Workshop for empowering Persons with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities held at LPU

  • Three day regional workshop was for ‘Capacity Building and Leadership Programme’ 
  • Workshop was first of its kind in the North India

Lovely Professional University & association for mentally retarded children’s parents’ group ‘Chaanan’ hosted three-day regional workshop for ‘Capacity Building and Leadership Programme’ at LPU Campus. The workshop was organized by ‘Parivaar’- a National Confederation of Parents’ Organizations (NCPO) for persons with intellectual & developmental disabilities (PwIDDs). 60 professionals & parents associated to persons with such disabilities participated from 8 states of the country. Motive of the workshop was to train the participating delegates (in the age group of 35 to 45) to enhance the activities for helping the society at large. This specially designed workshop was first of its kind in the North India. CBM International, Australia, also supported the event.
During three days, eleven interactive sessions covered in-depth training aspects on different areas including “Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Early Intervention & Education”; Employment & Rehabilitation of PwIDDs; Management of NGOs; Fund Raising; Case Studies Presentation & Discussion; and more. After training and guidance, participants were also divided in 8 groups and four case studies were forwarded to them. Each group presented their solution followed by open discussions on each topic. This proved successful outcome of the workshop. Invited eminent speakers and trainers guided the participants. Principal Dr Sarita Verma,  Social Women Welfare Activist Mrs Parminder Berry,  Dr Sorabh Lakhanpal & Dr Rajesh Verma  from LPU, Commander SN Bijur, Mr Amarjit Singh Anand, Mr Pankaj Maru, Colonel VK Gautam, CMD Bhupinder Singh Makkar and other chaired and guided during different sessions.

Addressing the delegates on the inaugural day of the workshop, LPU Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal said: “Such seminars and workshops are very necessary to sensitize society for accepting persons with disabilities in equivalence to able-bodied persons. Such persons too have strengths and inherent values, so their dignity must be ensured and respected. As parents are filled with compassionate care and understanding, they must come forward to make such organizations achieve their objectives in protecting the rights of affected persons.”

Illustrative, PARIVAAR -NCPO is presently a cohesive force of over 230 Parents’ Associations and NGOs across the country spread over 28 states and 3 union territories. It is recognized as one of the biggest parents’ organizations nationally and worldwide. Its vision is to empower, and improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families. It has been creating awareness in the community for inclusion of such persons as contributing citizens at par with others. 

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