During program at Vatsalyagram, Dance India Dance winner, Kamlesh Patel, impressed audiences by dancing on his hands. He also stood on one hand, while spinning a plate with the other hand. Not only that, Patel jumped from the stage and landed on his hands, proving once and for all that disabled persons really are differently-abled. After the performance, Patel also gave a speech saying that he feels thankful to God, because his disability has helped him rise to stardom, and, even though he does not have the use of his legs, he realizes that he has a greater gift – a heart that is ready to serve God.
At Vatsalyagram, preparations are once again gearing up for the best-ever cultural program on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). This year, IDPD falls on Sunday 3rd December. The program at Vatsalyagram will be held on 4th December, so that school children from integrated and special schools around Braj can attend.In the program, children from Vatsalyagram’s Vaishshtyam school children will perform alongside disabled celebrities from across India. This will be the third year that Vatsalyagram has held an IDPD function, which is part of international efforts to raise awareness for the plight of the disabled and to promote their dignity, rights and well being.
Minakshi Agrawal, the principal of Vaishishtyam school, said, “The kids look forward to this day all year, its their special day.” Speaking about the condition of the disabled in Braj, Agrawal said, “The needs of disabled persons are often not considered to be a priority, so disabled persons who come from poor families are often left without basic equipment like a wheelchair. Every year, as part of the program, we distribute tricycles and wheelchairs. Last year, over 60 wheelchairs were distributed and we are hoping to distribute more this year”