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Abilympics 2019 is an opportunity for disabled people to show their mettle

We are all unique in our own ways, undefined by our disabilities. That's the message Abilympics 2019 is sending out by offering a platform for disabled people to show their skills.

Popular annual event Abilympics is back, the 2019 edition once again offering an opportunity to disabled people across India to showcase their abilities and brilliance on one platform.

The 2018 event, which was the first organised by the National Abilympics Association of India (NAAI) and Sarthak Educational Trust saw an enthusiastic response with many people signing up for it. The numbers are likely to go up this year, say the organisers.

The year, the Abilympics will be held in for major cities - North Zone includes New Delhi, the South Zone has Chennai, East Zone- Kolkata and the West Zone has Mumbai.

Abilympics, which stands for Olympics of Abilities, has been successful in encouraging disabled people to come forward and be a part of the mainstream.

Since 2001 when the National Abilympics Association of India was set up, it has done good work and has recently integrated with Sarthak, which is doing a significant job for the last 10 years on the skilling and employment of people with disabilities. I would like to appeal to all divyangjans with some kind of vocational skills, hobbies, and interests to come forward and participate. - Dr. M.B. Athreya, Mentor

The regional competitions will be held in the below skill categories:

  1. ICT/Computers - Desktop Publishing; Character Designing (Cartoon); E-Sports (Gaming).

  2. Crafts - Floral Arrangement

  3. Food - Bakery. Cooking

  4. Services - Tailoring; Jewellry Making; Beauty & Wellness

  5. Industry - CAD Architecture.

The other activities planned include the inaugural ceremony and regional conferences, national competitions, a valedictory session and the awards ceremony.

A job fair for disabled candidates will also be held in the zones to ensure employment for them.

"Ten different trades that are been chosen are perfect because we could really find out the abilities of people. With different abilities across over here. I think the talent is superb, says Sandeep Bhargava, National Vice President, NAAI

The first Abilympics will be held in Mumbai on 14 and 15 June, followed by New Delhi on 4 and 5 July, then Chennai on 19 and 20 July and finally Kolkata on 10 and 11 August.

REGISTER HERE: Click on http://www.abilympicsindia.org/Abilympics_RegistrationForm

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