written by Aarcha Varadaraj, intern
What is Self-Advocacy?
Self-advocacy is, in simple terms, having your own set of ideas, making your own decisions and learning to have a voice of your own. People with disabilities often find themselves taking a step back when it comes to asserting themselves, and thus not having a voice of their own. This is an important skill in leading our day to day lives independently. There are three parts to becoming an effective self-advocate:
Why is Self-Advocacy important? …
written by Abhinav Thakurta, intern
We constantly form notions about people. We often judge, form presumptions and believe all sorts of myths about different people we meet along. And we are much more lenient towards myths in the case of disabled people.
When our paths cross with differently-abled people, we often form a perspective that shapes our behaviour towards them. After all, they are as much a part of our society as any of us and must be treated with dignity. They have equal rights to be happy and confident like you.
Many perceptions need to be checked and changed about people with disabilities so that we can create a conducive environment with equality of opportunity for everyone. Today, we discuss ten myths we commonly believe about people with disabilities and should be in fact be cleared from our minds. …
written by Preeti Tahiliani, intern
Women with disabilities all around the world are carving an identity for themselves and not letting society be a hindrance in their way of living life the way they want to. Pooja Sharma, former Miss Wheelchair India, was only 40 days old when she lost her legs her. She was operated upon to save her legs but the damage was so severe that she ended up in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Life can’t be always a bed of roses as it comes with thorns too.
Nevertheless what you choose defines your outlook. She joined a prestigious law school with her dream to pursue law but the non-availability of basic amenities forced her to join a better college. She found job hunting much harder as during job interviews people were more interested in her shortcomings rather than her strengths. This often became discouraging but she was not one to be deterred by hurdles and was determined to “stand on her feet”. In her own words, she is done standing up now, she’s busy flying. …
written by Muskan Sharma, intern; edited by Jithin Vidya Ajith
Problems might be old, but solutions always keep upgrading. Immobility isn’t a disability of today’s era; it has been here for a long time. Since ages, differently-abled people have been fighting against this obstacle with whatever resource and method they could get. As time changes and technology develops, we see the rise of better innovations to help people.
Today, we are being introduced to exoskeleton suits and wearable robotic gears to aid in our mobility. It’s been a few years since the concept has been introduced and numerous mainstream movies have helped to familiarise with the concept. But how did technology reach this stage where a person who cannot walk or stand properly, would now, potentially, be able to do so just by using the power of their brain, just by thinking of doing a particular task? …
written by Aarcha Varadaraj, intern, Astrek Innovations
During this lockdown what we lack the most is how to keep ourselves fit and healthy in the same way we used to. We tend to be lazier than before. There are a lot of reasons stopping people from keeping themselves fit:
Most importantly, fitness is more difficult for specially-abled people, and now the Covid-19 pandemic has presented even more challenges to overcome. We have strict social distancing guidelines and most people are confined to their homes, including our therapists and trainers. …
written by Abhinav Thakurta, intern, Astrek Innovations
“When you hear the word ‘disabled,’ people immediately think about people who can’t walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can’t find joy in life and are bitter.” -Teri Garr
Physical disability limits a person’s physical functionality, which can be mobility impairments or intellectual disability. It can limit a person from carrying out their daily activities such as shopping, cooking or gardening. …
written by Muskan Sharma, Intern, Astrek Innovations
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.
Well, life isn’t always so cooperative that it gives us opportunities wrapped in a golden sheath. Sometimes, all the doors seem closed, and we must carve out opportunities from obstacles. Some fail to reach their potential even though they are capable and resourceful enough to do so. And then there are some whose lives are riddled with obstacles, yet choose to transform their adversities into advantages. There are numerous examples of such people who despite their disabilities have stood apart and made a mark of themselves. They have been nothing less than an inspiration to the world. …
written by Preeti Tahiliani, Intern
It has been a challenging time for the elderly and the disabled after the outbreak of coronavirus. The situation has brought about new fears now as we are going into self-isolation and shielding ourselves from this environment. Let’s try to understand how to navigate these troubled waters.
Self-isolation means not stepping out or staying at home. You cannot or choose not to step out even for the essentials, if possible. …
by Robin Kanattu Thomas, CEO, Astrek Innovations
Dear future me,
By the time you get this letter, you might either be on your path to becoming a well-set entrepreneur or might have shut your dreams. If you have become an entrepreneur, this letter will take you through the journey so far and if you have quit, this letter will help you ponder on your decision, again. Your dream was to uplift and brighten up the lives of specially-able people. Here, I will take you through your good old days. Do you remember why the unfathomable desire of becoming an entrepreneur blew you off? …