TBILISI, May 2017 – “People have definitely started to talk more about children with disabilities, and the media has shown a great deal of interest in covering the topic,” said Lia Tabatadze, the mother of a 7 year-old girl with Down Syndrome, and the founder of Babale, a local NGO that helps children with disabilities integrate into society and lead more independent lives.
Tabatadze and her NGO have joined the high visibility campaign ‘See Every Colour’, which aims to raise awareness and educate people about the needs of children with disabilities and the importance of their full inclusion within society.
Launched in February 2017, the campaign is gaining pace and has already attracted major recognition country-wide. Video and photo stories showcasing the talents of children and young people with disabilities in sports, arts ,and education have spread across social media, complementing other awareness-raising events in the capital and throughout Georgia.
Gigo Shiukashvili, a charismatic 21 year-old with Down Syndrome, was thrilled to hear about the new campaign, and is trying to participate in as many events as he can.