#National Ability Summit

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Discussion on 'digital accessibility' at the National Ability Summit (NAS). (Photo Credit: ScreenGrab-YouTube/Varija Life)

  • "Digital technology for people with disabilities don't just benefit them, it benefits all of us," the moderator pointed out
  • A panelist, Robin Christopherson, described how as a visually-impaired person, technology has made his life easier
  • Pandemic has led to massive growth in digital technology

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The two-day National Ability Summit was held virtually. (Photo Credit: Opoyi)

  • The summit ended on Thursday
  • It was spearheaded by Varija Life, a Not for Profit Organisation
  • Several issues surrounding the differently-abled community were discussed

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Fashion designer Varija Bajaj was the moderator for this session. (Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab)

  • The session was on 'Dignity, comfort, style, treatment - Adaptive Fashion'
  • Nikki Hind, Australia's first legal blind fashion designer, said that disabled people should be at the decision making tables
  • You cannot do for them without them, Varija Bajaj said about fashion for the people with disabilities

The session focused on Infrastructural Accessibility.

  • Infrastructure should be built with universal design and accessibility
  • The panelists discussed the gender aspect of accessibility.
  • Government can take more measures to promote inclusivity

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Discussion on 'assistive technology for inclusion' at the National Ability Summit. (Photo Credit: ScreenGrab-YouTube/Varija LIFE)

  • There is a need to "break apart" the old-fashioned devices and build new ones
  • A person with a disability is capable, what is required is equipping them, said one of the speakers
  • Government is the main driver for demand in this sector, said entrepreneur Mohan Sundaram

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
With over 1 billion people with disabilities, a number that is only growing, there's a huge opportunity for products not only to them but also to their families and friends, he said. (Photo Credit: Varija Life)

  • Patnoe is the head of Accessibility Programme and Disability Inclusion at Google, US
  • In an interview with Opoyi, he says that the more inclusive your product is, the easier it is for everyone
  • He also emphasised that given the situation of COVID-19, cracks in the system have been made clearer

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The first-ever edition of National Ability Summit is taking place virtually in India. (Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab)

  • The event dedicated to create awareness about disabilities of all kinds
  • The session focused on Skill Development amid people with disabilities
  • Meg O'Connell, Rich Donovan, Ravindra Singh and Suhas Lalinakere were the participants

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
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The main focus of the NAS is to provide a platform to address physical and mental health for the global community at large.

  • This is the first-ever edition of the National Ability Summit
  • It is being held virtually and is spearheaded by Varija Life
  • The summit will discuss the need to create awareness on disability and an environment where they feel welcome

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Varija Bajaj, Convenor National Ability Summit, founder of Varija Lifestyles and Varija Life moderated the discussion. (Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab)

  • The session was on 'Employment for economy generators-persons with disabilities'
  • All the panellists emphasized the importance of technology and the role it plays to create jobs for disabled people
  • The first-ever edition of NAS that is taking place virtually in India is spearheaded by Varija Life

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Panel discussion on "Re-exploring the power of films on disability' at the National Ability Summit.

  • The session focussed on the role of cinema in raising awareness on disability
  • Shonali Bose, James Lebrecht, Keely Wells and Isaac Zablocki were on the panel discussion
  • First edition of the National Ability Summit is underway in India