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One name that has been synonymous with these changes is Javed Abidi. Affected with spina bifida at birth and a wheelchair user since 15, he has with his resilience, conviction and vision paved the way for 70 million disabled population of India in his 17 years of work in the sector.
Some pathbreaking achievements of NCPEDP are:
It is indeed a matter of great excitement and pride that he has been shortlisted for the Guardian Achievements in International Development Award 2009!
He has made it to the top 5 from 95 other nominations from around the world. He is the ONLY Indian and the only one from the subcontinent to have made the top 5. And yes, he is also the only one in the top 5 from the disability sector, worldwide!The award is aimed at recognizing some of the unsung heroes of international development and to share the outstanding stories of local successes with a global audience.
The winner will now be decided through public voting which will take place between 7 - 30 September 2009.
In his 17 years of work in the sector, millions entrusted their faith and support in his vision, courage, conviction and integrity. It is time now to take this vision even further, time to take this amazing story of years of struggle, small victories, bouquets and brick bats to the rest of the world.
"Honestly, it is not about me. All the issues that I am credited with were not achieved by me alone. Many, many colleagues, disability sector leaders and above all, thousands of disabled people worked terribly hard to achieve all that we have achieved so far," Abidi says.
"I see this nomination as recognition of the Indian disability sector and the success of the Indian disability movement," he adds.
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