Technology in education plays a vital role in removing language-related hurdles. President Droupadi Murmu emphasised on Saturday the need of maximising the use of technology in education to remove language-related hurdles and make education more accessible to children with disabilities. On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, she was awarded the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for 2021 and 2022.
In her address to the gathering, the President stated that the United Nations estimates that more than one billion people worldwide are disabled. It implies that nearly every eighth person on the planet is disabled in some way. Persons with disabilities account for more than 2% of India’s population. As a result, it is everyone’s responsibility to guarantee that people with disabilities may live independently and with dignity.
Additionally, she added, “it is our responsibility to make sure kids have a decent education, are safe in their homes and in society, have the flexibility to select their job, and have access to equitable employment possibilities.”
The President further said that in Indian culture and history, a person’s impairment has never been seen as a barrier to learning and greatness. She said, “Often, it has been seen that divyangjan are gifted with divine qualities. There are innumerable examples in which our divyang brothers and sisters have achieved impressive feats in many fields on the strength of their indomitable courage, talent and determination. Given enough opportunities and the right environment, they can excel in every field.”
She advised everyone in society to inspire the divyangjan to develop self-reliance and make progress in life. According to her, when divyang people effectively contribute by integrating into society, the nation would advance toward development more quickly.
Every year, the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities are given out by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to recognise outstanding accomplishments and work in support of the empowerment of people with disabilities. The national selection committee took into consideration the applications shortlisted by the screening committees at its meeting on November 2 and selected 25 awards for the year 2021 and 29 awardees for 2022.