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Dada Vaswani was passionate about enabling the disabled

A 6-weeks certificate course on ‘Sensitising the youth on accessibility for the disabled’ was set to be launched on July 12

pune Updated: Jul 14, 2018 16:54 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The certificate course in disability- awareness and inclusion, was part of Dada Vaswani’s centenary year celebrations as he was to turn 100 on August 2. (HT FILE PHOTO)

PUNE: In keeping with the late spiritual leader Dada JP Vaswani’s efforts to extend a helping to the disabled, Pune-based Sadhu Vaswani Mission had initiated two specific programmes- ‘Enable the Disabled’ and ‘Sight for the Sightless’ over the last 15 years.

On the very day that he breathed his last, St. Mira’s College for Girls, which is run by the mission, was all set to launch a special certificate course on sensitising the youth on accessibility for the disabled.

Designed by Ekansh Trust, an NGO that works on the empowerment of the disabled, the 6-weeks certificate course on sensitising the youth about accessibility will be hosted by the college’s department of psychology, with the assistance of experts from Ekansh

“The term, ‘accessibility’, is not just physical but also mental and attitudinal for which proper awareness and sensitisation is very important. Plus, it is in line with one of the most important teachings of Dada Vaswani, to understand the suffering and empathise with all, with an aim of empowering them. We want our students to internalise that in both their lives and curriculum by expanding the purview of our study around mental health, to sensitisation towards individuals with either physical or psychological limitations,” said Prof Jaya Rajagopalan, head of the Department of Psychology.

The certificate course in disability- awareness and inclusion, was part of Dada Vaswani’s centenary year celebrations as he was to turn 100 on August 2.

The launch of the course has now been postponed following his sudden.

The course will cover topics like types of disabilities, early intervention, accessibility, advocacy and research. It is open to all who have passed Class 12 exams from any stream, with a minimum of 60% marks.

The Sadhu Vaswani Mission had launched its ‘Sight for the Sightless’ scheme in 2003to provide ophthalmic services to the needy.

On Friday, 43-years-old Naresh Magar, a resident of Beed district, was in Pune at Dada Vaswani’s funeral after having travelled more than 200 km to get a glimpse of his spiritual guru. Bound on a wheelchair, Magar, Magar, accompanied by his son, Raju, rushed to Pune on getting the news of Dada’s demise.

“This was the man who changed thousands of lives with his love and kindness. I am lucky to be one of them and today the world really lost one of the most precious souls ever,” he said.

Like many others, Magar was one among the hundreds of differently-abled beneficiaries who had received a prosthetic limb, under the Enable the Disabled scheme initiated by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.

First Published: Jul 14, 2018 16:54 IST