2nd District level games for the Deaf and Mute children on 5-6th Sept 2018

Humanity welfare organization in collaboration with All J&K Sports association for the deaf organized two days 2nd District level games for the Deaf and Mute children at Government Boys Degree college premises. The games were thrown open by the Principal Government degree college Anantnag Professor Basheer Ahmad Rather in presence of Zonal Sports officer Anantnag, President All J&K Sports of The deaf and Chairman Humanity Welfare Organisation HELPLine - a renowned organization working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Scores of children facing the hearing and speech disabilities participated in games like Julienne throw, race, and badminton. In the inaugural session principal Degree College boys Anantnag threw the event open and had one to one introduction with the athletes with Hearing and speech disabilities. In his speech principal Government degree college Anantnag said that college infrastructure is open for all types of activities that empower and build the capacity of the persons with disabilities. He advised the students of the college to see the ability of children and not the disability. The deaf children who were once abandoned and treated badly in society because of communication barriers are now part of games and sports because of the efforts of Humanity Welfare organization HELpline Bijbehara and we should support and cooperate with the organization, He added.

Zonal Youth sports officer Anantnag said that the department will keep no stone unturned to empower children with all types of disabilities. We will create inclusion of athletes with disabilities by giving them opportunities to play with non disable children. He appreciated the Participants with hearing disabilities enrolled in Zaiba Aapa institute of inclusive Education Bijbehara and government schools of district Anantnag. The athletes without noise surprised the watchers and audience present in the college and opened the eyes of youth who discriminated them earlier on ground of disability, Officer Added.

Javed Ahmad Tak founder of Humanity welfare and the organizer of games for the deaf said that government shall pay heed towards the inclusive sports for the children with disabilities. There are barriers and hurdles in the stadiums and playgrounds that keep the children with disabilities away from playgrounds. These hurdles need to be removed by creating accessibility and inclusion, Tak added. He said that sports and other cultural events are itself kind of awareness regarding disability. These events need to be organized again and again to aware general masses towards the rights and capacities of persons with disabilities. The children with disabilities are full of capacities but the need is to flourish and expose them. We should not suspect or discriminate the persons with disabilities but encourage them to be part of all the activities, Tak said

President All J&K sports Association for the deaf Mrs Rehana said that it was not possible for the association to extend the activities for the Deaf in district Anantnag, but cordial support and honest efforts of Chairman Humanity Welfare Organization HELpline Bijbehara Anantnag made it possible. It is second time we organized the games here and the efforts will continue in future, Rehana Added

The two days event will be concluded on 6th September 2018 and games like chess, carom, and tug of war will be played. The valedictory function will be held in college premises under the chair of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag in presence of district Social Welfare officer district Anantnag

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