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November 21, 2019 10:43:00 |

A difference of abilities

Society is not constituted only by able-bodied persons, and in every society there is a section comprising of people with physical impairments. Certain deformities that cannot be treated prevent them from leading a normal life. Despite the disabilities, they are not incapable of doing many things. In several physical activities they can outgun those without disabilities. Although they make a part of our society, sometimes we tend to consider them a burden. People are born different, and in cut-throat competition we realize the difference in abilities better. We never generalize; never say that all people are physically weak or incapable of performing certain mental tasks. But some people do carry this notion that all people with disabilities are not fit for any kind of job or task. Such generalization is not only defective but also dangerous in a society where people essentially have to behave and act responsibly.  It is the first mistake which we commit thereby depriving a good number of people from doing what they are otherwise capable of, and may be better than others. Although it should have been a priority of the government to dislodge this notion and come up with new policies and plans that can help people with disabilities, but beyond rhetoric, it has done nothing to improve the lot of these persons. The government formed acts and passed laws yet failed to execute them. The problem doesn’t end here; the department which was established to look into the problem of disabled persons has not been able to perform. Establishing a department and making it work are two different things. There is an immediate need that the department facilitates the process of absorbing these people in various government departments, besides creating avenues for them in public and private sector. The livelihood of people with disabilities is the first deformity that one finds in the state of affairs here. The livelihood of these people may have been secured if special reservations for them would not have become a grueling issue. Ignored and left to fend for themselves, they get brought down in the economic prism. Many are denied jobs, the jobs they are able to do, while others survive on charities. It is important in this regard that our perceptions undergo a change. Instead of considering them as liability, these persons must be considered as a functional part which can contribute meaningfully. Besides that the government needs to create multiple options to assist these people.

November 21, 2019 10:43:00 |

A difference of abilities

              

Society is not constituted only by able-bodied persons, and in every society there is a section comprising of people with physical impairments. Certain deformities that cannot be treated prevent them from leading a normal life. Despite the disabilities, they are not incapable of doing many things. In several physical activities they can outgun those without disabilities. Although they make a part of our society, sometimes we tend to consider them a burden. People are born different, and in cut-throat competition we realize the difference in abilities better. We never generalize; never say that all people are physically weak or incapable of performing certain mental tasks. But some people do carry this notion that all people with disabilities are not fit for any kind of job or task. Such generalization is not only defective but also dangerous in a society where people essentially have to behave and act responsibly.  It is the first mistake which we commit thereby depriving a good number of people from doing what they are otherwise capable of, and may be better than others. Although it should have been a priority of the government to dislodge this notion and come up with new policies and plans that can help people with disabilities, but beyond rhetoric, it has done nothing to improve the lot of these persons. The government formed acts and passed laws yet failed to execute them. The problem doesn’t end here; the department which was established to look into the problem of disabled persons has not been able to perform. Establishing a department and making it work are two different things. There is an immediate need that the department facilitates the process of absorbing these people in various government departments, besides creating avenues for them in public and private sector. The livelihood of people with disabilities is the first deformity that one finds in the state of affairs here. The livelihood of these people may have been secured if special reservations for them would not have become a grueling issue. Ignored and left to fend for themselves, they get brought down in the economic prism. Many are denied jobs, the jobs they are able to do, while others survive on charities. It is important in this regard that our perceptions undergo a change. Instead of considering them as liability, these persons must be considered as a functional part which can contribute meaningfully. Besides that the government needs to create multiple options to assist these people.

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