Ride aims to create awareness about disability rights

Lalithkumar Natarajan, a 37-year-old paraplegic from Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, is going to ride 4,200 km from Kanyakumari to Khardung La, on his customised bike.

He aims to create awareness on the rights of people with disabilities, and to inform them about services they can get for free through his NGO.

Natarajan lost partial sensation and mobility beneath the waist when he was 11 years old due to transverse myelitis. He depends on his arms for everything.

He plans to start a chain of centres across India for disability education, employment, advocacy and rehabilitation under his NGO called Love and Acceptance.

He says these centres will be able to provide medical help, physiotherapy, assistance in training and jobs, and also impart information on spinal injuries, autism, Down’s syndrome and stroke patients.

His NGO has helped over 150 people by giving them equipment free of cost. Natarajan will cover the journey in 15 days and plans to meet PM Modi in Delhi.

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