Differently Abled Children

Differently Abled Children

I’m a Speech Language Pathologist and one of the perks of my profession has been meeting various children who are different.

Day at Melbourne Museum
Day at Melbourne Museum

Differently Abled Children are different than your kids. Different than the families they are born in. Different than the society they live in. These amazing children have surpassed the urge to survive! They are born fighters and can take the world for a spin! Like you and me they don’t fuss about paltry issues of the society including politics, discrimination, racism and the like. They live in a free world, which is smothered with love and respect for each other. All they care about is happiness and brotherhood. And all they need is recognition and acceptance! These children are legally labelled ‘disabled’. Disabled because some of them can’t hear or talk, some of them can’t walk or physically participate, and some of them can’t see or sense. But truly they are not disabled, they are differently abled! They are blessed with abilities like us, or may be even better than us. Our society is disabling their capabilities, their strengths, their merits and talents!

If you look around yourself you will be alarmed to see that these individuals and children are a chunk of us! Us the society.

According to the latest census reports, India has 20.42 lakh disabled children between the ages of 0-6 years. Children with hearing and eyesight disabilities form the lion’s share among them. All age groups put together, there are more than 41 lakh children with eyesight problems and 47 lakh children with hearing difficulties. Around 30 % of these disabled children live in Urban India and yes the figures are rising.

Early identification and intervention is the answer. The sooner a child is diagnosed the better chances he has to progress and do well for himself. Early intervention programs are designed to mitigate the factors that place children at risk of poor outcomes. Such programs provide support for the parents, the children, or the family.

Its vital that we understand these children are an essential part of our tomorrow. That they need our support, not opposition, our empathy not sympathy and our encouragement not suppression.

Pratiksha Gupta
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