International Day for people with special needs held in Vavuniya
[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 December 2003, 00:01 GMT]
People with special needs (the handicapped) in Vavuniya gathered at the Urban council hall in the Northern town Wednesday to participate at the International Day for people with special needs, and re-iterated in an oath that disability did not mean lack of talent and that they would demand equal rights in spheres where such rights are currently lacking, sources said.
Mr. N. Singam, the head of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Vavuniya, who heads the NGO called Social, Economic and Environmental Developers (SEED), ceremonially administered the oath.
Mr. V. Subramaniyam, the head of the Organization for the Rehabilitaion of Handicapped (ORHAN) in Vavuniya, presided over the function. A large number of handicapped people in Vavuniya-- infants, children, women and seniors, those with impaired vision, hearing and speech, the physically disabled and others with different special needsóparticipated at the function.
Chairmanof the SEED (Social Economical Environmetal Developers), N.Singham, who was one of the organizers of the function, is seen addressing the crowd.
The NGOs consortium and the Community-based Rehabilitation group jointly organized the conference. Mr. M. F. Marikkar, the planning coordinator of the FORUT (an NGO), was the chief guest at the event.
The Vavuniya divisional secretary, Mr. S. Sathyaseelan, the Anuradhapura disabled womenís organizationís head, Ms. N.G. Kamalavathy, divisional officer, Mr. S.Jeyakumar, Planning director Mr. S. Paramakulasingham, The Tamilsí Rehabilitation Organizationís Vavuniya coordinator, S. Thirugnansambandamoorthy, were special gustes at the event.
Mr.Marikar, the Project Director of FORUT, an International Non Governmental Organization, is seen delivering the Chief Guest's speech
An arts and cultural program at the event was presented by students and children of the Empowerment Campus, a school for students with special needs administered by the SEED.
Representatives of many organizations, NGOs and parents and relatives of the children with special needs attended the event.
An essay competition held to mark the International Day was held for three categories and prizes were distributed at the event.
One of the children with special needs who participated at the function is seen with his care taker volunteer.
Mr.S.Sathiyaseelan the Divisional Secretary, Vavuniya explaining the crowd about the projects implemented by the government for the welfare of the persons with special needs
Mr.V.Subramaniyam the Chairman of ORHAN an organization which comprises the disabled persons in Vavuniya district as its members is delivering his chair speech at the function
Children with special needs at the cultural show.