HUBLI: Chairman of the Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy Shankar Halagatti announced on Thursday that 1,500 children with physical and mental disabilities would be invited to participate in a State-level children’s conference to be held in Hassan in January.
Presiding over a programme organised to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Indira Glass House in Hubli, he said that in all 5,000 children would be participating in the conference.
Mr. Halagatti said that there was need for responding to the problems of children with physical and mental disabilities.
There was also a need for concerted efforts from society and the Government to bring them to the mainstream, he added.
President of the Dharwad Zilla Panchayat Savitri Bhagavati stressed the need for providing requisite guidance and care for children with disabilities who were now exhibiting their talents in every field.
Winners of various competitions held for those with disabilities were given prizes. Various aids, including walking sticks, hearing equipment, Braille watches and wheelchairs, were distributed.
Gangamma T. Shirol and Dyamavva Chalavadi and S. Ramulu, who had been serving children with mental disabilities for more than two decades now, were honoured.
Children with disabilities from various special schools in Hubli-Dharwad presented a variety of cultural programmes, including dance and music programmes, and won a round of applause for each of their performances.
Deputy Director of Woman and Child Development Malati Pol, District Welfare Officer for the Disabled B.B. Puradal and representatives of various organisations working for the welfare of persons with disabilities participated.