Journey of Javed Ahmed Tak to grab Padma Shri

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Javed Ahmed Tak is an Indian divyang social worker who conferred with Padma Shri for his contribution to social work. He has been improving the lives of Kashmir’s specially-abled children.
Tak has been working with divyang children for more than two decades now. He has been providing free education, material aid and motivation to over 100 children of 40 villages in Anantnag and Pulwama. Tak also established Zaiba Aapa School and Humanity Welfare Organization which specially caters services for the other divyang people.
Javed Ahmad Tak is also an awardee of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP). He is a victim of the armed conflict that took place in Kashmir in the 1980s. A single bullet has changed his entire life forever. The bullet hit his spine and made him a wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.
However, he chose to do human services by giving tuitions to disabled children. He has been providing free education to orphans, physically challenged and also to the students from a poor economic background. Then in 1999, Javed formed an NGO, Humanity Welfare Organisation and has been advocating for the rights of disabled persons. His organization got awarded the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award at an International Centre in Delhi.
“Accessibility creation is a collective effort. It can only be achieved if each individual contributes towards making accessibility possible for the disabled” says Tak.

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