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19th edition of India’s Regional Abilympics to be hosted in Mumbai

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The event will witness participation of over 400+ people with disabilities

The 19thedition of India’s Regional Abilympics will be held from June 14-15 at the World Trade Centre in Mumbai. The event hosted by the National Abilympics Association of India (NAAI), under the aegis of Sarthak Educational Trust with the support of The Hans Foundation, will witness participation of over 400+ people with disabilities (PwDs).

The Mumbai Abilympics is spread across four zones and 10 vocational segments, including ICT (Character Designing, Desktop Publishing, and E Sports), Crafts (Floral Arrangement), Food (Cooking and Bakery), Services (Jewellery, Tailoring/Dress Making, and Beauty Therapy), and Architecture designing through CAD. The winners in each segment will represent their zones at the National Abilympics and stand a chance to represent India in the International Abilympics 2020 slated to take place in China.

A regional conference on ‘Corporate Progression Toward Inclusion and Diversity’ would also be held and will attract participation of several government officials, NGOs, corporates and their CSR heads, discussing prospects and scope of empowering and providing sustainable livelihood to PWDs in order to help them lead a dignified life.

One of the major attractions of the event will be the job fairs wherein over 25 companies from each region will conduct their hiring drive for PwDs across the country. Over the years, thousands of PwDs have been placed through these job fairs. Some of the employers at the event will share their experience of employing PwDs and will underscore how much they have gained in terms of low attrition rates, higher productivity, and loyalty of their ‘Specially abled employees’. In the past, Sarthak has been one of the most sought after organisations with many of its PwDs proving to be an asset for many of the top corporates.

“Abilympics have been the Olympics showcasing the abilities and tremendous competitive zeal of PwDs. They have also been a platform for all of us in the civil society to question that why in spite of being blessed with such mesmerising talents PwDs are labelled as disabled?”, asks Dr Jitendra Agrawal, Founder and CEO, Sarthak Educational Trust.

Apart from Dr Aggarwal, the Mumbai event will be also be graced by Ashish Kumar Shah, MD and CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange, Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Port Trust of India, Hemant Bhargava, MD, LIC, Ashwin Yardi, CEO, Capgemini-India, Edgard D Kagan, General Consul, Embassy of US, Stefania Costanza, Consul General, Embassy of Italy, Krishan Kalra, President, National Abilympics Association of India.

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