Kohima, March 12: Around 75 Anganwadi workers from Jakhama block and Kohima urban block Monday attended the National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Divyangjan) Regional Centre, Navi Mumbai organized one day workshop at PHQ Conference hall here.
The workshop was organised in collaboration with the office of Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities, Nagaland and Cherry Blossoms Society Kohima with Anganwadi workers on the topic “Early identification and intervention for children with disabilities”.
Speaking on the occasion, Nagaland Commissioner of Disability, Diethono Nakhro said that awareness and understanding of the various disabilities in general and more so of intellectual and psychosocial disabilities is sadly still quite poor in the Naga society.
Compared to other disabilities, people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities face much more discrimination and neglect, she said.
She said there are a lot of negative attitudes and misconceptions of what they can or cannot do, for which, there is a huge need to create more knowledge and awareness on this.
Like any other citizen, people with intellectual disabilities can work, live independently and play an active role within the community, she said.
In fact, they can make a great contribution to society when given the right support. The tragedy is that this support is most of the time lacking and they are treated as useless or worthless people, she said.
In this, she felt that there is a great need for trainings and workshops, particularly for those who work at the grassroots level – people who do the real work on the ground.
With better knowledge, we can give better support and services to people with disabilities, she said.
Dasyhrath Choudhari, officer in charge of National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Divyangjan) Regional Centre, Navi Mumbai gave the keynote address.
Topic covered at the workshop includes; prevention, early identification and intervention of disabilities, communication aspects of children with developmental delay and developmental disabilities; issues and challenges and role of Anganwadi workers.
Welcome address was delivered by Purnima Kayina of Cherry Blossom Society Kohima. (Page News Service)