round table conference on employability and inclusion of persons with disablities at MDI, Gurgaon – Feb 18th 2011

I am Garima. I joined Esha, THE place for the blind, 8 days before
attending a wonderful ‘round table conference’ at MDI, Gurgaon.
This was my first experience in the world of achievers with
disabilities…or should I say…’special ablities’ , who have achieved
much more than most of us (so called) ‘abled’ people.

I was inspired by their spirit ; motivated by their commitment ;
realized the importance of optimism- from their positive aura’s and
smiles full of life

Especially when they shared their life stories with us.

“Dream it. Do it” is the slogan written on Ms. Preeti Monga’s
visiting card, Director ‘Silver Linings’. She is fully blind. A wonderful
and humble person , a FIGHTER !

Dr. Jitendra Aggarwal, Mr. Dipendra Manocha…are the blind
gentleman who have done miracles in their respective areas. They
have worked selflessly towards the needs of the disabled. When
I first saw the two of them I could not believe that they can’t see
from their eyes. They are so independent , that I was blind to their
blindness!! There is so much for me to learn…..

Mr. Mallikarjuna, Executive Director, Fair trade forum – India.

A great visionary and thinker. He can’t walk without a clutcher..but
he has made so many disabled people walk through the path of
their lives with ease…..

Ms. Sangeeta Robinson, TATA Tele Services, CSR Head…I
was mesmerized by her charm and beauty . She took the
challenge…confronted her disability and turned it into her
strength. A very humble soul and looked absolutely calm and
angelic in her white sari with the golden border!

Mr. Sunil Sharma, loves to be called Diwaker’s father! He is the
proud father of a singing star. One can see the positivity with which
he has brought up his children. Diwaker is the cool dude…with a
voice that touches the soul! He enjoyed singing the songs as much
as we enjoyed listening to him. He is visually impaired. But I guess
when god takes one thing away…he leaves something special with
us to discover. Diwaker’s parents discovered and encouraged his
talent. They have set an example…not only for the disabled but
for all the parents who need to encourage their child’s special
ability…even if its only ONE such ability!!

Everyone needs a guardian…a mentor….a guide….

I was overwhelmed to see so many people sensitive towards the
needs of the disabled. There were NGO’S and ORGANISATIONS
such as, NAB, SARTHAK, MDI, PIC, SWAYAM, ESHA ,NOIDA DEAF
SOCIETY, SAI SWAYAM FOUNDATION, VRC, SILENCE, SAKSHAM

TRUST, ENABLING DEMENSIONS, ENABLE INDIA , MANAGEMENT
GURU’S,etc. ; CORPORATES , such as, WIPRO, IBM, NETAMBIT, ITC,
LEMON TREE HOTELS,etc. ; VOLUNTEERS,FILM MAKERS, Doctors,
Govt. officials, such as Ms. Amarjeet Kaur, who made us realize
our responsibilities and join hands and work towards a common
goal ; and so many more behind the scenes…

Everyone is joining hands and working towards making the
disabled self reliant. And live a life of equality with dignity.

For the first time I realized that what we should give them is
empathy….and not do any favours or sympathise! We don’t need
to “help” them survive….we need to give them ‘opportunities’…so
that they can prove their ABILITIES and LIVE life the way we do….or
the way they would want to…everyone needs a mentor in life…we
just have to try and be ‘just’ that!

I want to thank Nidhi, from Esha…who thought of me worthy
enough to attend this life changing experience….and everyone
present at the ‘round table conference on employability and
inclusion of persons with disablities’.

Esha is thankful to Ms. Rohini and Mr. Vashisht to have bought
the first tactile maze from us and from here the journey of
employment for the rural women begins…

Esha also wants to thank all of you who have given your visiting
cards to enable in Braille…as this brings direct employment for the
blind….and keeps their morale high. I shall surely get in touch with

you soon…regarding the same.

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement

Thanks everyone for making me realize…the ‘purpose’ of why I am
sent on this earth as a HUMAN !!

P.S.- A special congratulations for the lovely band of drummers,
flutist, vocalists, guitarists and teachers who made the evening
even more memorable !

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