I am disabled!
Last Saturday while walking home from a seminar at UP Diliman, I fell down from the overpass at Philcoa (just 1 step). I didn’t notice that the last step was too high and because of that, I outbalanced and fell. I can’t stand up immediately because I hit my ankle. It took two men to help me stand up since I can’t really support myself.
After this incident, I realized at that moment that even a healthy person with complete body parts can be hindered in just a second. And if you think disability means only pertains to a person who has a missing part of his body, and or pertaining to people who are retard that can’t think straight like “normal” people, then you are wrong, I believe WE ARE ALL DISABLED in some ways.
The blinds may not have eyes to see the things around them but they can see things that person with two eyes cannot see.
Even my son who cannot express himself yet show me things I never knew. Like this letter for example:
Ren was already fascinated with letters at an early age. There was a time when I asked him what was the letter I was holding and that was the letter P, he paused for a moment looked at the letter and turned it around a few times and told me 4 possible results:
letter P (obviously)
small letter b
small letter d
small letter q
We were all shocked when he showed it to us, a kid who is so young yet can see things we adults didn’t even bother to discover, and at that time, it makes us (adults) all disabled.
I am saying this because no one has a right to maltreat people with (obvious) disability. In our society, we should treat them with equal rights and give them benefits that are necessary. We (the healthy ones and with no obvious disabilities) people don’t know if we will lose those important parts of our body someday so we should do things that will benefit not only us but also these disabled people as well.
I commend the government for providing infrastructures for people in wheelchairs. I hope more schools will also accept students with disabilities in their classes. I would love to see more employers who will accept people with disabilities in their companies.
WE ARE ALL DISABLED in some ways, so lets learn to respect each others capabilities and limitations.
what ever happens in life we should always remember to live life to the fullest