`Em­pow­er­ing dis­abil­i­ties to abil­i­ties

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lhadon

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.”

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