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World Disability Day observed in Kohima
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 3 Dec. 2009 11:38 PM IST
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Cherry Blossoms Society on Thursday celebrated World Disability Day at Cherry Blossom School lerie chazou Kohima. Parliamentary secretary, social welfare and women development, Chotisüh Sazo graced the occasion as the chief guest while chairman NKVIB Dr. Nicky Kire was the guest of honour. Speaking at the occasion, Sazo emphasized on the need for creating awareness on disability and changing the mindset of the people to accept the disabled in the society. He proposed that a rehabilitation centre would serve as a centre for rehabilitating and uplifting children with special needs. He appraised the gathering on the welfare programmes given by the department of Social Welfare for the disabled. Dr. Nicky Kire shared that each can be an asset to the society. Maintaining that everyone should assist and give opportunity to the disabled, he stated that right direction towards helping them was through education which he said could lift the standard of differently abled people. Lecturer of Kohima Law College Zashekhono Tetseo informed the gathering on various legal rights of the disabled. She stated that job reservation under the Indian Government provided 1% reservation for the blind, 1% reservation for the hearing impaired and 1% for locomotors. Tali Jamir, research associate in charge of School Education shared ion the opportunities of provision under SSA. Songs were presented by children of Cherry Blossoms, and Ruokuowetuo Rupreo, scholarship winner of Anjali national Children Festival 2009. Meanwhile, ‘Enable’, an NGO on Thursday joined with the rest of the world in observing World Disability Day at Mezhür Higher Secondary School Kohima. The day was marked by presentations performed by “special children” in the presence of a huge number of children with special needs, parents of affected children, students, teachers and well wishers. Chief guest for the occasion, Angau I. Thou, mission director and additional secretary, School Education, saluted all people with special needs and also lauded Enable for its yeomen service to bring change in the lives of people with special needs. She proposed to support Enable through partnership with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) to bring greater awareness and positive changes in society. By sharing innovative ideas, Thou said that children with special needs could be involved in various activities such as education, music, arts, sports, etc. She apprised that the SSA was to modify some norms under inclusive education for children with special needs, and therefore called upon the group members for their suggestions and ideas. Pointing out that 10% out of the world population was affected with certain forms of disabilities, the chief guest said that disability was a social issue. Stating that the place of the disabled in the society was small, Angau called upon the people to join hands in giving them attention and care. She said that normal people should do away their selfish motives but retrospect their stand and learn from the disabled. She further asserted that rights of the disabled should be given to them, saying “there is no obstacle for any special child to be stopped.” Earlier, Tali Jamir, research associate, incharge of Inclusive Education, briefed the gathering on Inclusive Education, while Dr. Asunu Thong shared on the theme “my son is special”. Songs, dances and skits were presented by students of Mezhür Higher Secondary School, Joyance pre-School, Cherry Blossoms, G. Rio School including Viliebi and Abu, Ruokuowetuo Rupreo and Ajavi. Neicule Doulo from Enable chaired the programme.

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