This year’s theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is based on technology. Since the advent of time, technology is one thing that always impacted the way people live. Today, technology is built in to every facet of daily living and emergence of information and communications technologies (ICTs) have dramatically increased connectivity between people and their access to information.
There’s a section of people who is still devoid of these facilities – differently-abled people. Today, there are over 1 billion people living in the world with some form of disability, facing physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers.
- Since 1992, the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
- It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life.
- The observance of this year’s day provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability as a cross-cutting development issue.
- The 2014 commemoration of IDPD will work to harness the power of technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of sustainable development for all.
The Wave Group formed its charitable school – Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN) for the differently-abled children with the vision to educate and equip special children to live within the community. It is the largest day-care special school providing need-based academic, communication, social and motor skills training to over 800 children. Students are endowed with free hearing aids, wheel chairs, crutches, uniform, stationery and bus transport, fostering independence for daily living skills in real life settings.