Wheel-Chair bound Kashmiri receives award for promoting employment for disabled.
Srinagar: Javed Ahmad Tak, a Kashmiri who received the award of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) on the eve of Independence Day in New Delhi, has proved how determination can convert adversity into an advantage. A victim of the armed conflict in Kashmir, a single bullet in the 1990s changed Tak’s life forever: the bullet hit his spine and rendered him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life. Yet, he chose to give free tuitions to disabled children. Today, he provides free education to orphans, the physically challenged and other students from a poor economic background. Javed Ahmad
formed an NGO, Humanity Welfare Organisation in 1999 and has since been advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities. His organization was awarded the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award at a function at the India International Centre in Delhi. Speaking at the function, Tak said, “Accessibility creation is a collective effort which can be achieved only if each individual contributes towards making accessibility possible for the disabled”.