create and inclusive and accessible society”.
Speaking on the occasion as guest of honor, SDEO Sademla stated that the society should understand and respect the needs of people with disabilities so that they can also participate in all walks of life. Community should also create an environment where disabled persons can look at their abilities rather than their disabilities, this can be achieved through care and support, she added.
DWO Mokokchung, Imkong Longkumer declared formation of Blind Association, Mokokchung district.
Commemorating the Day 31 Assam Rifles, Mokokchung distributed six pairs of crutches to six handicapped with locomotors disabilities.
MON: Mon District observed World Disability Day on December 3 at Council Hall, Mon with EAC Mon, Ilika Zhimomi as special guest.
Stating that this year’s World Disability Day was observed under the theme “Removing all barriers” Worldwide, she said that one should not consider disabled people as inferior but one should love and care them.
She further appealed to all parents not to think that it was a curse to have Disabled a child but should try to educate them and make them useful in the society.
The programme commenced with a prayer by pastor, Gorkha Baptist Church, Mon, while special song was presented by Amazing friends Ministry, experience sharing by Nahtei, MDHS and vote of thanks was proposed by Senti Zennon, SDEO, Mon.
The programme was jointly organised by District Mission Authority (SSA), Mon in collaboration with EBRC Mon, World Vision Mon and Mon District Handicap Society.
(with inputs from DPRO)