An awareness programme on World Down Syndrome Day was today held at Sheikh ul Alam hall here in Budgam. The programme was organized by District Administration Budgam in collaboration with Social Welfare Department Budgam.
Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) Budgam Dr. Akhramullah Tak presided over the function. Besides, DSWO Budgam Dr. Syed Farhana, DIO Budgam Erum Aziz, Child specialist Dr. Ghazala, DHEW Budgam spoke on the occasion.
Ashas, Aganwadi workers, supervisors and parents of specially abled children participated in the event. The celebration focused on this year’s theme “With Us Not For Us” and highlighted a human rights-based approach to disability.
The event emphasised fair treatment, equal opportunities and freedom for individuals with Down Syndrome to make their own choices. Speaking on the occasion, ADDC Budgam said people with Down Syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world should organise and participate in such events to generate public awareness so that there is overall development, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.
He further said ,that the World Down Syndrome Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity among people irrespective of their condition. DSWO also highlighted the various schemes launched by the Government for inclusiveness of these persons for development of society.
She also emphasised the importance of raising awareness about Down Syndrome to ensure fair and equal participation of individuals with special needs. Speaking on the occasion, DIO Budgam said, the theme for this year is “With Us Not For Us” and is focused on a human rights-based approach to disability; the right to be treated fairly, have the same opportunities as everyone else, and the freedom for people to make their own choices.
Dr Gazala Consultant Pediatrician from Health Department conveyed ways of indenfication of these and importance of early intervention regarding their health. She stressed upon role of non Government organizations for betterment of persons with disablities including down syndrome.
Earlier during the programme, a painting activity was also held by down syndrome children, where in different themes were painted by the children. On the occasion , various other speakers from different walks spoke and threw light on rights of the children having this syndrome and shared their experiences while attending and dealing with them.