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Disabled children, adults shine at district-level sports meet

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Mysuru: Special children and adults showcased their sporting abilities during the one-day district level sports meet, organised by the district administration in association with the Women and Child Welfare Department and Department of Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens, at Chamundi Vihar Stadium here on Monday, November 28.

In view of the International Disabled Day, which is slated to be held on December 3, a sports meet for special children was inaugurated by Mayor MJ Ravi Kumar. Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the sports meet he said, “It’s really an honor to inaugurate such an event. It gave me immense happiness to be a part of the meet. The parents and special educators deserve respect and gratitude for their patience and effort in grooming these children. It isn’t easy to groom these children and one needs to have lot of patience. We are helping the parents of children with disabilities by way of providing financial assistance and we will continue to help them in the days to come. Let God give them the strength to achieve in sports and all their other endeavors. Such sports competitions for special children gives them a chance at equal participation in the society”.

Proving that physical or mental disabilities are not a hindrance, more than 800 children- in addition to several adults all having some form of disability- took part in the various sports events at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium. Children from government and private schools, institutions run by non government organizations, and the general public participated in the events organised for various age groups based on their disabilities. Children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, hearing, visual or speech impairments and locomotor disabilities, participated in the one day sports meet. The cultural competition and programs will be held at the Deaf and Dumb School on November 30. The prizes for winners in all these events will be given on December 3, during the International Disabled Day celebrations.

Across the district there are nearly 40,000 people with various disabilities. Those having more than 75 per cent disabilities will get Rs 1200 as monthly pension while those with below 75 per cent disability will be getting Rs 500 as monthly pension. Radha, Deputy Director, Women and Child Welfare Department was also present at the sports meet.

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