75 Visually Impaired Children showcase their talent at “Ability Children’s Festival”
Bangalore, November 13, 2017: When 10 year Mahesh was applauded by the audience for his Beat Boxing, he looked like any other child, except that he could not see the audience. Impairment and handicap are words that either scare us or bring out sympathy. To encourage people to look at the ability beyond impairment Sankara Eye Hospital Bangalore and Young Indians- CII supported by Surya for Life hosted a unique day long festival, “Ability Children’s Festival”for visually impaired children. Dr Y Umesh Chief Medical Officer, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore shared, “Every Child has an ability to blossom if provided the right environment and support. Sankara Eye Hospital’s Vision Rehabilitation Department working with over 150 children with impairment realized that many of them had immense talent that could not be projected. Today we are glad to have provided them a platform”.
“Young Indians haslooked to be the voice of Young India. Children with impairment need a supportsystem for a stronger India to evolve. Looking beyond the usual awarenessevents, we bring together an assortment of activities for children andteens with Visual Impairment who can bond and showcase their talent and gainself-confidence,” shared LaeeqAli, Co-Chair of CII-Young Indians, Bengaluru. The event was inauguratedby Dr SV Balasubramaniam Chairman,Sankara Eye Foundation India Dr RV Ramani , Founder & Managing TrusteeSankara Eye Foundation India and Ms Poornima, Founder Surya for Life. Ms Poornima, Founder Surya for Life,“At Surya for Life as a volunteer initiative, we have been supporting projectsfor visually impaired children. The“AbilityChildren’s Festival”, has been an eye-opener of the immense talentamong children.
Dance, singing,instrumental music, mimicry, beat-boxing were among the myriad talents on showfrom the 75 visually impaired children under care of various organisations inthe city. Sport events including chess and athletics were also held along thesidelines, encouraging physical and mental well-being among the children.Another unique aspect was a session by the Young Indians – CII under theirproject Masoom which taught these children on tips to avoid abuse. he eventdemonstrated the willingness of various stakeholders in Bangalore to worktowards an inclusive society.