November 2005

Brainstorming on a word-’Disable’

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3rd December is coming – another ‘World Disability Day’. But do we exactly know who are the ‘disabled’? Are they ‘disabled’ or ‘differently able’? Of course, we must say, they are ‘differently able’.

The meaning of term ‘disability’ seems to be very relative. None of us can claim that ‘I am able to do everything’. Many of us can see without a ‘vision’. Can such people claim that we are NOT ‘disabled’?

A person with organic hazards may be able to manage own works with equal efficiency like a person without organic hazards. Sometimes hazards make the people more efficient.

The life story of Helen Keller is an inspiration to all of us. She rightly stated, “When one door closes, another opens”. In this issue of i4d, readers will go through such examples, reflected by some interesting, lively stories.

Knowledge has the power to bring light and vision to our life. The darkness of any type can be filled with the light of intelligence in a day-lit world, which is experiencing numerous problems associated with social blindness.

All of us must keep in mind the valuable words of: “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content”. Let’s see how we can inspire ourselves towards learning to derive information for development despite all sorts of disabilities.

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