The plight of the physically disabled persons in our society is well known. Humiliation, social discrimination, apathy and a blasé and nonchalant attitude from the society is the daily experience that people with disability normally face. The importance of awareness and social sensitization has long been felt but not much has been done in this area.
Save The Quest (STQ)- a Delhi based student-led organisation working on addressing the needs of the differently able persons- for the second consecutive year is organising The White Cane Safety Day Walk on 15th October. The event is being organised in collaboration with the, National Organisation for Social Empowerment, Teach for India National and Service Society (NSS) Hindu college.
“The basic purpose to organize the event is to spread awareness about the importance of the White Cane in a blind person’s life. We are organizing the event to celebrate the achievements of people with disability and urge the society to pledge and put an end to discrimination based on a person’s disability”, says Saif Ahmad Khan, the founder and Chairman of STQ.
The event will start Diwakar’s performance. He was one of the finalists of Zee Tv’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa ‘Little Champs’ contest. Then a blindfold walk will commence wherein the participants will be blindfolded and given a White Stick and asked to walk around the North Campus for 15-20 min. Apart from this it also has a sensitizing campaign in Hindu College and hands-on exhibits for the differently abled.
Disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities. Around 650 million people in the world are disabled, out of which 300 million people are visually impaired and face difficulties in everyday activities as simple as walking, commuting, studying etc.
“Imagine a scenario where you are asked to give up your ability to walk, run, play or see. Can you imagine even a day without any of these? Life totally seems impossible. Through this event we are trying to make people understand the life of a differently able person”, says Saba Gupta, a volunteer and a second year student from Hindu College.
Supriy Ranjan, a third year Political Science student, who has registered for the event says, “The very idea of a blindfold walk excites me. Talking about disability in the comforts of a lecture room is one thing and experiencing it on ground is totally another. I think this will be a learning opportunity for the youth. I am looking forward to participate in the event.”
Kshitij Sharma and Neyaz Khalid, who have been associated with STQ since its inception, believe that, “Today we have become so complacent and self-centered in our lives that we choose to overlook the problems others face every day. A little help from each one can make a big difference in the lives of these people. The purpose for this organization and this event is to change the self-centered approach we have sadly adopted of late.”
By Mukesh Rawat
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