World Disability Day: Special Olympics medallist Gauri Gadgil receives National award

The National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities are handed out by the Divya Sanjan, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Health. The awards are given in the categories of research institutes, outstanding staff, and research institutes working for luminaries. The International Day of Disabled Persons will be marked on December 03, 2017

World Disability Day: Special Olympics medallist Gauri Gadgil receives National award

The Government of India declared National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities today. In total, Maharashtra received 5 awards in different categories. The distribution of these awards will be done by the President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on December 3, which is marked as World Disability Day.

The awards are handed out by the Divya Sanjan, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Health. The awards are given in the categories of research institutes, outstanding staff, and research institutes working for luminaries.

This year, Pranay Burde from Mumbai and Gauri Gadgil from Pune have won awards in the category of disabled persons with mental retardation/mental illness/autism.

The other awards declared today were:

  • Best institute – ETC Education, Vashi
  • Best Braille Press – National Association for the blind, Worli
  • Best Accessible Website – The Jalgaon People Co-Operative Bank Ltd

Who is Gauri Gadgil?

Gauri Gadgil is a child with special needs, who has also played herself in the film named ‘Yellow’ which explores a mother and daughter relationship. The film involves Down’s syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in extra genetic material from chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate intellectual disability

What sets Gauri Gadgil apart?

Gauri, a Down syndrome child went on to win silver medal twice at the Special Olympics. She has become inspiration to many people in the Bollywood and Marathi film industry. Yellow, is made on her life story and for her acting in the film she has won Special Jury mention at National Awards this year.

What are her achievements?

Gauri had won around 55 competitions. This includes a gold medal at the National Paralympics 2003, a silver medal at the Special Olympics Summer Games held in Beijing in 2008, and silver and two bronze medals at the recently-held Asia Pacific Games – Special Olympics 2013 in Australia. She started learning swimming to improve her motor activities, but soon developed a special interest in it and then started participating in different competitions.

What are Gauri’s aspirations?

After the film’s success, she had expressed her with to continue acting in more films. She also wants to become a swimming coach. In spite of achieving so many things, her daily routine is a schedule with complete discipline. She never falters to take up daily exercises, speech therapy sessions and study.