Ability Bhutan Society observes World Cerebral Palsy Day
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