Around 500 million people in the world are disabled either physically or mentally. This accounts for 10% of the global population. But why in the minds of all of us are these 10% people, altogether different from us? The worst part is that we are ready to consider them human beings but are unable to accept them as one of us.
Their have been a lot of cases, ‘n’ no. of them, where little children, mentally or physically challenged, are thrown out of the schools just because they are slow in learning and are unable to cope up with other students. The teachers don’t realize that they are the same beautiful creations of God as their own kids are. The way these disabled people are mocked at, are denied of rights which no one can snatch away from them, ignored by even the government in being provided with certain facilities they deserve is really pitiful to even think of. Who are we to decide their fate?
We all need to realize what a trauma a child would undergo if he is mocked at for his disability. What is his fault if he’s born like that or some mishappening made him so? We cannot even relate to the intensity of the pain suffered by them by such acts of ours. They are denied of social gatherings because we believe they are not a part of us. We consider ourselves superior to them no matter how much more knowledgable they are than us. We all have been condemning the concept of racism because we have been a victim to it but we are ourselves no better than racists !
But we need to kno one thing. Some of the greatest names in the history of the world were either mentally of physically handicapped.
Helen Keller, one of the most famous authors of all times was deaf and blind and she was the first person with such disability to be a graduate from any college.
Louis Braille, the mind behind the Braille writing, was blind himself but what an angel he has been for all the blind people.
The great names like Isaac Newton, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin had aspergers syndrome. Who can doubt the fact that they were real revolutionaries in the field of science?
Another legend, Albert Einstein was autistic.
Even Alexander Grahambell was dyslexic but his invention of telephone has been incomparable. F.D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States had polio but nothing could demotivate him. The famous Stephen Hawking lived 40 years with MND, on a wheelchair, but his disability could never discourage him.
Robert M. Hensel has beautifully said,” placing one foot in front of the other, I‘ve climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strengths. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I am just a man on a mission to prove my disability hasn’t won.”
Such is the motivation with which these people live. They are the real heroes in life. We don’t even stand anywhere in front of them. Yes these people are different than us, but in a better way for sure. Disability is just a matter of perception. If you can do one thing nicely, you are needed by someone. Hence the disabled people are not at all useless because their disability in one thing does not render them disable in another.
We need to replace our present perceptions about them with the facts that they are the real heroes in life because even though denied of certain privilidges in life, they never give up. We need to be kind to them instead of being harsh and help them bring out their talents to the world so that even the world accepts them as one of them.
It has been rightly said that,” Kindness is a language which a deaf can hear and a blind can see.”
We should try and provide such people with opportunities so that even they can lead a life like us and be one among us so that even our coming generation accepts them easily. Let’s leave it to our Creator to decide who’s better, we or the disabled or rather the ‘specially abled’ and live a life in harmony with everyone…