Indian Dental Association (IDA), Deccan Branch in association with the Special Olympics Bharat - Telangana State, a National Sports Federation, registered and recognised by the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports; is hosting a two day Dental Screening, Checkup and awareness camp, for the benefit of Intellectually Disabled Special Olympics athletes in the state of Telangana, on January 28th and 29th, 2019 at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Manovikas Nagar, Secunderabad.
The Camp was formally inaugurated by Ms Dolly Chakravarthy, Jt. Director, Dept of Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disability, New Delhi, also present on the occasion were Dr Himanshu Das, Incharge Director, National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disability (NIEPID), Chennai; Rt Major B V Ramkumar, Dy. Director, NIEPID; Dr Y S Reddy, President, IDA Deccan branch; Mr Raja Shekar, Head, Special Olympics Bharat - Telangana State and Dr A Srikanth, Secretary, IDA, Deccan branch; on Monday at NIMH. The Camp is being attended by 20 Clinical Specialists and over 250 intellectually disabled athletes.
Speaking on the occasion Ms Dolly Chakravarthy, Indian Dental Association deserves kudos for this humongous initiative which aids children with Intellectual Disability and helps them to preserve dental hygiene, which is so much essential in the overall maintenance of health. I request IDA to take this joint venture with the Special Olympics Bharat, forward and arrange for treatment of these children on regular basis. The 20 Doctors who took personal initiative and are getting specially trained for treating these Intellectual Disability Children also need special appreciation. Major (Retd.) B V Ramkumar, said, from a parents perspective this program is considered to be valuable. It enables them to understand and take a tip or two to ensure extra care of the child's dental needs, they I am sure are extremely happy to be part of it. Mr Raja Shekar said we are covering 694 districts in India in 36 states through Special Olympics Bharat program. He pointed out that recently Special Olympics Bharat – Telangana State, was the recipient of Golisano International Award on behalf of India. Dr Y S Reddy said Indian Dental Association has signed MOU with Special Olympics Bharat, at the national level in 2017 and through Eunice Shriver Kennedy camps. We are doing check-up programs throughout the country through various IDA branches in various states. Dr Himanshu Das, In-charge Director, NIEPID, Chennai said, Dental Services should be provided for Intellectual Disabled Children since they have difficulty in coordinating hand movements while brushing.
On the first day of the Camp, all the Clinical Volunteers underwent training on 'learn and practice' special skills to handle the intellectually disabled persons, students, children. The next Dental Screening, Checkup and awareness camp, for the Intellectually Disabled Special Olympics athletes, will be held at Warangal and neighbouring districts in Telangana, on February 1st and 2nd Feb'19.
About Special Olympics: The Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 6 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 192 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all around the world, including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to more than 100,000 events a year. Like the International Paralympic Committee, the Special Olympics organization is recognized by the International Olympic Committee; however, unlike the Paralympic Games, Special Olympics World Games are not held in the same year or in conjunction with the Olympic Games.
About Special Olympics Bharat: Special Olympics Bharat is a National Sports Federation that uses sports as a catalyst to transform the lives of children and adults with intellectual disability. It is accredited by Special Olympics Inc. USA, to conduct its Sports programs all over India.