Differently abled people told to shun inhibitions, hone skills

TIRUCHI, NOV.29. A group of physically challenged persons, who spoke at a special experience sharing programme, organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Tiruchi and the District Employment Office here on Sunday, called upon the differently abled to shun their inhibitions and bring out their talents.

The programme titled "We can" sought to motivate the physically challenged to be self-reliant and contribute their mite for the overall development of the society.

A visually challenged person, R.M. Rav (59), who has been working as a physiotherapist at the G.V.N. Hospital in the city, said physiotherapy was a promising vocation for the visually disabled.

He was born normal but he found that he was afflicted with the incurable retinitis pigmantosa that forced him to discontinue his studies in the 1960s. He urged the physically challenged not to allow the disability overtake their ability in other fields and appealed to them to take to courses in physiotherapy.

The Probationary Officer of the Dhanalakshmi Bank, Coimbatore, T. Suganthi, said parents should shed inhibitions and motivate their less privileged children to take to some useful activity or the other. But for the sustained support from her parents, she would not have realised her dreams come true now.

Going down memory lane, she specifically recalled the motivation by an auditor, Venkatesa Rao of Coimbatore. Assistance need not be in the form of money or sympathy. It could be in terms of guidance too, she said, appealing to educationists and other experts to act as a guiding force to the physically challenged.

R. Sethuram, afflicted with polio, who is employed as an Assistant Manager, Indian Overseas Bank in the city, said the physically disabled should not be complacent with achieving some goal or the other. They should try to improve their educational and other qualifications to become eligible for further promotional avenues, he said.

Another disabled person, S. Ramachandran, employed as a Deputy Manager, (Computer Centre), BHEL, Tiruchi, also spoke.

The Assistant Director of Employment, P. Sureshkumar, and the president of the Rotary Club of Tiruchi, L. Nagappan, said the objective of the programme was to promote employment opportunities for the eligible physically challenged, developing their skills. Over 300 disabled persons attended the programme.

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