[AI] Effectively organizing religious ceremonies and participating in them

Rahul Bajaj rahul.bajaj10038 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 14:18:23 EDT 2018


Hi everyone,

I hope this message finds you well. I rewas recently involved in my sibling's wedding which got me thinking about the accessibility of religious ceremonies and customs for the blind. While I made it clear before the event that I wanted to fully perform all the rites that were expected of me and abided by that commitment, I also realized, in a powerful way, how such events are fundamentally so visually driven and how the lack of sight can be a key impediment in so many ways.

From supervising decorations to effectively mingling with guests; from performing the actions that various pujas encompass to relentlessly clicking and sharing photos; from ensuring that everyone is eating adequately to engaging in dance practice and the actual dance; from dealing with loud music that takes away your hearing ability to doing the running around that's often required and  convincing yourself that you can contribute meaningfully despite these limitations. On top of all this, these events are very anxiety-inducing for all organizers and involve a lot of running around, so it is unrealistic to expect people to make reasonable accommodations for you to make some of this accessible. I am not saying that there aren't workarounds and ways and means in which one can contribute; all I am saying is that, despite one's best efforts, one is unable to do more than 30-40% of what sighted people in the same position are able to do.

I am wondering how others feel about this and if this gives rise to a feeling of inadequacy for a lot of people .

Best,
Rahul

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