VOICES FROM THE CONFERENCE
Asha Kasale and Jyoti Kadam (Forbes Foundation): Our lives had earlier revolved around our children and families. When we began to work, it was the first time we stepped out of the house for a reason that did not concern our families. Further, as we continued in this field, we realized our advantage as women: other women were far more comfortable opening up to us about their struggles.
Chandrakant Shembade (Snehalaya): I remember the incident of a young child I once met who I was sure was hearing-impaired. I took the child (along with the child’s parents) to a doctor who declared the child was not impaired, and insisted even when I tried to argue the point; he then proceeded to get offended that someone should question him, a qualified medical professional. Later, I had a test done for the child, and it turned out that he was, in fact, deaf. That was when I realized that even highly educated doctors are often untrained in early childhood intervention. This is a skill I would especially like to see spread in rural areas, where such children are often automatically grouped as ‘mentally retarded’.
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Building Back Better AWARENESS Campaign
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December 2020), Ummeed announced its #BuildingBackBetter campaign, a festival of self-advocacy all through the month by young people with disabilities and their families on building a better post COVID-19 world.
Supporting the UN’s theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 - “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”, we invited young people with disabilities and their families to send written messages, poetry, art, music, dance and cooking videos and just about anything to be featured on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram handles. The response was overwhelming!