World Disability Day Celebration
The city of Vadodara has been celebrating World
Disability Day from last 52 years. This year Vadodara
commemorated the 53rd World Disability Day by
rallying for the cause of making Baroda accessible
for the differently able. Earlier the day was
celebrated by different Organisations on individual
basis, creating a duplication of many events and
activities. Before 3 years United Way of Baroda
intervened with this event, and created a whole
networking of around 45 NGOs. Now ten days of
Disability Week is celebrated by all the NGO’s
avoiding duplication of any events or activities
which starts from 3rd December.
On 3rd December a rally was organised
and co-ordinated by United Way of Baroda’s
Disability Forum and marked the beginning of a
weeklong celebration for the differently able
community. The preparation for the rally was commenced
by the volunteers, a week before the celebrations.
All the volunteers and staff members of UWB actively
participated in preparing and setting up props
for the event. All of them took great joy and
pleasure in their team-work, and together prepared
a number of props such as banners of slogans,
props, etc. for distributing to the participants.
The rally, which was flagged
off by the days’ Guests of Honourable, Mayor,
Dr. Jyoti Pandya, and the Chairman United Way
of Baroda - Mr. Amit Goradia and Additional Collector
Shri. Vaja, started from Kuber Bhavan, and witnessed
an overwhelming participation of approximately
2650 differently able groups from various NGOs’.
Volunteers from UWB assisted the many participants
who had assembled at the premises for the rally.
The rally was led by the Vadodara
Municipal Corporation band which boosted the spirit
of the participants, followed by the Guests of
Honour, differently abled on tricycles and various
organisations for the visually impaired, the mentally
challenged, the deaf, patients suffering from
leprosy and other NGOs. The enthusiastic slogans
and calls made by the participants during the
rally surely reflected their determination and
dedication towards standing up and voicing their
concerns to Barodians. The rally concluded at
Vakad Seva Samaj, Sayajigunj, with the distribution
of food packets, which the participants as well
as the volunteers relished.
Each participant of the rally
firmly believed that the differently able people
should be treated equally and included in the
mainstream development. They strongly voiced their
concerns about increasing accessibility for them
at public places and protested against discrimination.
Together, they say that they choose not to place
“Dis” in their “Abilities”.
All the participants signed on
the Signature Campaign Board for making Baroda
Accessible and barrier free. Sign Campaign Board
thus proved to be an effective measure to reach
out to a huge mass of thousands of minds and generate
the sense of belongingness regarding Accessible