Dharamshala: Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile attended the ‘International Day of People with Disability’ organised by Tibetan Ability Center (TAC) in collaboration with Nyingtobling at Yoengling Tibetan school.
Along with the Deputy Speaker as its Chief Guest, Tsegyal Chukya Dranyi, Secretary of Department of Health, Ngawang Lhamo, Director of Nyingtobling School for Tibetan Children and former Tibetan parliamentarian, Kunga, Founder of TAC and Delek Wangmo, Director of TAC were also presented at the program as its ‘Special Guests.’
In his address, Deputy Speaker elucidated the importance of facilitating equal opportunities to the differently-abled people, to nurture their talents and skills. He stated that the first facilitator of such opportunities and support should be one’s own home, followed by the Central Tibetan Administration and society.
“There is no greater love than from one’s family and families with differently-abled children at home knows the best ways to take care of them. Unless the family is of economically-challenged or destitute, then admitting such children to various schools run by either CTA or private , is of inevitable,” he said.
He referred to the success story of a blind-girl from Mandi district, who went on to become a TV singing competition sensation. “She was supported by her father, a driver by profession and her uncle, who always accompanied her. So this evidences the importance of one’s family’s support in nurturing their skills, talents and capabilities in spite of all the odds.”
He also pointed out the expenses incurred by the Department of Health per annual related to medical field on the prevention and curing of various diseases and illness. He said that all these facilities and resources are made available to us by the grace of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and by our magnanimous supporters.
He concluded by suggesting members of Tibetan Ability Center and concerned staff that imbibing necessary methods and guidelines from those practicing Gandhian concept of Social welfare would only empower them with their noble work and added that while raising awareness of the differenlty-abled people in our community to the world, highlighting those in Tibet, who are physically disabled by the Chinese government under their atrocious policies and brutality should also be kept in mind.
Secretary Tsegyal Chukya Dranyi, Department of Health, CTA shared anecdotes from his earlier years of working at Ngeonga School for Tibetan with Special Needs, highlighting the significance of creating equal opportunities for the people of differently-abled, who after right exposure and opportunity, goes on to become self-reliant and even the bread-earner for his family. He also point out the need of being cautious when using certain euphemisms to call a person of differently-abled. He expressed his appreciation to the center for its noble work and requested the parents of differently-able children to utilize the opportunities provided by various schools and institutions.
Tsering, Founder of TAC, briefed the audience on the history of TAC’s foundation and elucidated on its aims and objectives.
Delek Wangmo, Director of TAC thanked the audience for their presence as a symbol of their support and stressed on the importance of acknowledging an individual as an equal human being rather than on his disability.
Ngawang Lhamo, Director of Nyingtobling School for Handicapped Children and former member of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile introduced a brief history of the school.
The program then concluded with dance performances and group song by the students of Nyingtobling School for Handicapped Children.