DLF Mall of India Differently abled individuals often interacts with environments that are not developed according to their barriers and challenges, from spaces that are physically inaccessible to scarcity of assistive technology and lack of awareness among people.
On the experience of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, DLF Mall of India, in association with Shankara Special School, organized a two-day program to spread awareness about the needs and rights of individuals with disabilities.
The 3rd session of DLF MOI ACTIVE NOIDA was thus held on the 3rd and 4th of December 2022, comprising of workshops, a diversity walk, and a host of joyful activities for differently abled children.
The event provided a platform for individuals with a disability to express themselves with a series of activities, including a 1KM Walkathon, live canvas painting, a music & dance performance, and street play by differently abled children to showcase their talents.
The event also witnessed a motivational talk session with International Para Athlete and National Gold Medallist Ms. Kanchan Lakhani and Mr. Shrey Kadian, soft, ball gold medallist, Special Olympics. The mall also hosted workshops for its employees to train them on the identifying the needs of a person with a disability and the appropriate ways to assist such individuals.
Commenting on the event, Ms. Pushpa Bector, Executive Director of DLF Retail, said that at DLF Malls, our endeavor has always been on creating a more inclusive society for all. Our retail spaces are developed considering the needs of people with disabilities.
Events like these are in line with our larger initiative, WE CARE, which undertakes comprehensive and long-term programs toward community outreach and sustainable development. Through this event, we aim to promote an understanding of issues related to disability and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of differently-abled persons.”
Mr. Manish Mehrotra, SVP & Head of Operations, DLF Malls, said DLF Mall of India is equipped with accessibility features that enable differently-abled persons to easily navigate the mall. Regular training sessions are organized for our staff to sensitize them about the requirements and barriers of persons with disabilities and how to provide them with specialized assistance. With programs such as DLF MOI ACTIVE NOIDA, we intend to foster an inclusive environment that allows individuals from all backgrounds to express their talents and share their experiences with larger audiences.
150 differently-abled people participated in the 1 KM Walkathon. Dance Performance by “Dance India Dance” and “India’s Got Talent” Fame Abhinav Choudhary, who is diagnosed with Down Syndrome, elevated the energy and vibe of the entire event. Keyboard Performance by Ayush Sundriyal – an autistic child whose musical knowledge and extraordinary talent won everyone’s hearts.
An interactive Session with Children with Cochlear implants followed by Live Canvas Painting by differently-abled kids – Rishi & Tohid. A street titled “Humare Astitav ki Asha” was performed to spread awareness and sensitivity about disability by a unified group of underprivileged students of the project “One hand for happiness” and differently-abled students of ACE (Astitav Centre for Empowerment)
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