Udupi: “Specially-abled children should be encouraged to be achievers in their respective fields. Parents and the society should identify their talents and support them,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner, K Chennabasappa.
He was speaking after inaugurating the World Disability Day, organised jointly by the district administration, Zilla Panchayat, Empowerment of specially-abled and senior citizens department and the Child welfare department at Ammanni Ramanna Auditorium here, on Thursday, December 3.
Parents should encourage their specially-abled children and mould them to achieve excellence in their respective fields. Officials should work sincerely and provide benefits to the specially-abled. Differently-abled children require moral support more than sympathy for their disability. Many specially-abled children and adults have shown the world that they are not less efficient than a normal person, he said.
Achievers in Education and Sports, Wilma Pereira, Anil Kamath, Deekshith, Harsha, Pallavi, Ranjitha and Chandana, were felicitated on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to the winners.
DySP Chandrashekar, Gracy Gonsalves deputy director of senior citizens and child welfare department, Shanker Nayak, Veela Mendonca were present.
Niranjan Bhat, district officer for empowerment of specially-abled, welcomed the gathering. Ganesh Marate, Project assistant, delivered the vote of thanks.