Srinagar Dec 03 : Exceptional Minds, a registered multidisciplinary center for children living with autism and special abilities on Saturday celebrated the International Day of Persons with disabilities in the auditorium of Government Women’s Polytechnic College here. Additional Commissioner Kashmir Abid Hussain Kira graced the occasion as Chief Guest while as popular Television Presenter and Broadcaster Azhar Hajini was guest of honour at this occasion. Principal Government Women’s Polytechnic College Srinagar Shafqat Ara, SP West Srinagar Al Tahir Geelani, Dr Arshid Bashir Orthopaedic Surgeon, senior Police and civil service officers, children with special needs, their parents and people from different walks of life were present in the function.
Kulsum Parvaiz founder and chairperson of Exceptional Minds in her welcome address threw light on the importance of the day and spoke about many such initiatives of her organisation which have helped many valley based autistic children to live a better life. In his thought provoking address, Azhar Hajini highlighted the importance of an inclusive society where people with special needs are loved, respected and helped. ‘’Don’t assume that people with disabilities would always require some assistance in leading their lives and the first step is to treat them as equals. Understand that they know more about their needs and how to handle their day-today lives. In case, if you want to extend any support, ask first. Understand their needs and learn about specific details on how you can assist’’. he added. Additional Commissioner Kashmir in his emotionally charged speech spoke about the problem which people with disabilities are facing and lavished his praise on the parents of such children who sacrifice their everything to raise their kids in the best possible manner. Principal of the college and SP West Srinagar also expressed their views about the relevance of the day. Mr. S. Mudasir CEO GK labs and Mr. Abid Hussain Owner of Kashmir Classic were also present.
He also shared his view as a parent of children with special needs and appreciated the work done by founder for the special children.
Students of Exceptional Minds and many other such institutions performed as a team in different cultural and musical events on this occasion. Certificates and mementos were distributed among the participating children of the event.