Mumbai: Thirty-four-year-old Adil Ansari may be paralysed from the waist down, but that hasn't stopped him from chasing his dreams.
Overcoming all odds, Adil bagged two gold medals at the 14th National Paralympic Swimming Championship. "People think that if you are disabled, you don't really have a life. But you can live your life. Mine changed after my accident," said Adil.
Observing the International Day of the Disabled, the Able Disabled All People Together foundation or ADAPT, organised a series of events to highlight the issue of disability and shatter the misconceptions surrounding it. "Disability doesn't have to be boring, we have a life. Other people have to look beyond the disability," said Malini Chib, the founder of ADAPT Rights Group.
The cultural evening organised on the occasion saw a medley of art, music, theatre and dance. At the same time crucial issues like empowerment and equality were discussed.
"The government must look at building infrastructure in malls to make the lives of those differently abled easier," said ADAPT Trustee and former Member of Parliament Priya Dutt.
The ultimate aim for groups like ADAPT is to create an inclusive world and ensure the abled and differently-abled can work together for a better future, the organisers said.