On this day, we commemorate and create awareness for the rights and well-being of disabled people from all parts of the world, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender or age. This is the day that we empower the disabled so they can feel equal to those who are able.
According to the WHO, about 15% of people of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, which is alarming. This is due to an increase in population, aging and a rise in chronic health conditions, along with many other influential factors.
Disability is a very important issue in our society, it is not just a physical issue anymore but also one that is being marginalized and stereotyped in today’s society. These people are not given the same opportunities, in fact, it is astonishing that they are devoided, especially in Pakistan.
We can even see this problem increasing in most areas in Pakistan, for example in some schools, children with weak eye-sight or who have difficulty in hearing have a hard time learning as they are unable to grasp as fast as other children. Facilities should be provided to them so that they are able to keep up with other students and feel confident when coming to schools.
In other countries, people with disability are provided with a lot of help as there is more awareness, including those whose disabilities are not visible to us such as mental disabilities.
People with disabilities that can’t be seen are being misunderstood by society and this is an issue that needs to be dealt with immediately through educating people about what these disabilities and their side-effects and how severe they can be.
This is the main aim of International Disability Day, to create awareness about the rights of disabled people, to educate society about what these ‘invisible’ disabilities are, their severity and the treatments.
We should all play our part in helping people with disability, by raising awareness about their rights, the severity and making them feel empowered in a society in which they are often misunderstood.