Badhte Kadam – V 19th November – 2nd December 2013

Report on
“Badhte Kadam – V”
19th November – 2nd December 2013

Odisha

State Level Programmes Organised By:

Open Learning Systems(OLS)

Supported by: National Trust, New Delhi

Introduction

With an aim of socio-economic mainstreaming the “Differently Able” persons along with staging a paradigm shift from “Dole to Dignity”, the 5th National Awareness Campaign, Badhte Kadam-2013 has been launched at Bhubaneswar on 19th November 2013 at 10:30 AM by the National Trust and acclaimed organization working for the differently able, Open Learning Systems. The Badhte Kadam Campaign vehicle was flagged off by Ms. Arti Ahuja, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, Government of   Odisha along with Ms. Kumudini Rath and Ms. Snehanjali Mohanty, Members of Odisha State Women’s Commission and Mr. Neelachal, a National Games Double Gold Medal Winning Special Athlete. While delivering her speech during the flag off, Ms. Ahuja exhorted all concerned to provide necessary support and assistance to the persons with disabilities like they do for any other person. She promised to serve the persons with disabilities throughout her life and assured to take steps for implementation of all the schemes and provisions that the state government has come out with for the uplift of these persons.

The flag off was followed by the inaugural ceremony that took place in the conference hall and the congregation consisting of parents of children with disabilities, professionals, students and teachers of mainstream schools, ICDS functionaries, counselors, trainees of special education programmes, government functionaries, members of registered organisations of National Trust and general public was addressed by Sri Bibhuti Bhusan Patnaik, Director for the welfare of Persons with Disabilities, Government of Odisha.

Mr. Prakash K Rath, CEO, OLS played the role of the Master of Ceremony and requested the President of “Parivar” Odisha, Mr. Ajay Kumar Jena to preside over the inaugural ceremony. The programme started with an opening song by the children/persons with cerebral palsy, Ms. Sonali Harichandan, Ms. Mamuni Dalei, Ms. Rupali Jena, Ms. Adyasa Mohanty, Mr. Ahutosh Nayak and Mr. Ashutosh Jena.  This was followed by the singing of the BK Song by all the participants in the gathering. Ms. Sagarika Sahoo, Coordinator of BK-V campaign explained the objectives of the campaign and the theme for the year i.e. “Issue of Violence and Sexual Harassment of Persons with Disabilities”. She also gave a message to the audience that it will have to raise its voice against the violence and to lead a life with dignity. She also emphasized on the good touch and bad touch and SAY NO TO THE BAD TOUCH.

The technical session started with the topic “Causes, Causes, Identification & Management of Cerebral Palsy” by Ms. Manjushree Patnaik, Principal, CP Wing. The next session on different schemes of the National Trust was taken by a Special Educator and Former SNAC Coordinator, Mr. Bibhuti Bhusan Nanda who dwelt on the salient features and the benefits accruing to the PwDs from the developmental disability categories for their integration in the mainstream society.

The next session on Multiple Disabilities was taken by Mr. Damodar Das, a Senior Special Educator. He elaborated on the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act & Rules and the National Trust Act. He also emphasized on early identification and early intervention of children with multiple disabilities and stressed the need for proper management plan which needs to be done by the rehabilitation professional.

The next session on Intellectual Disability was taken by Ms. Sasmita Mohapatra, a Senior Special Educator and a Sports Therapist and a National Trainer of Special Olympics Bharat, New Delhi.  She explained that Intellectual Disability was not a disease but a condition. She put emphasis on the acceptance for these children are most important and how they will be included in all sphere of the society to lead a violence free life. The role of parents is vital to develop their children for the age group 0-5 years i.e. early intervention, stimulation, schooling etc. She also stressed on the rehabilitation part according to the age, ability and interest of these children. She requested all parents to be alert always for their children on different schemes of government.

The last technical session on Autism was conducted by Ms. Diptimayee Rout, a Special Educator, a Rehabilitation Professional and an experienced parent of a child with autism. She narrated her own child’s story and shared her experiences and knowledge gained through the experiences for the benefit of other parents. She explained how a child with autism can communicate and make demands like any other non-disabled child. Sensory stimulation is absolutely necessary for a child with autism was her strong contention.

Mr. Sushil Kumar Pattanaik, Music Lecturer of Rama Devi Women’s College recited a beautifully composed and motivational diction and tone on the rights of the Persons with Disabilities and what they can achieve. Every stanza of his was eagerly repeated with the accompaniment of thumps from the whole audience.

The next event was an entertaining and message laden modern dance by the children of Buxi Jagabandhu English Medium School, Satyabhamapur. Through the dance they gave out a message to  the gathering that all children have equal rights and equal participation to lead a life with dignity.

An Inclusive Cultural programme was conducted in which both the non-disabled and the differently abled participated. The students from OLS, BJEM-I and II took part in this programme. They showed their talents and abilities and some of them shared their success stories with the audience. As a mark of recognition of their talent and as a token of appreciation for their understanding and efforts, prizes were given away to the children.

Some parents then expressed their feelings and shared their experiences with the audience to create awareness and encourage those with such children.

An exhibition of posters and a colourful cultural event on inclusion showcased by the general school and special school students were organized by the differently able children those were lauded by the visitors and guests. The event was led by Sri Prakash K Rath, CEO of OLS and coordinated by Ms. Sagarika Sahoo and Ms. Sudipta Mishra along with OLS family.

The last session was by Dr. Pratap Rath, eminent Psychologist and Child Rights Advocate who dwelt in depth with the issues related to violence and sexual abuse against children/persons with disabilities.

The Flag In ceremony was held on 2nd December 2013 in the premises of Open Learning Systems at Bhubaneswar.

After 14 days of journey from 19th November 2013 to 2nd December 2013, the BK-V vehicle came back to where it had started. During this period it had covered 27 slums of Bhubaneswar where awareness campaigns on the issues of violence and sexual harassment of persons with disabilities and welfare schemes of National Trust conducted for the sensitisation of nearly 23000 people from the 27 slums.

On this day the campaign vehicle was flagged in to the OLS premises by Ms. Nivedita Nayak, Chairperson, State Social Welfare Board, Government of Odisha as the Chief Guest.

In this session the participants from different categories like trainees from different topics, parents, professionals, teachers, students, lawyers and government functionaries had attended.

All the dignitaries in their address to the gathering praised the efforts of OLS in organizing the programme every year and pledged their support throughout the life to the cause of the Persons with Disabilities.

Mr. Prakash K Rath, CEO ended with his two line speech to the house i.e. Success is a vehicle which moves on a wheel called Hard Work BUT the Journey is impossible without fuel called CONFIDENCE.

After the cultural programme, outstanding achievers from among the children/persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities were felicitated.

Highlights of the programmes conducted by SEVA at Nayagarh, Banabasi Seva Samiti at Baliguda, Asha Kiran at jharsuguda, RARE at Sonpur,HOPE at Sundargarh,COPHEE at Jajpur,YCDA at Boudha,AKTA at Koraput,OLS at Puri,Sadvabana at keunjhar ,RCMFT at Baleswar,ASHRA at Jagatsinghpur were read out for the benefit of the audience.

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