Voluntary Medicare Society (VMS) on Saturday announced free rehabilitation for youth left physically disabled in the ongoing Kashmir unrest.
With a view to focus on the issues confronting the physically challenged and the need for adopting the bill which replaces the 'Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995', sought be brought in to comply with the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which India signed in 2007, the VMS shared its plans during a function at its Bemina facility on Saturday.
The VMS showcased its activities and achievements while spinal injury patients shared their experiences before the gathering.
Waseem Ahmad, a wheelchair bound person, who heads the wheelchair volleyball team of VMS shared his experiences. Farooq Ahmad, a former cop who suffered spinal injury in Sep 2014, in a road accident, stated as to how he tried to end his life but then how he was led to Shafaqat Rehab Centre which gave him new hope to live. Today he drives a car, runs his business and helps to sustain his family. He appealed the CM to fulfill the promise of her late father Mufti M Sayeed regarding developing indoor sports facility for spinal injury persons and other handicapped persons at the VMS campus.
Mohammad Rafiq Parray, a victim of spinal injury and multiple haemangioma , a member of the VMS team lamented that not a single shopping arcade in the valley is accessible to wheelchair-bound persons. He said that he never had a chance to purchase clothes of his choice because of non-accessibility of shopping centres.
Khurshid Ahmad Malik, vice president, VMS, himself an accident victim lamented how masjids and other places of worship and were inaccessible to them. He urged media to build up public opinion for implementing the amended act for welfare of persons with infirmities so that handicapped persons is ameliorated.
Primarily established in 1970 by ENT Surgeon, Dr Mir Mohammad Maqbool, former Professor and HoD ENT, GMC Srinagar, the socio medical society has graduated to be a vibrant organization which runs a Shafaqat School, an inclusive School for specially abled children with a roll of around hundred children and a state of art Shaqat Rehabilitation centre for spinal injury patients and patients with other physical infirmities.