A Piece By: Dipto Ghosh Choudhury
Since 1992 UN observes 3rd December as International Day of Person with Disabilities. Theme for this year is “Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities Toward an Inclusive, Accessible, and Sustainable post-COVID-19 World.”. Indian Parliament has passed a very strong act named “Rights of persons with disabilities act 2016” 5 years ago which replaced old “Persons with Disability Act 1995”. Though there is existence of the act but lot of issues are being faced by the Persons with disabilities. If it about any small city or any village then the scenario is very poor. Educational institutes are refusing to enroll the Children with Disabilities. Their version is “we don’t have the proper infrastructure for them. It is better if these children get education from special schools”. But never think that every child has the right to get education and their little support to the child can help him to be in the main stream society. World is thinking about inclusion but if a child with disability only studies in special schools then they are being excluded from inclusion. Public places are not properly accessible though a public place is for all. Also for an able bodied and also for a wheel chair user. No one thinks about the ability of the person with disability. Employer thinks what he/she can do while he/she can’t see or hear or can’t have proper mobility.
I’m here to break some stereo type thoughts. I Dipto Ghosh Choudhury from Siliguri a person with visual impairment also a professional banker and a Disability Right Activist. Though I have biological obstruction in my life but have very high willingness to conquer obstructions. I’m a sufferer of a rare eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Because of this I was losing my sight gradually and right now I have only light perception. There is no medical treatment of this disease. It was a tough time during my study life. That time I don’t know anything about disability and all. My mother read out my books for me and my younger brother was my scriber. Somehow I have adjusted my life and accepted my disability. after acceptance by mind then I became an actual independent guy. I walk or move around the city with the support of White Stick. I can work in my office or home in computer with the screen reading software. I can use mobile with same type of software. If I’ve to go somewhere then I use “Rapido” or “OLA” with my mobile phone. I can book food from Food delivering apps. I can read and write, can access social media. If I get sick then I’ve “Talking Thermometer”. I was taking competitive exams preparation through online. I got job in Public Sector after 10 years long journey and high willingness. Now I’m stable by profession and now it is my duty to repay our society some positivity. My vision is to support the person who is facing problem like me and no one should experience what I had experienced. I’m trying to break some stereo type thoughts of our society that a person with disability can do everything. Just they need little support. And should not judge by disability and especially like if you have eye problem then you can only made your career in music or in teaching. Let the person choose what he/she wants or what special ability he/she has.
Persons with Disabilities are the actual minorities of the Earth. A proper support from society can enhance their life. Disability is the secondary thing before that he or she is a human first. It is very easy for a person to call someone “Andha” or “Pagal” or etc but have to introspect first before delivering any comment. Disability is not a curse, it’s a part of the vivid society. It may happen to anybody to anytime whether temporary or permanently.