Making a mark at the Abilympics
When you’re hardworking and talented, all you need is an opportunity to showcase that talent to the world. Abilympics is a platform that allows the differently-abled to demonstrate their talent in various vocational skills and create public awareness about their abilities.
In India, the Abilympics is organised at the district, regional and national level by the National Abilympic Association of India (NAAI), which was set up in 2001 at the behest of Ministries of Human Resource Development and Social Justice & Empowerment. The objective of NAAI is to discover, nurture and enhances the talents of the differently abled.
The Regional Abilympics in the North was organised by Amar Jyoti Charitable Institute, under the guidance of NAAI, on 10th and 12th October. The event saw differently abled children from all over the region come together to compete for the prize. Deepalaya was one of the participating NGOs and put forward a team of five students.
- Rakesh (Hearing and Speech Impaired) – Photography
- Brijesh (Hearing and Speech Impaired)- Block Printing
- Reena & Pooja (Hearing and Speech Impaired)- Dress Designing – Basic
- Hussain (Physically Challenged) - Painting - Water Colour
After a grueling session with stiff competition, Rakesh proved his mettle and came out on top, bagging the first prize for his incredibly display of photography.