In celebration of World Autism Awareness Month, KCC in collaboration with Access for All is delighted to present Celebrating Blue, a three-day event from April 11th to 13th, aimed at raising awareness about autism and promoting inclusivity and understanding within our community. Alongside an art exhibition, we are organizing two speaker sessions and two workshops at KCC.

Art Exhibition: 
The heart of Celebrating Blue lies in its art exhibition, featuring captivating works created by children on the autism spectrum. Audiences will gain insight into the unique perspectives and talents of individuals with autism, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for their creativity. 

The exhibition is open to all.

Speaker Sessions:

1. Pioneers of Progress: Insights from Leaders in Autism Advocacy – 11 April, 3.30pm to 4.15pm: Join us for this session featuring leaders from various industries dedicated to autism advocacy. Speakers include Indrani Basu, Director of Autism Society West Bengal, and Shampa Sengupta, Founder Director of Sruti Disability Rights Centre. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from their experiences and gain insights into best practices and innovative approaches in the field of autism advocacy.

2. Corporate Commitment: Empowering Autism Awareness in Workplaces – 12 April: Discover the crucial role of corporations in promoting autism awareness and creating inclusive workplaces in this engaging session led by internal leaders from Emami CSR. Through case studies and discussions, attendees will explore practical strategies for fostering a more inclusive work environment.

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3. Artful Inclusion
    Enhancing Learning for Diverse Needs – 13 April | 11.30am to 1pm

Designed specifically for special educators, caregivers, and parents of children on the autism spectrum, this workshop explores the benefits of art-integrated learning for students with diverse needs, including those on the autism spectrum. Participants will gain practical tips and resources to support inclusive teaching practices, empowering them to create enriching learning experiences for all students. The workshop will be facilitated by Siddhant Shah, disability expert and founder of Access for ALL, India's national award winning disability accessibility consultancy, specializing in enabling museums, cultural events, and art fairs to cater to people with disabilities, thus democratizing art.

4. Colouring a Palm Grove
    A Painting Workshop – 13 April | 11.30am to 1pm

The idea is to engage children with nature through artistic activities inspired by KG Subramanyan’s drawings and paintings. The plan is to create a landscape installation with cut-outs of palm trees and undulated lands. The children will be invited to write, paint and interact in various ways, like making simple origami forms of birds and animals and hanging them from the trees. Images of palms –photographs and paintings/drawings by Santiniketan artists – will be on the wall with small introductory notes that may help the children know about them. The experience is like working on a 3D colouring book.
The workshop is recommended for individuals in the autism spectrum. 

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