Put yourself in the place of a person with a disability

2017 March 13

Ashla Krishnan

If you have not thought about the word empathy, give a minute to put yourself in the place of someone who has a disability or paralysis.

Pallium India’s volunteer, Ashla Krishnan, writes in the Times of India:

I live my life on a wheelchair. I cannot move my lower limbs. I have only partial use of my arms and hands. I cannot hold a cup; I cannot even comb my own hair.

I have quadriplegia.

I have two choices. I have a loving family. I am sure my mother, my sister and other family members will take care of me. I need only to stay in bed. They will feed me, bathe me, and do all they can to make my life comfortable.

But I want you to know that my paralysis does not define me. I want you to recognise that I am more than my body. My brain, ordinary as it is, still functions. I also have other abilities.

I am a Master of Computer Applications and can do several things. I can use my skills to earn a living. Not only that, I can even contribute to society. My family’s loving physical support can only keep my body alive. To enliven my mind and soul, I need to be considered a human being.

I began by saying I am a quadriplegic. But I would want you to think of me as a human being with quadriplegia.

Read the complete article at: When compassion isn’t enough: Society must wake up to the rights of those living with disabilities

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