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International day of persons with disabilities was celebrated on 3rd December 2016 at Kalasapakkam Panchayat Union Conference hall, Kalasapakkam block, Block Development officer Mr. P. Sathyamoorthy was a chief guest of the day.          
Mr. Rama Perumal, Director of SINAM was a chairperson for the programme. In his talk, he was appreciated the effective participation of various key stakeholders in the programmes of disabled people in SINAM. Subsequent to this, Ms. V. Poonkodi, co-ordinator of SINAM gave a welcome address. Others who participated as a guest of honour are listed below.

·       Mr. Palani, Deputy Block Development Officer, Kalasapakkam block development office.
·       Mr. Pattusamy, Special Group Co-ordinator, SINAM.
·       Mr. Devendiran, Special Group Co-ordinator, SINAM.
·       Ms. Geetha, Special Group Co-ordinator, SINAM.

Block development co-ordinators of Kalasapakkam, Vembakkam, Thandrampet and the facilitators of the disabled people in every panchayat of different three blocks, particpated.

The chief guest Mr. Sathiyamoorthy has indicated that there is a difference between physical disability and mental disability. The participants assembled here are the physically disabled people not mentally disabled people.  So you are capable of doing various activities to generate income for your livelihood. Government, NGOs, Banks and other number of organisations are providing various inputs for the life improvement and development of differently abled people. You should come forward to utilise various opportunities and resources available for the differently abled people. Your mind should be clear that you can win in your life and career. When you suceed the entire society will appreciate and admire you. Let your life be the sense of inspiration to others. He wished for the bright future. 50 persons with physical disabilities participated in the programme. Ms. Jagadeewsari, SINAM Field staff provided vote of thanks.       (Rama Perumal) Director

Workability International is proud to share the winning photo of the 2016 Photo Contest: 

rsz syed mozammel hug learning of know how

The photo titled "Learning of Know How" was taken by Syed Mozammel and submitted by the Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation.

Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) is a non-profit, non-government, philanthropic organization started working with a handful of trained multidisciplinary team in May 1984. The strength of the organization has been in the development of evidence-based strategies for the prevention, early identification and optimum development of CWD’s, including those at-risk. BPF is providing services to the hard-core poor children with and without disabilities including those at-risk and their families, to optimize development, ensure educational and social participation, economic empowerment, within a safe and protective environment.

To read more about the BPF, visit http://www.bpfbd.com/

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Workability International Photo Competition!

1st place: SINAM, India

SINAM 1st place

Judges comments: The winning smile of the young man pictured told a story all on its own. The simplicity of the shot, and the goat made this photo a clear favourite.

2nd place: Southland disAbility Enterprises, New Zealand

Southland 2nd place

Judges comments: This image shows two people working together to accomplish a task, they look like they love their roles and working together and the colours in the image work well together.

3rd place: NRCD, Nepal

NRCD 3rd place

Judges comments: This photo captures people in a partnership, working together and helping each other and the community. The black and white image also adds to the depth of the photo.
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