In May 2001, at the behest of Ministries of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE) and Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India, the National Abilympic Association of India (NAAI) was formed. NAAI was launched basically to organize India’s participation in the 6th Abilympics to be held in New Delhi and in the subsequent international events.
6th International Abilympics was held in Delhi and was inaugurated by Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, and 10th Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The association originated at Amar Jyoti, Charitable Trust in Delhi and has since then expanded to five zones across India. All five zones are associated with local NGOs connected to the disability sector and currently around 500 civil society organizations are in its consortium.
On December 12, 2016, National Abilympic Association of India was handed over to Sarthak Educational Trust and this remarkable association between NAAI and Sarthak paves the way for more inclusive approach owing to Sarthak’s Pan-India presence and strong support system of wide group of stakeholders (Government Agencies, Corporate Bodies, Civil Societies, and PWDs). NAAI is in its 15th year of existence. During this period the Abilympics movement has spread throughout the country and has helped increase awareness about the abilities of disabled people in society.
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