Hyderabad: After bringing together parents of children with special needs under one umbrella and guiding them in a new direction, the Nayi Disha Resource Centre is now moving onto the next level, of celebrating the uniqueness of specially abled children.
The celebrations will be in the form of Abhivaykti, which the trio behind Nayi Disha – Prachi Deo, Reema Gupta and Sudarsana Kundu – call an ‘expression of the self through music, dance, crafts, nature and food by differently abled individuals. Being organised on the occasion of World Autism Day on Sunday at the Phoenix Area, TSIIC Park in HiTech City from 5 pm, the event will have the entire special individuals’ community along with caregivers, siblings, therapists and well-wishers celebrating the cultural, artistic and fun activities put together by the differently abled.
Stage performances, fashion shows, art exhibits, craft stalls, food stalls and doodle art will be among the highlights of the event, which will have Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary (IT) as the chief guest.
Nayi Disha, founded by the trio in 2015, has been working in similar fashion to connect parents of children with special needs. The online information resource platform of the initiative, which supports families of persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), has been quite successful with many parents vouching for it.
“We believe that equipping parents with relevant information will improve their caregiving abilities and empower them to become stronger advocates for their wards,” said Prachi Deo.
The concept of Nayi Disha came into life after Prachi, who experienced the challenge parents face because her brother has Down Syndrome, discussed it with her friend Sudarshana, who was drawn by her interest in the area of inclusion. Reema, the mother of a special child and a firm believer of inclusion said they were clear about building a platform that will provide a solution for parents to understand challenges faced by similar families.
“There are lots of organisations doing excellent work in the field. We started this initiative so that it becomes a central hub through which we can connect all organisations and maximise the impact for people with special needs,” Reema said.
Further details are available on www.nayi-disha.org.