On December 28, 2023, MSSI Bangalore, in collaboration with RAGAMS, hosted a heartwarming event at the Rotary House of Friendship. The evening kicked off with inspiring words from RAGAMS Chairperson Rtn. Shankar Subramanian, setting the stage for a night filled with camaraderie and inspiration.
We were honored to share the mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI), highlighted through a moving film supported by Bosch. The applause resonated not just for the creators but for every warrior battling this disease.
Rotary Team & Dhwani mesmerized the audience with magical performances, captivating over a hundred guests with music and joy. A highlight of the night was the donation of a wheelchair to Dinesh, a cherished member of our MS community, symbolizing the tangible impact of our collective efforts.
To spread the joy of the New Year, cakes were gifted to all participants, marking a sweet start to hopeful beginnings. Gratitude to RAGAMS, Lead Clubs – Rotary Bengaluru Platinum City and Rotary Bangalore Abilities, and Supporting Clubs for their unwavering support.
Special thanks to RI District 3191 District Governor Rtn. Udaya Kumar Bhaskar, whose presence and inspiring speech left an indelible mark. Appreciation to Rtn.Sunil Telkar for his support and guidance.
A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Umesh, Superintendent, Department for the Empowerment of the Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, for his commitment and instrumental role in obtaining electric wheelchairs from the Government for our MS community.
Tokens of appreciation were presented to the Presidents of participating Rotary Clubs, symbolizing our collective unity in supporting MS warriors.
As the evening concluded with a sumptuous dinner, “Stars of Strength” proved to be more than an event; it became a beacon of hope and solidarity for the MS community.
MSSI Hyderabad Chapter conducted an enlightening session with Dr. Reshma Sultana Shaikh, a Neurologist from Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, on “Recent Advances & Updates in the Management of Multiple Sclerosis”.
Dr. Shaikh debunked myths surrounding MS and emphasized the importance of open communication with your doctor without hesitation. Here are some key takeaways from her insightful session:
1. Yoga is Essential:Dr. Shaikh recommends making yoga a mandatory part of your routine for overall well-being.
2. Tailored Treatment:Recognizing that MS varies for each individual, treatments are customized based on specific needs.
3. No Cure, but Treatment Available: While there’s no cure for MS, there are effective treatments to manage the condition.
4. Combatting Fatigue:Exercise is key to increasing endurance and combating fatigue associated with MS.
5. Stay Hydrated: Ensure sufficient hydration for overall health and well-being.
6. Vitamin D Connection: Dr. Shaikh highlighted the correlation between Vitamin D and MS, underlining its significance.
7. Acceptance and Adaptation: Acceptance of the disease is crucial. Dr. Shaikh encourages using walking sticks if needed for better mobility.
The session was highly interactive, allowing People with MS (PwMs) to clarify doubts, and Dr. Shaikh patiently addressed all questions.
Let’s continue spreading awareness and supporting each other on this journey!
The Hyderabad Chapter of MSSI had a rejuvenating Chair Yoga Session on 17th Dec, 2023, conducted by the incredible Ms. Shakuntala!
Ms. Shakuntala, a seasoned Yoga Teacher and Therapist with over eight years of experience, brought her expertise to Saptaparni, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The session was nothing short of spectacular, showcasing Chair Yoga as a versatile practice for all the people present.
Starting with soothing breathing exercises, Ms. Shakuntala seamlessly incorporated the chair as a prop for various exercises. The hall was buzzing with energy as the enthusiastic audience actively participated, embracing the comfort of chair-based yoga.
Chair Yoga is a true blessing for those who may find traditional yoga challenging, making it accessible to everyone, regardless of mobility. The interactive Question-Answer session that followed allowed participants to dive deeper into the benefits and techniques shared by Ms. Shakuntala.
Kudos to MSSI Hyderabad for organizing this wonderful session, and a heartfelt thank you to Ms. Shakuntala for spreading the joy of yoga!
Exciting News! Dimple, our incredible Multiple Sclerosis warrior, has been honored with the IDPD Award 2023! Dimple’s journey with MS began in 2010, but she refuses to label it as an illness. Instead, she sees it as an incurable challenge, a divine test that has transformed her into a resilient and stronger individual.
Dimple’s leadership shines through as she was commended for her outstanding motivational qualities. Her interactions are marked by empathy, resilience, and a collaborative spirit, setting an inspiring example for everyone around her.
In the face of invisible challenges posed by MS, Dimple not only embraced her strengths but also became a beacon of hope for others. During the challenging times of COVID-19, she along with 38 other volunteers assisted more than 300 patients in Hyderabad, providing essentials like oxygen cylinders, concentrators, platelets, and blood.
Beyond her personal battle, Dimple connected with MS patients across Hyderabad, becoming a guiding light for those seeking support and understanding. As a committee member in the MSSI Hyderabad Chapter and the Youth Wing leader, she represents Hyderabad on a national level, contributing to projects like Outreach programs and Supportive Therapies for MS.
Dimple’s commitment to helping others remains unwavering. She believes in living each day with a smile, reminding us all that worrying won’t solve problems but a smile can light up our world! She says “Why worry and get wrinkles? Better Smile and get dimples”! Let’s celebrate Dimple’s well-deserved recognition and continue to be inspired by her resilience and compassion.
Congratulations to MSperson, Puja Chadha, a dedicated MSSI Delhi Chapter member, for receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the Rotary Club!
Acknowledging Puja’s efforts in transforming the Rotary Club’s public image, both within and beyond, the club commends her for turning an ordinary space into a source of inspiration.
The Rotary Club expresses gratitude to Puja for her generous contributions, time, and efforts in shaping Rotary Bangalore into a respected brand.
MSSI is overjoyed to announce that our incredible member, Smitha Sadasivan, has been honored with the prestigious national award for being a role model for persons with disabilities (Shreshth Divyangjan)! This outstanding recognition was presented by the Honorable President of India on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023.
Hailing from Chennai, Ms. Smitha Sadasivan is a beacon of inspiration as a person with Multiple Sclerosis and an active member of the MSSI Chennai chapter. Her dedication extends beyond her own journey, as she tirelessly contributes to various voluntary disability and health networks.
Smitha is a force for change, advocating, sensitizing, and collaborating for inclusive and accessible policies, programs, products, services, infrastructure, and ICT. Her remarkable contributions include championing the inclusion of Multiple Sclerosis in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2023 and spearheading efforts to make electoral processes accessible for all persons with disabilities nationwide.
Notably, Smitha played a pivotal role in transforming Marina into the 2nd longest beach in the world into an accessible haven for all in Chennai. Her impact reverberates globally, as she has represented and deliberated on the inclusion of all persons with disabilities in global health discussions, even speaking at the UN and WHS on these crucial matters.
Smitha, your unwavering commitment to human rights, inclusivity, and accessibility is truly commendable. Your journey is an inspiration to us all, and we are immensely proud to have you as a part of the MSSI family!
he MSSI Chennai Chapter orchestrated a radiant Diwali celebration at the BOSCH office on November 18, 2023. Commencing with a Fatigue Management follow-up session for 15 MSPs, the day brightened with a captivating performance by Ms. Jyoti Kala, whose voice dispels negativity and illuminates the darkness. The festivities gained momentum with entertaining games hosted by the Committee members! Mr. Pravin Kumar from Dextroware shed light on Mouseware, an innovative tool enabling hands-free computer operation for PWDs. Wrapping up on a sweet note, the celebration concluded with the distribution of sweets and refreshments to all participants. Gratitude extends to everyone who contributed to making this Diwali celebration a resounding success!
Exploring the Insights from the Seminar on Transforming Accessibility at OP Jindal Global University!
On November 8th, 2023, OP Jindal Global University hosted an insightful seminar, “Transforming Accessibility: From ‘Affective’ to ‘Effective'”, with the aim of fostering an inclusive environment for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in India.
Co-hosted by Grp Captain Prabal Malakar, Honorary Secretary of the Delhi Chapter at MSSI, and Mr. Subhash Vashisht, Director of the Centre for Accessibility and Barrier-Free Environment (CABE), the event brought together minds dedicated to driving positive change.
Our esteemed panelists included Prof. Abhinav Mehrotra, Prof. Amit Upadhyay, and Prof. Arnab Bose from the faculty of Jindal Global University Sonipat, who shared valuable insights on creating an inclusive society.
What makes this seminar unique is its integration into the in-class experiential learning pedagogy for the Financial Market Regulation course at the Law School, emphasizing the practical application of inclusivity in education.
Together, we can create a world where accessibility is not just an aspiration but a reality.