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World Autism Day 2019: Autistic People Get Training To Vote In The Upcoming Polls


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02 April 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: On occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, autistic people of the State were empowered today to vote in the upcoming polls and make a difference in the society. The Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department (SSEPD) trained people with autism on Tuesday on how to vote and exercise their franchisee.

One out of every 250 people in Odisha have autism and they too have the complete right to play decision-makers of the country. This year, SSEPD took up several awareness program under the theme ‘Sugamya Nirbachcan’ (free and fair election) for all-round development of autistic people.

Inaugurated by department’s Principal Secretary Niten Chandra and Director Sushant Mohapatra, the program trained over 200 persons who have autism or are visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, mentally retarded or have cerebral palsy. Those special persons were also trained for handling EVM and VVPAT machines.

Autistic children were also identified, examined and registered. A drawing competition was also organised for the kids and the best among them were awarded. The entire seminar was a joint collaboration between among SSEPD, Odisha CEO, Sub-collector and BMC.

As per a press note, the SSEPD department has also provided wheelchair to every polling booth. A workshop has also been organized at every district level to educate the disabled person on exercising franchisee. The department has also set a target to increase the number of voters with disabilities this election.

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Sushant Mohapatra, Director, SSEPD

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Nalini Mohanty, Coordinator, Institute Of Health Sciences

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Sunil Mohapatra, Visually-Impaired