In­ter­na­tional aay of mer­sons with Dis­abil­ity

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The In­ter­na­tional Day of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity is a day that has been pro­moted by the United Na­tions since 1992 on ev­ery 3rd of De­cem­ber. “Dis­abil­ity is the con­se­quence of an im­pair­ment that may be phys­i­cal, cog­ni­tive, men­tal, sen­sory, emo­tional, de­vel­op­men­tal, or some com­bi­na­tion of th­ese. A dis­abil­ity may be present from birth, or oc­cur dur­ing a per­son’s lifetime”.

The aim of dis­abil­ity day is to en­cour­age a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of per­son with dis­abil­ity, to­gether to make peo­ple more aware of the rights, dig­nity and wel­fare of per­son with dis­abil­ity, as well as to raise aware­ness about the ben­e­fits and rights of per­sons with dis­abil­ity into ev­ery as­pect of life, from eco­nomic, to po­lit­i­cal, to so­cial and cul­tural.

Each year the day is cel­e­brated with an em­pha­sis on a new as­pect re­lated to im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­ity.

Per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties of­ten face bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pa­tion in all as­pects of so­ci­ety. Bar­ri­ers can take a va­ri­ety of forms, in­clud­ing those re­lat­ing to the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment or to in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT), or those re­sult­ing from leg­is­la­tion or pol­icy, or from so­cial at­ti­tudes or dis­crim­i­na­tion. The re­sult is that per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties do not have equal ac­cess to so­ci­ety or ser­vices, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, health care, trans­porta­tion, po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion or jus­tice.

Dis­abled Per­sons’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutan (DPAB) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other Dis­abled Per­sons’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion (DPOs) has been tak­ing ini­tia­tives to­wards the em­pow­er­ment of dis­abled peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion support, life skills train­ings and pro­vid­ing as­sis­tive de­vices to im­prove the qual­ity of life and liv­ing con­di­tions of peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.

How­ever, there are still many peo­ple with dis­abil­ity con­fined to their homes mainly be­cause of lack of aware­ness in the com­mu­nity about their rights which would en­able them to live a pro­duc­tive life.

The fa­cil­i­ties to as­sist the peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties should be treated as one of the top pri­or­i­ties in the pub­lic ser­vice pol­icy of the gov­ern­ment. The gov­ern­ment can put in place am en­abling le­gal en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing manda­tory screen­ing of planned ac­tiv­i­ties tom en­sure at the ear­li­est the erad­i­ca­tion of bar­ri­ers by mak­ing our coun­try an in­clu­sive and live able place.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity can­not be put on to the gov­ern­ment only or nor the civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tion but it be­comes the re­spon­si­bil­ity of each one of the re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens to nur­ture our val­ues and cre­ate a so­ci­ety where peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties can move freely and treated with equal­ity.

As re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens we should join hands to pro­mote the em­pow­er­ment of per­sons with dis­abil­ity and bar­rier-free so­ci­ety so that they can en­joy the equal rights and equal op­por­tu­ni­ties. We must con­tinue to strengthen our ef­forts to rec­og­nize, pro­mote, im­ple­ment and mon­i­tor the rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Chair­per­son : Phub Zam CEO: N.B. Ghal­ley Ed­i­tor : Sonam Tashi Mar­ket­ing Ex­ec­u­tive: Sonam Cho­den Se­nior Graphic De­signer: Kelden Wangdi Rev­enue & Billing: Pri­tam Kumar Cir­cu­la­tion & Sub­scrip­tion: Tandin Pen­jor : 1365, Changzam­tog, Thimphu Tele­phone - 975-02-335006/7, Fax- 975-02-328451

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