Srinagar, Dec 03,2014: On International Day for Persons with Disabilities, experts today said that population of differently-abled surged due to Kashmir conflict, pressing for implementation of JK Disability Act 1998 for the “sustainable development” of this chunk of pollution here.
Senior Journalist and Editor-in Chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari said the conflict of past two decades has increased the population of disabilities owing to land mines, pellets and blasts but state has no policy to rehabilitate the people though state designed a policy in 1998.
“It is said we got independence 67 years ago but so many decades passed the disabled people are still struggling for their rights. For their right to live with dignity,” he added.
He stressed on the audiences, social activists and officials to act on ground rather than resorting to rhetoric.
The function was organized by an NGO- Hope Disability Centre (HDC) and Handicap International here at Convocation Complex, Kashmir University (KU) on Wednesday. This year’s theme was “Sustainable Development: The promise of technology” set by United Nation for this year’s day.
Speaking on the occasion Director Social Welfare Gaznafar Ali said government needs to implement the 1998 Act and can be amended for public good.
He said government officials are not serious over the issue of disabled as they are not sensitive towards it. “Government is sensitive to make walking ramps for election booths so that disabled can vote but no ramp is available in offices so that these disabled can approach an officer,” he said.
Ali said he is ashamed as he could not even shift his office from second floor to first floor for convenience of disabled persons. He stressed on the differently abled people to fight for their cause and they will found him always with their cause. “Together we will help each other to solve the issues and difficulties,” he added.
Speakers on the occasion said the act promises equal opportunities; protection of Rights and full participation but it has not been implemented as the legislation has failed to do the justice with the people facing disabilities.
They said the disabled persons in JK have no access to public transport, foot paths, libraries and government buildings and thus live a life of segregation and isolation as state has no policy to rehabilitate the people in terms of independent living.
Head Department of Social Work, Peerzada Muhammad Amin said the state has enough resources for any plans but lacks proper planning.
The speakers unanimously agreed that the persons having some disability are gifted with special abilities, which are enriched with best talent and are important part of society and need special care and rehabilitation to reduce their dependency.
Aamir Ali, State Nodal Officer for Persons with Disability stressed for imparting job oriented trainings to this section of society besides providing them better avenues for obtaining quality education so that they exhibit their talent and earn their livelihood with dignity and honour.
The speakers also emphasised for providing easy accessibility in government offices to the physically challenged persons by constructing ramps and other necessary ways.
The speakers also highlighted the role of physically challenged persons who have contributed a lot in the field of administration, education, science and technology and urged upon the physically disabled people to take maximum benefit from the State and centrally sponsored schemes.
A victim of land mine Muhammad Gulzar Mir of Kupwara narrated his story of suffering and subsequent struggle for new beginning of life after the incident. Mir lost his two limbs in a land mine blast while rearing cattle in 2002.
Mir used to sell Kashmiri shawls outside state before the incident but after he lost his limbs he does not lost the hope. “I got myself operated and by the help of many NGOs and good humans I got artificial limbs and I am now doing my routine job in my agricultural land at home”.
Mir said he filled a case against army as he was victim of their mine and won. “I was given 12 lac rupees as compensation which helped me to take care of education of my 3 daughters and 3 sons”.
The function was attended by more than 2000 people from various walks of life including local, national, and international NGOs, media, civil society, professors, and, students.
Among other dignitaries who participated include Project Officer DRDA Budgam, Riyaz Ahmad Beigh, Director Helpline Javeed Taak, Executive Director Hope Disability Centre Sami Wani, and Hope International’s State Project Manager Mehran Khan.
At the end of the function, specially-abled children performed cultural programs while famous singer Rashid Jahengir entertained the audience with his melodious voice and kept the audience enthralled.
A walk to remember-HDC’s still movie
A video primarily showing HDC’s intervention in Bandipora
500 people get together in Mumbai to celebrate dignity in ability
MUMBAI, Oct 4, 2013: A lifelong disability that affects movement and intellectual capability, cerebral palsy is complex motor disorder that affects 17 million people across the world. While cerebral palsy cannot be cured, efforts can be made to make lives easier for those living with it and their families.
There are 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy (CP). Another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with CP which is the most common physical disability in childhood. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement.
While there is no permanent cure for the disorder, some efforts can be made to improve the quality of life of people suffering from it. For example, in people with debilitating upper limb spasticity incessant muscle contractions can be controlled by injecting onabotulinumtoxin A popularly known as Botox into the affected muscles, in addition tophysical therapy and other rehabilitation measures.
Hundreds of people came together in Mumbai today as part of an initiative to offer support and ideas to differently-abled people and make this world a better place for them.
Lending a voice to the initiative was Bollywood actor Ayushman Khurana, who participated in the programmes organized by the Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy to mark the World Cerebral Palsy Day today.
As part of the day-long initiative over 500 adults and 150 children came together to participate in their own ways and lend support to the differently abled people through words and ideas.
The day began with a carnival walk by children, starting from Bandstand and culminating at St. Joseph School, Bandra where rest of the activities for the day including a trade fair and fun fair, were scheduled. To celebrate academic and vocational success of differently-abled people, awards were also given out in different categories.
“Cerebral Palsy is a very common motor disorder that makes life extremely difficult for those living with it. We need to make the world around them more sensitive to their needs and conditions and encourage them. Sensitivity comes with awareness and the latter is something which needs to be generated. World Cerebral Palsy day is an initiative to make people living with the disorder feel normal yet special as also it is an effort to make other people aware of their conditions,” says Dr Taral Nagda, Director of Cerebral Palsy clinic at Jupiter & Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai. (Times of India)
Will provide complete data on differently abled people in 2 months: Div Com
Srinagar, Sept 30: Divisional Commissioner Shailendra Kumar Monday said that he will provide the list of differently abled people along with their bio-data and destinations living in Jammu and Kashmir.
While addressing a number of audiences in a camp organized by Baghwan Mahaveer Vilkang Sahayata SAMITI (BMVSS) Jaipur India at Sultan-ul-Arifeen artificial limb and caliper centre (SAAHC) here, Kumar took an oath to provide best possible facilities to the handicapped people.
“Within coming two months I will release the statistics of how many people are living with disabilities in our state. This work will be done with the help of Regional Red Cross Society. I am feeling proud and blissful to come here and seeing people with great courage,” Kumar said.
He added that in month of December or January he will organize a camp in which 1000 patients would be given be provided with artificial limbs. (Rising Kashmir)