World Handicap Day


World Handicap Day

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December 3

The visually challenged and blind persons observed World Handicap Day as
Black Day.

. blind woman from Echigo, Echigo goze 越後女盲 .

. WKD : Blind People .
shakutoo-e 積塔会 (しゃくとうえ)
ceremony for blind people



Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Kannon

The performance of Thousand-hand Bodhisattva dance performed by 21 hearing impaired girls and boys at the 2005 CCTV Spring Festival Gala caused a nationwide sensation.

The entire audience was thrilled by the synchronized movements dancers, who performed with exquisite grace and precision, even though they couldn't hear the music.

They all turned on their mobile phones immediately after leaving the stage with almost as much uniformity as they performed their spectacular dance. Chen Cen was among them. "Each of us was immersed in cheerful text messages from all over, from our family members, teachers, classmates and friends," she said in sign language as she sat next to me. "I received some messages sent by my dad, mom and younger brother. They all were excited to see me on TV. Mom even cried for joy."

Look at it here, www.youtube.com

In 2006, they performed their dance for the World Handicap Day in Hangzhou, China.
The story relates to an ancient princess who offered her arm to help others to attain enlightenment.

More about the Bodhisattva with 1000 arms, Kannon Bosatsu
by Gabi Greve


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Deaf and mute children watch and learn from an instructor teaching them to dance, 02 December 2006 in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province, ahead of World Handicap Day on 03 December.
China has approximately 1.4 million handicapped children under the age of six, with the figure rising by some 200,000 a year.





SHIMLA, Nov 27, 1998
Members of the Himachal Federation of the Blind will observe December 3 as black day and stage a dharna in front of the state Vidhan Sabha in protest against the indifferent attitude of the government towards their demands.

Mr Deva Singh Negi, President of the Federation, said here today that despite repeated requests the government had not taken any steps to implement the demands. The federation had been thoroughly disappointed with the negative attitude of the bureaucracy which forced it to stage a protest on the opening day of the winter session of the Vidhan Sabha.

He said for the blind persons the change of government in the state had not made any difference. The federation took out a procession on August 24 last and held talks with the welfare minister, but despite his assurance to concede the demands nothing had been done so far.

The main demands included 1 per cent reservation in jobs for blind persons on the pattern of neighbouring states, setting up of school for the blind, Rs 1000 per month as unemployment allowance, free education and boarding and lodging facility.

© Tribune News Service, 1998



16 December 2002:
The Association of the Disabled in Sulemani is to launch an exhibition to mark the occasion of the World Handicap Day, under the supervision of the PUK PM Dr Barham Salih.

The exhibition will come under the motto "The Association of the Disabled is the home, the school and the protection centre for the rights of the disabled."
The exhibition will take place in the Zamwa Gallery on Wednesday, 18 December.

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Things found on the way


a thousand arms
and no ears ...
world handicap day

Gabi Greve, 2006


tsuki koyoi mekura tsukiatari waraikeri

The moon tonight ---
Into a moon gazer a blind man runs
And laughs

Yosa Buson 蕪村
Tr. Nelson and Saitoo

Related words

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Gabi Greve said...

An incredible video, Gabi!
C. from America
Yes, it is quite phantastic !
We had a detailed TV feature about this dance.

Gabi Greve said...

Do blind people write haiku ..?

Well, read it here !


Anonymous said...

The president of Navi Mumbai Shikshan Sankul (the Standing Committee chairman Sandeep Naik)
The dignitaries present at the felicitation function were Thane Guardian Minister and MLA Ganesh Naik, Mayor Anjani Bhoir, Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Board, Mumbai Division chairperson Gurunath Kanthe, former Mayor Sanjeev Naik, NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik, Education Committee chairman Ravindra Ithape and other NCP corporators.
Addressing the gathering, MLA Ganesh Naik announced, “The practice examination was conducted for the first time in the city and it has received a tremendous response. The students have benefited a lot. This year, the practice exam was conducted for Marathi medium students. Next year onwards, the practice exam will be conducted for SSC as well as HSC students, belonging to both, Marathi and English mediums.”
The president of Navi Mumbai Shikshan Sankul and the Standing Committee chairman Sandeep Naik said, “This year’s SSC board examination is based on a new syllabus. Hence, it was necessary to conduct such practice examinations.”

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