“We will teach you yoga” say persons with disabilities

United Way Chennai to host yoga training workshops led by persons with disabilities, for corporate employees

On the occasion of International Yoga Day and United Way’s Day of Action, celebrated on 21st June every year, United Way Chennai will host a one-of-its-kind initiative titled ‘Know My Ability’, an action based workshop by persons with disabilities. Through this initiative, persons with intellectual disabilities will conduct yoga training sessions at corporate companies across the city. This is an attempt to showcase the talents of people with disabilities who are generally defined only by their disability. This initiative aims to reiterate that they have a lot to offer in terms of skills and abilities.

The yoga training sessions will be conducted on 21st June by children with intellectual disabilities from various NGOs like –  Vasantham – School and Home for People with Special Needs, Swabodhini School for Special Children and V-Excel Educational Trust.

On how yoga is helping in the development of their students, Anuradha Mahesh, Director, Swabodhini School for Special Children says “Yoga has now improved their concentration, fine and gross motor skills and reduced aggressive behaviour. We see a marked reduction in behaviour challenges in our students. Through our students teaching yoga to the corporate employees, we wish to create awareness about autism and pave way for more acceptance and inclusiveness for special needs in the society.”

Apart from yoga, various other skill-based sessions like garland and jewellery making, paper bag making, clay modelling, inspiring conversations on fitness, motivational speech on ART therapy and basics of sign language are also being held as part of the larger initiative of United Way’s Day of Action 2018. The sessions will happen during the week of June 18- June 23 in which more than 500 employees from large MNCs and corporate companies will participate at their respective locations. 30+ differently abled people from organizations including Om Muruga Foundation, HeARTbeat Foundation, Madras Dyslexia Association, Rajammal Trust, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India will anchor the training sessions.

“We are excited to host ‘Know my Ability’, a one-of-a-kind event creating a platform for people with disabilities to showcase their abilities and skills to a larger audience. Through this initiative, we also wish to encourage the culture of corporate volunteering towards the cause of disability”, says Archana Raghuram, Executive Director, United Way Chennai.

In the upcoming year, United Way Chennai will be initiating various interventions for persons with disabilities like setting up para sports facilities across Tamil Nadu in partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, improving accessibility, employability for persons with disabilities and most importantly early detection & intervention of children with special needs.

About United Way Chennai

United Way Chennai, a part of the worldwide United Way network, was founded in 2010 and focuses mainly on basic education completion among underprivileged children, decreasing maternal and child mortality and improving lives of the differently abled. We engage people and organizations in innovative solutions that are transforming that vision into reality.

Contact: Haripriya Madhavan – 9840396303/Nethra Gupta – 7299955198

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