Mercy Pushpalatha, the principal of Lady Doak College, signed a MoU with Bethshan Special School pledging the college’s support to them.

“Differently abled children should not be pitied. We should make them feel special,” said R. Thirunavukarasu, Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order) at the World Differently Abled Day Celebrations, held here on Monday.

“Children with disabilities are more likely to be in low income group, who have less awareness of rights and entitlements. They are subjected to strong social stigma in the community and family. We should lend them help in whatever way we could to support them”, he told the students. Mercy Pushpalatha, the principal of Lady Doak College, signed a MoU with Bethshan Special School pledging the college’s support to them. Mr. Thirunavukarasu then released an awareness handbill on the rights and entitlements of the differently abled.

Caroline Nesabai, Head, Department of Social Studies, Lady Doak College, said that there is a need to promote an inclusive society, in order to help the differently abled integrate into the mainstream.

Ameen from Kalyani Associates Private Limited, said a lot of corporate companies here are eager to contribute a part of their profit to help the differently abled. “We have been associated with Bethshan Special School for nine years. We have recruited a few students from the school to our company to help them enter the mainstream”, he said.

L. Murali Krishnan, managing director, Kalyani Associates, received the first copy of the handbill released by the Deputy Commissioner.

Stephenson, managing trustee of Bethshan Special School, and Jeyapaul, co-ordinator of the school, spoke.

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