ABILYMPICS Worldwide three major organizations organize events for persons with disabilities : Special Olympics – games and sports with focus on mentally challenged. Paralympics – games and sports mainly for persons with locomotor disabilities. Abilympics – Abilympics are Olympics with a difference. Abilympics is a combination of the words Ability and Olympics. These are vocational skills competitions for persons with all disabilities. The focus is to showcase the abilities not the disabilities. International Abilympics are held once in four years in different parts of the world under the aegis of International Abilympic Federation (IAF) & Rehabilitation International. Members of IAF participate in the International Abilympics. GRF has recently become a member of IAF. The International Abilympics were held in 1981 in Japan for the first time to commemorate the United Nations International Year for Disabled Persons. The second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth Abilympics were held in Colombia, Hong Kong, Australia, Czech Republic, India, Japan and South Korea respectively. The Abilympics in India were introduced by Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust. 14 contestants participated in 5th International Abilympics (IA) held in Prague in 2000 where India’s bid to hold 6th IA was accepted. 1400 participants from 33 countries participated in 45 events in 6th International Abilympics held in India in 2003. India won 30 medals (7 gold, 8 silver and 15 bronze). Mission Statement The Mission of Abilympics is to create public awareness and nurture the productive talents of persons with disabilities by providing them opportunities to acquire and enhance their vocational skills to achieve economic independence. Objectives Discover, nurture and showcase the potential and talents of persons with disabilities and promote economic self-reliance. Sensitise and create awareness among government, the corporate sector and society at large about the productive skills of persons with disabilities. Expose persons with disabilities to the relevant and latest trends in technologies in their respective areas. Ensure involvement of the government, the corporate sector and NGOs in the economic upliftment of the disabled. Promote international friendship through exchange of knowledge and programmes. Who can participate •A person with any disability. •He / She should be 15 years and above, for senior abilympics and below 15 for junior abilympics •He / She can participate in a maximum of two contests if the date and time do not clash. •No outside person is permitted to assist the contestants in any way. In case a contestant needs some help due to his / her disability, the organisers provide the necessary assistance National Abilympics Association Mauritius LIST OF ACTIVITIES UPDATED (23.04.13) [Senior Competition - >15yrs] Activity Code Name of Activity 001 Basket Making 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 Jewellery making Beading works Wood carving/Coconut carving Painting (on paper) Fabric painting Cake decoration Bakery Dress making Floral arrangement Crochet works Embroidery Basic typing skills Clay/Modeling Candle Decoration NGOs undertaking activity ADSP, TEDPB, MMHA, Centre Lois Lagesse STH Handicapped, Lizie dan la main, CWA, ADSP, APEIM, Centre Lois Lagesse, TEDPB Centre Lois Lagesse, MMHA, liziedan la main MMHA,STH Hand, ADSP, APEIM, STH handicapped, FIH, CWA ADSP, STH handicapped APEIM,FIH, CWA APEIM,FIH STH Hand., Centre Lois Lagesse ADSP, STH hand, CWA Centre Lois Lagesse, ADSP, liziedan la main Centre Lois Lagesse, liziedan la main ADSP, APEIM, Lois Lagesse [Junior Competition - <15yrs] Activity Code Name of Activity 016 Card Making 017 Beading works 018 Painting (on paper) 019 Singing (vocal)/Occidental/sega 020 Music (Instrumental) NGOs undertaking activity ADSP, CWA ADSP, APEIM, CWA ADSP Liziedan la main, ,FIH Lois Lagesse NOTE: To be able to carry out an activity at the Abilympics level, there should be at least 5 participants from 3 institutions. CONTEST – CATEGORIES V1 V2 V3 V4 V5 V6 V7 V8 V9 V10 Furniture Making – Advanced Furniture Making - Basic Basket Making Jewellery Making CAD - Machinery CAD-Architecture Wood Carving Tie & Dye Artificial Limb Making Photography – Studio V11 V12 V13 V14 V15 V16 V17 V18 V19 V20 Photography – Outdoor Poster Design Silk Hand Painting Tailoring Men’s Dress Making – Advanced Dress Making - Basic Electronic Circuit Connection & Technique Electronic Assembly & Testing Bicycle Assembly Cake Decoration V21 V22 V23 V24 V25 V26 V27 V28 V29 V30 English Text Processing Desktop Publishing Computer Programming Data Processing – Basic Data Processing – Advance PC Assembly Creating Web Pages Floral Arrangement CNC Turning Cake Decoration V31 V32 V33 Block Printing on Fabric Dress Making – Basic Painting oil on canvas Leisure &Living Skills L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6 Pottery Hand Knitting Embroidery Waste Reuse Crochet Work Painting (Water Colours) on paper The list includes tasks for each disability e.g. Visually Impaired – Computer Assembly, computer programming, cane technology, knitting etc. Intellectually Challenged – word processing, painting, dress making – basic, bead work, block printing etc. Speech & Hearing Impaired - need a sign language interpreter. Judges, Convenors and Technical Assistants are identified from Industry, Technical and Educational Institutes. An orientation programme is organised to familiarise them with the tasks and explain their role and the methodology of assessment of the contestants. A 3 to 5 member Jury is constituted to deal with any appeal against the judgement. The contests are judged entirely on professional merit and not on the measure of the disability of the contestant. No concession is made for severity of disability. Benefits • Abilympics provide an opportunity to participants to upgrade their skills and learn about employment opportunities though networking with other disability organisations and potential employers. • Facilitates Mainstreaming • Helps understanding about job potential and employability. • Creates awareness in the society about the abilities of the disabled. • Brings about Convergence of Resources between government/academic/professional institutions, industry, NGOs etc.. • Helps in creating barrier-free environment. • Generates international friendship. Training & Employment Generation • Involvement of academicians, professionals, institutions, and industry. • Identification of jobs, skill development initiative schemes in consultation with Government/ Industry. • Raise awareness among the employers including giving them incentive for employment of persons with disabilities. • Provide incentives to medal winners in National and International abilympics. Membership IAF - Global Rainbow Foundation National • Individual membership Annual membership Life membership • Institutional membership Annual membership Life membership The hardest thing to overcome is not physical disability but the mental condition which it induces.