At the 18th CavinKare Ability Awards, there were five people brought to the stage from all over India and were regarded with great respect for changing the pattern people have in their minds about disability.
The Chairman and Managing Director of CavinKare, C.K.Ranganathan said these awards which are giving to them represent the hard work and the guts they have shown by facing their problems and overcoming the barriers in their lives.
This year, among the five people there was Anindya Bhattacharyya, who was an important person in the passage of the United States’ 21 st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act and was also awarded the CavinKare Ability Special Recognition Award.
Coming from a small village in West Bengal, when he was going through his childhood he had become completely deaf-blind since he had to face many challenges. Bapin Group is Anindya's digital online store and is also the CEO of the company. As a coordinator of the National Outreach Technology Development and Training Program at the Helen Keller National Center, NY where he works for full-time and consequential jobs.
This year, the CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence was giving to the founder of Swarga Charitable Trust from Coimbatore, Swarnalatha J who had to provide accessible toilets on each platform of Indian Railways at Coimbatore Junction.
In Coimbatore, he has a total of 10 Government schools and out of them, nine are wheelchair-friendly. And giving Tamil Nadu its first wheelchair accessible transportation service. At the age of 29, Swarnalatha had to face diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. And then, later on, she came to know how to live with this pain and change herself for the world.
The CavinKare Ability Mastery Award was bagged by the two Limca records biker, one for the longest bike ride (300km) by a quadriplegic and the second one he got for driving on the Golden Quadrilateral on a modified car, Adil Mohammed Nazir Ansari.
Despite being paralyzed from the neck down through a spinal cord injury, where he had to also face multiple infections and also had bad bedsore. He somehow got involved in sport and became a world record holder and also won the National Archery Championship title thrice and then he went to China, Dubai, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands to represents India in para archery tournaments.
And the next two CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards were won by Rakshitha Raju and Tinkesh. Rakshitha was the first one who has represented India in track events at the Asian Games 2018 and had won gold medals over there. Tinkesh won the award for his bungee jumping record of a height of 160m in Nepal and was 90% disability with no legs and just one arm through an electrical accident.
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