Celebrating Awareness Days
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In our lives, we are often so caught up in the tide of day to day living and fending for ourselves that we overlook things that are not immediately related to us. Hence, at times, we need to be reminded of the bigger picture. There are several issues and causes which may not involve us directly. But as Global Citizens, ignorance towards them will be our biggest mistake.
Perhaps that is the reason we have several International Days such as World Cancer Day, World Wildlife Day, International Women’s Day, World Health Day, World Literacy Day and so on, to remind us of greater issues affecting humankind.
As an advocacy focused organisation, Trinayani takes pride in celebrating these awareness days via our social media platforms. You can access our social media platforms at:
Here is a glimpse of our awareness day celebration:
8th March 2022 – International Women’s Day
As per 2022’s theme of “Gender Equality Today for a sustainable tomorrow”, we asked some female friends of Trinayani, how would they like to #breakthebias! Click here to know their views.
The idea was to highlight the journey of women with disabilities and set them as examples of role models for others.
3rd March 2022 – World Hearing Day
As per the 2022 theme, “To hear for life, listen with care”, we shared some tips with our friends on how to take care of your hearing:
- Use earplugs around loud noises
- Get your ears checked regularly
- Clean ears with extra care. Avoid using sharp objects like a toothpick, pen/pencil, etc
- If you have piercings, clean your earlobes and earrings regularly
- During air travel, use earplugs with special filters to help equalize the air pressure in the ears
18th February 2022 – International Asperger’s Awareness Day
International Aspergers Awareness day is celebrated to spread awareness of the high functioning form of Autism. This year, Trinayani shared features of people with Asperger’s for our friends. Some of these features include difficulty in expressing themselves, finding it hard to understand emotional issues, social and verbal cues, struggling with eye contact, among others.
4th January 2022 – Happy Braille Day
World Braille Day on January 4 is celebrated to honour the birth of Braille’s inventor, Louis Braille. Braille’s gift to the world has brightened the lives of millions of people around the world who are blind or visually impaired, and they benefit from his work every day.
International Day for Persons with Disabilities – 3rd December 2021
We celebrated World Disability Day 2021 with a spectacular performance of our band inclusive music band Pehli Baarish for Walmart.
Along with this we also launched our annual campaign called, Building Back Better. This series started with discussions on Infrastructure Accessibility and Digital Accessibility in association with CABE Foundation, DPwD and The Growth Collective.
International Day of Tolerance – 16th November 2022
On the occasion of the International Day of Tolerance, the Dubai Expo also launched Tolerance and Inclusivity week. Our Founder-Trustee Ms Ritika Sahni had the privilege to be part of this week amongst many other amazing panellists who shared their contributions to the disability sector. The session was called Designing Inclusive Societies | A voice for all and it was a surreal experience to bring the learnings of our work to such a vast audience who joined us not only at the event but remotely as well.
Children’s Day – 14th November 2021
Trinayani is a strong believer that our students are our future. The future involves significant citizens who are the most tolerant, compassionate and flexible beings. We took the opportunity of children’s day to remember the children that we have worked with over the years and envision an inclusive future for these children.
International Day for Eradication of Poverty – 17th October 2021
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty aims to promote people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Poverty and Disability together create a vicious circle. Poor people are more at risk of acquiring a disability because of a lack of access to good nutrition, health care and sanitation as well as safe living and working conditions. And, people with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty due to discrimination and barriers to participation in all spheres of society – from accessing education to employment, health care, and transportation – that can help them escape poverty and break down prejudices. Our aim was to highlight the importance of inclusion in all development activities to break this cycle.
World Sight Day – 14th October 2021
World White Cane Day – 15th October 2021
World Sight Day and World White Cane Day are crucial days focusing on different aspects of vision or eye health. The former is about spreading awareness regarding eye health and recognizing the work done by the thousands of ophthalmologists across the world to fix vision impairment. Whereas the latter recognizes the importance of white canes for blind people, who want to safely travel and maintain their independence.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) awareness month – October 2021
October is known as the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) awareness month. It is a communication method used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language that is personalised. We were more glad to share Brad‘s story with our friends who has been using the various AAC methods over the years. This made us dawn upon the fact how our mobile phones also have such features which we are unaware of. have you ever thought about it?
World Cerebral Palsy Day – 6th October 2021
Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Therefore, Cerebral palsy or CP becomes a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Here is a glimpse of people who broke the bias and set examples of inclusion for everyone.
Deaf Culture and Arts Day – 25th September 2021
On the occasion of Deaf Culture and Arts day, Trinayani shared a music video promoting the Indian Sign Language or the ISL by @incinkrecords in collaboration with @acciomango
Check out the whole video at https://youtu.be/cwRJ3stCY7A
Deaf Awareness Week: Intersectional Deaf Communities – 24th September 2021
Just like any other community, the deaf community is diverse. They have various identities that bridge across communities. As fellow citizens it is our responsibility to learn, grow and be mindful!
Deaf Awareness Month – September 2021
Our Towards Inclusion Game kit has a card game called ‘Surprise Surprise’ in which you have to decipher whether a statement is a ‘Myth’ or a ‘Fact’.
“All deaf people use Sign Language”
IT’S A ‘MYTH’! Not all deaf individuals know sign language and need to know it. It is a personal choice as many can lip read, speak and use other modes of communication as they deem fit.
Teacher’s Day – 5th September 2021
As a part of the Teachers day celebration, a sign language workshop was organised for the teacher to upgrade their skills, keeping in mind that sign language will be becoming a subject for the classes 9-12 making it and significant and essential skill.
National Literacy Day – 8th September 2021
National wide literacy is very important for implementing inclusion and awareness. This simple yet powerful film conveys a lot that might not be possible to convey in words.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day – 5th September 2021
Spinal cord injury is a term used to refer to the damage to the spinal cord resulting from trauma (such as road accidents) or from disease or degeneration (such as cancer). SCI, with its resultant paralysis, is one of the most devastating medical conditions of public health importance.
The majority of these cases are due to preventable causes such as road traffic accidents, falls, violence.
SO STAY ALERT AT ALL TIMES
Deaf Awareness Month – September 2021
This Deaf Awareness month let’s bust some myths. Our Towards Inclusion Game kit has a card game called ‘Surprise Surprise’, in which you have to decipher whether a statement is a ‘Myth’ or a ‘Fact’.
“Deaf People can learn to speak with training”
Is it a Myth or a Fact?
Deaf Awareness Month – September 2021
Deaf awareness month was an initiative by the world federation of the Deaf in the 1950s. It is a month full of celebration and awareness to highlight the various attributes of the community as a whole.
Over the last 16 years, we have worked very hard to raise the consciousness of the general public by altering its existing mindsets around the issue of Disability and its attitude toward Persons with Disabilities.
World Disability Day falls on the 3rd of December every year. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
Here is a glimpse of our celebrations over the years:
Building Back Better
An annual campaign initiated on the advent of the International Day of People with Disabilities 2021
At Trinayani, we felt that India, as a country is still building back better and to highlight the significance of the themes of the last two years we initiated this campaign that includes leaders with disabilities and sheds light on the need for accessibility under Goal No. 10 of reduced inequalities of the Sustainable Development Goals.
We had two major sessions on ‘Infrastructure Accessibility’ and ‘Digital Accessibility’ where we had 60 participants in total who are now part of the building back better community. We wish to continue the series and engage the community through awareness sessions and workshops.
Digital Accessibility: Alt Text
To know about the campaign in detail, please click here.
On 2nd December Pehli Baarish, screened a 15 minute recorded performance for the Best Disability and Inclusion Practises of Asia Seminar and Awards 2020. The performance featured visually impaired musician Dhawal Bhavsar on the keyboard.
On 3rd December, Trinayani collaborated with Enable India, Bangalore for PROJECT DISCOVERY.
Project Discovery is a unique approach launched to share with people the various ways that persons with disabilities tend to bridge the gaps between the tasks that need to be accomplished and their physical restraints that have a tendency to hold them back. It was a competition where the platform was open to the participation of all those who had devised their own specific technique, or a hack, that made it easier for them to do certain things. More than a competition, it was a way to develop the community beyond the barriers of international boundaries to unite 1 billion persons with disabilities and the stakeholders to understand the value of solutions in the lives of people with disabilities. On December 3, we held an award function where we declared Deepshikha from Ranchi as the winner and awarded the NGO with a cash prize of Rs 20,000.