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24 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Empathy for people with special abilities

The government and civil society will need to coordinate their efforts to cure the people of their unhealthy attitude towards the disabled
Empathy for people 
with special abilities

In a welcome move the government has decided to increase allowance for people with disabilities in the upcoming budget. It is well known that the existing budgetary allocation for them is inadequate.  The definition of persons with disabilities needs to be noted in societies like Bangladesh. These persons include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.  Disability is an evolving concept and disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that perpetuates or aggravates their disability.

  One of the biggest problems that persons with disabilities face here is that the social environment and the people's culture are sometimes hostile to them. Many persons' disabilities are aggravated by society's attitude towards them. The lives of a large number of people are spoiled and their potential for becoming good is lost because of people's habit of looking down on those with slight impairment and treating such impairment as the mark of their identification and the dominant feature of their personality.

  The major issues being faced by the special persons also include inaccessibility to private and government buildings and discriminatory attitude in the society. In society the disabilities of household members are sensitive and hidden issue. Mental retardation, physical deformities and mental ailments are considered as a stigma for the families due to which the family name is considered at risk. The handicap members of the family, who are suffering from inborn problems such as psychological concerns, consider a threat to the family social status. Majority families in the country hide the person with disabilities from others and they feel shy to introduce persons with disability in the society.

  The government and civil society will need to coordinate their efforts to cure the people of their unhealthy attitude towards the disabled. Civil society's potential to help the government in this field cannot be denied. It must be noted that persons with special abilities have scored notable successes at the Special Olympics and other sporting events for them. Many people with disabilities are denied education or jobs, the disorder may require chronic healthcare, which, in turn, drain the scarce household resources. If the person with disability is given chance in the national economic activities, the high rate of economic poverty can be reduced. Many people with disability, who see themselves as potential and willing to contribute to family and national economic activities are perceived as being a burden on society.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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