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My journey has been about change people’s attitude towards disability, says Deepa Malik

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The 49-year-old, who was a silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was nominated for the Khel Ratna award on Saturday.
'Deepa Malik, who was on Saturday nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, believes that her biggest achievement is changing perception of common public towards disability and para-athletes. Malik, a silver medallist at the last Paralympics in Rio, feels that her whole journey has been more about trying to change people’s attitude towards how they look at disability. “I am very happy because I have always stood up,” Malik was quoted as saying by PTI. “This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability. I think it’s going to come as a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for independent India to win medal in Paralympics,” Asked about her journey, Malik said: “In 2012, when I won the Arjuna award and people thought that at 42, it would be retirement for me. I am happy that disability no bar, gender no bar and age no bar and now at 49, if I can be awarded Khel Ratna for active sports, it validates my journey of ability beyond disability.” Malik feels that women from hinterlands will take her award as an inspiration and try to achieve.. Read more'

President Kovind interacts with Divyang Children in Delhi

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday visited Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (PDDUNIPPD), Delhi and interacted with the Divyang children who participated in the cultural programme “Divya Kala
'President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday visited Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (PDDUNIPPD), Delhi and interacted with the Divyang children who participated in the cultural programme “Divya Kala Shakti: Witnessing Ability in Disability”. The cultural programme was witnessed by the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Council of Ministers and Members of Parliament last evening in the G.M.C. Balayogi Auditorium in Parliament House. It was organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. During interaction, the Coordinators of various States and Organizations introduced their Group of Divyang children to the President highlighting the special talent of the Divyang Youth. Divyang youths shared their activities and experiences with President Kovind and presented their creative artworks to him. Kovind appreciated their creative artworks and blessed them success in the career ahead. He also visited the Paintings Gallery where the classic paintings by the Divyang youth were displayed. 175 Artistes had been drawn from different states, cultural societies, institutions, civil societies to make it a truly nationalistic spirit. DEPwD was established to give greater emphasis on policy issues and implementation relating to persons with disabilities. Besides administering three Acts of Parliament, the Department is providing rehabilitation services, training, education and conducting research on various disabilities through eight National Institutes spread across the country. Various Central Schemes are being run to provide support to institutions, State Governments and NGOs. Awareness Generation is a continuous process. Besides providing financial support to civil society organisations and institutions for sensitising people about the rights and entitlements of persons with disabilities; the Government confers National Awards every year in recognition of excellence of persons with disabilities and their organisations and also to individuals and organisations for the welfare of persons with disabilities.'