`Empowering disabilities to abilities
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed to promote awareness for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society on Thursday at the Ability Bhutan Society office in Thimphu.
“It is day when we can raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention of the society to benefits of an inclusive and accessible society,” “not only the benefits for the people living with disability but also to the entire society.” said Dasho Kunzang Wangdi ,the former chief election commissioner as the chief guest at the ceremony.
The International day of persons with disabilities was observed every year since 1992 and the theme this year was inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.
Dasho Kunzang Wangdi also said that people need to built societies and communities where people with disabilities can enjoy assess to society on an equal basis with others. It could be in areas of transportation, employment, education, social and political participation.
“So that they enjoy equality in right and opportunities in society fulfilling their role in society and participate on an equal basis with others, enhancing their own capacities and support them in setting their own capacities and supports them in setting own priorities.” Dasho added.
He mentioned that empowerment involves investing people in jobs, health, nutrition, and social protection.
Making cities inclusive and accessible for all, improving disability data and statistics, and including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development are the sub themes for IDPD 2015.
“I am happy to report that as to the sub theme one, the access to disabled persons and inclusion will be given due consideration by Ability Bhutan Society (ABS).” He said. In that ABS expected activities will be inaugurated when nation celebrates the birthday of His Majesty King in February next year.
“With regard to theme two, a survey to assess the state of the situation in the recent past is being undertaken where ABS is playing an active role with other Disable People’s Organization ( DPOs) “mentioned by Dasho Kunzang . “We look forward to the findings from it to plan future interventions.”
The seven Dzongkhags covered by the report reveal that have more than 1600 persons who have one or more disabilities with Tsirang Dzongkhag having the highest.
The management iof ABS is looking forward to the conclusion of the registration project in the thirteen Dzongkhags soon.
At the same time ABS also inaugurated the toy library to better provide care for children living with disabilities. Miss Jean a therapist from Singapore is the founder of toy library. Toy library aims to create a community resource to provide a range of educational and therapeutic toys to children with special needs. The toy library hopes to reach out to even more families to educate and advocate about the importance of play and its vital role in children’s overall learning and development. The toy library will create opportunities for parents to get Involve in their children’s learning and for families to play together through the provision of these stimulating toys. In addition, it also caters to professional for use when carrying out their interventions. The parents and members can borrow the toys as and when they require.
“We are happy, we will be able to benefit from the release of caregivers handbook published by Bussi - En,” “it will help all of us to understand and give better care.” Dasho added. Bussi- En group under Tarayana foundation launched Handbook for Caregivers of people with disabilities and elder people.
Rinzin Choden 22 years old with cerebral palsy said “don’t see the disability in disabled person just see the abilities in them and we just need to have faith in them so that they can make their life worth living in this world.”