International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
Searching the net for information regarding IDPwD and India provides very few search results. As a nation of 1.2 Billion, how can we be completely blind to the needs of the disabled?
Recently, in view of the kutcheri season coming up in Chennai , we wrote to several sabhas suggesting that we would provide free wheelchair service (from car to their seats and back) to the elderly attending these concerts. After all, senior citizens with mobility issues can also be considered disabled. Very few Sabhas have actually taken up the offer. In fact, one of the Sabhas actually said, “There will be only a few people needing the service each day and hence I do not think it is necessary to provide such a service to so few people”!
I believe that India as a country and Indians as a whole are disabled – Blind to the needs of our own, be it the disabled, the elderly or those less fortunate in other ways, deaf to their requests for even basic support, and dumbly watching people as they suffer!
Will we ever change?