How Proper Acceptance of Disability in India Can Make A Difference?

It is high time for Indian parents as well as communities to become aware of the different aspects of disability so as to aid disabled children in leading better lives.

In India, nearly 1755 out of every 1 lakh people are the victims of disability, in one form or another. The reports of last year showed that 6.1 percent of urban homes and 8.4 percent of rural abodes across the country have one differently abled person, at the least. In several cases, it has been observed that Indian parents end up being extremely traumatised and troubled when they find out that their child is afflicted with disability. They panic and take their kids to different doctors, and even witch doctors in order to find a cure. And such negativity arises from insufficient alternative care, employment and education systems.

According to studies, the parents of a child with disability undergo different psychological effects when they come to know about the condition of their child. The best thing that they can do is accept the reality and shower unlimited care & love to their kid. However, in India, parents of children with disabilities often squander themselves in self-pity, and rely upon alternatives for venting out their pity, such as fasts, pujas, rituals and even random activities under the guidance of priests.

In order to obliterate these issues, disability has to be mainstreamed in every facet of life. Disabled-friendly infrastructure has to be established so that differently abled children can take admission in regular schools. There are, of course, home for children with disabilities in India all throughout, and they are striving at the best of their capabilities to create better opportunities for the differently abled kids.

It is important for everyone to bear in mind that anything that a child grows up with becomes his or her natural environment. Let’s consider a brief example to understand this. When a disabled child studies with a healthy one, both become sensitised at a very young age. This is how our educational institutions — schools, colleges and universities — should be. All these places must accept disabled children with comfort and dignity, and provide them with an effectively accessible environment.

Bringing about suitable changes in stigmatised attitudes as well as responses towards persons with disabilities is necessary for providing them with opportunities to contribute in various realms of community life. Therefore, it is really important for us Indians to begin investing in counselling and infrastructure for the differently abled. When parents learn to accept disability in the right way, their children would be able to get decent education, have good jobs and lead a life of dignity.

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