As the morning of 3rd December dawned bright and clear, many went about their daily routine, but that particular Thursday was important for thousands around the world, it was the World Disability Day. After attending a two day seminar on 'Women and Disability', 19 students of Loreto college were present for the walk for disability that was scheduled from Golpark to Triangular Park on the 3rd of December.
Organized by the Disability Activists Forum, the walk began at 9:30 in the morning.Hundred of differently abled people took part in the walk. Societies like Indian Institute Of Cerebral Palsy, Manovikas Kendra, Mainted were present with their students. The proud parents of such students and volunteers, were spreading the message with posters like, "we are happy", " we shall overcome", Autism is unique". Calcutta university, and few other colleges and schools had also sent their students in support. On this occasion social worker Dr.Ruma Chatterjee said," Its an yearly event in which we the people from NGO parties look forward to participate."
A felicitation ceremony for the differently abled people who won medals in the special Olympics was held.The walk began in Golpark and we reached Triangular park around 11:00 am.we passed through Dover Lane and Gariahat more and finally reached Triangular park. I was tired but my special companions weren't, they were beaming with energy. On reaching the destination, Dr. Nandini Ghosh said," This is the day we chose to highlight disability of people and appeal in order to get them equal opportunities. "
Oscar Pistorius was just one of those physically handicapped atheletes who could overcome the adversities and make it big, among MANY others! Here's a salute to all of those who are crippled biologically but don't let that cripple their spirit!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :-
BARSHA BHATTACHARYA, WHO IS A BIG BIBLIOPHIILE AND A JANE AUSTEN FAN IS COMPLETING HER GRADUATION IN ENGLISH FROM LORETO COLLEGE, KOLKATA. APART FROM READING BOOKS, SHE LIKES TO WATCH OLD CLASSICS.