“Know My Ability”, say people with disabilities

Hundreds of corporate executives benefit from training sessions by people with disabilities organized by United Way Chennai

On the occasion of United Way’s Day of Action, celebrated on 21st June every year, United Way Chennai hosted a one-of-its-kind campaign ‘Know My Ability’, an action based workshop by persons with disabilities.

On June 21st, persons with intellectual disabilities conducted training sessions in a myriad of skills including yoga, paper bag making, jewellery making, garland making, clay modelling, diya painting, art therapy and art out of waste,  at corporate companies across the city. This was an attempt to showcase the talents of people with disabilities who are generally defined only by their disability. This initiative that is reaching out to reiterated that they have a lot to offer in terms of skills and abilities.

The training sessions were conducted on 21st June by children with intellectual disabilities from various NGOs like –  Vasantham – School and Home for People with Special Needs, Swabodhini School for Special Children, V-Excel Educational Trust, Om Muruga Foundation. Three more training sessions in diya painting, art out of waste and art therapy will be conducted by Rajammal Trust, Madras Dyslexia Association and HeARTbeat Foundation on 28th June.

As part of this initiative, United Way Chennai has also released a video on social media titled #DoYouSeeMe aimed at changing perceptions of the general public and how they view the differently abled. The video can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/uwchennai/videos/1929343620442522/ .

“Know my Ability’ is a one-of-a-kind event that created a platform for people with disabilities to showcase their abilities and skills to a larger audience. Through this initiative, we also wish to encourage the culture of corporate volunteering towards the cause of disability”, says Archana Raghuram, Executive Director, United Way Chennai.

In the upcoming year, United Way Chennai will be initiating various interventions for persons with disabilities like setting up para sports facilities across Tamil Nadu in partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, improving accessibility, employability for persons with disabilities and most importantly early detection & intervention of children with special needs.