It’s World Disability Day today. The day to create awareness about implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities. In Navi Mumbai, NGOs joined hands to take out rallies. People always aim at achieving in life and making a difference. However, a few of us face more challenges than others and perhaps the most trying challenge is a physical one, which is a companion at all hours of the clock. Despite the predicament of this nature, the physically challenged find a way to survive better than most others and find their place in the world. World Disability Day holds immeasurable significance, as it is one way of respecting the efforts of these people. Time again the disabled amongst us have proven that they are a class of their own determining once again that these people do not need any authority or body to recognize and respect their presence. The day is of utmost significance for all the disabled and can be utilized to bring a smile to their faces with the smallest of gestures. On this day, an awareness rally was held by Aarushi, a federation of NGOs who are holding various events throughout the week to mark this day. The awareness rally commenced from Sharan an NGO at sec 9 Vashi and proceeded to Shivaji Chowk in sec 17. Present during the rally was NMTV Editor In Chief Ravi Subbaiah. Though a physically challenged person, he has achieved many accolades in life. He has been conferred with the Indian Merchants Chambers “Jewel of Navi Mumbai” award and also with the International Galilean Award 2008 for community service from the platform of NMTV. He has been honoured with a honorary doctorate from the University of Jerusalem this year. The rally also saw the participation of persons with disabilities in huge numbers. We also met with Maya Kishore, member of Aarushi and also a rehabilitation social worker who expressed that the biggest challenge that persons with disabilities face in a city like Navi Mumbai is access. The enthusiasm that these special people displayed is almost contagious and carries a message for everyone in the city. Indeed they are a true example of courage and inspiration of our society and we should always remember that. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
January 31, 2010
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