[AI] Attention: Disability study brings out hard facts in Odisha

Mujtaba Merchant mujtabam at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 06:04:39 PDT 2012

Aren't we repeating the facts again and again in different forms? Sorry if this remark is rude. These facts have been bought to public and media in various ways. But the condition of the PWD's social and economic standing remain at Status Quo and all our lives are just a matter of existance and in Dire Straits.

Yes, we have amazing NGO's and support groups all over the country, what after that? Are we accomodated in the society seeminglessly? How are we to support ourselves if we aren't given the opportunity in the first place? If you want to talk about independence their is a lot of gap from what is and what should be, for example, I can't withdraw my own money from the ATM without sighted assistance. The other damn day, at the bank I was ignored when trying to communicate a change in address to the bank. I had to throw a tantrum like a 5 year old to get them to panic and then attend to my querry. And guess what? I haven't received any confirmation from the bank that the address on their records has been updated! Mediocre or stereo type, these MBA's that sit behind a desk at a bank think they rule the world with their attitudes, basically no common sense was granted to them when falling out of the womb of their mother. I pitty a society like this and worst of all a government that is laid back on such issues!

I am venting this because a year back, I was a part of this society. Today I feel alienated to their customs and attitudes. I also respect and understand every disabled persons plight in getting something done in their life. Having to live with a compromising and patient attitude for the things that can be rightfully honored elsewise to a person who waddles his ego and wallet.

My sincere apologies if my email has hurt any sentiments. Kindly forgive the outburst!

Mujtaba Merchant
Bangalore, India

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: avinash shahi 
  To: jnuvision ; sayeverything at sayeverything.org ; accessindia at accessindia.org.in ; ramanjee1501 at gmail.com 
  Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 5:15 PM
  Subject: [AI] Attention: Disability study brings out hard facts in Odisha

  Very shocking
  Further waiting for census report about disableds standing in the country.
  URL http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Disability-study-brings-out-hard-facts/articleshow/12541179.cms?intenttarget=no
  BHUBANESWAR: Are persons with disability (PWD) living a happy life in
  the state? A recent study has brought out many a startling fact about
  them that can leave you gaping in wonder. For example, only 36.5 of
  the disabled persons have life partners. Besides, while 52.3 per cent
  PWDs have access to family dining, 41.2 per cent are not involved in
  household chores at all. Only 47 per cent of the disabled persons
  desire to become parents. The facts were revealed by "Profile on
  Disability in Odisha", a survey conducted by Swabhiman, a voluntary
  organization, in association with the department of women and child
  development. The report was released here on Wednesday.

  The survey also pointed out that only 22.2 per cent disabled persons
  earn their livelihood and the rest 77.8 per cent survive as
  dependants. Most of the PWDs belonged to lower strata of the society
  as about 45 per cent of them run small businesses while 29 per cent
  are daily wage earners.

  Releasing the report, governor M C Bhandare said, "This is a laudable
  initiative and an eye-opener for the state government. It is a joint
  responsibility of both the state and public to support and help these
  differently-abled persons live a decent life. The data in the survey
  show a very dismal picture about the status of life and livelihood of
  the disabled persons in the state and steps must be taken to help them

  The report mentioned that 69 per cent public buildings and 99 per cent
  financial institutes in the state are completely inaccessible for
  PWDs. Furthermore, 91 per cent corporate and business houses and 95
  per cent judicial institutes in the state don't have ramps. The
  physically challenged persons don't get any kind of assistance in the
  form of sign language, interpreters and Braille material in these

  On education front, only 9.1 per cent of the PWDs are matriculates,
  3.3 per cent are graduates and a meagre 0.9 per cent have post
  graduate degree. This apart, only 0.2 per cent of them have some kind
  of technical degree. No school, college or university in the state is
  barrier free, the report mentioned.

  The founder of the voluntary body, Sruti Mohapatra, said, "The survey
  has revealed many startling facts about the socio-economic condition
  of persons with disabilities in the state. It also points out gaps in
  the process of mainstreaming them. All stake holders including the
  government, policy makers, corporate houses, the civil society and
  disabled people's organizations must work in tandem to create a
  friendly environment for them in the state. There should be proper
  budget allocation and inclusive policies for PWDs."

  "The best things and most beautiful things in the world Cannot be seen
  or even touched. They must be felt within the heart."  — Helen Keller

  Avinash Shahi
  M.A. Political Science
  New Delhi India

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