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Do you, as a thinking, responsible parent, do your bit towards teaching kids empathy for those with special needs? Being really inclusive yourself is the way forward.
3rd December was World Disability Day.
I am normally not a fan of specific days – I think we appreciate our moms everyday (esp. after I became a mom myself), are women every day of the year, etc. But in the case of different needs, the world in general knows little of the realities of the routine lives of some 21 million of our fellow countrymen and women.
At a conference I attended on the 2nd of December on the topic, I got to see the Indian Government stats on children with special needs.
Did you know that only 0.47% of those who are diagnosed as special needs make it through school? There is no reason for this except our mindsets, our inability to reach services (if they exist) to those in need.
Working with some kids, I realize that OUR attitudes are the disability. What can someone do?
Do we know it all? No. We do know that there is no cure for many conditions. When many people on the autism spectrum, with learning difficulties, with cerebral palsy have advanced our civilization (think about the likes of Stephen Hawking), WE would not want for these differences to go away! Selfish but hey, it works.
May the war on ignorance continue on – I hope the need for a World Disability Day fades away just as we fade away scaffolds and all our people walk towards independent, dignified, productive living.
Do share your relationship with any kind of a different need here in the comments, if you feel comfortable. Sharing makes a difference almost always!
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Sangitha Krishnamurthi is a special educator, blogger and mother of three. Her interests include living a mindful and organic life as much as possible in addition to reading and writing about the reading. read more...
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