Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety ob­serves World Cere­bral Palsy Day

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Wangmo

For the first time, Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety (ABS) ob­served the World Cere­bral Palsy (CP) Day on Oc­to­ber 5th 2016 with the theme “I am here, we are here”.

With the vi­sion to have same rights and ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties as any­one in the so­ci­ety, 36 CP reg­is­tered chil­dren be­tween two and 23 years marked the day along with their par­ents, teach­ers and guardians.

Cere­bral Palsy is a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der that af­fects mus­cles tone, move­ment and the abil­ity to move in co­or­di­nated and pur­pose­ful way. The day was ob­served to cre­ate awareness and to em­power their par­ents and fam­i­lies.

Dasho Kun­zang Wangdi, the chair­per­son of ABS said, “World CP day aims to cel­e­brates the lives of those who are af­fected by cere­bral palsy, cre­ate pow­er­ful voice for them, be­come a cat­a­lyst for so­lu­tion and change, cre­ate tan­gi­ble ac­tions and out­comes that will im­prove their lives for the bet­ter”.

He said it is only to­gether that so­ci­ety can make that hap­pen, adding that over 30 mil­lion peo­ple across the globe are con­nected in some way with cere­bral palsy, as par­ents, chil­dren and rel­a­tives.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ABS, Beda Giri, said chil­dren with CP are get­ting as­sis­tance in the field of ed­u­ca­tion be­sides phys­i­cal car­ing and any other in­ter­ven­tion. She said, “It is free of ser­vice and we are happy to do.” The or­ga­ni­za­tion is help­ing in or­der to have easy and com­fort­able life like oth­ers and to ac­cess to all rights to re­sources.

Rinzin Cho­den, 23, shared her ex­pe­ri­ence, chal­lenges, and dif­fer­ence with other peo­ple. She said, “Though we are dis­abled, we can do any­thing.”

Like Rinzin Cho­den, Yoe­sel Dolma Tsh­er­ing, 8, can do ev­ery­thing like other in home and school if the space is not crowded. Yoe­sel Dolma’s guardian Pema Lha­zom said she had to be near Yoe­sel to pre­vent her from fall­ing down. She said the will­ing­ness to lis­ten to ad­vice is Yoe­sel’s good qual­ity. Pema Tsh­er­ing, another child suf­fer­ing from CP, said he took pride in the lives of in­di­vid­u­als like him. Their par­ents too shared his op­ti­mistic view.

Prashanti, a par­ent, said, “Don’t be afraid to take your child out to so­cial gath­er­ings, public events, a day at the park. If peo­ple are cu­ri­ous and ask you what is wrong with your child, don’t get an­gry or ir­ri­tated. Please ex­plain to them that there is noth­ing “wrong” with your child, he/she is just dif­fer­ent.”

She urged the gath­er­ing to talk to peo­ple about cere­bral palsy, tell them what it is. “If you want so­ci­ety to ac­cept your child, you have to ac­cept them first,” she said.

The two and a half hours long pro­gram cre­ated awareness in six dif­fer­ent ar­eas, namely ed­u­ca­tion, civil rights, med­i­cal and ther­apy, life qual­ity, public awareness, and con­tri­bu­tion.

CP day ob­ser­va­tion will now be­come an an­nual event

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