GUWAHATI, June 16 - Shishu Sarothi on Friday conducted a workshop on its premises here on the rights of persons with disabilities, in an endeavour to create awareness about disability rights, with particular focus on the issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities with high support needs.
The programme which was initiated at the behest of Shibom Loyi, an alumnus of Shishu Sarothi and a person with disability with high support needs, was conducted in partnership with Kong Kong Lige Loye (KKLL) Foundation, which is involved in multi-sectoral activities from giving scholarships to talent awards, and which works in collaboration with other NGOs in the North East.
About 60 participants were present in the workshop, including persons with disabilities, parents of persons with disabilities, and students from Sanskriti – The Gurukul.
Ketaki Bardalai, executive director, Shishu Sarothi in her welcome address spoke about bridging the gap on the understanding of disability amongst people in general and said that the onus was on society to ensure that people with disabilities were not denied their rights.
Doli Loyi, managing trustee of the KKLL Foundation, appealed to the young minds to build empathy and understanding on the rights of persons with disabilities and become ambassadors of change by forging positive attitudes about disability and sharing their awareness on this with others.
Shibom Loyi also addressed the gathering, through his written message, which was read out on the occasion by a staffer of the organisation on his behalf.
Also present was Dimbeswar Talukdar, Assistant Commissioner, Kamrup who shared a few examples of attitudinal barriers faced by him as a person with disability. He especially emphasised the key role of parents as primary care givers, to be the supportive foundation for their children with disabilities to enable them to develop to their fullest potential.
The workshop had discussions on issues and rights of persons with disabilities with emphasis on persons with disabilities with high support needs. Persons with disabilities with high support needs are usually not a part of the disability dialogue in general, let alone them being a part of the mainstream agenda for inclusion in government programmes. This workshop provided a platform for awareness on rights of these people with disabilities with high support needs and gave an opportunity to stakeholders, people with disabilities and their parents, to discuss and share their issues and challenges.