“Calling someone disabled is not a reflection on the abilities of the differently abled, but a reflection on the disabilities of society,” according to State president of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Physically Handicapped Association G. Chidambaranathan.
Addressing a gathering at the Ability Night conducted by Pondicherry University on Saturday, Mr. Chidambaram said persons with disabilities need to be empowered through various schemes. Although the government has introduced some schemes, much more needs to be done, he said.
This is the second year of Ability Night, where students from 15 not-for-profit organisations participated.
Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University J.A.K. Tareen said the university welcomed the differently abled with open arms. The campus was equipped with ramps and other facilities to allow wheelchair access, he said. Mr. Tareen welcomed all students who participated in the event to study at the university and said education for the physically challenged was free.
The aim of this programme is to sensitise people and create a positive attitude towards the differently abled in society, according to head of the Department of Social Work at the university R. Nalini.
During the function, various persons with different abilities were honoured for their achievements, which includes medal winners from Special Olympics at Athens – Tamizharasan, Rupa and Santosh.
Balachandar and Narayan, two students from the Satya Special School were awarded for their placement in a private company.