Disability Intervention for Solidarity and Holistic Accompaniment (DISHA) of the CSI – SEVA organised a program to commemorate the “CSI Disability Octave (9th October 2016 – 3rd December 2016)” and “The NCCI Disability Advocacy Sunday (27th November, 2016)” on 16th November, 2016 in the CSI Centre, Royapettah, Chennai at 5 : 30 pm.
Two hundred participants including Pastors from different dioceses of the CSI, Children With Special Needs (CWSN) and People with Disability (PwD) with their families graced the occasion. Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, General Secretary of NCCI, Dr. Esther Kathiroli, Secretary, TNCC and Rt. Rev. Dr. George Stephen, Bishop, Diocese in Madras blessed the occasion with their presence and the words of greetings. Heads from various Institutions and Representatives from Organisations like DORCAS, CASA, MTB, DEC 3 movement, Jesus Enables Ministries, World Vision, Gurukul, were also present Rev. Dr. D. R. Sadananda, General Secretary, CSI exhorted the gathering on Disability Ministry and the needs, challenges and concerns of the Persons with Disability (PwD) in our Church.
The students from the CSI Puthuir Special School and CSI School for the deaf exhibited their talents through dance. Students of Integrated/Inclusive Education from CSI St. Ebbas Matriculation and Higher Secondary School introduced each other and enlightened the gathering on the benefits of integrated education for both intellectually challenged and other students. The program elicited a sense of commitment from participants to work on/for/with people with disability and their issues and concerns.
Mr. J John Samadhanam, Program Executive, CSI – SEVA/DISHA explained the components of DISHA and the importance of the campaign “Disability Octave” to the gathering. Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad explained the focus and activities of NCCI Indian Disability Ecumenical Accompaniment (IDEA). Rev. Asir Ebenezer, Director, CSI - SEVA welcomed the gathering and Mr. Prem Madhukar, Project Coordinator, CSI - SEVA proposed the vote of thanks.
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