#Varija Life

.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
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

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

  • The event is dedicated to create awareness about disabilities of all kinds
  • The session, "Building Better Mental Health Solutions adressed rising meantal health issues
  • Dr. Manoj Kumar, Dr. Samir Parikh and Dr. Nimesh G Desai were the keynote speakers

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Panel discussion on 'building better mental health solutions' at the National Ability Summit. (Photo Credit: ScreenGrab-YouTube/ Varija LIFE)

  • There is a lack of mental health practitioners in India's smaller towns, cities and villages
  • There is a need to train students, parents and teachers
  • First edition of the National Ability Summit is underway in India