Awards were given to the achievers on World Cerebral Palsy Day
ADAPT, formerly known as Spastics Society of India, set up by Dr Mithu Alur celebrated the seventh edition of the awards set up by the organisation to recognise the efforts of people and families who overcame the challenges of living with cerebral palsy to become achievers in their respective field. But what called for even more celebration was a special moment for the founder student, Malini Chib.
The evening got off to an auspicious beginning to celebrate the 45th Adapt Founders Day with an effort to recognise and celebrate achievement in the face of enormous challenge.
Six awards set up to commemorate World Cerebral Palsy Day, a global event to increase awareness on cerebral palsy, were awarded to deserving candidates to help them achieve even bigger successes.
Ms Chib, the author of One Little Finger, is the recipient of the first Cerebral Palsy Day award in the category of civil rights instituted by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance of Australia. "The award is not for one person. It's for the entire movement," Ms Chib told NDTV.
But that movement to create a more inclusive place for those with special abilities is far from reaching its goal, in spite of the gigantic steps it has taken in 45 years. While a policy for inclusion may be in place, implementation remains a huge challenge.
"The police has been made and we have put it in the right place. But implementation, for instance Right to Education, teacher training... are yet to be done," Dr Mithu Alur, Founder Chairperson of ADAPT, told NDTV.