Our Attitude Towards People With Disabilities


The subject of how we address and more importantly treat the disabled is a tricky and sensitive one. As in any situation, when a particular group of category of people has to be collectively addresses, there is a danger of segregating and isolating them to an extent that they appear to be different. It is like walking a tightrope.

The disabled people are understandably disturbed about this and there has been a lot of controversy about how exactly the disabled people are to be addressed and treated. It is a question of human sensitivity and attitude towards the disabled. We have to make a conscious effort to treat them as equal and responsible members of society. At the same time, we have to provide facilities to enable them to become equal and responsible members of society.

However, we have to draw the line as far as treating them too differently. Imagine being a disabled person. The one thing that you would not wish for is to be patronized or pitied by other people. You may have lost the use of a limb or you may have been paralyzed from the waist down. You would however not like to loose the one thing that is most important for you: your sense of pride. In order to do that you have to be provided means by which you can move around, earn and live life on your terms, to the maximum extent possible, given the circumstances.

As members of society, we not only need to contribute in financial terms towards the disabled, we also need to understand what they are going through and respect them for the fact that they are human beings and in spite of being disabled have the potential to lead economically independent lives. Let us introspect and see how we can improve our attitude towards the disabled.