Aasra, literally translated as Support, is an initiative towards an inclusive society. Aasra is a sports and cultural fest organized by Development of Corporate Citizenship (DoCC) that includes participants with Autism, Down syndrome and people with disabilities (PwDs). Aasra also includes senior citizens from various old age homes as well. In AASRA 2023 Over 150 participants from 10 to 12 non-profit organisations and schools from across Mumbai are expected to come together to celebrate life through sports and cultural activities with 300 MBA students at SPJIMR. It is an affirmation of life in all its forms.
The DoCC office, as part of contributing to sustainable futures, began conducting Aasra to create an inclusive mindset among the stakeholders of SPJIMR. Aasra is held in collaboration with SPJIMR’s sports fest SPRINT. Volunteers are sought to assist individuals with special needs during the event. The DoCC and Sustainability Committee will be organising the sports and cultural activities.
Disability inclusion means understanding the relationship between the way people function and how they participate in society, and making sure everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires.
The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of background, gender, disability, medical or other needs. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and building inclusive sensibilities. It affects all aspects of public life.
This year, Aasra was conducted on January 29th, 2022.
The event is divided into two parts – sporting activities and cultural fest. The activities are curated keeping in mind the mental age and physical capacities of individuals. The event gives participating SPJIMR students the opportunity to create synergies with people with special needs. Thinking through pedagogy, the organisers and schools brainstorm with the experts in the domain to work out the sports and cultural activities best suited for different abilities. In Aasra 2019, in consultation with experts, sporting events like Hand Cricket, Hit the Target, 100m Relay Race, Dodgeball, Penalty Shootout and Balloon Tapping; were identified as suitable sports activities. Given the different mental ages and skill sets of the participants, cultural activities are devised in conjunction with schools, experts and parents. The SPJIMR participants are equal contributors in terms of individual and group performances. They share both the sports ground and the stage.
Any NGO with specially-abled children and senior citizens are free to participate. The participants get a chance to be involved in sports and cultural activities, creating memories for life. People who want to volunteer to support participants are also welcome to attend.
The roundtable hopes to: