Twelve thousands deaf people and disabled people gathered at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, New Delhi earlier today on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities that is celebrated every year on 3rd December. Organized by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) in partnership with American India Foundation (AIF) and ONGC the event saw participation of not only persons with disabilities but their deaf people, families, Deaf Associations, Deaf Institutions, and many others.
Welcome Remarks: Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, NCPEDP; Manish Kumar, Program Manager, American India Foundation; A.S. Narayanan, President, National Association of the Deaf; and Zorin Singha, Secretary, National Association of the Deaf - with Zorin Singha, Javed Abidi, American India Foundation and National Association of the Deaf, India in New Delhi, India.
This year the celebration was not only limited to the occasion of the World Disability Day but also for Anniversary of the Passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. 21 Types of Disabilities mentioned in the RPWD Act 2016 celebrating together. We demanded Govt. for the “National Sign Language Day” on September 22, as PM approved ISLRTC as an autonomous body on 22nd September 2015.
Also, we with NCPEDP with NAD, were organizing “Walk to Freedom”, celebrating Inclusion on World Disability Day at India Gate, New Delhi on 3rd December, 2017! The general theme was the celebration on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities but the collaterals can also be designed keeping in mind the above 3 sub-themes.