DISABILITY: A New Understanding
Since time immemorial, disability had been perceived as divine curse on individuals, and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are seen with pity and sympathy. Later, with advent of science, it was considered to be an individual’s medical problem. Recently, a rational understanding has developed realizing that it is more than merely a medical problem, and the solution lies in empowerment and removal of social and structural barriers.
Founded as public charitable trust, The Cradle (The Centre for Rehabilitation and Advancement of Disables) endeavours bringing awareness, empowerment, dignity and sense of inclusion among persons with disabilities. Since inception, the organisation has been enabling Children with Special Needs (CwSN) and physically challenged young people to access better opportunities for education and skill development. As an advocacy group, it strives to bring the policies of Government into action for the mitigation of their plights.
Nevertheless, persons with disabilities are routinely subjected to all forms of discrimination, denial, and deprivation of rights with the result that they are often marginalized and excluded and are made to live in a state of relative invisibility, disempowerment and disarticulation. Education and employment among them is dismal, making them poorest among poor.
As per recent estimate, India has 180 Million persons with disability, 90 millions of them have no employment and 60 millions sleep hungry, 18 millions cannot see and cannot afford treatment, majority of them have high mortality. A little concern may change million lives forever.