Why Is the Indian Society Still Insensitive to PWDs?
When we address any normal person, we generally use the name of the person. We don't call him/her by stating his/her's quality. But when we address a person with disability, we refer that person by the disability and not by the name. These disability terms that are in use in Indian society show a regressive thinking towards the persons with disabilities. When PWDs are recognised in the society by their disabilities, it hinders their psychological well being and social engagement. The persons with disabilities should be identified for who they are. Their disability shouldn't be defining them.
PWDs are unable to provide financial support to their family
In rural society where work is mostly labour intensive, the ones having physical problems, visual impairment and restricted movements are also unable to do any kind of farm work. All these mean that the persons with disabilities are unable to contribute economically to their household. When a family feeds & cares for a person who doesn't have any income, that person becomes the object of contempt. Actually, in our society there is no scope to make a PwD economically independent. The person who has severe to profound level of disabilities he/she is unable to economically contribute. However, we(society) need to create the opportunity.
Lack of societal cognizance
The Indian society is still not aware of the PWDs & the institutional infrastructure, which is not at all PWD friendly. Because of this social structure, the people lack knowledge as to how to communicate with the persons with disabilities and tackle situations that relate to them. Moreover, preconceived conceptions about disability & its relation with religious faith have a big role. Even today, people consider the disability of the PWDs as the consequence of karma & misdeeds of their past life.
A lot of families even confine their children with disabilities to house as PWDs are considered not only to be a stigma but also an ill reputation of the family. The result is restrictions in interactions of the PWDs with the other members of the society at an early age. Apart from that, the schools are also not PWD friendly for which a lot of Indian organisations for persons with disability run special schools for children with disabilities and have specially trained teachers for the purpose.
Each and every person should be sensitised on PWDs as well as their requirements. The Indian society must be made aware that the persons with disability shouldn't be seen as persons who need pity. They need to be accepted in the society for who they are and what they have. Notwithstanding the Government laws, there should be a concerted effort so that people all over Indian recognise the rights of these persons with disabilities.
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