Breaking all myths about disability, which is often touted as a curse in our society, 31-year-old city resident Kanwarbir Singh Chawla has proved that nothing is impossible, when it comes to realise one's dreams.
Chawla faced a lot of problems during his school life, as he suffered from cerebral palsy, a condition which causes physical disability in human development, but he never gave up and is a graduate now.
He tried extremely hard and is now standing on his feet looking after his family. Not only this, he even inspire others to break the barriers and open doors for people with special needs.
On the occasion of International Day for Persons with Disability, Chawla along with several others participated in a programme 'Badhte Kadam' jointly organised by 10 NGOs working for the people with disabilities at Dugri market on Tuesday
He said: “I faced a lot of problems during my school life. People thought I was disabled and will never be able to stand on my feet and will always be a liability on others. But now, I run my house and have proved that I am not dependent on anyone. I work with Ashirwad, an NGO, and have a beautiful family.”
“Earlier, when I saw other schoolmates riding a cycle or a scooter I used to feel bad, as I was unable to do so, but now I have my own vehicle, designed especially for me,” he added.
Similarly, Ravinderjit Kaur, who works at Viklang Sahayta Kendra, also shared her experience saying: “I have proved that disabled persons can do everything. I am a working woman and am happily married.”
She said: “I faced a lot of problems, but never gave up. People should not look with contempt towards the disabled and think that they are any different.”
“On my wedding, I was asked to enter the religious place without my shoe, without which I cannot stand. We people also have the right to visit religious places. Hence arrangements should be such that we get ramps so that we can also offer prayers.”
Dr Neelam Sodhi, director of Ashirwad, an NGO working for special kids, said: “Nobody should undermine a disabled person and feel that they can't do anything. Even if the disability is identified at an early stage, various therapies can prove helpful. I appeal to the parents to educate their children and get them admitted to common schools, where other children are studying.”
KK Singla, chief judicial magistrate, Ludhiana, emphasised that people should not discriminate with special persons. If a school refuses to admit children with disability to schools, then parents can approach us, he said, adding that schools should educate special kids with other children and should make special arrangements for them.
Play highlighting myths staged
A play was also staged to create awareness on the treatment of the disabled children. It was jointly organised by 10 city-based NGOs at Dugri Market on Tuesday. The artistes highlighted the myths and advised people to avoid quacks for treatment for their disabilities.
Special kids also gave a dance performance. They were shortly joined by chief judicial magistrate KK Singla, NGO members and parents on stage.