Over 250 students, trainees, parents, staff and supporters of the Latika Roy Foundation (LRF) commemorated the International Day of People with Disabilities on December 3 with a 2-km walk from the Vasant Vihar market area. The participants covered the distance on foot, in wheelchairs and a motorcade of four vans, five e-rickshaws festooned with balloons, and a Winger vehicle. Our ‘Disability Dhamaka’ banner was a declaration that disabled children are ready to claim their rights to full inclusion and participation in all aspects of community life.
According to United Nations estimates, around 15% of the world’s population or one billion people, are disabled. The annual observance of International Day of People with Disabilities, proclaimed by a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1992, aims to promote understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing. The overarching theme for 2022 was innovative and transformative solutions for inclusive development.
“The walk was an opportunity to raise awareness about disability, the issues our children face and the services we offer at the Foundation,” said Sandeep Khanna, Project Head, Gubbara, LRF’s assessment and diagnostic center. Pratibha Pande, the parent of a child at the Foundation said, “Many people became aware of World Disability Day through the walk. It’s important to celebrate the occasion so that people realise that our children have equal rights and should be able to exercise them. The Foundation does excellent work. The staff are wonderful, they take a lot of care of the kids. I’m happy that my daughter studies here”.