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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ability EXPO organised by AIKYA


NGOs asked to serve in rural pockets
NT Bureau
Chennai, Jan 24:
Minister for Social Welfare Poongothai presenting a certificate
to a differently able child at Valluvar Kottam yesterday.
        Minister for Social Welfare Poongothai has urged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to extend their support and serve in rural areas.         After visiting the stalls put up by the differently abled at 'Abilities Expo-2007', organised by Aikya, a NGO, and Lions Club International at Valluvar Kottam here, the Minister said, 'currently, 70 per cent of voluntary organisations are city based.         Rural people are unaware about the special educational system for the differently abled'. She added that voluntary organisations should educate them and the government would also take steps to do the same.         Earlier, Minister distributed awards to the differently abled children who
performed at Abilities Expo-2007.
        'The aim of the two-day event is to educate parents about behaviour therapy, employment opportunities, laws on physical disability', said director of Aikya Parvathy Viswanath.         She spoke on the importance of early intervention of disabilities and how to treat the children. Speech therapist Sowmya discussed about the importance of communication and speech. In a question and answer session, psychologist Thenmozhi spoke about autism and the behavioural management of the same.         Differently abled children from voluntary organisations like Daya, Karunaii trust, Aikya participated in the cultural programmes.


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