IDPD: Nagaland stands with persons with disabilities

IDPD: Nagaland stands with persons with disabilities
Temjen Toy. (NP) A section of the gathering at Town Hall, Mokokchung. (DIPR)
Correspondents Kohima/Mokokchung/DIMAPUR, Dec 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/3/2019 12:53:12 PM IST

Nagaland observed International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) across the state with an objective to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities on December 3.

According to United Nations, IDPD 2019 theme is, “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda”.

The year focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to “leave no one behind” and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy admitted that the people of Nagaland, including the state government have not been sensitive enough to the plight of the persons living with disabilities.

“It is our society which is the problem and not the person with disabilities” he said while addressing the ‘World Disability Day or International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ programme as special guest at Highland Park (below IG Stadium) Kohima. He promised that the state government, through the Social Welfare department, would do their best to look into the activities of PwDs.

Toy also hoped to see participation of PwDs in the decision making bodies in the future. 

State commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) Diethono Nakhro said people with disabilities were yet to be a natural part of the development agenda of Nagaland despite many development programmes and activities happening on a regular basis. She lamented the PwDs still had to gatecrash in order to voice for their rights and be part of the system.

Speaking on the theme “promoting the participation of person with disabilities and their leadership”, Nakhro said  the objective was to empower PwDs for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’.

She said the focus was also to promote the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to create awareness in political, social, economic and cultural life. She further asserted that PwDs were not asking for charity or anyone’s good deed ticket to heaven, but asking for their rights as equal citizens. 

The programme was also attended by commissioner & secretary Social Welfare, Sarah R. Ritse and director, social welfare T. Atoli Sema as special invitees. 

The event was jointly organised by Social Welfare department, Nagaland Parents Association for the Disabled (NAPAD) and State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.

Five inclusive schools-- Tabitha Enabling Academy, G Rio School, Bumblebee Inclusive School, Cherry Blossoms School and Jo Foundation Inclusive took part in the celebration, where students showcased their talents and skills.

MOKOKCHUNG: In Mokokchung, the event was held at Town Hall organized by Mokokchung District Disabled Forum, Care & Support Society, Grace Society in collaboration with Mokokchung District Legal Services Authority. Society Director, Child Protection Services Nagaland, Chubaienla Jamir graced the event as special guest. She highlighted various programmes and schemes of the government for the disabled persons. 

She further urged the gathering especially the disabled persons to avail such schemes and enjoy the benefits. Short speeches were delivered by Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung, Limawapang Jamir representatives of Ao Senden, Rev. Dr. Mar Atsungchanger executive secretary ABAM and representatives of Mokokchung District Disabled Forum. A special prayer for the PwDs was offered by S. Daniel Ao, pastor NCRC. 

Kohima:  Commemorating IDPD 2019, Beautiful Minds Centre for Child Development (BMCCD) in collaboration with Clarity Speech & Hearing Clinic and Optical Illusions Eye Clinic conducted a free speech, hearing and vision check-up. A press release by the centre stated that CHILDLINE Kohima created awareness about CHILDLINE 1098 and its services to the patients. The release stated that eye & vision assessment was done by Wewe-u Khalo, Optometrist and the speech & hearing assessment was done by Henwasin Sweety Lorin, audiologist & speech language pathologist.

SLA: International Day of Persons with Disabilities was also observed by Silver Lines Academy at the school premises.

WOKHA: To commemorate the day, Wokha District Administration, Wokha District Legal Services Authority, department of Social Welfare and District Level Centre for Women-Mahila Shakti Kendra organized a micro empowerment camp for the person with disabilities at Town hall, Wokha.

Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha in his inaugural address highlighted the facilities, services and rights available for the person with disabilities where he urged them to avail the opportunities.

During the programme disability certificates were also issued, and registration of UDID was done on the day and legal aid/assistance was also done.

Niuland: Federation of Niuland Block Disabled People Organisation and supported by Seitheke Basa Bapatist Church, youth department and Prodigals’ Home Dimapur organised the day at ADC Conference Hall, Niuland. Asst. Director of Prodigals’ Home, Maong Jamir was the key speaker where he spoke about the scenario of Persons with Disability/ies (PwDs) in Niuland and also the prevailing general scenario of issues confronting PwDs in Nagaland.  Director, K. Ela briefly shared her concerned for PwDs. 

DLSA: On the occasion, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) organized various programmes in Wokha, Mon, Dimapur, Phek, Longleng, Mokokchung, Peren, Kohima and Tuensang. 


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