AIN: Dealing With Disability

AIN’s Disability Working Group organized a program to express solidarity with the people with disabilities

Dec. 26, 2014, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -13 December. 26- 2014 (Poush 11, 2071)

Although some change in the livelihood of people with disabilities has been visible over time, efforts to address all their problems and difficulties have a long way to go.

With the realization of the government and non-government organizations about the needs of these people, their work opportunities have improved. Even the private sector organizations are beginning to show their sensitivity towards these people by making the buildings and physical infrastructure friendly to them.

The pavements of the newly constructed roads have included lane for the people with disabilities. Certain mandatory reservation of some seats for the differently able people is the outcome of the recent efforts in the same direction.

AIN Disability Working Group's celebration in solidarity of the International Day of People with Disabilities 2014 highlighted the “AIN's Efforts and Aspirations towards Inclusive Development" in a video documentary and  the “Accessibility Directory”, the English version.

The ten minutes documentary shows the changes in the infrastructure in the offices of the government, NGOs and their implications to the livelihood of the people with disability. As a lot of INGOs have started to give preference to such persons, many found jobs for livelihood and there is a great recognition for their work as well.

Addressing the program chief guest Leela Mani Paudyal, the chief secretary, said that the government was committed to protect the rights of persons with disability. During the program, Paudyal also launched the Accessibility Directory –English Version.

AIN Disability Inclusion Survey 2013 was also released on the occasion. A documentary was also screened during the interaction program. Chairperson of NDFN Sudarshan Subedi said that there are enough resources to address the issue related to persons with disability.

The Deputy Country Director Khadka of Save the Children said that Nepal’s efforts to graduate to developing country's status without making progress in social sector have no meaning.  “Development is not just making a few people rich and the remaining poor,” said Khadka.

Joint secretary at Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare Shanker Prasad Pathak said that the Ministry was ready to work with AIN to promote the rights of people with disabilities and in other social development sectors.

Regional Head of Human Resource and Administration Smriti Shrestha said that there was enough place to provide employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Wrapping up the program, Chairperson of AIN Deepak Raj Sapkota said there was still a long way to go in addressing the problems of the people with disability. “We are taking certain symbolic steps to sensitize the issues of disability. We are considering starting disabled friendly bus in Kathmandu. Similarly, we are constructing three disabled friendly public toilets in Kathmandu,” said Sapkota.

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