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Kolkata: People with disabilities walk the ramp at talent hunt 13.11.22

Participants at the audition for ‘Walk With A Difference’

KOLKATA: Walk With A Difference (WWAD) held an audition at The Heritage School on Saturday for 100 candidates with disabilities, including autism and dwarfism, and also acid attack victims, from 40 cities across the country. WWAD is a platform to showcase talents of disabled people in art, music, dance, fashion, art and sports.

Thirty of the best talents were selected for a week-long capacity building programme at Manovikas Kendra Rehabilitation and Research Institute for the Handicapped, under the guidance of mental health experts, professional choreographers, stylists and image consultants before the finale at Science City on November 19. The 30 candidates selected received a cash prize in collaboration with India Autism Centre.

"These children desire to be seen, appreciated and made visible just like everyone else," said The Heritage School principal Seema Sapru.

Contestants, aged between 9 and 45, also did paintings, singing and dance routines. Among them was an acid attack survivor from Uttarakhand, Kavita Bisht (32), who teaches at a school.